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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: (The Raven Cycle #2)
Published: September 17th, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
I’ve been waiting for some more Ronan and looking forward to hating Kavinsky, but this is a series that takes me a little longer to read. I really want to continue with the second book though, especially because Ronan.
Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince (#3)
Published: February 2nd, 2016
Damianos of Akielos has returned. His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill. On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers. Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen’s identity—can it stand against the Regent’s final, deadly play for the throne?
Do you ever just forget to read the last book in a series? I’m excited to wrap up Damen and Laurent’s story, but at the same time I know I’ll be sorry to see them go. The fact that C.S. Pacat’s writing is so easy to read doesn’t help my attachment issues either.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#3) Published: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
I’ve been reading ACOWAR since it came out in May, and I just broke page 550 this week. Ever since I took the plunge and started writing in my second copy, I’ve been reading through it so much faster. I love these characters with all my heart, and I’m really hoping that the next books explore a lot of the side characters. Can I please get an Azriel story? I’m desperate.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume One by Ukyō Kodachi, Masashi Kishimoto, Mikio Ikemoto
Series: Boruto (#1) Published: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
The ninja adventures continue with Naruto’s son, Boruto! Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto! Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!
Boruto isn’t always an easy character to love, but there is so much room in my heart for the original characters just on pure nostalgia that I can’t help but love their children too. It’s a little jarring seeing an art style that isn’t Masashi Kishimoto’s in a canon story, but I’ll take what I can get. The anime and the movie is loads of fun too.
Poison Study by Maria V. Synder
Series: Study (#1)
Published: October 1st, 2005
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison… About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…
This is a book that just screams you’re going to love me even though I always seem to accidentally pass over it. Poison Study is one of the older books I own, but it’s a book that I’m putting a lot of faith in to be great. Now that I’m slowly escaping my reading slump, I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore (#1)
Published: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. His life depends on it.
I read Nevermore years ago and never found the chance to read the sequels. This book is fairly long, but I remember loving it to the point where I read most of it in a day. I’m going to be really sad if the re-read disappoints, but I also really want to finish this story to the end. I think it’s time to refresh my memory.
Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Published: November 15th, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fireleft him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be. But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D. Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.
Before I can let myself read Lady Midnight, I’d like to read this collection first. Maybe even re-read marathon all of Cassandra Clare’s other books again? That’s unlikely, even though I would likely have the time of my life.
Every You, Every Me by David Leviathan and Jonathan Farmer
Published: September 13th, 2010
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself. Creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between the text so the reader can see the photos that are so unnerving to Evan, Every You, Every Me is a one-of-a-kind departure from a one-of-a-kind author.
So Cute It Hurts!! Volume One by Gō Ikeyamada Series: So Cute It Hurts!! (#1)
Published: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinced his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other? But Megumu can’t rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru’s all-boys, delinquents’ paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!
I’ve collected a number of volumes for this shojo series because it looked like a cute read. The art is generally nicely drawn. I’m hoping for some great love stories for the two twins pretending to be each other.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe (#1) Published: January 11th, 2011
A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Fall really needs to the be the season for the to-be-read backlist knock-out. I have so books from years and years ago that I never touched, but I’m determined to keep. Hoarding mentality is nice and all, but if I don’t start reading these books I’m going to bypass collector and land right in the category of having a ridiculous obsession with spending money on book I don’t read.