The Stormlight Archive (Re) Read #LexieSA

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With OATHBRINGER, Book 3 in the Stormlight Archives, coming out on November 14 I thought it was high time to start rereading the series. After all its only about 2100 pages right?

I began on October 1st and barring some delays (totally forgot about NYCC and the exhaustion that entails) I’ve gone at a good clip. If you’ve been following along on Twitter you would have seen me use the hashtag #LexieSA.

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Book Review: Before She Ignites

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Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Pros – Mira, the entire theme of not being silenced (by yourself or others), dragons

Cons – Plot points brought up and left dangling (I know this is only the first book but still), the format, Mira toddled between realistic in her naivety and unrealistic a bit too frequently for me

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Book Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

 

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Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

Pros – Jack, the Moors, Jill (yes I’m surprised)

Cons – None. Except you know poor Jack’s happiness…

Notes – While technically the second book in the Wayward Children series, this is a prequel to EVERY HEART A DOORWAY in terms of Jack & Jill’s story. As such if you already read EVERY HEART you know the outcome of Jack’s choice here, but the choices made to get to that choice are what’s most intriguing.

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Book Review: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

 

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Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop’s dumpster on a hot summer day.

This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you’d want to follow.

Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

Pros – …fast paced?

Cons – disturbed me greatly

Notes – I have a hard time grading this book. I’d give it 3 Stars, because it did keep my attention and it was engaging on a level, but the utter brutality and dis-likability of the entire cast is hard to get over.

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Blog Tour: BEFORE SHE IGNITES

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Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

by Jodi Meadows

496 pages

Expected publication: September 12th, 2017

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis:

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland. But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect. No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

US Amazon – UK Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository

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Beautiful, Jaw-Dropping Collector’s Editions You Need to Pre-Order Right Away: City of Bones, Red Queen, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Did you know…

That the powers that be are coming out with a 10th anniversary edition to City of Bones that looks like a book about magic and spells and pretty much awesomeness? Also according to EW.com the book will have “a cloth-over-board jacket with text and art stamped in foil”.

I can already feel my bookish senses tingling.

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I Pledge Myself to the #TheReadingQuest #BookChallenge #BardEdition

The Reading Quest Sign Up Post

I love Reading Challenges. I’ve tried so many times to do them and once upon a time, when I first started blogging I completed them. Often! It was a great way to find new titles while feeling productive.

I fell off them for a long time because I found it really hard to do the Challenges while also keeping up with my Review Requests. But this Challenge? It sounds a lot of fun.

My co-blogger Taschima, going for the Rogue Path, posted about her Challenge Stats so I recommend you go check it out since Bard and Rogue share a tile together (though we do not share any books at this point in time).

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#YABooksDealAlert #e-books at dirt ass cheap prices!

I will keep this short and simple. Drop whatever you are doing, head over to amazon, AND START SPENDING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON THESE YA BOOK DEALS.

I mean, these Young Adult titles are basically all around the $3 mark for the e-book edition.

$3!!! (or less)

I do not know how long these deals will last, heck they could be done tomorrow, or in 5 minutes, so go, run, fly.

Shut Up, Take my Money

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I Pledge Myself to the #TheReadingQuest #BookChallenge #RogueEdition

The Reading Quest Sign Up Post

I am not a “joiner”. I don’t do book tours, I don’t do book challenges for the most part, I like to read at my own flow and not be hurried or pressured by deadlines.

HOWEVER, this challenge makes me want to throw my convictions out the window. So I did.

#TheReadingQuest is a reading book challenge hosted by readatmidnight.com. This is the description according to her blog’s sign up post:

“I invite you to join me on a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest. In this challenge, you’ll be embarking on a journey to conquer your TBR pile through a series of stages. You’ll read new stories, gain experience, and level up a character of your choosing.”

Video-game quest? Gain experience? LEVEL UP? Oh my, sign me up! It is definitely one of the most involved challenges I have ever come across. Not to mention the graphics for this challenge are so beautiful, huge props go to CW of Read, Think, Ponder for her terrific work.

You get to choose between 4 different characters archetypes: Knight, Bard, Mage, and Rogue.

Reading Quest Board

Both Lexie and me are joining this particular challenge, and so we agreed that each of us should choose different characters in order to have more variety and cover more ground. I choose…

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Book Review: Soleri

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The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.

On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.

Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

Pros – Kepi, women came into power, friendship goals

Cons – Sometimes hard to keep track of who relates to who, plans got a bit convoluted and unnecessarily messy at times

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