Prediction Book Tag

 

I wasn’t tagged in this tag, but it sounds like fun!

The rules for the Prediction Book Tag:
~ Pingback to the creator, the amazing Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews!
~ Tag the person who tagged you – myself!
~ Find an answer to match each prompt.
~ Most importantly: have fun!

Prediction for my NEXT READ

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

This is the next book in my throwback challenge that I am doing. I haven’t done a reread of this after reading it the first time, I cannot wait!

Prediction for my NEXT 5-STAR READ

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas, Sarah J ...

My sister has been reading my copy and gave it back to me last night. I am planning on starting this tonight! I love both Sarah J Maas’ other series and hope to love this one just as much.

Prediction for my NEXT 1-STAR READ

The Vampire Journals

I just went to goodwill today and my sister picked out this super cheesy looking romance novel for me. I fully expect it to be hilariously bad, I mean its from 1994. I mean it could turn out good, but I am going in with very low expectations.

Prediction for my NEXT LOVE INTEREST / COOL CHARACTER

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Maas, Sarah J ...

I am using crescent city again! I always fall in love with someone in Sarah J Maas novels. I am just predicting now that there will be someone I love in this novel!

Prediction for my NEXT BOOK BUY

These are all books that are the second or third in the series. I want to buy each of them, I just haven’t yet. Cant wait to read them all!

Prediction for my NEXT BOOK TO GIVE ME A HANGOVER

I can’t wait for this prequel to The Hunger Games. I just reread The Hunger Games and am dying for this book to come out. Considering how the series ended I feel like I will definitely be in a book hangover after reading this! I already have it preordered on amazon and am just waiting for May 21st!

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Throwback Challenge: The Hunger Games

I haven’t read the Hunger Games since right before the movie came out. I remember being so entranced in this amazingly written book and I could barely put it down. I also remember thinking that the movie did a good job.

The first thing I noticed when picking up the book was that it looked quite small. I am now a person who likes to read 400-900 page books. The Hunger Games paperback is 374 pages, which is actually quite small for this book.

The Hunger Games (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

As I have said in the past, one of the best parts about rereads is noticing things like details that weren’t in the movie.

The concept around this book was such an amazing idea. This is really the book that introduced the world to dystopian novels, not that it was the first one. After this came some amazing dystopians such as Divergent, The Maze Runner, and The Selection. Attention to detail is definitely a requirement when it comes to dystopian novels because you have to make the readers realize the true state of the world.

What to Know About the 'Hunger Games' Prequel | Time

Another thing I love about this book is the character development. In the beginning Katniss is unliked and very rough. Through the hunger games you see her evolve from an unliked and sheltered girl from the most unliked district. Through the people she is forced to interact with and the horrible reality that is the hunger games, she becomes a totally different person by the end of the book. I mean I don’t think anyone would be the same after living through and being forced to participate in a slaughter.

Three Finger Salute | The Hunger Games Wiki | Fandom

I am so happy that I added this to my throwback challenge. I honestly forgot how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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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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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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Wildcard

Wildcard

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Spoiler free Summary:

OH. MY. GOD. I don’t think I have loved a sequel this much since my all time favorite, A Court of Mist and Fury. I went into this expecting it to be good, but not amazing just like most every other sequel out there. Marie is Queen and blew me away!

Right off the bat you step right into the action and are sitting on the edge of your seat, never wanting to put the book down until the very last sentence! There were so many scenes where I had to put the book down and process what Marie had just put me through (have I said that I love her yet? Haha). She will make you think one thing and totally reverse things on you and I loved it!

The character development was amazing. I really thought that Emika had so much happen to her in the first novel, so there couldn’t be as much development in the second book. Then she is forced through so many new trials in this novel and grows and changes with the things thrown at her. You get to dive more into the lives of Hideo and Zero, aka Sasuke, Hideo’s younger brother, that left us hanging at the end of Warcross.

I can’t wait for everyone to read this and express their love with me. I can only hope that everyone agrees with me about how amazing Marie is. I am so sad that this series is over, but she had such an amazing ending to such an amazing series. I cant wait to see what she comes up with next.

Please go now and read this amazing second novel in the Warcross series!

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Attachments

Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read a couple books about people who met online and later met in person and found this while looking for another similar to the others. I have heard so many good things about this book over the years and was excited to read it since I loved Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I ended up starting this when I got on my cruise, but honestly had the hardest time getting through the first half, it just seemed to go on and on with useless information.

I thought some things that didn’t seem like they belonged were the Y2K aspects and the going to the Sacajawea concerts. I mean don’t get me wrong after halfway through I was fully invested and loved it, I just had a hard time getting to that point. Then when things began to speed up I couldn’t put the book down and Rainbow Rowell’s genius came out to shine.

I really think this can be a very good book for people to read because all of the topics that it touches, just know not to give upon on it if you don’t like the beginning. I will definitely try reading more of the authors book in the future.

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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Alex, Approximately 

Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

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Spoiler free Summary:

I recently read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and really enjoyed it and wanted a read similar to it and found this book in the search. This is one of those super easy and fun reads that could help you get out of a reading slump if you want. I started and finished this book on my two flight today and really enjoyed it!

I really enjoy when authors can incorporate things such as texting and messaging so well into novels. One thing I hate is when it is hard to distinguish the difference between messages and real life and the author did an awesome job on letting you know. It really shows people where we have come over the years, being able to making friends over apps who share your hobbies, without ever knowing who they truly are.

I really liked the growth that the author showed in the characters from beginning to end. One thing that I didn’t like was that the author gave away the mystery by revealing who Alex would be in the book description. I mean I still guessed it in this book and P.S. I Like You, but I still enjoy to be questioning it until the very end. So, I would say that was the biggest downfall in the whole book. Otherwise it was such a fun read!

I would recommend this to anyone likes contemporary and romance!

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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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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I will honestly come out an say this, I read this book after seeing the trailer for the movie. I did not want to feel guilty for seeing the movie, so I decided that it was finally time to read the book. It was such a different pace compared to the books that I usually read and I actually genuinely enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli really trances you into being emerged into the world that she has created. I feel that the idea of anonymously emailing someone is a subject that is so present into todays society. I mean people are constantly talking to people from different places with todays social media and anyone could get into a situation like Simon with someone close or far away.

The character development was so unique to me because I have never read a book that deals with something such as coming out. It really hits close to home because one of my best friends came out to a couple years ago. It is so surreal to see how he was probably experiencing high school around all of us friends who were in a totally different world. Simon was a stupendous main character and reminded me SOOOOOO much of friend, honestly it was crazy. There were literally so many parts of the book where I was like oh my gosh this was my friend in high school.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an eye opening read! I would highly recommend everyone to read this book!

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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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