Review: Fate of Flames

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Synopsis (from Goodreads): Years ago, everything changed. Phantoms, massive beasts of nightmare, began terrorizing the world. At the same time four girls, the Effigies, appeared, each with the unique power to control a classical element. Since then, they have protected the world from the Phantoms. At the death of one Effigy, another is chosen, pulled from her normal life into the never-ending battle.

When Maia unexpectedly becomes the next Fire Effigy, she resists her new calling. A quiet girl with few friends and almost no family, she was much happier to admire the Effigies from afar. Never did she imagine having to master her ability to control fire, to protect innocent citizens from the Phantoms, or to try bringing together the other three Effigies.

But with the arrival of the mysterious Saul—a man who seems to be able to control the Phantoms using the same cosmic power previously only granted to four girls at a time—Maia and the other Effigies must learn to work together in a world where their celebrity is more important than their heroism.

But the secrets Saul has, and the power he possesses, might be more than even they can handle…

Fate of Flames was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. Its Sailor Moon-meets-Pacific Rim concept was right up my alley. In the end I wasn’t blown away by Fate of Flames, but I was definitely intrigued and excited to see what would happen next… Continue reading “Review: Fate of Flames”

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2016 releases I didn’t get around to reading in 2016

Ah books. There’s nothing I like more than wandering through a bookstore and picking up a few new titles. But it’s all too easy to end up with more books than you could possibly read in a year (or in your lifetime.) Here are some of the books I fully intended to read this year but didn’t end up getting to:

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Look at them. They’re taunting me with their pretty covers and exciting synopses. I WANT TO READ YOU ALL, I PROMISE. There’s just dozens of other things I want/need to read too. You understand that, right? Right books? Why are you looking at me like that?

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Top YA Reads of 2016

I read a LOT of books this year, you guys. Here’s just a few of the best:

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Top 10 2016 YA Releases Read in 2016:

  1. The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Truthwitch – Susan Dennard
  3. The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  4. Exit, Pursued by a Bear – E.K. Johnston
  5. As I Descended – Robin Talley
  6. Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova
  7. Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas
  8. Star Wars: Ahsoka – E.K. Johnston
  9. The Reader – Traci Chee
  10. Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum

Honourable mentions: If I Was Your Girl, All the Feels, Three Dark Crowns, My Lady Jane, Scarlet Epstein Hates It Here, The Abyss Surrounds Us, Wink Poppy Midnight.

 

Top 10 Non-2016 Releases Read in 2016:

  1. A Thousand Nights – E.K. Johnston
  2. Manners and Mutiny – Gail Carriger
  3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  4. Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas
  5. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  6. The Chess Queen Enigma – Colleen Gleason
  7. Rivals in the City – Y.S. Lee
  8. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  9. The Story of Owen – E.K. Johnston
  10. The Wicked Will Rise – Danielle Paige

Honourable mentions: Hollow City, Ravencliffe, Hawthorn, The Orphan Queen.

What were your favourite books of 2016?

Bet you thought you’d seen the last of me

Hello book lovers!

I know it’s been 84 years since I last posted anything (I know I’m a disgrace) but that’s all about to change. After a 2 year reading slump, I’ve gotten back into reading this year in a big way and I want to start blogging about books again too. I set a goal to read 45 books this year and I surpassed that goal by reading 55. I’m finally back in the game again! I’ve also been writing a lot. So stick around – I’m drafting up some Top 10 lists of the best books I read this year and what I’m anticipating for next year!

– Bex