5 Books I Really Want!

In the past couple of months I’ve seen a couple of books repeatedly and I am really wanting to read them, I would appreciate it if anyone could give me their opinion on these books, comment or shoot me an email. It would be greatly appreciated!

Here they are:

#1

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In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read.

#2

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“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

#3

Cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

#4

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

#5

Moon Chosen

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

I have seen these books all over Goodreads and NetGalley and am very interested in them. If anyone has read them and can give me their input that would be awesome!

Thanks all and have a great weekend!

Book Review: As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner  

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Disturbing is the one word I’d use to describe this book. I came across this book due to the fact it’s required reading for my English 254 class, and boy is it not what I was expecting. I’ve read a lot of books in my almost 20 years, a lot of disturbing books at that, and nothing has compared to atrocities committed by the family in this book.

William Faulkner takes you on this tale about a family, he spins you around inn circles, and you end up  where you least expect it. Before I dive deep into my review here is the description of the book from Amazon:

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn  by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th-century classic. 

As I Lay Dying recounts the Bundren family’s  journey to bury their wife/mother Addie, and things quickly go down hill. Filled with lots of dark humor and just flat out disturbing events As I Lay Dying is definitely a classic, but not all classic fit to our personal tastes.

For me this book was boring and a terror to read. Several parts needed rereading, and you can really only understand it with close and careful reading, this is not a casual read.

The only character I enjoyed reading about was Darl, and his story like everyone else’s is tragic, but I feel he gets the worst of it. This always happens to my favorite characters I swear! The rest of the characters were either shallow, creepy, or lacking true personality. I read books for the deep character connection, and this just didn’t do it for me.

I don’t recommend this book, but if you must read it I would say its recommended age group is for adults. It has horrible and sad themes, no one under 16 for sure!

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2/5 on my official rating because the book has a really interesting ending that leaves you dumbfounded!

Book Review: Altaica – Tracy M. Joyce

This book truly surprised me. It’s  starts very slow, and made it difficult to read, but once you get to part 2 it speeds up and becomes quite amazing and interesting. Altaica  is a new and unique take on the fantasy genre, and I am very happy that NetGalley gave me the opportunity to read it!

Here is the Netgalley description:

*****

‘Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …’

Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.

Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica.

*****

This book was far from what I expected, it has twists and turns that drew me in deeply. I was skeptical at first because of the many different perspectives, but I feel like it truly added to the story, but it did cause some difficulty and confusion at first. The book takes some getting used to, but it is a really good read for fantasy fans everywhere.

The author created a really vivid world with several different personalities that blend well together. You can feel the magic of Altaica around every corner as it draws you in. I really enjoy books that create a functional and immersive world, it helps me to truly get into a story. This is one of the visuals I found beautifully written, “From her perch, Isaura could see the huge pillar of grimy, sooty clouds that billowed above the burning market town of Santente. Smaller spires of smoke and blackened land pockmarked the rest of the plain, as if some malignancy had infected it.” You can just see the decrepit town and feel the sorrow in the words.

This book is filled with magic and mystery, but also a lot of brutal battle descriptions. My favorite being, “One behind an empty hen house with an arrow lodged in his back and a fat raven perched on his head— feasting.” If that doesn’t give you some goosebumps I don’t know what will.

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4/5 on my official rating, it starts quite slow, but stick to it because it really is a great book!

“‘Don’t look at me so, girl. How do you think legends are born?’” This is a legendary book being born… Don’t miss out!

Posting Schedule!

Posting Schedule!

I have officially decided to have a posting schedule! So that my blogs not so random, and I can keep track of what to do by when! I will post Wednesday through Friday every week and will release new chapters for my book(s) on the Saturday they are completed, everything will post at 2 o’clock Pacific Standard time! The only thing that will be random will be updates, like this one, and will occur whenever I have something new about the page and my posts, they will still be at 2 o’clock either the day of or after! Thank you and keep your eyes peeled for a new review on Wednesday!

Horror Story Chapter 3

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Finally the next chapter of my book! It took me long enough, but its done! I’m very excited to release this chapter, because now we can get down to the true horror I want to embody in this book. I feel like this chapter solidifies Ali and Erick’s relationship and we can move forward with the freaky stuff coming up!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, or shoot me an email! Expect chapter 4 in a couple weeks.

Chapter 3 HS

Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

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Poetry every Tolkienite will love! That’s my immediate thought on this beautiful little book, it is truly amazing. When they say big things come in small packages, they are serious!

I love everything Tolkien, and this is a great addition to my now very large collection. I practically have a whole shelf dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien. He’s an amazing story teller and he’s also a very accomplished poet, and this little book shows the world his talent. I will keep this book and likely read it to my children, when I decide to have some. Yikes!

It’s very whimsical and has a lot of great information about the shire and multiple different places and time periods. While it’s not entirely focused on the mysterious Tom Bombadil, it contains three poems specifically about him and they’re all beautiful and magical. My favorites, because I couldn’t pick just one, are The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Oliphaunts as told by Samwise Gamgee. I love them because they have a sense of wonder and they put me inside the poem, I love everything about them. A close runner up is The Stone Troll because it has a sense of silliness alongside the adventure, and it also features Tom Bombadil.

I snagged a description of the book from Amazon, here it is:

*****

This adventure book tells of Tom’s encounters with the River-woman’s beautiful daughter, Old Man Willow, the Badger-folk, the ghostly Barrowwight, a lovely princess, trolls, dwarves, and legendary beasts. A delightful volume of 16 songs, rhymes and poems from the acclaimed The Hobbit. Illustrated.

*****

Not the most amazing description by Amazon, but you get the point. It’s a bunch of beautiful stories about Middle Earth! The edition I got is out of print now, which I find kind of sad, and it gave me a sense of urgency to buy this book before they were all gone. It was an impulse buy and I love it!

It has a beautiful introduction and a summary/thoughts after the poems. I read the intro and poems, I started on the summary/thoughts but got really excited and needed to write this review! Another notable things is that I don’t particularly enjoy poetry a whole bunch, but this book had me very interested! I think even poetry avoiders like myself will also love it!

I recommend this to people of all ages and walks of life, I think it would be a really good book for parents to read to children, that’s what I would like to do with it one day. Poetry at its finest!

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5/5 Amazing little book of poetry, fun for all ages. Pick it up and give it a try.

This week…


Hey all, 

I just wanted to update everyone on my crazy schedule this week. It’s my summer midterms so I’m a little busy studying, unfortunately! I’d rather be reading some new books and not textbooks, boo!

On top of that I’m driving my brother to my hometown (He spent the past two nights with me at my apartment), so he can attend the annual Culture Camp that’s happening back home. I’ll be spending the day there so that I can see a couple of my baby cousins, I might also drive over on Thursday for a special dinner. (Yummy Salmon!)

My last distraction of the week is the fact that I’m addicted to Pokémon Go… I’m already level 8, I’m nerding out. I haven’t played Pokémon since I was little kid, and I love it!

An extra special announcement is that I applied for a job at the Book Bin in Corvallis, the best bookstore in the world. (Well in my opinion!)  Keep your fingers crossed, shoot me a prayer, or whatever you like to do, so that I get the job. I could use the extra money to upgrade my Blog! Plus I’d be surrounded by books all day, what more could I want in life?!

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far, I’ll post again soon! Until then take care.

P.S. the picture is from the hike I took my brother on yesterday! Hiking is the best!