Wednesday’s Headline: Laini Taylor & Kerstin Gier

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This Wednesday, I’m reading two books : Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I’m particularly excited about this duo because they sound so amazing!!

Laini Taylor is the acclaimed author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone series! Stranger the Dreamer will be published on March 28th, 2017.

[Pictures+summaries from Goodreads]

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Summary:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way aroundand Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

OUhhhhhh I’m SO HYPED FOR THIS!!!! So mysterious and mythical and IT SMELLS OF MAGIC AND ENCHANTMENTS!!! And I’m a few pages in and the writing is totally awesome, so I think I found one of my favorite reads of 2017!

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Summary:

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

My friend recommended this one to me, and I’m totally hooked by the summary! I love time travel stuff and I’m pretty sure I’ll love the ship in there 😉 A kind of Time Traveller’s Wife, people? A few pages in also, and I think it borders on too childish, but not yet, you know? We’ll have to see where she goes with that.

Thank you for reading my Wednesday’s Headline!

Wednesday’s Headline: Rachel Caine & Ellery A. Kane

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This Wednesday, I’m alternating again between a print book and an eBook. Respectively, I’m reading Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, and Legacy by Ellery A. Kane!

I’m actually reading Ink and Bone in order to cover the release of Paper and Fire, the second installment in The Great Library series, which will be published on the 5th of July, 2016. So be sure to check out this series!

[Pictures+summaries from Goodreads]

  1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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Summary:

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

So, I just read The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (review here), that also features a powerful and mystic Library. It was good, no more, no less. So, since Ink and Bone is YA, my expectations are lower, which would mean that it would be easier for me to like it! I’m hoping for a mystic atmosphere surrounding the Library, mysterious characters and lots of references to other literary works!

2. Legacy by Ellery A. Kane

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Summary:

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Legacy is the first in a trilogy but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

Dannng, this one gives me intense Matched and Delirium memories. I think it’s because of the emotions thingy. I’m obviously hoping it won’t fall in the same boring, monotonous dystopia. But it probably will. So, let’s hope for amazing characters and mind-blowing prose.

I really REALLY like the concept of “choosing” how to feel. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought it would be nicer to choose our feelings, eh? It must be pretty awesome, but at the same time, inhumane. Um…

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday’s Headline: Genevieve Cogman & Leigh Hutton

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

(Yep, I know. A few minutes late, I’m sorry.)

This Wednesday, I’m reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and Race Girl by Leigh Hutton! Two books, again, because *sigh* my deadlines are lurking in the shadows of Next Week. Anyway, meet my current reads:

[Pictures+summaries from Goodreads]

  1. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Summary:

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

Such.A.Beautiful.Cover! The cover AND the title had me at hello, and the summary had me at how are you. I am so in love with this book; my heart fills with pride whenever I take it out! However, my first disappointment came not a page in: the writing style. When I read the summary, I expected a classic, elegant and polished writing. Not a YA cliché of a narrator. It is, after all, fantasy before YA. And seriously? From the premise, I would have expected the author to handle the novel with care. But nah. But, I am hoping for mind-blowing worlds, and relatable (bookworms, people!) characters!

2. Race Girl by Leigh Hutton

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Summary:

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.

Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .

When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?

It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

My love for horses is the sole reason I accepted to read this book, hahahah! So of course, my only expectation: to learn more about those exquisite creatures and about horseback riding! I hope Hutton won’t disappoint me there…

Thanks for reading this!

Wednesday’s Headline: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

Hi, everyone! I’m really sorry about last week, I completely forgot to update you on what I was reading!! But this week, my mistake won’t happen again.

This Wednesday, I’m reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!!! Woaaah, I know, the hype on this book is UNBELIEVABLE. The first book was already pretty good, and I heard the second is even MORE amazing!!

[Picture+summary from Goodreads]

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Summary:

Feyre 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.

So, as I said above, this book better be better than the first one!!! I’m hoping for some steaming scenes (hihi), and yes, okay, a love triangle with Rhysand. He seems pretty hot!! I know that love triangles usually get messy and disappoint me, but since everyone’s raving about ACOMAF, then I expect the author to be awesome, therefore if there’s a love triangle, it’ll be amazing 8D

And I hope Feyre has a character improvement, because she suffered from stupidity in the first book. Here’s me hoping 😀

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday’s Headline : Steena Holmes & Sarah J. Maas

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

Hello, guys! This Wednesday, I am reading 2 books again! Go check them out!

[All summaries+pictures are from Goodreads]

  1. Saving Abby by Steena Holmes

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Summary:

All children’s book illustrator Claire Turner ever wanted was to be a mother. After six years of trying to conceive, she and her husband, Josh, have finally accepted that she will never be pregnant with a child of their own.

Yet once they give up hope, the couple gets the miracle they’ve been waiting for. For the first few months of her pregnancy, Claire and Josh are living on cloud nine. But when she begins to experience debilitating headaches, blurred vision, and even fainting spells, the soon-to-be mother goes to the doctor and receives a terrifying diagnosis. Since any treatment could put their unborn baby’s life at risk, the Turners must carefully weigh their limited options. And as her symptoms worsen, Claire will have to make an impossible decision: Save her own life, or save her child’s?

I just started this book, so my expectations are pretty simple: Please let them BOTH live and have a happy ending, please!!!! I want to be teary-eyed while reading this book, and gain a new perspective on life. I hope reading this kind of fiction will teach me something.

I’m reading this book as a part of a blog tour. Stay tuned! 🙂

2. Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford

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Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Cyra Berque wants two things in life: a date with Rochan and a chance to fence at the Olympics. But people with one hand don’t normally fence, and girls with big thighs don’t get the boy. Knowing that she wants to make the Olympics, Cyra’s coach sets her up with another coach, one who could take her all the way to the top, but the new coach costs more. Feeling her dreams slipping out of reach, Cyra agrees to tutor a ballerina with a rich father and a D minus in English. It’s triple the pay and triple the pain. The ballerina isn’t interested in passing classes―she wants Rochan, and she’s promised she’ll turn her D minus into a full-fledged F if Cyra doesn’t help her win the heart of Rochan.

I’m just a teeny tiny bit disappointed by the Goodreads rating on this one… so my expectations aren’t high. I just want the romance to be cute, I guess? The plot does seem nice, and I’m hoping it surprises me!

Thank you for reading this! 🙂

Wednesday’s Headline : Sarah J. Maas & Jennifer Mason-Black

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This Wednesday, I am reading TWO books. Eh oui, sometimes I balance between an eBook and a print book. After a reading slump, I felt I had to catch up on my reading. Take a look!

[Pictures+summaries from Goodreads]

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I have heard SOOOOO many good things about this book, so obviously my expectations are enormous. I picked it up from my bookshelf (on which it had been resting for quite some time, now) because my friend insisted that I read it, and also A Court of Mist and Fury (that I also have). My expectations? That it will blow me away with an action-packed, intricate storyline, with an epic hero at its center, fighting and charming her way through a mysterious, magical and dangerous land. I’m only 5 pages in the book, though, so maybe my predictions will turn out to be very wrong, hahahah!

 

2. Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

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Summary:

“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.

Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.

I also just started this book. I have never heard of the author before, but the devils-at-the-crossroads gained my interest since I watched Supernatural, hehe. So, I’m expecting a dark tale, with a bit of magic and twisted characters. I’m expecting a poem-like kind of nostalgia and melancholia, something that will make me teary-eyed. Am I asking for too much, though?

 

Thank you for reading this! What are you guys reading, these days?

Wednesday’s Headline : Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This Wednesday, I am reading Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. It is expected to be published on May 10th, 2016. I had already heard of him thanks to his Fionavar Tapestry series, but hadn’t got the chance to read it yet, so when I received this other book of his, I knew I had to read it.

[Picture+summary from Goodreads]

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Summary:

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…

So, in light of the summary, we can all safely assume that it’s a heavy fantasy read, à la Game of Thrones. And it is! The Holy Jad Empire, the Republic of Seressa, and all the other mentioned places that I forgot, remind me of Westeros & Inc. We follow a lot of characters, and that too reminds me of GoT, but since I love GoT so much, I don’t mind that Kay drew his inspiration from such a masterpiece. So far, I really like it!

I hope that Kay won’t fall into George R. R. Martin’s writing style – that is, non-stop descriptions and slow progress. I have yet to find a gooood, otherworldly fantasy novel that doesn’t fall in the same trap (sorry, Tolkien). Also, I reaaaally hope that Kay lives up to my expectations, action-, character- and world building-wise.

I’m still at the beginning, so it’s quite normal that it still requires a bit of effort for me to get into it, but I’m sure that’ll get fixed quickly 🙂

Thank you for reading this, and be sure to give it a try! 🙂

Wednesday’s Headline : Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

I’M SO SORRY!! I published this post without having completed it, and now I feel so bad! I hope you won’t be too disappointed in me.. ):

This Wednesday, I’m reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins! It’s the second book in the Anna and the French Kiss series, and it follows a completely other protagonist. Since my little sister insisted (forced) me to read it, I just had to 🙂

Summary (from Goodreads) :

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

just started this book, so it’s the perfect time for expectations, right? So far, I really like it. Lola is so much different than Anna, and I like her very much. Original and teenage-cute, she’s a joy to read! Perkins still knows how to make a character relatable, despite different personalities! It’s all in the thoughts and quirks, people! And gay dads?? Hell YEAH!

Only problem is (and it’s a MAJOR one) : pedophilia. Hello???? I know it must have been a big deal for Perkins to write about this, but ugh, I just can’t accept that. It makes me cringe. It makes me uncomfortable. I want to puke whenever I read about that couple.

Needless to say, I hope Lola ends up with Cricket. I really do. Because, on the first mention of his name, I knew I’d love him. I grinned at the same time HE grinned. That’s how he got my heart! I hope Perkins dealt well with the bullying Lola suffered also, if I understood correctly? Actually, there are a lot of delicate subjects in this novel (homosexuality, pedophilia, bullying, acceptance, redemption,…), so I hope Perkins did a good job. That’s my most serious expectation about this book.

Stay tuned for my review of this novel! Thanks for reading this!

Have you guys read Lola? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments!

Wednesday’s Headline : Railhead – Philip Reeve

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This Wednesday, I’m reading Railhead by Philip Reeve! Thank you to Capstone for having provided me with an eBook of this YA sci-fi standalone.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Great Network is an ancient web of routes and gates, where sentient trains can take you anywhere in the galaxy in the blink of an eye. Zen Starling is a nobody. A petty thief from the filthy streets of Thunder City who aimlessly rides the rails of the Network. So when the mysterious stranger Raven offers Zen a chance to escape the squalor of the city and live the rest of his days in luxury, Zen can’t believe his luck. All he has to do is steal one small box from the Emperor’s train with the help of Nova, an android girl. But the Great Network is a hazardous mess of twists and turns, and that little box just might bring everything in this galaxy — and the next — to the end of the line. The highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-medal-winning author Philip Reeve, Railhead is a fast, immersive, and heart-pounding ride perfect for any sci-fi fan. Step aboard — the universe is waiting.

Wow. Guys?? I’m almost done with this book, so I guess I’m past the “expectations” point, but WOW. Railhead is amazing. It’s kind of a cross between Star Wars and Interstellar, and the world is so majestic and intricate, it completely sucked me in.

A railhead is a fan of the particular kind of trains found in the novel. It’s like a Potterhead, get it? And boy, did I become a railhead. I think the book should have been divided in two, because it has a lot of potential to stretch the adventures into two books, but I’m not going to complain. There’s so much excitement and action, it’s really an entertaining read!

Stay tuned for my complete review (or fangirling) of this book! Thanks for reading this! What book are YOU currently reading?

Wednesday’s Headline : Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Wednesday’s Headline is a series/feature on my blog where I will share with you my current read and my thoughts and expectations for them!

This is the first post of that kind that I’m doing, so please comment below if I should improve anything, ok? Thanks 🙂

This Wednesday, I am reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

It’s the first book in a trilogy, but each book follows a different story with different characters.

Summary (from Goodreads) :

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

I am a hundred pages in, and so far, so good! Étienne is as charming as the summary suggests, and it’s an easy read. I’ll probably finish it in a day or two. I’m really hoping Anna will get more interesting, as I’m not impressed by her yet. Also, chicks before dicks, anyone? It’s kind of an impossible miracle to ask for in this contemporary YA romance, but here’s me hoping that there won’t be any girl/girl drama because of a guy…

Thank you for reading, guys! Please let me know what you think in the comments!