Recent Reads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Before this year, I was not fond of rereads. I felt like there were so many unread books on my TBR that needed my attention more. I made it a reading goal this year to reread a book I own once a month. For April, that book turned out to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. When I read it before, I only gave it 3/5 stars and wanted to give it another chance. There are so many people that are enthusiastic over this series and I wanted to see what I missed my first read-through. This time, I did enjoy it more giving it 4/5 stars. The appeal of Caraval is the rich, magical setting of the games. The author does a good job giving us such vivid descriptions which allow us to experience the world as if it were our own. You need to let yourself go to get the full experience intended. However, I felt like there was a lack of action. There wasn’t much quality action to the games.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I was so disappointed with how the book turned out. I ended up DNFing it around 40% through because I found it to be boring. The premise of the story is MC Jack falling for a girl named Kate whom he met at a party. Months later, she dies and he somehow travels back in time to party where they met. He takes this as an opportunity to prevent her death which he knows is coming. I like getting to know Jack and Kate’s relationship, but it was so short. They only knew each other a few months before her death. However, he put this new relationship above each family and long-time best friends. When the story began again, it was so boring to me and I did not finish the book.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This may be one of the most hyped novel I have heard of in a long time. EVERYONE talks about how they love reading this book and they were not wrong. I love a book that has an unique perspective to it. The story is told through 7 parts separated by husbands. BUT that isn’t the only reason I found this book to be exceptional. The book is told as a story from current day Evelyn Hugo reflecting on her past. I think that it is unique in this sense and I enjoyed that.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a sci-fi dystopian novel by Pierce Brown. We find ourselves in a society where people are categorized by colors. Reds are the lowest tier and they are considered miners and slaves. We follow Darrow’s journey as he infiltrates the Golds, the rulers of the society, in his attempt to stand up for low Colors. I love getting to know this futuristic world where the moon and other planets are inhabited and the fascinating way that society is ran. Darrow meets Golds along the way that he considers friends and we get to see how different Golds act and think. In a situation like this, we get to experience the conflicting thoughts Darrow has as he attempts to justify his Gold-like behaviors. We get to experience him justifying these cruel behaviors as ‘means to an end.’

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

This is the second book in the Red Rising series, taking place after the events in Red Rising. In this book, we get to see what occurs after the Institute as he furthers his cause. I can’t say much as I want to avoid any spoilers but I enjoy this book as much as the first. I can already tell you that this series is going to become one of my favorites as it is SO GOOD. I will definitely have a book review diving deeper into my thoughts posted after I finish the rest of the book.

Which recent read of yours is your favorite?

 

Book Review | Devil’s Thief

Title: The Devil’s Thief

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Author: Lisa Maxwell

# of Pages: 700

 

Synopsis (From Goodreads): 

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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Easter Readathon TBR

The Easter Readathon is ran by Kate over at Reading Through Infinity. It takes place over the long Easter holiday weekend from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22.

You can keep track of your progress using the hashtag #EasterReadathon and by posting your TBR on your blog this week.

There are optional Reading Challenges to participate in throughout the weekend. Completing one challenge earns you an entry into her giveaway! To see all of the reading challenges and enter her giveaway, visit her blog here.

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Onto my TBR pile for the weekend….

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I recently started reading Red Rising, the first book of the Red Rising trilogy. For the Easter Readathon, I plan to see how far I can get into the series. I hope to finish Red Rising and start Golden Son before the end of the weekend.

Goodreads TBR Challenge

My Goodreads TBR list is an overwhelming mess. To organize and control it, I decided to make up my own challenge which I am going to refer to as the ‘Goodreads TBR’ challenge.

These are the steps I took in order to make the following list;

1. Eliminate all books that you DO NOT own.

2. Set aside books that coincide with your monthly and yearly reading goals.
For me, I set apart books that fit within these goals;
– Read 1 Book from my Book of the Month selections a month. (Annual goal)
– 1 Reread chosen from books I read 1+ years ago per month. (Annual goal)
– Catching up on my unread V.E. Schwab books. (April goal)

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Top 5 Wednesday |Favorite Book Covers

This is not the topic for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. I didn’t feel like this week’s topic was right for me. Therefore, I chose a previously used topic that I wanted to share with all of you. If you want to see each week’s topic, you can check out their goodread page here.

I am going to be talking about some of my favorite book covers this week. These five book covers will be based on how aesthetically pleasing I find them.

Dark Artifices Series (Waterstones Exclusive) by Cassandra Clare

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Book Review | The Last Magician

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Title: The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

# of Pages: 498

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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