Friday, July 31, 2015

The #FridayReads Review (7/31/15)

Welcome to The Friday Reads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own Friday Reads Review on your blog, and then leave the link in the Comments below!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Twin Star Exorcists, Vol. 1: Onmyoji

The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson (ARC)
Randomly decided to finally give this series a try and OMG IT IS AMAZING - the realistic main character, the vivid description, the diverse world, the intense religion. SO glad I have the entire series on hand to binge!

Twin Star Exorcists vol. 1 by Yoshiaki Sukeno (PBK)
The sample interested me, so I nabbed this at the library.

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall (MMP)
DNF at Page 36. The premise is really interesting but there's something off about the writing that makes the story and character not interesting. Really disappointed. 

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 18

The Demon Prince of Momochi House vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto (PBK)
4.5 Stars. Wow this was a lot better than I was expecting! Great characters, and so much potential and mystery. Definitely going to be continuing the series, as well as purchasing this pretty and future volumes. Highly recommend for Kamisama Kiss fans.

Kimi Ni Todoke vol. 18 by Karuho Shiina (PBK)
3 Stars. This continues to be a relatively interesting series, I guess - sweet when everything is going well but frustrating when not as the drama drags out way too long. Glad I'm almost out of volumes.

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)The Accident Season

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (PBK)
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (ARC)
I know I'll want to slide straight into the next book after Fire & Thorns, but Accident Season has seriously been calling my name so we'll have to see...

So what are you reading this week?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WoW: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (Sarvenaz Tash)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which one spotlights an upcoming release they are eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
Title: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...

Archie and Veronica...

Althena and Noth...

...Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic,The Althena Chronicles, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

Why I'm Looking Forward To It: After The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (which I recommend and reviewed here) I craved more stories set in comic conventions, and like I'd wished upon a genie's lamp this book appeared! REALLY excited for this one (especially with that awesome cover!).

So what book are you waiting on?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Nobody's Goddess (Amy McNulty)

Nobody's Goddess (Never Veil #1)
Title: Nobody's Goddess
Series: Never Veil Series, Book 1
Author: Amy McNulty
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Told: First Person (Noll), Past Tense
Content Rating: Older Teen (mistreatment and abuse of women, violence)
Format Read: Paperback (library)
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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. 

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.

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In a Sentence: An engrossing and thought-provoking fantasy about choices and consequences with a unique premise but selfish main character.

This was an interesting tale that considered what would happen if one gender almost completely dominated the other. Its main focus was on woman over man - if a woman had control over one man, and could only be with one man, but could not choose that man. Here the man is struck by the magical equivalent of love at first sight, and then the woman is left with three choices: be with him and love him, be with him but don't love him, and don't be with him and be alone forever. Although a woman's order to her man must be followed, this seemed little consolation given the option she is forced to choose is sometimes the best of the worst. And what happens if you don't love a man, but another woman?

Men appear get the short end of the stick (especially since being turned away by your woman sends you to live a rather half-life in the commune), but the flip-side does come up as well: what would things be like if men had full power over women? Highly unsettling in this book, but the study in contrast was intriguing, especially from main character Noll's female-dominant perspective.

While Nol's perspective was interesting though, I did struggle with her personality. She was a bit too selfish for me, taking what she wanted and fighting against the happiness of others if it didn't coincide with her own. I also had a hard time following her reasoning, which made for some confusion at times. But her biggest sin for me was that she didn't even try to fall for her man. Since she couldn't have what she wanted (essentially another woman's man), she didn't even give her own a second thought, and that frustrated me. Not that falling for him would've necessarily been a good thing - while the romantic in me rooted for them to be together, I also felt a foreboding that if she fell for him it would mean the end of the world, or at least her relatively peaceful one. This made for a rather thrilling emotional struggle on my part, not knowing which side to take, but I would've liked Noll to have been at least a little tempted by him.

Overall this story was more thinker than entertainment for me, but that's not to say it wasn't entertaining. Once I picked up this book I didn't want to put it down, and found myself sneaking paragraphs whenever and wherever I could. I did struggle a bit in the middle, but stayed up very late to finish the last few chapters (an extremely rare occurrence for me). There is a lot more to the plot than the summary implies, involving multiple worlds and revolutions and lots of magic, but part of what made this book engrossing was the mystery of what lay beyond the summary, so I'll just leave it at that and you'll have to discover the rest for yourself.

Conclusion: While I did have some problems with the main character, overall this was a rather engrossing and interesting fantasy. Recommend for readers who like stories that make them think. I thought the end wrapped up the story rather well, but this is the first in the Never Veil trilogy. Without a summary to go on right now, I'm curious how the story will expand.

For Fans Of: possibly Beauty and the Beast

Scribble Rating
3.5 of 5 Scribbles

Friday, July 24, 2015

The #FridayReads Review (7/24/15)

Welcome to The Friday Reads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own Friday Reads Review on your blog, and then leave the link in the Comments below!

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 02 (Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, #2)

The Demon Prince of Momochi House vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto (PBK)
Looks a lot like Kamisama Kiss, which could be either a good or bad thing - we'll see.

Sakura Hime vol. 2 by Arina Tanemura (PBK)
Really enjoyed the first volume (see below), so I'm excited to see where the series goes!

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 11
kimi ni todoke vol. 11 by Karuho Shiina (PBK)
This series began a really good read, but the main couple getting together dragged on so long I eventually got seriously frustrated. Now that they're together (FINALLY) I think it's time for a break. 

The Cage (The Cage, #1)School for SidekicksSakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 01 (Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, #1)

The Cage by Megan Shepherd (ARC)
2.5 Stars. Like the characters in their cage I slowly went mad in the pages of this book. The story was not the good chill of a read that I expected, instead a slow build of dread and delusion that disturbed me. However, while I really struggled with the first three-fourths of the book, the alien parts were interesting and the last few chapters were engaging enough that I actually want to read the next book to see what happens. Review to come.

School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough (ARC)
4 Stars. Seriously fun middle grade superhero adventure! A campy but also complex story about heroes and villains. The first half was a little young for my reading mood, but I really enjoyed the second half. Definitely hoping for a sequel! Review to come.

Sakura Hime vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura (PBK)
4 Stars. A new twist on the classic princess with powers trope. Really intriguing, will definitely be reading more!

LinesmanThe Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall (MMP)
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (PBK)
I've been craving an adult sci-fi so Linesman is really tempting, but Invisible Library has been calling me for a while so I'm torn! Will finish my manga pile and then see what piques my interest the most this weekend...

So what are you reading this week?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WoW: Starflight (Melissa Landers)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which one spotlights an upcoming release they are eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Starflight (Starflight, #1)
Title: Starflight
Author: Melissa Landers
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world--and each other--the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

Why I'm Looking Forward To It: This has a SERIOUS Firefly vibe, and there's nothing I like more from a sci-fi story than a Firefly vibe. Needs and needs now!

So what book are you waiting on?

Friday, July 17, 2015

The #FridayReads Review (7/17/15)

Welcome to The Friday Reads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own Friday Reads Review on your blog, and then leave the link in the Comments below!

The Cage (The Cage, #1)Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 03

The Cage by Megan Shepherd (ARC)
I was hoping for a good kind of chill with this book, but I'm getting the opposite. Like the characters in the story I'm slowly being driven mad by its disturbing vibe, but I have a morbid curiosity to finish it. 

kimi ni todoke vol. 3 by Karuho Shiina (PBK)
Thankfully I have this light story to balance out the madness! Not sure how this contemporary series can run for 23 volumes and counting, but I'm determined to find out!

Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 02

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (ARC)
4 Stars. A rich sequel with lots of magic and mystery that while it did suffer a little from MDS shouldn't be missed if you loved the first book! Review to come.

kimi ni todoke vol. 2 by Karuho Shiina (PBK)
4 Stars. This series is so sweet! Lots of smiles and sniffles. Will definitely be continuing.

School for Sidekicks
School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough (ARC)
After the crazy darkness of The Cage I'll need something younger and fun, and this looks like it'll fit the bill! 

So what are you reading this week?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WoW: Their Fractured Light (Kaufman & Spooner) & Winter (Meyer)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blogging event hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which one spotlights an upcoming release they are eagerly anticipating.

This week I have TWO pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" series enders:

Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)
Title: Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

Why I'm Looking Forward To It: Yeah, considering the first two books in this series were my favorite reads of 2013 and 2014, I'm not sure why I haven't featured this yet either. I think I've just been too busy flailing over the absolutely gorgeous cover and that it will in fact be about Sofia!! (Totally called it.) Looking forward to re-reading the first two books this fall/winter and then finishing the series with this pretty in December, which alas I'll have to read hardcover but it'll be worth it.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)
Title: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Why I'm Looking Forward To It: I'm a little behind on this series (I have yet to read Cress, and Fairest - what can I say, I struggle with series), but I absolutely LOVED the first two books and am looking forwarding to finishing this amazing series soon!

So what book(s) are you waiting on?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: The Winner's Curse (Marie Rutkoski)

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
Title: The Winner's Curse
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Content Rating: Older Teen (violence, brief attack, sensuality)
Format Read: ARC (publisher)
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Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. 

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

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Review copy provided by publisher for an honest review. Thank you, FSG!

In a Sentence: An interesting story and atypical romance but with a writing style I couldn't connect with.

When this book was first announced, I immediately added it to my wishlist. When the breathtaking cover was released, I couldn't get my hands on a copy fast enough. Everyone reading it early gave it nothing but praises, so when I finally acquired The Winner's Curse I went into it last April with very high expectations.

But to my surprise and disappointment, I did not love it - I didn't even really enjoy it. Every other person I knew adored it though, and as it was really just my type of read I figured it must've been my mood at the time. Since I never ended up finishing my review, I set my copy in the re-read pile with the plan to try it again soon, and when the author was scheduled to appear at my local indie I decided the time had finally come. This time, however, I went into it with very low expectations, on the lookout for redeeming qualities, and I'm glad to say that I found them in the more emotionally connected second half and the offbeat romance. But still, I had my problems.

While at its core the story was interesting, I just couldn't connect with the writing. In the first half, the choppy style and 3rd Person point of view put too much distance between myself and the characters' emotions, as well as the action - I felt disconnected and therefore disinterested in what happened to anyone. The second half was more engaging but also more unsatisfying with its painfully short scenes and disjointed pacing, although with time comes better understanding and I finally connected somewhat with the characters as the story progressed. The end was a disappointment though, condensing a lot of possibly interesting action that could've taken up chapters into a few short paragraphs, and I finished feeling rushed and unsatisfied.

The uncommon romance was interesting, though. Their hearts on opposite sides of a war, they struggled to hold back in the face of loyalty to their people. Love will out, of course, but not without guilt and grief and prices paid to save the other. It's a classic tale, but one I haven't come across in YA as of late, so it was a bit refreshing.

Conclusion: While the second read wasn't as disappointing as the first, I still had my problems with the writing and pacing. However, since I have an ARC of Book 2, The Winner's Crime, I will continue the series. Perhaps like the first book, all this series needs is a little time.

Scribble Rating
2.5 of 5 Scribbles

Friday, July 10, 2015

The #FridayReads Review (7/10/15)

Welcome to The Friday Reads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own Friday Reads Review on your blog, and then leave the link in the Comments below!

Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (ARC)
With CampNano in full swing it's been a slow reading week for me. I am making progress though, and only have about a fourth to go. The first half was a little slow as they recuperated from the events of the last book, but they returned to the action in the second half and it's been all the tense all the time since. I've heard there's a huge cliffhanger at the end, so the dread it is building...

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 3S.A, Vol. 17

The Assassination Classroom vol. 3 by Yusei Matsui (PBK)
3.5 Stars. This continues to be an amusing and entertaining series. Will definitely be reading more.

Special A vol. 17 by Maki Minami (PBK)
3.5 Stars for the series (this is the last volume). A manga friend recommended the series and since my library branch had most of the volumes shelved I decided to binge them. Overall it's a light, fun, romantic read without much substance. As with Maki's other series, Voice Over!, it got better as it went along, although it fell a little short for me at the end.

The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)
The Nightmare Academy by Mindee Arnett (ARC)
After winning the third book from the author (*flails*), I'm dying to re-read this pretty and binge the rest! If I can get my hands on a softcover of The Nightmare Dilemma soon...

So what are you reading this week?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (Brian Katcher)

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
Title: The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak
Series: standalone
Author: Brian Katcher
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Told: First Person Duo (Zak & Ana), Present Tense
Content Rating: Teen (language, violence)
Format Read: ARC (trade)
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It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

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In a Sentence: A fun and funny contemporary romance that made me laugh and satisfied my con fix.

Before you pick up this book, I think there are two things you should know:

1: Suspension of disbelief is a must. The word "improbable" is in the title for a reason - this story reads like a zany and rather unrealistic teen romance movie, entertainment purely for its sake, and should therefore not be taken too seriously. This was one of the few instances when I felt lucky to have skimmed the reviews before picking it up, because based on the realism disappointments of others I went into The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak with a complete suspension of disbelief and expected nothing more than a light, fun read. 

And a light, fun read was exactly what I got with this quick and funny story about a veteran attendee and disgruntled newbie at a sci-fi convention who get into one bad and usually improbable situation after another that begin with mistaken identity and rash judgment and spiral all the way into criminal confrontation as they desperately search for an escaped brother. While the situations could be a bit over the top though, the characters were realistic and flawed and relatable. Some readers may dislike Ana's attitude, but considering her circumstances I could understand where it came from. And Zak seemed a slacker, but he just hadn't found his motivation yet. Both learn and grow for the better by the end.

2: This book will probably mainly appeal to sci-fi/fantasy/comic-book convention attendees. It's rife with inside jokes and comments, and even though I've attended many cons over the years I still didn't get all of them. But I usually stick to the dealer's room and a few must-see panels and have yet to stay past dinner (health issues) so I wasn't surprised. Needless to say, this exploration into all the stuff I usually miss out on was fun and crazy and really made the book for me. But for someone who hasn't set foot in a con, I could see this being a somewhat confusing and eyebrow-raising read.

Note to Guys: Just in case it might, don't let the romance element put you off - it's very mild, and I really think guys would enjoy this book just as much as girls! It's told from both Zak and Ana's point of views, and in my opinion the arrow on the cover really should've been shot from Zak, not Ana. ;)

Conclusion: A quick and comical story that I recommend to con lovers looking for a fun read. I powered through it in two days, which means for many it should prove an excellent summer afternoon read. Will definitely be giving Brian Katcher's other works a look!

For Fans Of: sci-fi/fantasy/comic conventions

Scribble Rating
4 of 5 Scribbles

Friday, July 3, 2015

The #FridayReads Review (7/3/15)

Welcome to The Friday Reads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own Friday Reads Review on your blog, and then leave the link in the Comments below!

Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (ARC)
Although the flashbacks are a little nerve-wracking, returning to this series has been like coming home - absolutely loving it!

Assassination Classroom vol. 2 by Yusei Matsui (PBK)
Despite the dark premise, this series has been really fun!

Nobody's Goddess (Never Veil #1)Yukarism, Vol. 3

Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty (PBK)
3.5 Stars. An engrossing and thought-provoking fantasy story about choices and consequences with a unique premise but selfish main character. Review to come.

Yukarism vol. 3 by Chika Shiomi (PBK)
4.5 Stars. This series continues to get better and better - can't wait to see what happens next!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (PBK)
Who am I kidding, I'm apparently on a serious fantasy kick right now so why stop? Since a new series in this world has begun, I should finish the first one - time to re-read this pretty and beyond!

So what are you reading this week?