Category Archives: Winter TBR

JANUARY WRAP UP + FEBRUARY TBR

This was supposed to be a video, but it was just not a good day to film! Three tries later, and a blog post it is!
So for the month of January I managed to read 3 books. That may not be a lot for most people, but for me, it’s 1/5 of what I read for all of 2014! I’ll take it.
So what did I read? Check it out!
Book #4 of the Women of the Otherworld Series
By: Kelley Armstrong
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Meet the smart, sexy—supernatural—Women of the Otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven…

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all…

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals—a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

MY THOUGHTS IN A SENTENCE: Enjoyable and quick read with a heroine that grows from a meek, shy girl into a kick ass witch!

MY GOODREADS RATING: 4.0 STARS out of 5.0 STARS
Book #1 of The Mortal Instruments Series
By: Cassandra Clare
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end


MY THOUGHTS IN A SENTENCE: While action-packed and adventure filled, the writing lacked and the third person narrative left the characters flat and 2D.

MY GOODREADS RATING: 4.0 STARS out of 5.0 STARS
Book #2 in the Outlander Series
By: Diana Gabaldon
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander….

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones … about a love that transcends the boundaries of time … and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his….

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart … in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising … and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves….

MY THOUGHTS IN A SENTENCE: Jamie Fraser. (That is all.)

MY GOODREADS RATING: 5.0 STARS out of 5.0 STARS
 
And now… for my February TBR… but first, a few words. I plan to do a full blog post or video on the topic of how I choose my next book to read, but I will just sum it up by saying rarely do I ever choose ahead of time what I’ll read next. I created a Winter 2014-2015 TBR because these are books that I’ve wanted to read soon anyway. But I leave myself wiggle room to choose something else if the desire arises. Case in point – half the books I picked are the 1st of a series. I read City of Bones and now I want to finish the series! So that takes time away from the other books on the list. So here are two off my Winter TBR that I hope to get to this month.
Book #1 in the Broken Destiny Series
By: Jeaniene Frost
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

 
Book #3 in the Throne of Glass Series
By: Sarah J. Maas
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

What books did you guys read in Janurary, and what are you hoping to get to in February? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe to my BookTube channel so you can be up to date on all of my latest videos!
Keep On Reading,
Laura

Winter ‘TBR’ – A Season for Starting Series

Today I am sharing with everyone my TBR List for Winter 2014-2015. I’m considering winter to be November through March, since that is pretty much what it is for me here in my neck of New York. I rarely ever plan out what books I am going to read, and when I finish one book I tend to just stare at my bookshelf until one jumps out at me. Especially since I’m always worried I’ll be set to read a Contemporary next but am really in the mood for a Fantasy. This list will be flexible, since I can read whatever I want whenever I’m in the mood! 
I want to know what books you are planning to read this winter, so be sure to leave comments below or links to your Winter TBR Lists!
1. White Hot Kiss
The Dark Elements – #1
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I fell in love with this author when I devoured the Lux series, and pretty much vow to read anything that she writes! What really makes me want to read this one is easy… the main character is half-demon and half-gargoyle! How cool – and unique – is that? I’m really excited to see how she characterizes a gargoyle. Plus – that is one white, hot cover! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
 
2. Dangerous Creatures
Dangerous Creatures – #1
by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
I absolutely LOVED the Beautiful Creatures series.  I loved Lena and Ethan’s story, and really enjoyed Link’s character; plus how could you not want to see if he ever ends up with Ridley? I think Ridley is one of my favorite characters that I’ve read in awhile; and it’s in that love to hate her kind of way. I am so curious to see how this series plays out! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
3. The Raven Boys
The Raven Cycle – #1
by Maggie Stiefvater
I am seriously behind the times with this series since book #3 was released in October. I remember back when book #2 was close to being released, Jessica (Jessabella Reads) was really excited to continue the series because book #1 was so good. I find Stiefvater’s books to be very hit or miss for me. I liked – but didn’t love – Shiver (though I haven’t finished the series…) and I was wholly bored with The Scorpio Races (Which I cannot understand how that is going to translate into a movie, but have at it, Hollywood!). I also wasn’t a huge fan of Lament, which it’s hard for me not to like a book about fairies. But from what I have heard, this book is different and for that I am willing to give it a try! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
4. City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments – Book #1
by Cassandra Clare
Go ahead, I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor at the fact that I’ve never started this series! Pretty ridiculous, right? I can’t tell you why I haven’t – I just haven’t! Maybe I’m worried I won’t like it, or will be disappointed – since EVERYFREAKINGONE seemingly LOVES it! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
5. Cinder
The Lunar Chronicles – Book #1
by Marissa Meyer
This is really not my type of book… but… I do enjoy fairy tale retellings here and there. While I have heard this one is loosely based on Cinderella, and involves cyborgs/androids, I’m most interested to read this one because A.) I’ve never heard anything bad about it and B.) I sat in on a panel at the Rochester Teen Book Festival in 2013 that Marissa Meyer was on and I really liked her! Therefore, i wanted to support her by purchasing and reading/reviewing her book(s). ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
6. Silver Shadows
Bloodlines – Book #5
by Richelle Mead
So this isn’t the first in a series, but it’s a must read for me! While I think I like Vampire Academy more, Bloodlines is like a guilty pleasure for me. I get sucked into each book, and love the series even more with each book! Plus, who can deny the amazingness that is Sydney and Adrian??? ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
7.The Beautiful Ashes
Broken Destiny Series – Book #1
by Jeaniene Frost
I haven’t yet had the pleasure to read one of Frost’s novels, but I know her adult series are very popular. I have lots of confidence that this is going to be a good one, and can’t wait to get into this book! It seems like a unique concept – and is classified as New Adult, which I haven’t really read too much of. ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
8. Heir of Fire
Throne of Glass – Book #3
by Sarah J. Maas
So, another one that isn’t book #1 but MUST be read ASAP! If you ask me what my favorite fantasy series is, right now I’m all about Throne of Glass. Seriously – this series is incredible! My husband surprised me over the summer and pre-ordered this one for me. When it showed up in my mailbox in September… I nearly died with happiness!! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
9. Book of Life
All Souls Trilogy – #3
by Deborah Harkness
The final book in the All Souls trilogy is also a must for me this winter. I fell in love with Diana and Matthew in book one – A Discovery of Witches – and I’m currently halfway through book two – Shadow of Night. This is a very unique story, and even though it is adult fiction, I can see a lot of paranormal YA readers enjoying this series. ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
10. Shadow and Bone
The Grisha – Book #1
by Leigh Bardugo
I can give no good reason as to why I’ve not yet read this book. Considering I am a self-proclaimed YA Fantasy Junkie, this is one I should’ve already devoured and been moving onto the rest of the series… but sometimes its good to keep a book saved, to wait and enjoy it slowly… that’s what I plan to do with this one. I am so excited to read it, I’m so pumped – so it better not disappoint! ADD TO GOODREADS HERE.
Happy Reading!
Laura