Read-a-thon Day 2 + 3

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Day 2 Recap:

Currently Reading:

A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God by Bill Fuller

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Books Finished:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Pages Read Today: 

270

Total Pages Read: 370

Day 3 Recap:

Currently Reading:

A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God by Bill Fuller

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Pages Read Today:

73

Total Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 443

I’ve really been slacking today, but I feel like I have some time to catch up! I really want to finish a few more books before this weekend is over!

Day 1 Recap

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It’s time for the January Read-a-Thon!!!

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Today’s Day 1 for the January Read-a-Thon. To be honest, I didn’t get as much reading in as I’d expected to, which was disappointing. But I did find some time to write, so I suppose I did spend more time being productive!

Day 1 Recap:

Total Pages Read: 100

Currently Reading:

Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Up Next:

The Art of Frozen

What are you currently reading? What are your goals for the week?

 

Top 10 2015 Releases I MEANT to Read

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This happens to me every. Year. There are books I’m so extremely excited to get to . . Then I get distracted and end up reading something else instead. Here are the ones that I’m going to end up reading in 2016 because 2015 just didn’t have enough time for reading in it!

1. Six of Crows. I absolutely loved Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy so I ordered this one as soon as it came out. It’s still on the TBR pile.

2. Shadow Scale. The problem with this one is that I LOVED the first book, Seraphina, but it took so long for the sequel to come out that I feel like I need to reread the first book before I get around to this one.

3. Invasion of the Tearling. The Queen of the Tearling was really great, but dense. Lately I’ve been wanting something a little easier to read so I’ve been putting this one off.

4. Queen of Shadows. So far, I have every book in Sarah J. Maas’ series apart from this one. It isn’t my favorite, but I do believe it gets better with each book, so I’m excited to read this one.

5. Never Never. A Peter Pan retelling. PETER PAN.

6. Zeroes. I attended a signing for this book and I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT.

7. The Lies About Truth. Courtney Stevens’ debut novel, Faking Normal,  was AMAZING, so I’m sure this book will be great as well; I just haven’t picked it up yet!

 

JOIN US! Read-a-thon Jan 13-17

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to bring you this post because one of my resolutions for this year was to try new things! I’ve been wanting to try hosting a read-a-thon for a while now and luckily enough my friend Rae over at The Loquacious Bibliophile wanted to help me host! So, in order to kickstart your reading for the new year, join us from January 13-17 in reading as many pages as possible.

I’ll be posting daily updates on my page count, to be read, and what I’m currently reading to the blog and also my instagram, caughtbetweenthepages. We’re going to have lots of fun along the way!

If you’d like to join in and share your progress throughout the long weekend, please click on the link below. It’ll take you to a linky page where you can add in the info to link to your own blog (though of course you don’t need one to join!) so we can all visit and see what you’ll be reading.

This is going to be a lot of fun, and I hope you’re prepared to read hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pages!

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Books I NEED in 2016

This next year is going to be filled with awesome books. Some I’ve been hoping will be written for years (like Meg Cabot’s Remembrance, which is a continuation of her Mediator series) and some I just learned will be coming out (like Stars Above by Marissa Meyer). Either way, I’m sure that even between these release dates, I’ll find dozens of other books I need to get my hands on.

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What books are you looking forward to in 2016? What books do you hope will eventually get written–even if the author has said they might not write any more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNF Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms #1

author : morgan rhodes

pages : [hardcover] 412

summary :

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

review :

I’d heard really great things about this series so I picked upFalling Kingdoms from the library, planning to marathon the rest of the books that are currently out if I liked this first installment. I have to admit that I was completely surprised that I didn’t end up liking this book–to the point where, 250 pages in, I didn’t end up finishing it.

Fallen Kingdoms is, basically, a YA fantasy novel that in those few hundred pages didn’t show me what was unique about it. The characters weren’t exceptional or relatable, to me. One of them creeped me out from the start because he’s in love with his sister (who, I’ll admit, is known to be adopted at the start by the reader, but he doesn’t know!) and I’m still not sure if he’s supposed to end up as a hero or a villain. Besides him, most of the characters end up doing things that are completely stupid. Starting international wars for literally no reason. Running off to countries where every person there wants you dead–without any protection and when you’ve hardly stepped outside the palace in your life. In most books, I can overlook rash or stupid decisions because something interesting will happen or the character will end up learning from their mistakes. I’m not willing to sit through a book series that looks like it’ll be longer than four or five books to see what’ll happen with these people.

The writing wasn’t so great, either. There was nothing in it that made me feel immersed in this world, which is supposed to be ancient and have elements of magic. I wasn’t awed by any of it, really, and that disappointed me. I love learning about new fantasy worlds and their rules and conflicts. ButFalling Kingdoms just has three pretty mundane kingdoms that have been falling apart from even before these books begin. I can’t even count the number of times I sighed because I was bored, or frustrated, with this book that I’d been looking forward to.

I definitely won’t be continuing this series and I’m not sure if I’d try something else by this author, but I wouldn’t recommend Falling Kingdoms. There are so many other fantasy series out there that are better.

1/5 stars

 

Jumper by Steven Gould

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Jumper #1

author : steven gould

pages : [paperback] 345

summary :

Davy lives alone with his father. But the truth is, it isn’t much of a home. When things get so bad that Davy decides to run away, his big question is, Where? And how will he live?

The magical answer: anywhere Davy wants!

Davy discovers he has the power to “jump” from one place to another. Not just a few feet. But hundreds, even thousands of miles! And as Davy explores his new power he learns that the world is literally his for the taking. But there are consequences too, as Davy will learn.

review :

I was so excited to read Jumper because ages ago (close to eight years, I think) the movie adaptation was released and I fell in love with it. I was young enough to overlook its faults; mostly, what I loved about Jumper was the concept of teleportation. What would you do if you were a teenager and suddenly found out that you had this ability? Davy Rice decides to run away from home, steal some money, and set himself up for life. I remember daydreaming a lot about what I would do, if I would help people, and what might happen if the government realized that there were people out there with these abilities. And, unfortunately, the ideas that fueled my imagination were greatly changed, when they were lifted from the book to the movie adaptation.

In this book, Davy has a tough life. The book gets dark, fast. His father is abusive and when Davy leaves home, everything that could go wrong does. He’s mugged. Someone tries to rape him. He’s nearly stabbed over using a bathroom for too long. Surprisingly, though, whenever he makes any huge decisions (like the aforementioned decision to steal money) that doesn’t blow up in his face. At least, not immediately. With his ability to teleport or ‘jump’, as Davy calls it, to any location that he can recall very well in his memory, he’d be able to jump halfway around the world if something terrible did come to find him.

While Davy experiments with his powers, the book starts to drag. I was looking forward to the action that I thought would be in here, big confrontations with a ‘bad guy’ or some government figure. Most of the book reads more like a character study, which is . . . fine. I could understand the loss of action scenes that were added purely for the benefit of moviegoers. The only problem is, I didn’t really like Davy as a person. I gave him a lot of leeway because of how terrible his childhood and young adulthood has been. At some point, though, when he had the means to support himself and move to a nicer situation, I started to feel less sympathetic. And it was mostly because of Millie.

Millie was Davy’s romantic interest in the book and I have no idea how they managed to stick together (and, apparently, they’re still together in the rest of the series, which I’m not sure I’ll be reading). Millie is several years older than Davy, which is fine, except she’s in college and Davy shows absolutely no respect for that. I remember a specific passage where she said that he couldn’t stay an extra day one weekend because she had a big test the day after. Davy literally complained to her about it until she decided to give up some other day to him, like he deserved it. I honestly have no idea if it was ever even mentioned what she’s studying in school. That’s the thing; for as much space and time that is dedicated to every minute thing that Davy does, I know absolutely nothing about Millie except that she’s his girlfriend and willing to put up with his quirks. They start up a long distance relationship after hanging out together in New York for about a week or two. It was just . . . crazy.

So, honestly, even though I haven’t watched the movie in a while and know that it isn’t that great, I think that it manages to carry a better story than the original book.Jumper disappointed me, and I hate to say that because I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for years. I didn’t mind that it was grittier, more realistic because of the horrible things that happen. I just wish that the story and characters had been shaped differently.

2/5 stars