Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Best Sequels EVER!

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman- this should be on everyone's lists. EVERYONE.

2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas- ok so i haven't read this one yet... but i bet it will be amazing and i have heard amazing things about it and i must have it because the cover looks awesome >_<

3. Dead-tossed waves by Carrie Ryan- I loved this book, I love this series. It's the only zombie story I have successfully finished ^_^

4. Valiant by Holly Black- such a good series. who doesn't love faeries and trolls?

5.  City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare- another must that should be on everyone's lists.

6. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce- I liked the first two books in the Fairytale Retellings series, but Fathomless kind of fell flat for me :/

7. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles- I am all for a cheesy teen romance once in a while. the Perfect Chemistry series is a "go-to" for me when I need a series that makes me smile.

8. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr- so... I haven't exactly finished the Wicked Lovely series because I just couldn't get into Radiant Shadows. But the books up until then were good.

9. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon- the Kingdom of Xia series is probably not well known I guess. I stumbled upon it by chance. I recommend if you like Asian lit and fantasy.

And that is all I can think of for now. I had to go back to old reading lists for this one because normally I do not like reading series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

TTT again hosted by the ladies of the Broke and the Bookish.  I am sooooo happy my husband finally got me- I mean us...- internet connection in our apartment. Updating on my phone was not working.
Anyway, today is: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR list.

1. Guilt by Katherine Longshore

2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

3. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

4. Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman

5. All I need by Susanne Colasanti

6. Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

7. The Last Forever by Deb Caletti (ARC)

8. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

9. Arcadia Burns by Kai Meyers

10. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I think Game of Thrones will forever be on my TBR list.... I'm so procrastinating >_<

Acquired Arcs (2)

I have acquired more ARCs this month that are very intriguing. I get a few every couple months, so I figured it was time to share some of that with you. Here are the ARCs I have right now.

Review: Tarnish

title: tarnish
author: katherine longshore
book birthday: june 18, 2013
rating: 4.5 stars

OMGSH this book. I am obsessed with Tudor history as many readers are out there. When I found out about Tarnish I couldn't resist borrowing it from the library. I did borrow it first because I was cautious with the whole Anne Boleyn before Henry angle. Now it happily owns a place among the boxes of books in my new apartment waiting for the book cases my husband promised me ^_^.
The writing in this book was much better than I expected. For example one of the quotes Anne said about her exile: "It is hell. Worse, it is purgatory. At least in hell you have something to do. In purgatory, all you do is wait."
Another quote I love is:
"Your words are no more meaningful than a castle manufactured from sugar paste. It may look beautiful, it may taste sweet, but in the end, it crumbles and melts and becomes nothing. It cannot sustain a person, and only serves to blacken the teeth and coat the tongue."
Those are just a couple examples.There were moments where the magic was broken on one of Anne's rants and we were reminded of the fact that the book is a YA novel, however for me the good outweighed the bad.
Overall, Tarnish captivated me. It was just the release I needed from the hustle and bustle of lesson planning and grading papers, etc. Tarnish reminds us of the status of women during the Tudor period and the obligations they had. I love that Anne was made out to be vulnerable and that it was emphasized that she was the black sheep of her family but not to the point that she lost her spunk. She was born to stand out and that was stressed by the explanation of the French fashion that Anne embraced.
Longshore brings wonderful new light to Anne Boleyn and makes out to be more than a power hungry woman. She writes about life at court vividly and it made all the difference in Anne's story. I found out that she has a book called Guilt which I will borrow before I buy, just because I am iffy about the cover.
Other than that, go get Tarnish!!!