Hype or Like Friday: Oh, So Pretty

Happy Friday everyone,

Here is another Hype or Like Friday.

The book of the Month is: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Tayor

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.
May 12th – Oh, So Pretty!… What book covers are just dazzling you lately?

While I am not a cover person, but I can’t help but but books because covers sometimes help me find the books I want.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Want by Cindy Pon

The Wish Granter by CJ Redwine

Daughter of a Pirate King by: Tricia Levenseller

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

And those are some of my favorite covers I have been liking. Any covers that you find dazzling? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Hype or Like Friday: Dreaming I was There Now

Happy Friday all, and welcome to another Hype or Like Friday.

The Book of the Month is: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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.
May 5th – Dreaming I Was There Now… Which fantasy worlds are your favorite and do you catch yourself wishing you were there?

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I know, let me get this one out of way. But ever since I was eleven years old, I wanted to attend Hogwarts and learn magical spells.

The land of OZ

Okay, maybe it’s because I have been listening to the Wicked soundtrack, but OZ has always intrigues me. Also because my girlfriend is starting to read the book, Wicked I also became interested in the land of OZ. I just hope I won’t run into any witches, or flying monkeys.

Skyrim

I know its a video game, but it is a fantasy setting so I am putting it on the list. As someone who puts in hours into playing the game, it is just a world that you would love to get engrossed in and be a part of.

Westeros

Of course, as a Game of Thrones fan, why not put Westeros as a place to live in. While yes, there is a risk you could get killed, but all you have to do is to play your cards right and if that means betraying people than so be it.

Those are my favorite fantasy setting. Which fantasy worlds are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Happy Friday everyone,

Sorry I haven’t done these in quite a while, school and work got a little backed up but I was able to read Truthwitch and finally do a Hype or Like Friday review of the book.

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.

Summary:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

The Review:

While this wasn’t on my TBR, I did see this book a lot at bookstores and even the blogoshphere, and I decided to read the book because I do like fantasy novels, and this book is totally worth the hype.

First of all, I love the setting of the book and how it deals with an impending war and how it would effect both Safiya and Iseult, two friends. What I love is seeing the friendship between Safi and Iseult because you never see much female friendships in YA and even though they did spend parts of the book away from each other, you still get a glimpse of their relationship. Both Safi and Iseult also deal with how the impending war impacts their family. Safi has to deal with her uncle trying to broker a peace deal and using her to do so and Iseult is dealing with the fact that she has powers and was basically lied to her entire life, and learning how to use her powers.

The world building is also really well done. It wasn’t a lot of info dumping which most fantasy books, and was able to introduce us to this world without dealing with exposition and it did it more organically through the characters. I also like how the witches are described in the book, they had different factions and being a Truthwitch meant being so powerful that many either want to use or want her dead. There was a few times in the middle of the book where the story started to drag a bit

Safi spends a majority of the book being on the run and is guided by Merik, Merik is an awesome character. He is basically Malcolm Reynolds meets Nathan Drake. While he is reluctant at first he does help her and you even like the relationship between the two. While it did feel a bit rushed, both characters were at least developed enough to cheer them on.

In the end Truthwitch was a book worth the hype, it was a real engaging read that did a great job world building but also developing its characters. I look forward to reading more of this series.

My grade is LIKE

Grade: 4/5

 

Hype or Like Friday: My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

Hello Friday everyone,

The Theme for Hype or Like Friday January is New Beginnings and the Book of the Month is The Serpent King

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.
January 13th Topic: Most Anticipated of 2017 – Which books are you most excited to get your hands on this year?

Another great topic, Wednesday I already did my debut authors I am excited about and this will talk about more books I am excited for.

Warcross by Marie Lu

When you find out that one of your favorite authors is writing another series, of course you would jump for joy. The premise also looks interesting. It looks like it will be a sci fi story. I am excited to see what Marie Lu does with that genre, as both a fan of Legend trilogy and Young Elites trilogy.

The Gatlon School of Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer

This already had me sold with superheros. It also had me sold with Marissa Meyer. I loved her Lunar Chronicles series, loved Heartless, now I want to see what she can do with the superhero genre. The premise also reminds me a lot of the movie Sky High with the school of superheros divided by heroes and sidekicks.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

I really liked This Savage Song, and I want to see where the story continues especially after how the first one ended. Victoria Schwab is slowly becoming by favorite author.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White 

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Another sequel to one of my favorite books And I Darken. I want to see how the story continues and what more twists and turns it will come up with it.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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From the author of the Divergent trilogy. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Allegiant, I did like the other two books, I also like that this is set in space so of course I have to read it, and I hope it is a lot better than the Divergent series.

Those are books I am excited for for 2017. What books are you excited to read in 2017? Is there any books you would like me to add? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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!

 

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: Pleasant Surprise

Happy Friday everyone,

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 2: Pleasant Surprise – What books did you read in 2016 that you weren’t expecting much from but ending up completely loving?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, I feel like I have talked about this book way to many times, but I can’t help it its amazing. The reason why I didn’t think much of it at first is because when I read Shadow and Bone, I wasn’t that impressed with it and I didn’t continue the series and I wasn’t in a big hurry to read Six of Crows. When I finally read the book, I was blown away on how good the book was and rushed to read Crooked Kingdom. The characters are amazing and they reminded me a lot of the crew of Serenity from the show Firefly, a band of misfits who are “bad guys”.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was a book I was afraid of reading mainly due to hype. I heard nothing but good things about the book and it surprised me mainly because of how unconventional the book was. It was told through emails, IMs, and security footage and it still told a great story.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon

This was a book a bought on whim, it was 99 cents and the premise did feel interesting enough for me to buy it, and it was surprisingly good. I love the infusion of Chinese Mythology and Folklore with fantasy elements. It was also done by an author that I haven’t seen much of but I am glad I read her and would like to read more of Cindy Pon’s work.

Vicious by VE Schwab

This was an author I have heard many good things about, and like I said earlier I am afraid to read any hyped up books, but I really didn’t think the book would be that good. VE Schwab really knows how to write well developed characters both good and bad, and it made for a really compelling story.

Those were my pleasant surprises of the year. Which books were you pleasantly surprised by? Let me in comments!

Happy Friday!

Hype or Like Friday: Books I’m Thankful someone recommended me.

Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for November’s Hype or Like Friday is about what we’re thankful for and the book of the month is Three Dark Crowns

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.

Friday, November 11th-I’m Thankful Someone Recommended Me… (You can list as many book as you want that you are thankful that someone recommended to you.)

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

I was recommended this series by the lovely Jillian @RantandRaveBooks. I kept hearing about this book a lot and it really wasn’t until Jillian gave her rave review about is when I finally decided to pick it up and I loved it. I only read Red Rising, but I will be definitely be reading Golden Son and Morning Star. Thank you Jillian!

Six of Crows

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy. This was recommended by a friend of mine who said even though I didn’t love the Grisha you will definitely love this book and, of course I loved it. I love the characters and the fact that it was a heist book, and it had me at heist.

Cinder by Marie Lu

A few years ago a women I was seeing recommended this book to me because she saw that I love Disney movies and I also love retelling. She let me borrow this book and I liked it, but than she recommended me the sequel Scarlett and that is where I loved the series.

Saga by: Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staple

The same women I was seeing, also recommended me Saga. She said it was basically Star Wars for adult and I think that was an understatement. It is amazing from start to finish. Volume One starts with a women giving birth and than being on the run. That should easily grab your attention.

Those are the books I am thankful that someone recommended me. Which books are you thankful that someone recommended you? Let me know in the comments below!