Fall reads

Fall is my favorite time of year sadly it didn’t start to feel like fall where I live until recently and I am so glad that it’s growing colder outside I am ready to wear cute fall clothes. With the cooler weather and Halloween quickly approaching I have been in the mood for what I consider fall reads. During the colder months of the year I tend to want to read things that are magical, a bit unsettling, and have a touch of whimsy.  I rounded up a few books that I feel would be perfect to read during fall especially around or during Halloween.

I don’t usually get that exited for Halloween but this year I am exited for it partly because my family recently moved to a neighborhood that’s big on Halloween so I think it will be a  lot of fun this year. My plans are to give out candy and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and of course reading a spooky book.

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The Night Circus

I finally read this and I loved it I wasn’t sure if I would but I was so satisfied with it it’s quite different, and I think it’s best to go into it with low expectations and not knowing what to expect. I read it on a dreary rainy night and it was the perfect weather for this magical book.

Anna Dressed in Blood

This wasn’t my favorite book but I wanted to include something spooky, well it’s more unsettling then scary, if you like ghost stories and want something more on the scary side then definitely check this one out.

The Walls Around Us

It is hard to describe this book especially since it’s been a while since I read it I don’t remember it well I know it was surprising and quite unique. It’s a very mysterious and peculiar tale and those are the sort of books that I gravitate towards during the fall.

Girl on a Wire

This one is not at all spooky in fact it’s a rather light and adorable read but the circus setting and the magical elements would make it a fitting book to read around Halloween.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I don’t think any list of Halloween recommendations would be complete without a vampire book the vampires are so cool and the whole book is action packed and the ending is awesome.

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What will you be reading this Halloween? Have you read any of these books? What did you think off them?

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I like this version of the origin of the amazon’s so much better then the movies version and I like that it was focused more on sisterhood. It was made clear how important her sisters are to Diana, she doesn’t get along with all of them, but she respects all of them and learns from them. All she wants is to be accepted into their ranks for although she is an amazon she is different then the ot, she’s the youngest, the only one born an amazon and has never seen battle.

Diana longs go on a hero’s quest and become a true amazon it’s clear that she’s the person she most needs to prove herself to. She gets her chance for adventure when Alia’s ship crashes on Themyscira and Diana being Diana can’t let her die. By saving her Diana risked exile and causing a world war, but Wonder Woman can’t just let an innocent girl die, Wonder Woman finds a way to save everyone.

I knew that Alia was going to be important but I didn’t know that this would be just as much her story as Diana’s. Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of writing Queens she has the best female characters, and the best characters in general, their each strong in different ways. Diana is strong in a more traditional way she’s a total badass but her greatest strength is her kindness, Diana is a fierce warrior and a adorable princess. Alia is not physically strong but she is extremely bright and courageous.

This did some things better the movie, mainly the origin of the Amazon’s, and all the extra details that fit well into a book, but wouldn’t have worked in a movie. but I still liked the movie better. Because seeing the Amazon’s fighting together on that beach and Wonder Woman charging into no man’s land without hesitation was amazing. This book was also amazing and empowering in its own way and lots of fun. It was a joy to read something that showcases how powerful girls can be when we stand together.

Book review: Windwitch

synopsis3After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

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my-thoughts3I was worried this would be disappointing I was worried about all the characters being separated but somehow it worked even without the dynamics I loved so much. Although I did really miss Safi and Isualt’s friendship and Safi and Merik’s adorableness. Safi gained a potential new love interest and I’m not sure I like it I love her and Merik together, but they both think the other is dead, hopefully they’ll get a happy reunion in the next book. I’m so excited for Safi and Isuelt’s reunion I love how they each kept thinking about what the other would do in their situation.

This book started with a literal bang and while it was full of action and adventure I did find it more boring then the first book it wasn’t slower but I was less interested in the storylines. This book focuses on Merik who I really like but he’s my least favorite of the four main characters, but that definitely doesn’t men he’s a dull character. My favorite storyline was surprisingly Vivia’s I love that girl if you’ve only read the first book your probably confused but just you wait you’ll end up loving her too. She’ has some great character development and I loved the overlapping thought’s her and Merik had, those two are so much more similar then they know.  
I have so many questions and I need the next book I need to know all the things. I think that’s about all I can say without spoiling anything to sum things up this book was epic if you haven’t read this series you should really consider changing that. Even though this series is popular I don’t think it’s quite as popular as it deserves. I think it should be as popular as Six of Crows and Throne of Glass. 

Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi

synopsis3Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?my-thoughts3The first half of this book was so cute! I was loving this book, despite the cliches until about half way through then the talent show happened. I was so confused as to what a talent show had to do with coding it made no sense for a talent show to be apart of a program for aspiring web developers. The talent show was just odd it didn’t fit the book and caused me to loose interest. Nothing after the talent show was that great either the book became a lot more cliche or maybe I became more aware and less forgiving of the cliches.

Other then the talent show, a couple of aggravating side characters and a few things about the ending this book was good. I liked the writing and the character the romance was very sweet. When Dimple Met Rishi os a fun, fluffy book with a rom com feel to it. While it was an adorable book it could have been better I would have liked more of a focus on coding and it would have been better without the talent show.

It seems like everyone either hates this book or loves it I’m in the middle it has a lot going for it and I think most of the negative reviews are absurd. Most of the negative reviews were saying they hated Dimple because when she first met Rishi she thought he was a creepy stranger and threw iced coffee on him. I think her reaction was warranted, I don’t know why people are so bitter about fictional iced coffee, anyway, I liked that scene. I liked the whole book for the most part and even though it was obvious it was a deput I really liked the writing. 

Book review: The Girl with the Red Balloon 

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.synopsisWhen sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

my-thoughtsThis book was so good I enjoyed the story and liked the magic system everything made sense even the time traveling was not at all confusing. I liked the characters, and I liked their relationships with each other and how there is no annoying cliches. However I did have some quibbles with this my biggest issue is the writing I can’t quite explain why but the writing wasn’t for me. I always struggle to describe writing styles and this one was unusual it’s not crisp, lyrical, flowery or any of the words I would usually use when describing a writing style. However you would describe the writing it didn’t work for me but it could also be that this is a debut novel and just needed more refinement, Lock’s writing could improve.

This book is interesting, thought the ending will probably be unsatisfactory to many people. You don’t really get answers, I usually like open endings but I do want some more closure. I felt like there should have been an epilogue or something I needed just a little more. There is going to be a another book and I’m glad there is but it isn’t a sequel which I am a little sad about, but then again it doesn’t really need a sequel it needs an epilogue. The companion novel is going to have one one character from this book in it I don’t know who or anything else about it but I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve never read anything quite like this it’s only the second YA book I know of that takes place in the 80s and the only book I’ve read that’s set in Berlin. I like how it’s about two time periods it’s unique and flawlessly done. Most of the book is set in 1988 then there’s one pov that takes place in Germany the way both time periods connect is amazing. Overall this is a great read if you’re looking for something a little different and like historical fiction, and imaginative, thought provoking stories.

Books to read before the end of the year

I think we all have those books that we keep meaning to read usually because the internet or a friend won’t stop talking about it but for whatever reason we keep not reading. I have a ton of modern classics that everyone but me seems to have read and loved that I want to read and have been wanting to read, I’ve even started a few of them, I keep prioritizing new releases or books I already own over them. There’s a few books mainly quintessential ones that most everyone agrees you should read at least once in your life that I want to read before the end of the year most are classics others are ones I want to finaly make time for.

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A Million Worlds With You

This review has no spoilers for any of the books in the Firebird trilogy. My spoiler free reviews of the other books can be found here and here

SynopsisThe fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

My thoughts (1)This trilogy is so fun all of the many dimensions are intriguing and I love not knowing what situation the characters are going to end up in anything can happen and its exiting. In this you’re introduced to even more dimensions as well as transported back to some from the first two books. All of the dimensions that Margaret spent a lot of time in get an ending and I was satisfied with each of them. It’s interesting to see all the different ways her and the other characters lives could have gone and in a way did. The dimnsions are hands down the best part of the trilogy there imaginative and I love how basically every headcanon is canon since it’s bound to have happened in at least one dimension. It does get confusing keeping up with the dimensions there’s so many different versions of each character and it gets hard to keep track of them all.

Just like with the second book I found the recapping annoying at first it was helpful since I read the first two books months ago but there was too much off it. Also like with the second book I found all the talk about faith a bit too cheesy and unrealistic for my liking, thankfully though there was less lines about destiny, and I liked Marguerite better. I’m surprised this trilogy isn’t more popular it’s flawed but it’s good and would appeal to fans of The Selection. Just like The Selection a lot happens in only a few hundred pages and there’s a lot of twists, feels, good charterers and it’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced and the writing is good and easy to read. This book definitely has its flaws the charecters can be agrivating and the plotting isn’t perfect but its a great adventure all the same and it was ultimately a satisfying conclusion.

How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre

I used to say that YA fantasy was my favorite genre but I recently realized that I now love YA contemporary’s just as much as YA fantasy I used to read primary fantasy and even now that I read a wider rang of genres its still half of what I read, when I first started reading fantasy books are what was primary available to me. Fantasy and dysopian were the two most popular genres when I got into reading and didn’t know what books existed outside off what my sister was reading and what was becoming a movie. Even when I started to learn about all the books out there and knew off a lot of contemporary books I still didn’t read them mostly because I thought they were all supper sappy or sad or at least all the ones I knew of seemed to be one of those things. The first contemporary that I read was Fangirl I loved it and it’s still one of my favorite books even though I loved Fangirl it was a while before I actively read books in the genre.  Continue reading “How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre”

Book review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

SynopsisShe is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desireMy thoughts (1)Almost every review says this is better then The Star-Touched Queen but I actually disagree I think I like both of them equally, for different reasons. This is technically a campaign novel to The Star-Touched Queen therefore you can read it without having the previous book, however, I strongly suggest reading The Star-Touched Queen first. It will give you background on Gauri and the world that will make the book easier to follow, and make for a better overall reading experience. I really like the two main characters Gauri is fierce and Vikrram is clever they are both devolved well as is the romance, I adored their banter. At first I was indifferent towards Gauri it took me a while to grow attached to her but by the end of the book I had grown to really like her. I immediately liked Vikram he is very charming and I appreciated that he is less broody and territorial  then the typical YA male love interest he’s also nicer.

Vikram and Gauri change a lot throughout the book and have great individual arcs while also working very well together and having a lovely romance.  My only real problem with this is that I felt disconnected to the story, and at first the characters, I like all the elements of the story but while I did greatly enjoy it it wasn’t outstanding. The writing is lyrical and absolutely lovely, Roshani is an excellent storyteller her writing isn’t quite like anything else I’ve read and for me it’s the best part of her books. These books are based on Indian mythology I’ve never read anything else that is so it makes the books very interesting this one had a lot of magic and mythical creatures some are horrific, some are wonderful and some are both. My favorite character was one of the poisonous  poisonous courtesans mentioned in the synopsis I love her and I’m hoping she’ll get her own book. The synopsis makes this book sound more exiting then it is it is a fun book but it’s not one that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. It is rather slow yet it’s also hard to put down, the writing grabs you from the very beginning.

Mini review: The Rose and the Dagger

This review is spoiler free but the synopsis does have mild spoilers for the first book, if you would like to read my review of The Wrath and the Dawn, the first book in this series, you can find it here.

synopsis3In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. 

my-thoughts3The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favorite books of last year I’m glad I finally got a chance to read the sequel, it’s more or less what I was expecting and while it could have been better I  still really enjoyed it. It gave me all the things I had wanted more of in the first one, the magic got expanded upon, there’s more action and adventure, it’s more exciting and you meet two new chatterers one of them is Shazi’s sister Irsa whom I adore. Irsa was a wonderful character I liked that she started out as timed but realized she was stronger then she knew and I liked the cute romance between her and Rahim. I loved the new characters and that the magic was so excellently expanded upon but one of my favorite characters from the first book, Despina is hardly in this I missed her and the friendship I loved so much between her and Shahrzad.

I think all the characters are great but not all of their stories were handled in the best way and I wanted more of some of them, I know this is Shazi and Khalid’s story but it would have given the books more depth to expand upon the other charterers. Tariq especially needed more development I liked his role in the first book, even though he annoyed me, but his storyline in this one wasn’t the best. I felt like he was regressing at some points and then his development was rather sudden, his arc could have been so much better. This book was not as good as the first one it has new and good things but it’s not as romantic, the banter isn’t as good and I really missed Despina,  however, it is still a great end to an excellent duology and I cant wait to read Renee Ahdieh’s other book, and anything she publishes in the future.