Throwback Challenge: ACOMAF

I can officially say that A Court of Mist and Fury is still my all time favorite book!

Sarah J Maas packs all of the best parts of books into one! It has an amazing plot line, unbelievable character development, knock your socks off romance, and stunning world building. Some books that are the size of this one have too many events in them typically in my opinion,  but even plot point in this book is perfectly planned out and every event deserves and is required throughout this book. Most authors have all of the character development with the main characters finished by the end of the first book, it is amazing how Sarah J Maas develops character even further in the second book.

I think that this series is one of the best fantasy novels for sale. Sarah J Maas is just such an amazing author and cannot compare to any other books I have read, and I have read a lot. I would say the closest is Cassandra Clare, who is also a stunning writer. If you haven’t read the ACOTAR series, drop what you are doing and go buy this STUNNING series!!

If you have read them, what is your opinion on the series?

What book should I read next? (Hunger Games, Warcross, P.S. I Like You, When It’s Real, Eliza and Her Monsters)

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Throwback Challenge TBR

The genres that I typically like are fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary. For this challenge I have chosen a variety of the genres I love. All of these are previous reads that I Love.

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

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This series is my all time favorite and has been since I read it when I was 19. Sarah J Maas creates an amazing fantasy world that you never want to leave. Each book in this series is so unbelievably amazing that you can read each in one sitting!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This is the second one in the ACOTAR series and my all time favorite of the three in the series. I even have a tattoo on my arm that I drew based on this book.

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You: West, Kasie: 9781338160680: Amazon.com: Books

I have never really been into contemporary novels, but I always heard good things about Kasie west. This is the book that made me realize that some contemporary books can be amazing!

4. When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Amazon.com: When It's Real (9780373212521): Watt, Erin: Books

I loved this contemporary novel because it is so similar to all of the fan fiction that I used to read. Definitely one of the top contemporaries of the ones I’ve read!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

I read the Hunger Games before the Movie came out and I was so intrigued by the unique concept. Suzanne Collins definitely has a way with words and sucks every reader in.

6. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

Amazon.com: Eliza and Her Monsters (9780062290137): Zappia ...

This is another contemporary that I was super sure about reading, but once I started it I could not out it down! It is such a cute read.

7. Warcross by Marie Lu

Amazon.com: Warcross (9780399547966): Lu, Marie: Books

Warcross is such an out of this world read. I would say the closest thing to this book is Ready Player One, but I think Warcross is way better in my opinion. 10/10 recommend to anyone who loves science fiction and virtual reality!

I will update with my progress on this challenge!!

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Best New Fantasy: A Curse So Dark and Lonely 

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Oh. My. Gosh.

This was such an amazing book! It is a retelling of beauty and the beast and the author did an amazing job. It reminded me of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I would say if A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury were one book, this is it!

Harper gets thrown into this amazing alternate universe and is thrust into the throws of this dying kingdom called Emberfall. Harper is such an amazing and dynamic character. She is the badass female that I love seeing in these types of YA novels. She wont take no for an answer and does whatever she wants. One thing I love that the author did is that she gave the main character a disability, but in no way does she let that effect her life. She has cerebral palsy, which in the case of this character gives her a noticeable limp. It is something that, in my reading experience, has not been done in a YA fantasy novel.

The world building also blew my mind. Brigid Kemmerer is spectacular at describing this universe so well that you can picture everything in your head. I need to see a map of this fantasy land immediately because of how much I have fallen in love with it.

This book is one of those books that has you turning each page until you have read the last word. Then once you finish, you just want more. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way, and the ending blew my mind!

If you have not ordered this book, you need to go do so immediately!

**This was an advanced readers copy I received to review**

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Imprison the Sky

Imprison the Sky

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Reign the Earth was one of my top reads last year and holds a special place in my heart. Considering this I was very weary when I read the description of this book and the main character was not Shalia. She was such an amazing and influential character that I didn’t think she could be topped or even that another character could come close. A.C. Gaughen has blown me away once again, not only with her powerful characters, but also amazing plot.

A.C. Gaughen has expanded even more on this fascinating world that she has created and made me fall in love with. Aspasia was the character that I didn’t know was needed and was the perfect fit for the sequel. She is what I call a dynamic character. She comes from such a harsh background and just keeps adapting, to keep not only herself going, but helping those around her that she loves.

In the past I am usually the type of person that always wants the same characters in every book. I typically don’t like when authors try to have a million new characters in every book and have it all connect somehow in the end. A.C. Gaughen is wonderful and she pulled it off and I loved every second of it!

This book has everything you need in life. You have badass characters, pirates, fighting, and even a little romance. It makes the perfect mixture for an outstanding fantasy. She has amazed me once again and I can wait to see what she has in store for the next book in the series. If you haven’t read Reign the Earth please go read it right now! Also don’t forget to pick your copy of Imprison the Sky tomorrow!

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The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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Spoiler free Summary:

Alexandra has created an intricate dystopian world for you to get lost in. This novel was nothing like anything that I have read in the past. I honestly do not know why I had never heard about it until this year!

I felt that the novel had a bit of a slow start, but once you get over the halfway hump it cannot be put down! The author definitely kept me on my toes with multiple plot twists that I did not see coming. She will make you think once thing and totally reverse things on you and I loved it!

The character development was amazing. I could really see Ruby have some serious growth from beginning to end. Throughout most of the novel there were four main characters, but there are a lot of other characters introduced throughout and it got a little confusing keeping them all straight, but otherwise I loved all of the amazing characters that she brought to life.

I honestly cannot wait to see The Darkest Minds movie. I can only hope that they do this novel justice, but it is always hard to be spot on when the novel is five hundred pages. I can only hope that it will be as close as they can.

This was a riveting novel and I suggest reading it before the movie comes out in August!

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The Thought Readers

The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zalen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone thinks I’m a genius.

Everyone is wrong.

Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.

It’s because I cheat.

You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.

I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.

My name is Darren, and this is how I became entangled with all the Russians and learned that I’m a Reader.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book was free on the kindle and out had an interesting sounding plot, so I decided to download it to read while on vacation. It sounded similar to the typical free book plot of someone being a mind reader and then finding someone else who could also do this. Though it turned about to be a very interesting plot that was extremely different to the other books that I have read in the past.

The book started out with the author explaining how the power that the main character has works. I was super into the authors take on mind reads. I kept waiting for it to get better and then it just seemed to get really repetitive and going in circles. I mean I liked the overarching theme and plot that the author laid out, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.The character development was rushed. I felt like I couldn’t really understand these characters with the short backstory provided.

I mean this wasnt a bad book, it just wasnt a super good one either. Though this is to be expected from a free book on the kindle. It was a good book for being free, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Spoiler free Summary:

The first thing that comes to mind for me is: Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was obsessed with this show as a kid and this book brought back all of the awesome memories because if the elemental powers.

A.C. Gaughen has created an amazing world for you to fall in love with. I love how creative her imagination was when it came to devising these wonderful parts of the world that the characters live in. This novel was such an out of the box idea that translated into something unlike anything I have ever read before. This book reminded me if The Wrath & The Dawn and Avatar: The Last Airbender had a book baby together.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time you are reading. I loved that she had multiple plot twists that totally blind sided me. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. I felt like I could really get into the story since she made these characters so personable. Shalia had such a fascinating growth throughout this whole novel.

Reign the Earth will be one of those books that I will think about forever and definitely re-read in the future. I cannot wait to meet AC Gaugen at BookCon! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

Side-note: I don’t typically read the acknowledgments at the end of a book, but for some reason did this time. If you read this book you need to read it also, this authors story is amazing, She persevered through so many hardships to get this wonderful book out to us, her readers.

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Shiver

Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been so hyped up for me over the years. I first heard about this when I was 14. I have heard mixed reviews, mainly good, but my sister read it and didn’t like it. Therefore I never read it, but recently I received it in my reddit book exchange, so I decided it was finally time to give it a go.

I think the idea that the author had for this book was very interesting and out of the box for the time that it was written in. I love how the characters had gotten to know each other on a deeper level for years before truly meeting. Though the beginning is so interesting, the rest of the book can get a bit muddled.

I think that the author was really onto something amazing, but she jus … ran out of ideas? It just seemed that there were about 100 pages of utter nonsense, I mean this in the nicest way, but I just felt that there was so much blubber added in just to make the book longer. I mean readers aren’t going to punish you for making a shorter book. I think it is better to have less pages of something awesome than more pages of something that will become sub par because you ran out of ideas.

Shiver was okay and I would suggest people to read it if they enjoy werewolf books. I have heard that the second is a lot better, so I am hoping that it will change my mind. This is a novel heard towards lovers of fantasy and love at first sight.

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The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book will definitely be in my top books of the year! A mind blowing fantasy novel that is easy to dive into. You will not see the plot twists coming and it will leave you speechless!

Holly Black has created a fantasy masterpiece that you never want to put down. I love how she did something that most fantasy authors won’t dare touch, which is incorporating humans into their story. I mean we all have seen halflings, but it is truly rare to see full humans in the faerie world. She puts a wonderfully delicious twist on how fantasy worlds can be constructed.

Something I hate is when authors have a boring beginning. Luckily this author dives right in! Right off the bat it has action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I honestly had the hardest time putting the book down because you just want to know how she is going to keep this story going and where she is going to take it.

The character development was like nothing I have ever witnessed before. I would definitely say she is up there with the Queen Sarah J Maas on this one. She will make you like a character, then BAM you think the opposite. Jude was a wonderful main character and reminded me a bit of Aelin from Throne of Glass.

The Cruel Prince was mind blowing and I would suggest everyone read it! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

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Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I have to start out saying this cover is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book since it came out. Finally last month in a buying spree I bought it. Then decided to read it a two days ago and finished it so fast. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This world that Marie came up with is so amazing and unlike anything I have read before. I mean if I had to guess it sounds a little similar to Ready Player One, but I haven’t read that yet so I am just going off of the description. The concept reminds me of a future that could be if someone is able to develop the next generation in virtual reality glasses and incorporate a way to further tricking the brain into thinking that world is real.

Emika Chen is my favorite character ever. Literally the girl is fearless. As soon as I read her description I went to google to find fan art. I mean rainbow hair and a colorful sleeve of tattoos, I had to know what that looked like. This was probably my favorite character since ready Sarah J Maas.

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Marie created a world that you can totally immerse yourself into and never want to leave until you are forced to at the end of the book. She even threw in someone awesome plot twists. Every aspect of this book BLEW me away. I need the second book now! I think I have found my new favorite series.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s everything that this book had to offer. You can tell that this was something that she was passionate about and spent many hours coming up with all the details. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves science fiction, coding, or gaming. I cannot wait to see where Marie takes us in the next book!

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