Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is:  Top Ten Favorite Books from the Last 3 Years
These are my favorites from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
“Verity, or Queenie as her friends call her, is the narrator of most of the story and she might honestly be one of my favorite narrators ever. She’s unreliable…with good reason, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. She’s in this unfathomable situation, but she still manages to bring such wit and humor to the story. Then there were the subtle hints of the horrific things that were happening to her and it just broke my heart. Verity was an incredible character.”

2. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
“D.J. Schwenk might be one of the most realistic and honest protagonists I’ve ever come across. She funny and insightful, but also so sad. She was just very believable to me. I connected with her so well. D.J. is the kind of person that I want as a friend. It seems like I don’t come across that too often. She had her fair share of trouble throughout the book, but her growth from beginning to end was extraordinary. That’s saying a lot since this is a short book. There were times that I felt her sadness or happiness so clearly.”

3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
“Robin LaFevers might just be a genius, because this book is a work of art. I really have no idea how to tell you just how amazing this book is. I’m pretty sure most of you have read it already, so you know. I’ll try to articulate a few of the countless things I loved. First was the time period and the setting. Most historicals I’ve read take place in England and I don’t think I’ve ever read one that takes place in France, let alone Brittany. I found it fascinating. I don’t know much about their history so it was all new to me.”

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“Where do I possibly start? Should I tell you how much I love high fantasy and books like Shadow and Bone are the reason for that first? Maybe I should start off with how completely captivating this book is from the very first page? Should I tell you how I swooned and gasped out loud on several occasions? Since I just told you all those things I think I’ll just end this paragraph with: OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!”

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Nothing I say will come close to doing this book justice. It was the kind of book that I want everyone I know to read. I want to read it over and over again. Even though it’s sad and it will break your heart into a million pieces there’s also so much beauty in the book.”

6. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
“I cannot stress to you enough how breathtaking this book is. This review does it no justice. If you read one book that I recommend to you in 2012 make it this one. Please. It will go above and beyond your expectations.”

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“Attachments is one of those books that I only come across every once in a while. It’s is a slow burning, heart warming, justplainincredible book. Rainbow Rowell reminded me why I love reading with this one and I’ll forever be her fan because of it.”

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor & Park is exactly that kind of angsty emotional story that I love. All the consuming and warm and fuzzy feelings of first love are captured perfectly. This is a book that I could read over and over again and never grow tired of it.”

9. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I haven’t reviewed Isla yet but just know that I looooooved it!

10. Winger by Andrew Smith
“So yeah, I loooooved Winger. It was one of those books that I thought about long after I finished. I’m beyond thrilled that there’s going to be a sequel. I need more Ryan Dean in my life. I really can’t recommend the book enough. If you’re a fan of coming of age stories, this is one at its best.”

 

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Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Review: Half Bad by Sally GreenHalf Bad by Sally Green
Series: Half Bad Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
5 Stars

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

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I have always been a fan of witch books. It’s one of the few paranormal sub-genres that I still get excited about. I was really excited about Half Bad by Sally Green from the moment I heard about it and it absolutely did not disappoint.

I knew going in that there was some mixed reviews about Half Bad, but I was completely enthralled after just a couple of chapters. It was a darker book than I was expecting. I’ve never been one to shy away from dark reads, so that wasn’t a problem for me.

The world building was fabulous. Half Bad takes place in our world with witches hidden among us. The witch history and politics was really fascinating. I enjoyed the magical aspects a lot and I feel like we’ll get to see even more magic in Half Wild.

Nathan has had such a troubling life. He’s an outcast amongst the small world of witches. He’s bullied and then tortured. It’s was sometimes hard to read, but it made me feel for Nathan so much. Through all the horrible things that happen to him he’s so strong. He has to do some unsavory things to help himself, but he really only wants to be good. I’m rooting for Nathan so hard. I can’t wait to see how his story unfolds.

The paranormal genre is pretty saturated but Half Bad stands out because of Sally Green’s gorgeous writing. I’m looking forward to seeing how Nathan’s story turns out.

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Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
White Cat by Holly Black

 

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

I did a similar top ten in 2012, 10 Favorite Kick Ass Ladies, but I have some new ones to add.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneGraceling by Kristin CashoreThe Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
What would Harry and Ron done without her?!

2. Katsa from Graceling
Katsa is just amazing…and a little scary. I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side.

3. Krestel from The Winner’s Curse
She may not always make great personal life decisions, but she is one strong heroine.

4. Katness from The Hunger Games
Of course Katniss is on this list! I feel like she may have fizzled a little at the end, but who could blame her?

5. Claire from Outlander
Isn’t Claire just the best?

Chime by Franny BillingsleyThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

6. Briony from Chime
Briony was such a fascinating and unique heroine.

7. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Oh, Elisa. She’s probably one of my favorite characters ever.

8. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
I just read this book last week for the very first time. I adore Scout (and the book).

9. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Mara is such an interesting, unreliable, and sometimes creepy character.

10. Alina from Shadow and Bone
I really, really love Alina!

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! Is it Spring yet?? It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh BardugoRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
on June 17, 2014
Series: Grisha series
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
5 Stars

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

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I have been in love with the Grisha series since sometime around the end of the first chapter in Shadow and Bone. It’s such an incredible fantasy series. One that I feel like I could read over and over. Ruin and Rising was a dark conclusion, but a magnificent one.

To be completely honest with you, I did feel like the first half of the book was a little slow. That could’ve just been me. Since I was a little fuzzy on the way the Siege and Storm ended, I had some catching up to do. Once the story took off for me, it really took off!

Ruin and Rising is filled with the same imaginative places as the previous two books. I love the Grishaverse so much. It’s definitely not an easy place, but Leigh Bardugo has done such an amazing job of bringing it to life.

The boys in this series just seem to keep getting better. Well, except for The Darkling. He just gets more evil. I’ve always sided against Mal for some reason, but Ruin and Rising made me forget why. That’s all I’m going to say. That and Leigh Bardugo sure knows how to writes swoony boys.

There’s been so much turmoil and heartbreak in this series. It’s hard to fathom how it could end. I would’ve never guessed what happened. It’s not often that I read a book that takes me completely by surprise but this one did. It broke my heart and then mended in the last chapter. What an amazing conclusion to a extraordinary series. I couldn’t be happier with how it ended.

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Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rea Carson
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta