Waiting on Wednesday #27

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme that was started over at Breaking the Spine. Here is what I’m anticipating this week:

One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake

29923707 Synopsis (from Goodreads): The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Why I’m waiting: This series, you guys. I had mixed feelings about the first one, Three Dark Crowns, but it’s one of those books that improves upon itself the longer you’ve had to think about it. It was a slow starter, but the final act was mind-blowing. Mind-blowing enough for me to want to get my hands on the sequel ASAP! I have so many theories about the way magic works in this world and of course I’m rooting for my chosen queen, Arsinoe, to take the throne.

What are you waiting on his wonderful Wednesday? Let’s chat!

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Waiting on Wednesday #26

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday – a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine. Here’s my most anticipated title for this week:

All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater

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Going by the code name ‘darknovel‘ on Stiefvater’s blog, All the Crooked Saints is her next YA novel, a paranormal standalone, about “creepy Colorado magic” and “dust” and is loosely based on a story she wrote in 2008 as a riff on a fear that dogged her in her early teen years.

You can follow anything Stiefvater wants to share about it on her Tumblr blog in the #darknovel tag.

She started writing it four months after finishing The Raven King and it is supposed to be the next novel she publishes. According to a tweet from 03/25 she is in the process of finishing it up now.

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: um hello, it’s STIEFVATER. As an avid reader of her previous series, The Raven Cycle, and her standalone novel The Scorpio Races, I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. Not a lot is known about All the Crooked Saints at this time, though I’m told this novel contains owls and rock n roll, both of which I like. (A note from Bex: this post was queued months ago, so by the time this goes up there will likely be a final cover and synopsis.)

Back at you, my book loving friends: what are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #25

It’s that time again, book lovers: welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine. Here is what I’m looking forward to today:

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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“Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic. I can’t decide if this book stole my heart or ripped it out of my chest.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, A Shadow Bright and Burning, last year and when this gorgeous cover caught my eye… well, what can I say. I’m a sucker for a pretty book cover. And I’m interested to see where the story goes after the events of book 1. But the title is VERY OMINOUS which makes be CONCERNED. But also excited.

What about you – what new books are you anticipating this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #24

Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme originating on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Release date: September 5, 2017

Why I’m waiting: I’m really excited about this one, you guys. Not only does it have a plot of courtly intrigue (which I’m such a sucker for!) I’m also really interested to read about a genderfluid protagonist, as I’ve not encountered many in fiction before and I’m actively trying to diversity my reading habits. The synopsis also gives me a bit of a Throne of Glass vibe (but different!) so I’m definitely interested to see where this goes.

Over to you, book lovers: what are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Reading Goals for 2017

Because it’s good to have goals, or so they tell me. These are the reading goals I’ve set for myself this year:

  1. Read at least 50 books. This should be doable. My goal last year was 45 and I ended up doing 56. But that was counting comic book volumes, so maybe we won’t count those this time.
  2. Continue reading more diverse books. Specifically more books with POC and LGBT protagonists. I started doing this last year and it made for a richer overall reading experience. I’m biracial myself so I’m always on the lookout for stories about people like me.
  3. Read more contemporary books. I’ve kind of been ignoring contemporary as a genre until I came across some contemporary books that I loved in the final months of 2017. Maybe I haven’t been giving this genre a fair shake.
  4. Continue prioritizing books by female authors. Because women’s stories are important.
  5. Be pickier about my reading choices. It’s easy to get caught up in the cycle of hype and reviews but sometimes you have to trust your instincts.
  6. Be more vigilant about problematic aspects. Such as cultural appropriation, sexism, etc. It’s 2017. Time to aim a little higher.
  7. Try to actually keep up with the blog this time! We’ll see how that goes.

What about you, friends: have you set any reading goals or challenges for yourself this year? Tell me all about it! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

 

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?