Daughter of the Burning City ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

I really did enjoy this book but it did take me a while to actually finish it because of school work and tv shows. I’ve been doing things every weekend and this has affected how much reading I’ve been able to do. But I finished it and I liked it! This book was always in my school and bag so whenever I had a chance I took to reading it. 

I’ve also decided to post at 5 during the week because my last class is at four so it just works out better to be posting later. 

Goodreads Summary: 

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

My Review:

This book had mystery and romance in it and they were really well balanced. I will say that the beginning is a little slow but it had a lot of world building and character development in it so I didn’t really mind it as much. 

I got really into this book around the half way mark and ended up flying through it. The romance also started around half way which meant that it was never overbearing and it wasn’t anything like insta love. Of course, this book is only like 400 pages so if there was going to be any romance then you would expect it at about the half way mark. 

The main character did seem a little childish but I think all her ideas for her family were really cool. I think there was only like two or three times when I was like “wait did she actually just say that” and “I can’t believe I just read that with my own two eyes.” There was never a point where I had to stop because I got so annoyed with her, which has sadly happened before. 

I will also mention that the chapters in this book are a little longer than normal, at least to me. This isn’t really anything negative but as I think I’ve mentioned before, I like stopping at the end of chapters. This just meant that if I started reading in class, I would run the risk of being stopped in the middle of a chapter.

This book would be good for any fan of mystery who also likes the fantasy aspect of a mystical circus. There’s definitely no need for any age restrictions when it comes to this book because it’s very very tame. I’m not sure if I would be one the first books I think of when asked to give a recommendation but it would be somewhere on my mental list, at least for the next few months. 

7 Books Coming Out In 2018

I really love looking at future releases and when I started going down the releases for 2018 I remembered so many of the books that will be out soon! I can’t wait for a lot of these books to be in my hands because I’m really excited for all of them. A lot of these are coming out in March and I was honestly not expecting that but I guess that means I’ll have a great March haul next year.

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date: March 6th 2018

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Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

2. Throne of Glass book #7 by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

3. The Muse of Nightmares by Lani Taylor

Release Date: TBD

There was a war between men and gods, and men won. The few surviving children of the gods have grown up in hiding, dreading the day they know must come: when humans find them, and end them. That day is at hand.

4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

5.Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: March 13th 2018

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

6. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) by Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

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It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for. Until strange things start happening to him. Strange things that might mean nothing at all—or that someone is after him again.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

In this final explosive book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Holmes and Watson face the ultimate test: they must unravel the case of their lives without unraveling each other.

7. Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

Release Date: TBD

A-Z Book Recommendations

I decided that adding pictures to each of these titles would make this post incredibly long and thought this would be much easier to view. I hope this is an interesting list of book recommendations because I love reading these.

A- A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

B- Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

C- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

D- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

E- Einstein’s Beach House by Jacob M. Appel

F- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

G- Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

H- Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I- Ink by Alice Broadway

J- Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

K- Keeping the Peace by Hannah Hooton

L- Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

M- Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher

N- [The] Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

O- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

P- [The] Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Q- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

R- Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

S- Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

T- This Savage Song by Victoria Shwab

U- Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

V- Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

W- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

X- [The] X-Files: Goblins by Charles L. Grant

Y- [The] Years by Virginia Woolf

Z- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings

Select ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

Publish date October 3rd

So once I got into this book it was like I couldn’t stop reading. Every time there was a break in my day I would pull out my phone so I could continue the story. Not only was this book interesting, it also had an interesting romance that was realistic. I will say that the beginning of this book is a little bit slow but once you get passed the 50-page mark it really picks up. Most of this review will be spoiler free but the last paragraph will have spoilers (but I will make it obvious). 

Continue reading “Select ★★★★☆”

National Book Festival

This Saturday (September 2nd) I went to DC to go to the annual Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center. I really wanted to go because Diana Gabaldon was going to be there and she wrote one of my favorite series of all time, Outlander. I was lucky enough to have her sign one of my books but the line was a mess and I feel bad for all those who weren’t able to.

This was the first large scale book festival that I’ve been to and overall it was a great experience. I didn’t really go to any of the smaller panels or talks because I was either at the main stage or sitting in a book signing line. As someone who reads primarily young adult literature, there weren’t very many popular YA writers there. This was a little bit of a disappointment but it was never advertised as a YA book festival so I wasn’t really that annoyed or anything.

I think the only thing about this event that made me a little mad was how they organized everyone standing in line for Diana Gabaldon’s signing. The volunteers were snaking people around and everyone got so jumbled that people who hadn’t been waiting long were jumping in front of those who had been. I only saw this happen like three times so it wasn’t a common thing but I just think they would have been more prepared for such a large amount of people, especially because she was one of the main authors.

Now back to the things that I liked. I was really happy to see so many people with purple shirts and signs that said “ask me” because it’s a really big convention center and anyone could get lost. I had to ask where things were more than once and every person I talked to was sweet and took the time to explain exactly where I should go. I also really liked having so many places to sit because after carrying around five books and all the swag from the tables that were on the ground floor, my shoulder felt like it was going to fall off. As I was there alone, I was carrying all my things and being able to sit in an actual chair was amazing.

I can definitely see myself going to this event again in the future and I’d definitely say that if you’re in the DC area that this is a really cool event to go to. Of course, it does depend on which authors are going but so far they’ve had amazing line ups for everyone. They have adult novelists, politicians, children’s authors and young adult authors. There really is something for everyone and I really liked that about this festival.

Alexander Hamilton Graphic Novel ★★★☆☆

2.5 stars

This book was definitely beautiful and I would say the drawings were 4 star worthy! This novel was such an interesting take on Hamilton’s life and I really liked reading about him in this form as opposed to paragraph form.

* I was sent this book by the website Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affected the review below *

Goodreads Summary:

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history–he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson–his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. In this fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, author Jonathan Hennessey and comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America.

My Review:

One of my biggest complaints with this book was that it was very information heavy and most of it was told through chunks of text and not speech bubbles. For me this made my eyes start skimming the words without really reading them and that’s not something I put on the positive side of a reading checklist. I will say that I did like how the boxes never had more than a sentence in them or else I think I would have gotten bored much faster than I did.

I really do love the illustrations in this book though. The colours are amazing and it’s just a really great graphic novel. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures after reading in order to further understand what was happening at the time. Of course, a big portion of a graphic novel is the graphics and this book did a good job of conveying some important subjects without words. The only downside is that all the men in this book look the same and there are only so many ways you can make them all identifiable individuals.

I don’t really have too much to say about this book except for that it doesn’t focus on Hamilton the whole time and while I liked hearing about the Continental Congress, I was a little disappointed. It also felt a little rushed for some chapters and then sometimes it would drag on and the whole book just felt like it couldn’t figure out how to pace itself.

I guess I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about Hamilton and the history of the United States and can get past being bored at times. This book was actually pretty interesting and I did learn some things that I hadn’t known which is always a good thing. Those who have a little history on Hamilton would probably gain the most from this book because if I had gone into this not knowing anything I think I might have stopped reading. To me, this is more like an addition to a high school understanding of who Hamilton was.