November Wrap-up, December TBR + Special announcement || November 30

November hasn’t been the best month for reading but I did pretty well. In total, I read two books and am in the middle of two other books at the moment. The books I read this month were City of Bones and City of Ashes. At the moment, I am halfway through both Outlander and City of Glass.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (485 pages) – 4 stars

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) – 5 stars

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I’m on page 169 out of 541) – 4.5 stars

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I’m on page 171 out of 850) – 5 stars

December TBR

In the month of December, I am hoping to finally read/ finish the following books: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, All Fall Down by Ally Carter and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

Special Announcement

So lately I’ve been very busy on some of the days that i have scheduled to post so I decided that I would change my schedule. The Currently Reading posts that go up every Saturday will continue but, I am removing the Top Ten Tuesday. Tuesday is usually my busiest day of the week so I have a hard time posting on those days. In replacement of the Top ten Tuesdays, I will be starting to do a What’s New Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will post about news from the book universe. I’m adding onto my list of posts with a review every Monday. If I don’t have any books to review, there will be a tag post going up.

 -Alaina

Box of Books from YAWednesdays!! || November 27

*All summaries of the novels are from Goodreads*

I recently entered a giveaway on YAWednesday’s Instagram page and I won. You had a choice of a giftcard to any online bookstore or four books. Of course, I went and took up the offer and went for the four books.

When my mom got home from work this afternoon, she was carrying a box with my name on it. I was ecstatic, seeing that I hardly ever get presents. Once I opened the box, I found four beautiful books.

Book number one in the box was Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers.

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In the tiny Podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. Meagan Brother’s piercing prose in this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world.

The second book in the box was After Alice by Gregory Maguire.

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When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance? Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Book three in the box was Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson.

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Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

The final book in the box was Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson.

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In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.

Thank you so much YAWednesdays for sending me these books. Check out their blog here.

Top Five Auto-Buy Authors||November 24

Instead of doing a Top Ten Tuesday, I decided I would do a Top Five Tuesday seeing that I still don’t own to many books. Most of my books I either have a single or a pair of books in a series. But, to make this more like the title, I’m going to mix it up a bit. I’m going to count some of my most owned authors and mix in some of the ones I would automatically buy from when a new book comes out. So, here we go….

1) Carolyn Keene

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If you have never heard of Carolyn Keene before, she is the author of the Nancy Drew series. This series revolves around a young detective, Nancy, who solves different mysteries in each book. I’ve never actually read any of the Nancy Drew books that I own but I’m hopefully going to do so in 2016. Overall, I own the first ten books by Carolyn Keene.

2) Cassandra Clare

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I recently acquired one of Cassie’s well-known series, The Mortal Instruments. It follows the life of young Clary Fray as she finds herself in the Shadow world. I own all six books in this series but have only read the first two an a half. I’m currently halfway through City of Glass and am not ready to continue it at the moment.

3) Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Ahhhh! The queen of writing. Jennifer is seriously the best author if you are looking for a book about extraterrestrial/supernatural creatures. She will not let you down. I currently own the whole entire Lux series. (which is five books.) It is amazing and I highly suggest it to all of you.

4) Marie Lu

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I only own one of Marie’s books but I’ve read a whole trilogy. The Legend trilogy is incredible. It takes place in a futuristic society after the death of June Iparis’ older brother, Mathias. June is now on the search for the killer but finds Day. This series was amazing. I can’t wait to read Marie’s other series, The Young Elites.

5) Rick Yancey

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Rick Yancey has left me with all kinds of different feelings in his books. The 5th Wave series is one that you can’t miss. Cassie Sullivan is left on a journey to find her brother during the fourth wave. On the way there, she encounters a handsome silencer that she falls in love with. This series shows vulnerable amounts of love and heartbreak that you won’t want to miss. Overall, I own two books by Rick Yancey.

Currently Reading||November 21

At the moment, i am reading two books which is an unusual coincidence for me. I usually prefer to read one book at a time but, I needed a little change from The Mortal Instruments. So to simplify all of this, I am reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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I’ve been reading City of Glass for almost a week now and I’m about halfway through. Though I was getting a little bored from the series, I had to pick up another book while I take a little hiatus from TMI. I’m not saying the series is bad, it’s just a little too much for me right now. For those who don’t know what City of Glass is about, it follows the lives of an imprisoned Simon  and a worried Clary. At the beginning of the novel, Jace attempts to change Clary’s mind about going to Idris, but in the end fails. Jace invites Simon to the  Institute on the day of the portal opening for a final farewell. Everything went downhill from there. Simon turns up in Idris with the Lightwoods and later turns up in the Clave. Back in New York, Clary is able to create a portal that sends her tumbling into Idris. She later finds herself in a fight with Jace and falling in love with the endearing Sebastian. This book is amazing so far but, I’m just not ready to finish it right now.

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OUTLANDER! I have no words to describe how amazing this novel is. I’m only ten pages in and I am fascinated by how detailed the writing is. And to go along with the novel, I started listening to the Outlander soundtrack from the TV show and it is perfection.

City of Bones Review|| November 18

*Spoilers may be included towards the end*

So, recently I finished the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. City of Bones, by the queen of fantasy, Cassandra Clare, has astounded me by how marvelous this novel was. This book gave this series a strong start and led me to believe that I will have hope in an amazing series. And so far, my hope hasn’t let me down.

For those who have never read any of Cassandra’s novel, I highly suggest you try one. I was quite weary before reading this novel since I was way off the bandwagon of reading it. But, After finishing book one, I realized that no matter how far beyond the date the book was published, you can still read it. As I’m typing this, I am about halfway through book three, City of Glass and I haven’t put the book down in hours. But, as you can probably see, here I am, typing up a review for my viewers instead of lying on my bed reading.

Premise of the novel:

The whole entire Mortal instruments series revolves around the world of Shadowhunters, a species also known as the Nephilim. They are unlike normal mundanes; having a blood mixture of mundane and angel.

Clary Fray has lived in New York all of her life and has only recognized the world as a mundane world. That is, until one night at the local Pandemonium club. She distinguished the killing of a demon. But, weird as ever, she was the only one who saw it. Clary watched Jace, Isabelle and Alec kill something she thought was mundane right in front of her eyes.

By the next day, she’d already been attacked by a demon and taken to the Institute. During the duration of her stay at the Institute, Clary got to get to know the demon killing Shadowhunters better and learn how to live a life as one of them. That was, until everything turned into a disaster.

*Warning, spoilers ahead*

My thought on the novel:

Oh-my-god. In the name of the angel, I am beyond words of how much I enjoyed this book. From beginning to end, I was fully indulged. But, first, let me just say, what the heck was that ending about. Did Cassandra really have to torture me with the loss of a relationship between Clary and Jace. Did I actually read about Valentine and Jocelyn being love birds and having two children. Valentine is an evil, demon-sided Shadowhunter who doesn’t know how to support the existence of is own kind. The ending broke my heart but, I was super excited to meet the characters we didn’t get to in City of Bones. Characters like Max, Maryse and Robert Lightwood. I am ecstatic to continue this series and hopefully finish it befor ethe Shadowhunters TV show airs in January.

Currently Reading||November 15

At the moment, I am reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

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I started this book three days ago and am only thirty-three pages into it. Even though I’m only halfway into this series, I can already tell you that there are no words towards how much I love this series. It’s like you’re stuck on a roller coaster and can’t get off.

One of my friends has been begging me since the beginning of the year to read this series and I’ve held it off for so long. Now we can talk about the books without her giving me a bunch of spoilers.

The Mortal instruments is a must read for everyone.

NaNoWriMo Update||November 11

NaNoWriMo update #1

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I thought I would do really good this year and stay on top of the daily scores but, I’ve fallen behind. A lot behind. So far, I’m at a standpoint of 5,095 words. Which isn’t bad for a beginner like me but, the nano word stat counts say that for November 11th, you are supposed to be at 18,333 word.

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My story line is still in the process but I’m really liking it so far. I still haven’t come up with a title that I really like, so for now, my novel is called powerful. The title really suits the dynamics of the book.

Mini Synopsis:

The aftermath of the devastating car crash left Sabrina Jones’ parents dead. Now she’s all alone. No one to love, nothing to do. After a tough decision, Sabrina decides that it’s best if she moves across the country to start over. But, starting over isn’t what she expected. On her first night in New York, a boy named Noah stops by, having noticed the taxi in front of the apartment. They quickly become friends but, the next day, when Noah and his twin sister bring Sabrina along with them to Manhattan, everything changes. Sabrina catches a really bad case of hypothermia. But, along with that, Sabrina is changing into one of the supernatural. An angel.

Elementals #1 Cover Reveal||November 8

I am beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity to reveal the cover of  The Prophecy of Shadows, book one in Michelle Madow’s upcoming series, Elementals. Thank you so much for this opportunity. This series is perfect for readers who loved Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle.

Information:

Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing

Series: Elementals #1

Format: eBook

ISBN: 2940152448849

Synopsis:

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

Cover Reveal:

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This is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. It looks very mystical and reminds me a lot of Winter, which is good since it comes out in January. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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About the Author:

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Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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