Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Windwitch

Written by: Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 419, Paperback
Series: The Witchlands #2
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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Windwitch continues the tale begun in Truthwitch, with a focus on Merik–cunning privateer, prince, windwitch, and reader favorite.

WIWOkay fine we don’t have an official synopsis, but we DO have a cover, AND LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MERIK. LOOK AT HIM. UGH.

It’s no secret that Truthwitch has come to mean a lot to me but still guys, this series is amazing and I just need this finished book in my life so I can sit it with Safi and I can read it and I can just keep going with this amazing journey that Sooz has started.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

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DrawTheLine

Written by: Laurent Linn
Release Date: May 17th 2016
Pages: 528, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background at his Texas high school. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but those traits only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside-down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

In Draw the Line, Laurent Linn’s debut novel, he writes a charged story—illustrated with his own extraordinary drawings—about discovering your own superpowers, deciding how to use them, and where to draw the line.

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I’d never heard of this book before TLA where I was able to get a signed copy, it’s now a book I can’t wait to dive into. I have the feeling that it’s gonna be really hard to read, but also really going to hit a lot of amazing notes. I can’t wait to see how this book develops and I hope that it not only delivers on what I’m hoping, but that it also bring a voice to some really great issues we’re all dealing with.

I do know that this book is probably going to be one of those that waits until I’m feeling the right mood for something like this, because I highly doubt it’s gonna be light and fluffy.

Sondra

April 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

Month

 

Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars
23677341   20764879

22020598   17378527

 248484
4 3 Stars
22692740  22663595

25494343   24641800

27064385

 

 Sondra
5 Stars 45 Stars
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)   The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)  Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)   The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
4
The Demigod Diaries   The Sleeper and the Spindle

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

 

Sondra

This month I read 10 books, which is less than usual, but that’s okay, because nearly all the books I read were great! That said, one of them is The Raven King, so I don’t know how much variety you’ll find in my upcoming responses.

I would also like to note that a large portion of the books I read this month had excellent portrayals of mental illness.

Favorite Book: The Raven King. Duh.
Least Favorite Book: Ivory and Bone. There wasn’t anything painfully wrong with it–I just found it very forgettable, and I don’t think the Pride and Prejudice elements were distinctive enough to work.
Most Fun Book: A Gathering of Shadows. Kickass magic competitions, plus Lila Bard being Lila Bard. There were some painful/feelings-y moments, especially with Kell and Rhy, but as a whole this book was just so enjoyable!
Most Heartwarming Book: Without giving too much away, certain moments of The Raven King had me making very high pitched noises over how much the characters loved each other. Book of a Thousand Days is close as well–Shannon Hale’s books are like a warm hug in book form.
Most Painful Book: Shockingly, not The Raven King! (though that book had some gut-punching moments). The portrayal of depression and loneliness in We Are the Ants was the most painful for me to read about.
Most Surprising Book: THE RAVEN KING
Characters of the Month: Ronan and Adam from TRK (my beautiful children with their beautiful character arcs! I could scream forever about how far they’ve come since the first book), Denise from On the Edge of Gone, actual love of my life Lila Bard
OTPs of the Month: PYNCH PYNCH PYNCH PYNCH PYYYYYNCH (sorry, I swear I’ll calm down) (or at least pretend to)
Friendship of the Month: I’m honestly not sure I can choose between the Raven Cycle friendships! The five of them, really. Also, Kell and Rhy.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: THE WINNER’S KISS, If I Was Your Girl, The Hidden Oracle, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Sondra

This month I read 7 books, and now I’m going to be barreling through books here soon because thanks to TLA I have so many to read! I’m on a roll right now my friends.

Favorite Book: The Rose and the Dagger. You’re gonna see this book popping up a lot here on this BECAUSE OH MY GOD THIS BOOK GUYS IT WAS EVERYTHING AND MORE.
Least Favorite Book: None of the above? I dunno I really enjoyed what I read this month because I had so much to choose from I chose the best…
Most Fun Book: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame. The tropes were amazing, the characters were fun. I just had a lot of fun reading this book and I really really enjoyed it.
Most Heartwarming Book: Rereading the Raven Boys. Because those boys are my favorite.
Most Painful Book: The Rose and the Dagger. UGH. I was so scared and yet I loved it and yet it was painful
Most Surprising Book: The Sleeper and the Spindle! There were some twists at the end of that book that I never would’ve called and I really enjoyed the new twists and turns.
Characters of the Month: Stupid Raven Boys. Plus their stupid girl. Plus the stupid psychics of 300 Fox Way.
OTPs of the Month: Gansey/Blue. Khalid/Shahrzad.
Friendship of the Month: Gotta be Blue and Ronan. You can see their friendship starting in Raven Boys and UGHHH.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: Probably finishing up Alanna’s adventure and hopefully the rest of Pushing the Limits.

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Island by S. Usher Evans

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TheIsland

Written by: S. Usher Evans
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pages: 260, Paperback
Series: Madion War Trilogy #1
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Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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I got three reasons why I’m super excited for this book. Number one LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT IT. It’s creepy and haunting, and yet looks awesome.

Second reason READ THAT DESCRIPTION, SERIOUSLY. C’mon this screams ship them already.

Now just tell me how amazing this sounds, okay? Exactly. It sounds that good. Like dude give me this book already.

Okay now my third reason is because Evans is like one of the sweetest kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and I absolutely cannot wait to sink into this novel.

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Gemina

Written by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 18th 2016
Pages: 672, Hardcover
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik Malikov the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own surivival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

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So I have a SMALL obsession with Illuminae. Small enough that I’ve made everyone read it and sort of have an amazing tote bag that I take everywhere with me. I just really LOVE this book. I’ve been wary and excited for the second one, we’ll have to see how it works with new characters(Lord knows I L O V E The Lunar Chronicles which does the same thing). But no matter what happens I’m crazy excited to see all of the new details that the authors are working on to create something really exciting! I loved the way Illuminae was set up with all of these files pieced together and I can’t wait to see the new kinds of files included in Gemina!

Essentially JUST GIVE ME THIS BOOK ALREADY.

Sondra

February 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

Month

Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars 4
18739426 24790901 28698036 20517739 18667779 25689074 17302571 4422777 28932781
35 3 Stars Other
9361589 13069935 19254725 23381014

 

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 Sondra
5 Stars 4 2 Stars
Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles) The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) George  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide

Let’s do some stats, because stats are fun!

Sondra

This month I read 13 books, give or take a few things I read for school that I didn’t record.

Favorite Book: Oh god, everything in my 5-star column. If I have to choose, it’ll be between Bands of Mourning and Far From You. I’m not sure I can narrow it down any further.
Least Favorite Book: This isn’t on the above list, but can I say New York by Gaslight by George Foster? I read it for class and it was overwritten and boring and redundant and enough about the prostitutes already!!! Of the books I listed here, Gena/Finn was the most disappointing but The Night Circus was the one I enjoyed reading least. (It wasn’t bad, mind you. The writing and setting were great! It just didn’t work for me.)
Most Fun Book: The Bands of Mourning! The group dynamics were spot on.
Most Heartwarming Book: Definitely Everything Leads to You–that last chapter was perfect. But the epilogue of Stars Above is very very close.
Most Painful Book: 1000% Far From You
Most Surprising Book: The ones by Brandon Sanderson, obviously.
Characters of the Month: Steris Harms from The Bands of Mourning, Sophie from Far From You, all the ladies from The Abyss Surrounds Us, and the protagonist of Secret History whose name I can’t reveal due to spoilers
OTPs of the Month: Cas/Swift (The Abyss Surrounds Us), Emi/Ava (Everything Leads to You), Mina/Sophie (Far From You), Wax/Steris (The Bands of Mourning), and all the Lunar Chronicles ships
Friendship of the Month: The entire Lunar Chronicles squad, Gena and Finn even if I wasn’t too happy with parts of their story
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: All the f/f books I didn’t get to this month, but particularly Otherbound and The Scorpion Rules. Also A Gathering of Shadows and Calamity!!! And I think The Winner’s Kiss comes out next month YES GIVE ME THE THING.

Sondra

This month I read 7 books, give or take a few things I read for school that I didn’t record.

Favorite Book: STARS ABOVE. STARS A-FREAKING-BOVE.
Least Favorite Book: Sadly gonna have to be the Percy Jackson Ultimate Guide, it just didn’t have the same sparkle as the rest of the books.
Most Fun Book: ALL OF THE PERCY JACKSON
Most Heartwarming Book: STARS ABOVE.
Most Painful Book: The Lost Hero. Precious Annabeth.
Most Surprising Book: Umm… I kinda knew the cliffhanger in Mark of Athena otherwise it would’ve been that one.
Characters of the Month: ALL OF MY PRECIOUS LUNAR CHRONICLE CHARACTERS.
OTPs of the Month: See above answer. But also add in Percy/Annabeth. Because I’ve become shipping trash for them.
Friendship of the Month: Oh lookie there, LUNAR CHRONICLES AGAIN.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: I’m gonna finish up The Heroes of Olympus, and hopefully re-read the Winner’s Trilogy in expectation of The Winner’s Kiss coming out!

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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CrookedKingdom

Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 22nd 2016
Pages: ???? (Undoubtedly NOT ENOUGH THOUGH)
Series: Six of Crows, #2
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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! LAKDSFIAERJALKDJF LOOK AT THAT COVERRRR SOMEONE HOLD ME. SOMEONE SAVE MEEEEE. SOMEONE GIVE ME THAT BOOOOOOOK.

I mean, ahem, hello. Welcome to Sorcery In The Bookshelves, totally calm, totally rational, Waiting on Wednesday post for Crooked Kingdom. Oh who am I kidding? Who ISN’T excited for this book? (Based on my twitter feed while the cover reveal was delayed not many people) If you don’t know what this book is then just go click on the GoodReads link, and get thine self educated. Because let me tell you this series is just about the best one I’ve read in such a long time.

I need it to go on forever and ever and ever and ever, yes? Yes. Good. So now just give me this book, let me love it and read it and hold onto it now. And no one gets hurt.

Sondra

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X

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This weeks theme is: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X

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Stories that play around with common tropes!

     The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)     Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

Team Human     All the Birds in the Sky

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)     The Posterchildren: Origins (The Posterchildren, #1)

Carry On

Sondra

Not Thinking So Hard. Don’t get me wrong we all love those books with the plot twists and the crazy ideas, but sometimes you just want to veg on the couch with a book and not think.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)     Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)

I Am Princess X     Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)

Between the Lines     Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)     The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)     Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)