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Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On

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As a avid reader, I am always looking for the newest books to consume and devour. These are some books coming out in the next six months that I am looking forward to!

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
    • This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series. The series centers around Celaena Sardothien, an infamous assassin with a secret that could change the world in which she lives. It is a heart-gripping series that deals with love, loss, friendship, politics, and the bonds of family. It is an absolutely thrilling series that you won’t be able to put down from beginning to end.
      • September 6, 2016

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    • From the author of Anna Dressed in Blood comes this magical tale of three sisters, each heir to the throne, and each with unique magical abilities. Only one sister will be crowned queen.
      • September 20, 2016

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    • Long before the Queen of Hearts became the terror of Wonderland, she was just a young girl who wanted to follow her dreams. However, her mother had other plans for her. Having to choose between her parents’ wishes for her and what her heart wants, Catherine is tested in ways she never imagined. This is a riveting prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 
      • November 8, 2016

  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
    • Princess Dennaleia’s future has been planned out for her since she was a child. She is betrothed to the prince of Mynaria in order to bring peace between kingdoms and protect her people from hostile kingdoms. Denna has magic, an Affinity for fire, which is a dangerous gift for the future queen of Mynaria, where magic is forbidden. Learning her place in this new kingdom and trying to keep her magic in check would be a lot easier if she didn’t have to face the Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed. Within their tense relationship, they must work together after a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom in turmoil.
      • November 22, 2016

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    • From the author of Divergent comes her latest tale, Carve the Mark. In a universe where people develop unique gifts that help them shape the future, the story centers around Cyra and Akos. Cyra is the sister of a brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Her brother uses her gifts to torture his enemies, but she is smarter than even he knows. Akos is from a peace-loving country, where his loyalty to his family is limitless. When Akos and his brother are captured, he is thrown into Cyra’s world, and the two must decide to help each other or to destroy each other.
      • January 12, 2017

These are just a couple of boos that I am really excited about for this coming year! Let me know about books you can’t wait to get your hands on!

-GW

My Summer Reading: YA Books

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Hey all!

Being a YA reader for 9+ years, I have read some really awesome books and some really terrible books. I’ve had the pleasure of reading books like the Hunger Games and the Mortal Instruments series before they were cool to read. But I’m not going to lie. I started writing YA for a couple reasons, and one of the reasons was because I was starting to get in a rut with reading YA.

Because of how much I read, I have high standards. For a while before I wrote my book, I just couldn’t find a good book anywhere. I kept getting these books that had THE SAME PLOT over and over again. I was bored.  So I started writing, and I gave it time. Eventually, new writers always come to the scene and spice things up.

I have been so very fortunate to run across some amazing new authors. These authors have helped me to be excited about reading again. I can’t help but stay up reading into the wee hours of the morning. I can’t stop thinking about a book once I’ve put it down. Here are some of the books that made me love reading again:

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, and I truly enjoyed reading it. It is an easy book to read. The main character, Eleanor Fitt, is thrown into a world where zombies are real and fighting them with a corset on is not an easy challenge. While I am not normally a fan of zombie books/movies, I really enjoyed these books. The author does a great job bringing more into the conflict than just zombies and romance.
  • A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov
    • This is the second book I have read by this author, and she didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t put the book down. The author did a great job pulling me into the world of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, as did her first book. Though the two aren’t connected, I would definitely read them both. (The first book I read from her was The Red Queen’s Daughter)
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    • Also by this author, Cruel Beauty. Both books are very well written. I loved being pulled into the word of Rachelle and her dreadful fate. The book held great twists, turns, and amazing characters. This book kept me reading until 2:00 AM, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nicklerson
    • This was a book that I kept getting drawn to, so I finally broke down and read it. It was a great read. The book was inspired by the Bluebeard fairytale. I did not read the original fairytale before reading this book, but I really enjoyed the book. Sophia Petheram is a very sympathetic female lead. This book has a little bit of romance, with a dash of mystery and suspense.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
    • This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Mass, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a cool twist on the beauty and the beast fairytale. The main character, Feyre, is one that I could really relate to because she would do anything to protect her family. I loved the good guys, the villains, and everything in between. I love how this author put all of the pieces together. I can’t wait to get my hands on her other books.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
    • This is the first book in a trilogy, but all of the books are out. I loved this retold version of Robin Hood. Scarlet is a wonderful character to follow. Her journey to forgive herself and learn to let herself be worthy of love is one that will mirror a lot of readers’ situations. This is Robin Hood as we have never seen him before. These books have a great balance of murder, mystery, family drama, romance, and knives.

Hope you enjoy these books as much as I did! Let me know what you think!

-GW