Top Ten Tuesday #7: TBR Newbies

booksTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it was created because of their love of lists and all things bookish. There are different lists every week and you can check out the topics on their website, they post some of them beforehand.


 

Only 19 days into 2016 and I’ve piled up my TBR with books- new and old.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.



Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

25467698Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.


Defy by Sara B. Larson

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Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?


School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

21798470Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

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One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


 

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

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Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.


Some of these books haven’t even been released yet but they are the latest additions to my TBR which is why I featured them. Do you see anything on my list also on yours? I hope you find some books on my list interesting enough to add to your TBR. Remember to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out. Hugs! ❤

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Mini Update

Hi guys! I just got back from an evening/night out with friends. We watched The 5th Wave and it was actually quite good. I can’t compare it to the book though, as I haven’t read it yet. What I can say is I am now very much in a reading mood (I was just telling my friend how I couldn’t seem to read or blog much this past week, alas, my saving grace has come), so I’ll be getting back to Red Queen which I had to put down because I either had other things to do or couldn’t really get into it. Right now, there’s nothing I’d like more than to read it, so read it I shall.

I’ll write up a review of The 5th Wave movie once I’ve read the book, which I am looking forward to reading.
Toodles!

Update:
This post was originally written on the 15th of January at 11 p.m., but I slept off and didn’t get much reading done or manage to post this- until today. I am still very much in a reading mood and am really getting into Red Queen right now. Later! ❤

Let the Read-Along Begin!

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Hello everyone! It is now Monday all over the world and with that our Red Queen Read-Along has begun.

Aubrey and Mel posted an announcement recently with all the details but I’m gonna post it again.

This read-along will run for a week, starting on the 11th (Monday) and ending on the 17th (Sunday).

To stay updated follow the hosts’ social media.

Aubrey @ Aubrey’s Book Nook

Goodreads: Aubrey (Aubrey’s Book Nook) // Twitter: @aubreysbooknook

Mel @ Dat Little Blog

Goodreads: Melanie // Twitter: @datpiratewitch // Instagram: @datbookishgirl

Myself

Goodreads: Tasha // Twitter: @heartinthebooks // Instagram: @heartinthebooks

I’m gonna do what Aubrey did by adding my post on Instagram:

This book has been on my TBR for awhile and I am so excited to read it with you! I know it’ll be so much fun!


Leave links to your social media in the comments below so I can follow/friend you. Let me know if you’re joining us. If you can’t make it from the start, you can always join us somewhere in between, no worries. I look forward to hearing from you. ❤

*Credits to Aubrey for the Instagram screenshot.

Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling || ARC Review

28356550Title: Not Okay, Cupid

Author: Heidi R. Kling

Series: High School Heartbreakers Trilogy

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 234 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: January 11th 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½


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The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski || ARC Review

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Title: The Girlfriend Request

Author: Jodie Andrefski

Series: –

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 216 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: January 11th 2016

My Rating: ★★★


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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon || Mini Book Review

6696602Title: Infinity

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Chronicles of Nick #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 464 pages, Hardback

Publication Date: May 25th 2010

My Rating: ★★★★


At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?


*This is only a mini review, I will write up a full one of the series after reading the 6th book.

So happy I read this book and grateful it got me out of my reading slump. I stayed up till 5 reading this so what does that say about this book? A lot, I think.

The beginning was slow but when the interesting parts came they were like BAM! To be honest, I expected you know, more, few chapters in but I am so glad I kept reading because like I said, the second half, BAM. (FYI, there’s no way

The characters in this book all have distinctive traits and are all very interesting. While the spotlight is on Nick and him fighting his demons, everyone has a part to play and their moment to shine (some in less complimenting ways than others), so you will never feel like you’re getting too much Nick. Trust me when I say there are lots of other characters in this book and you will want to get to know them better. Well me, I felt nostalgic, this book had me longing to reread the Dark-Hunter series.

The plot, well that’s a teensy bit hard to explain without spoiling anything. Just look out for Kyrian entering the book ’cause that’s where the plot really starts.

Definitely recommend it for readers who like their characters sassy and witty, humor on almost every page and of course, fans of Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. However, if you do NOT appreciate humor- sometimes dry- at inappropriate times and like your books straightforward and simple, I’m not sure this is the book for you. Things can get a little complex and you’ll be introduced to lots of characters from the Dark-Hunter series (which I love), but don’t let that scare you off of this amazing adventure.

Note: Remember Nick is only fourteen in this book, so cut him some slack. Also, there’s barely any romance, just your good old fashioned crush.

Oh and no, you do not have to read the Dark-Hunter series to understand this book, but I can’t guarantee that you won’t want to. 😉

I am off to read the sequel, Invincible. Bye!


I’m sorry if that wasn’t very informative, I’m hoping it was informative enough for you to consider reading the book. If you have any questions regarding the book, you know, before you read it and stuff, feel free to ask me. Leave a comment if you’ve read Infinity; leave one if you haven’t. Hugs. ❤

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