5 Books I Read Because of Hype

I’m one of those readers who runs on recommendations. I’m always looking for the latest craze or hype-inducing storyline. I want to know what I’m talking about when I join the conversation, so I always fall prey to hype. These are 5 books that I read because of all the conversations they started amongst the blogosphere and Goodreads threads.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

SO MANY people told me to read this book. I was skeptical because I hadn’t really gotten into the contemporary scene at that point. But I finally decided to dive in on a sick day and I’m so glad that I did. Since I finished reading about Anna and Etienne, I’ve read the next two books in this companion story trio and I loved them. This book is the reason I reach for a contemporary romance. Plus that cover art. *Swoon*

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I love high fantasy. I’m always interested in new worlds and innovative magic systems. I’d heard a lot of people talk about this series after the sequel came out, but the cover threw me off. It seemed weird, I’ll be honest. But I watched a spoiler-free review of the first book and the vlogger was SO into it. I love fangirling, so I wanted what she was having. And now? I freaking love this series. I always pre-order the new books long in advance and anxiously await their arrival, even clearing my schedule for them. These stories consume me. There are so many characters and so much world building that I’m too invested to stop now.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Everyone and their cat’s mom has talked about this series. I’m all about historical fiction and time travel, plus romance and Scotland…hubba hubba. But then, the romance also made me hesitated. I’m not one of those people who just LOVES blush inducing love scenes, call me crazy. Once the TV show started airing, I wanted to be part of the conversation, so I picked up the first book. I actually read it as I watched the episodes, which was pretty interesting. Then I watched the second season of the show and haven’t read the book. I AM glad that I read it. I thought the writing was powerful and the world was engaging. I would like to continue the series, but I haven’t settled on whether it’ll be print or TV, or both.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I read a few blog posts and watched some booktube videos of readers raving about this story, so I picked it up. I sat down and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Not necessarily because it was a work of genius, but because it hooked me in and I had the time. Since then, the sequel has been released and I have yet to read it. I don’t really remember what happened in the first book, probably because I read it TOO quickly. I don’t know that I’ll pick up the second book any time soon. I already have it on my Kindle, staring at me, longing to be given a chance. Maybe the hype sucked me in TOO much the first time around.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Again I say, I love me some historical fiction. Last year, I was on a major WWII kick and read book after book about that time period. I was also teaching The Diary of Anne Frank along with a WWII unit, so I was thirsty for more information. Everyone kept telling me that I should read this book, but the page count was daunting. Once I finally decided to give it a chance, I flew through it. The characters lept off the page and I was so emotionally invested in their fictional little lives. I love this book. It’ll forever be one of my favorites.

What books has hype made you read? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

Final Reading Challenge Update

I’d planned on this being my 3rd of 4 total reading challenge updates for the year, but…I’M FINISHED. That’s right, friends. I have completed my reading challenge for 2016. This year, I was motivated to complete the challenge, but to BE challenged. This list didn’t encourage me to look for certain types of books, but rather to read what I wanted and see how I could fit it into the challenge.

I’m wanting to do something different for 2017. I don’t think I want to do a list of challenges like this for the third year in a row. Any suggestions?

In the meantime, check out the list of 50 books below! For books that I wrote full reviews on, I’ve included the link to that page!

Challenges completed: 50/50

  1. A winner from the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read my full review HERE)
  2. A book about books – Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (read my full review HERE)
  3. A book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title (who/what/when/where/why) – What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  5. A book set more than 100 years ago – An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers (read my full review HERE)
  6. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you – The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay (read my full review HERE)
  7. A book by an author who writes under more than one name – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling  (read my full review HERE)
  8. A fairytale from a culture other than your own – The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (I Googled “fairytale” and according to the world wide web, “myth” is a synonym for “fairytale”. So it’s a stretch, but I’m running with it.) (read my full review HERE)
  9. A historical fiction book – The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson (read my full review HERE)
  10. An award winning book (ex: Newberry Medal, National Book Award, etc.) – Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (read my full review HERE)
  11. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (read my full review HERE)
  12. A book published in 2016 – Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (read my full review HERE)
  13. A book with a blue spine or cover – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (read my full review HERE)
  14. A book with a horrible/ugly cover – Nothing But the Truth by Avi
  15. A book picked for you by someone else – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (read my full review HERE)
  16. A favorite book you read for a second time – A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers (read my full review HERE)
  17. A book you feel that everyone has read but you – Wolf by Wolf  by Ryan Graudin (read my full review HERE)
  18. A book recommended by a famous person – For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (read my full review HERE)
  19. A book you know nothing about – Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  20. A book set in the country of your ancestors – An Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus (read my full review HERE)
  21. A book with a child as the main character – Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  22. A book with an unreliable narrator – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (read my full review HERE)
  23. A book whose main character shares your name (first, middle, or last) – Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  24. A book set during a war (historical or fictional war) – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  25. A chick-lit book – This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  26. A book written before you were born – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (read my full review HERE)
  27. A collection of poems – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (While it may not be a “collection” of poems, there were poems throughout it. So I’m counting it. Ha!) (read my full review HERE)
  28. A book outside your comfort zone (genre, topic, number of pages, etc.) –The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (read my full review HERE)
  29. A book about second chances – Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado (read my full review HERE)
  30. A prequel to a book series – Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (read my full review HERE)
  31. A book that has more than one author – Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  32. A book by an author who is from a different country – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (read my full review HERE)
  33. A book that’s an author’s debut novel – That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  34. A book that you got for free – Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
  35. A book that was made into a movie, TV series, or mini-series – Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen [Movie version = How to Deal] (read my full review HERE)
  36. A play that was adapted into a musical or a movie – Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
  37. A book that’s on the bestseller list – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  38. A book spun off from another book – The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
  39. A book that made you laugh out loud – Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs (read my full review HERE)
  40. An audiobook –Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (read my full review HERE)
  41. A book your grandma (or other family member) loves – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  42. A book with a nonhuman protagonist – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (read my full review HERE)
  43. A book that takes place at a university – The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright (read my full review HERE)
  44. A mystery or thriller – I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  45. A book recommended by a blog or Booktube video – Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson (read my full review HERE)
  46. A book that takes place during a holiday – Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (read my full review HERE)
  47. A book you own, but haven’t read – The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (read my full review HERE)
  48. A book that you’ve “been meaning to read” – Ms. Marvel, Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson
  49. A book you read with a friend or a book club – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (read my full review HERE)
  50. A book you saw someone reading – Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs (read my full review HERE)

 Are you working towards completing a reading challenge? Do you have any recommendations for a 2017 Reading Challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

September 2016 Wrap Up

This month has been a dud for reading. I’ve been so busy with work and moving…I’ve had very little time to read. In the end, I managed to read a total of THREE books.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

  • Unexpected. Day of the Dead. Graphic Novel.
  • My rating: 4 stars

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

  • Lysandra. Manon. Elide. (Obviously what I love about this book is people. Female people.)
  • My rating: 4.5 stars

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

  • Unexpected. Creepy. Quick and easy.
  • My rating: 4 stars

What all did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

*As this is the 5th book in a series, there will be spoilers if you aren’t caught up!*

“Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.”

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Synopsis from GoodreadsThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Feelings: I will always love Sarah J. Maas’s books. The last 4 in this series swept me up and I couldn’t fully express my love for them, which really is a testament to Maas’s ability to tell a story and develop characters. Her world building went to new levels in Empire of Storms, with more appearances by spirits and now some gods, the introduction of new lands, and the meeting of worlds. We have new bad guys. We have new good guys.

When Aelin was Celaena, she was one of my favorite characters ever. By book 5, I care less about her and am far more invested in the supporting cast. Now, there are quite a few characters who run together in my mind (like everyone in the cadre…beautiful, strong, love Maeve, troubled…they’re the same) BUT then ladies in this story are awesome. They’re there for each other (even Manon in her own way) and supporting in ways that the male characters just can’t hang.

Issues: The whole Lock thing threw me. As I was reading, I kept thinking…How is this going to work?  There are so many elements that are going to have to come together just right in order for this to work. If it was any other author, I’d be like NOPE THIS WON’T WORK.

When this series started, the world was fairly small. At this point, there are so many people and places that were mentioned in passing that are now major and I feel disjointed. Where are we? I had to check the map more times in this book than any other book with a map that I’ve read before. Who is this person? I had to rack my brain through 8 million pages of previously read text to try and remember them.

When the gods kept showing up…then the mirror thing (which totally felt like a pensieve from Harry Potter)…I honestly was just getting lost. I had to re-read a large number of paragraphs. I’m not dumb…there were just so many new elements and connections across books that it took me a minute to catch up.

Where was Chaol? How did he go from a vital character in the first 2 books to a nobody who literally isn’t even in book 5? He’ll probably show up and save everyone everywhere in the end, I just can’t understand how he went from hero to zero so quickly.

Characters:  I love Manon and Dorian’s connection in this book! I’m one of those rare people who thought her chapters were fascinating when we were first introduced to Manon, so I’m glad that she’s part of the main crew by book 5. Her knowledge and background adds so much complexity! She and Dorian are both so strong and have the survival of a people group on their shoulders. I was genuinely concerned about the survival of The Thirteen! Those witches don’t play. I’m really interested to see where Manon’s storyline goes as she and her witch crew take up their new mission. And Dorian tags along.

Aelin is STILL keeping secrets from everyone everywhere. I did really enjoy the scene where she taps into her Celaena personality traits to surprise Rolfe and Rowan. It was like a moment of relief because Aelin is so troubled, but Celaena was always really free and kind of whatever. This book series has grown and changed so much that I feel like I don’t connect with Aelin anymore, like I don’t even know who she is. Her relationship with Rowan takes an ultimate right turn at the end of this book and I’m really uncertain about where this is all going, especially with Lysandra’s role as a shapeshifter. (I know that doesn’t make sense if you haven’t read the book, but I don’t want to be specific and spoil anything!)

LYSANDRA IS QUEEN. Or at least, she should be because she is incredible. Her gifts are insane and she’s SO intelligent. In Queen of Shadows I could instantly tell that she would be important, but I just thought it would be so that Aelin had a female companion in her crew. But no. She was vitally important to the survivial of everyone. I love her and Aedion’s bond, how slow they’re moving and how understanding they are. It’s totally different than the other love stories in this series.

Elide and Lorcan…I was NOT sure how that would all turn out, but I didn’t think it would end the way it did. Elide was such a sweet balance to Lorcan’s fury and I’m glad that she got some more page time. Lorcan…Lorcan is softening, but he’s still infuriating.

Final thoughts: When I think about this series as a whole, it feels like there have been 10 books. The story has changed SO MUCH. I have some concerns moving forward, like what’s going to happen when this war is over? Is Aelin actually fit to rule? All she knows how to do is fight. What will all her friends do when this ends? I just don’t know. There’s only 1 book left. Ultimately, I thought this book was good. It had some really strong moments, especially when it comes to characterization, but plot holes and questions are preventing this book from being amazing for me.

Also, make sure you read Assassin’s Blade before you pick this book up!

 

Goodreads rating: 4.65/5

Amazon.com rating: 4.7/5

My rating: 4.5/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

“Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.”

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Synopsis from Goodreads:  They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other. Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Feelings: I read this book last year just before its sequel came out at the insistence of our school librarian. She raved about it and told me I would really enjoy it, and she’s usually right about such things. I think I read this book in a day, the first time I read it. Then I immediately got the sequel and devoured it, too. I wanted to read these books again because the third installment in this trilogy was coming out and I had it pre-ordered. I read so many books and get so engrossed in each one that over time, I completely forget what the previous books were about. So that’s what happened here.

And again…I read this book in a day. I love the world building that Rutkoski does – the history, the culture, the depth. I want more! There’s a long history of strife between these two people groups and you can almost tangibly feel it because of the way she writes it. What I hope for in the next two books is more on the history side. We know a little about a lot of things, at this point. I have some questions that I hope get answered!

Issues: I flipped back and forth between the print version and the audiobook a few times, but once I hit the halfway mark, I was so over the audio. The narrator was too pronouncey, you know what I mean? Like every word was emphasized and it was exhausting. I was distracted by it.

I really like the cover art for both the original hardback and the paperback editions. Now they’ve released a new cover and I don’t necessarily love it.

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(Left to right: 2014 hardcover, 2015 paperback, 2015 cover change)

On the one hand, they seem to fit Kestrel’s character a little bit more – she’s more of a fighting gear kind of girl, rather than a poofy dress one. On the other hand, the new covers feel a loootttt like the Throne of Glass books. Just saying.

I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. Kestrel is intelligent and strong, but she’s also proud and has a snobbish air about her. Arin is also intelligent and strong, but has secrets and a history that we don’t know, really, that much about. The minor characters were kind of come-and-go, so I wasn’t “around” them much to form an opinon on them. I feel kind of meh about both Kestrel and Arin. I was with them for nearly 400 pages and I still feel like I don’t truly know them. Maybe that’s a good thing? Maybe the second book will hold some serious character development.

Characters: This book has been slated as Fantasy, but that’s really only because of the fact that it takes place in a made up world. There aren’t any magical elements or mythical creatures. This is a book about imperfect people and the choices they’re faced with. I found myself going back and forth between supporting the characters and then shaking my head at them. The two main characters were both so right and yet, so wrong at the same time. They were both driven by different and also similar things, causing them to act in ways that were both unforgivable and understandable, if that even makes sense.

The first time I read this, I remember feeling like the love interests were too I love you, I hate you, I can’t be with you, Love me forever but I didn’t really feel that way this time around. Maybe that happens a lot in the sequel…we’ll see because I’m just about ready to pick it up!

Final thoughts: Rutkoski’s writing is what kept me engaged and enthralled the whole time I was reading. I am really into this world and am curious about what will happen, but I know that the second book will either make it or break it for me. Stay tuned.

Pick this up if you liked:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Goodreads rating: 4.06/5

Amazon.com rating: 4.4/5

My rating: 4.25/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge

People of the earth…I DID IT! I completed the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge! Now, I’ll be honest…I stretched a few of the challenges, but I did what I had to do to make it work. Ain’t no shame in my reading challenge game. I included a link for any and all books I wrote full reviews for.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  2. A classic romance: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Stacy King (a stretch, but I’m SO counting it!)
  3. A book that became a movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (movie coming soon!)
  4. A book published this year: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  5. A book with a number in the title: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  6. A book written by someone under 30: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  7. A book with nonhuman characters: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  8. A funny book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrew
  9. A book by a female author: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  10. A mystery or thriller: Jackaby by William Ritter
  11. A book with a one-word title: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  12. A book of short stories: Four by Veronica Roth
  13. A book set in a different country: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  14. A nonfiction book: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
  15. A popular author’s first book: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult
  17. A book a friend recommended: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  19. A book based on a true story: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  21. A book your mom loves: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  22. A book that scares you: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  23. A book more than 100 years old: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: The Heir by Kiera Cass
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  26. A memoir: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  27. A book you can finish in a day: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund 
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Bridge to Haven  by Francine Rivers (Hollywood)
  30. A book that came out the year you were born: Maus by Art Spiegelman (some of the original came out the year I was born)
  31. A book with bad reviews: Monster by Walter Dean Myers (this one has the worst reviews of all the books I read…although it doesn’t necessarily have bad reviews)
  32. A trilogy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  33. A book from your childhood: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by J.K. Rowling
  34. A book with a love triangle: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (this whole series has a couple of love triangles)
  35. A book set in the future: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  36. A book set in high school: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  37. A book with a color in the title: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  38. A book that made you cry: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  39. A book with magic: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  40. A graphic novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  42. A book you own but have never read: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (While I’m not from Paris, France…there aren’t many books that take place in Paris, Texas, so I’m counting this one.)
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (I read the manga edition, but I’m absolutely counting it.)
  45. A book set during Christmas: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (a bit of a stretch…but part of it DOES happen at Christmas time!)
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials (CR): Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (No, these aren’t my initials BUT it IS my last name…so I’m just going to chalk that up to a win!)
  47. A play:The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  48. A banned book: Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (it’s on a list of challenged books, so I’m sure it’s been banned somewhere)
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  50. A book you started but never finished: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Did you complete any reading challenges this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

Top 5 Books of 2015

I read quite a few books that were released this year and I’ve chosen my 5 favorites! Note, I’ve limited this list to books that were published this year. These are my top rated books of the year. In fact, I gave the first three books ratings of 5 stars! (Clearly, YA Fantasy is my genre of choice.)

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1) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

THIS BOOK YOU GUYS. If you haven’t read this, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your time. Work doesn’t matter. Friends don’t matter. This book is your new top priority. I didn’t know anything about this book when I dove in, and I highly recommend that’s how you approach it. All I’ll say is that it involves some Ocean’s 11-type heisting, smart magical elements, and top notch characterization. 5 stars ALL OF THE STARS [Read my full review here.]

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2) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This book has been a long time coming. In case you’ve been living under a rock of solitude for the last couple of years, this is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and it is seriously EPIC. I don’t think I can say anything about this book without spoiling the previous 3, but I WILL say that it has bad-a queenliness, some shocking WHAT moments, and mastermindedness. [Read my full review here.]

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3) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This book is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and I. Loved. It. Now, I’ll be honest and say that I was really in the mood for everything this book served up when I read it, so I enjoyed it more than the average reader. I acknowledge that. This book was so refreshing and I read it in one sitting. [Read my full review here.]

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4) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read this book into the wee hours of the morning for a few nights in a row. I was victim of the classic, “Just one more chapter” phenomenon. This book had me at hello. Seriously, after the first few pages I was like YYEEEESSSSS here we go! This book has a unique spy vs soldier dynamic, a lot of twists, and some serious intrigue. I can’t wait for the sequel. [Read my full review here.]

 

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5) The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Last, but certainly not least, I loved this book. This is the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling, which I only picked up because Emma Watson said she loved it. I didn’t even know what it was about, I just wanted to see what type of literature excites Hermione Granger. I really enjoyed the first book, but the SEQUEL?…amazing. I had a few small, personal issues with some elements…but they’re things I can get over. [Read my full review of the first book here.]

What are your favorite books released in 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn