Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Favourite Graphic Novels/Comics. So, rather than list a bunch of graphic novels that I’ve absolutely loved (unfortunately the list is too short), I’ve divided my post this week into my five favourites and five that I can’t wait to read this year. Let’s do this…

Top 5 Favourites:

Top 5 On My TBR:

Which graphic novels are you looking forward to reading this year?

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s a free topic this week so I decided to list some of the diverse reads that I’m looking forward to reading this year. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more diversely. Out of the 118 books I read last year, only 26 featured diversity, which just isn’t enough. I need to do a lot better! I am going to do better!

Which diverse books are you looking forward to? 

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Untitled.001Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read in the Past Year or So. The books listed below are some that I absolutely loved, but didn’t hear much about within the bookish community.

I cannot stop raving about the novella fantasy series  by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. The stories are so engrossing and addictive and I NEED more. However, the authors have been fairly quiet for the past six months and I’m not sure what is happening with the series. Kat Ross’ epic fantasy trilogy concludes this year and you are missing out if you haven’t read The Midnight Sea or Blood of the Prophet. Nora & Kettle and Fear the Drowning Deep are fantastic pieces of historical fiction, while True Born, A Fierce and Subtle Poison, and Henchgirl are must read fantasy books that will leave you wanting more. Seriously! I’m waiting for the sequels! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?

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Untitled.001Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to). There are just too many books and not enough time! I missed a lot of good releases in 2016. I actually bought a lot of these books but like a magpie I’m always moving onto the next shiny new release. I can’t help but buy more pretty books even though I haven’t read the ones I already have.

I do plan on reading these as part of the Beat the Backlist challenge hosted by Novel Knight. I’m almost done clearing my NetGalley queue and therefore free to read what I want and not something I need to read right away for a review. I can’t wait to finally pick up these beauties!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? 

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Untitled.001Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For. There are so many interesting books scheduled to be released in this year and these are just some that I’m totally excited for! Yay for new authors, new ideas and new characters/worlds to fall madly in love with! ❤


310204021. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Release date: March 28th, 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers


302691262. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza:

Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation—and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

Release date: February 7th, 2017 by Razorbill


281167193. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Release date: February 28th, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends


300378774. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech: It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Release date: January 31st, 2017 by HarperTeen


320515695. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Release date: August 15th, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Untitled.001Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree. Every holiday season I’m asked what I would like to receive on Christmas day and I always say books. However, my family usually disregards my wishes and buys me other things, which is cool and all, but come on people! Get me books! 😛 You can’t go wrong…I promise!

Which books are you hoping to get this holiday season?

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Untitled.001Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half of 2017. Ahhhh…more books to add to my ever growing TBR pile! I keep on saying no, I won’t buy anymore books and then I walk past a bookstore or log into Amazon and boom! I just bought a bunch even though I haven’t read the ones I already have. I lack willpower! Anyway, these books (which are listed in no particular order) are on my must-buy list! My poor wallet! Hahaha!

300378771. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech: It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

256690982. Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller: Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

281167193. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

303200534. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas: Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

303174235. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin: Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both. Continue reading