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Well it’s been a very long time since I last did one of these. I’ve bought quite a few books over the last few months, but I won’t be featuring them all in one post. I’m going to be spreading them out over two or three StS posts. Some of them I may or may not have already read. On to the books!
Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate // Purchased, not read
Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab // Purchased, not read
Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles) by Lauren DeStefano // Purchased, not read
The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan // Purchased, not read
Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian // Purchased, not read
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi // Purchased, not read
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes // Purchased, not read
So that’s it for me. What did everyone else get?
Thankfully this year I haven’t had any problems with a reading slump, but right now I seem to be at a writing slump. I have read plenty of books lately, but I just can’t seem to write down anything about them. I read purely for enjoyment, so sometimes trying to be analytical is already kind of hard for me. One thing I plan to do is to just keep some post it notes handy and write something down when I come across something that I either really like or don’t like, or something that makes me stop and think.
But is there anything else you guys think I might be able to do? If you’ve ever had a review writing slump let me know! I want to know what did or didn’t work for you.
So I love readathons and there’s one going on right after Valentines Day. This is perfect because it will be a nice way to unwind after the craziness of Valentines Day. I work in a floral department at a grocery store, so yes, it will definitely be crazy. I want to try to aim for at least one book a day, for seven books total minimum, as well as one short story a day. I haven’t decided which books and stories I’ll read yet, but I’ll announce them when I make the progress post.
If you’re interested in signing up head on over to the host blogs, Novel Heartbeat and/or Confessions of a Bookie Monster!
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Hi everyone! I don’t know if anyone still checks this place or not, I’ve been very bad at coming back to blogging. I keep intending to and then I don’t. Although admittedly this summer I got promoted to being a department manager at work which is much more stressful than just being a lowly minion. But now that I’m back in the swing of things and actually reading again I thought it was time. So in order to help motivate me to get back into blogging I’ve decided to do some work on my actual blog. This includes moving to WordPress yesterday. I’ve been thinking all this last year about doing it, but I’ve heard some people have had so many issues doing it so that kind of scared me. But thanks to Ashley at Nose Graze and her awesome guide I’ve made the switch. Now I’m going to be playing around with settings and getting things organized and up and running. And building up a backlog of reviews to get me started since I’ll still be reading while I’m doing all this.
I’m very excited about getting back into the blogging community and can’t wait to reconnect with people and meet tons of new people! It’s a bit scary though at the same time because I am an introvert. I have a hard time actually making connections, but I want to work on that. And to get started on that, here’s a new bloglovin link you can use to follow Starry Sky Books now that I’m on wordpress! I don’t think the old one will work anymore.
All the way from down under, newly released in the United States in paperback form! It’s Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski, published by Random House.
Break the curse or howl forever.
Etienne, son of a lord in the kingdom of Armorique, goes to train as a knight with Geraint of Lucanne. Geraint is brave and kind, a good teacher and master – but he has a secret that he has kept from his family. He is bisclavret, a born werewolf. When Geraint is betrayed, Etienne must ally with the local wise-woman and her daughter, themselves bisclavret, to save his lord. But time is running out. If Geraint’s enemies have their way, Geraint will soon be trapped in his wolf form.
And Etienne has his own secret. The decisions he makes will change his life forever . . .
Inspired by a medieval romance, this engaging novel forces us to question everything we thought we knew about werewolves
Make sure to pick up your copy!
Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
on 2012-08-07 Genres: Action & Adventure
, Fantasy & Magic
, Love & Romance
, Young Adult Pages:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Holy freaking cow, I loved this book. Throne of Glass is the kind of book I live for. High fantasy at it’s best, though I have to say reading the synopsis before I actually began reading the book, I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to read this. I’m so glad I did though.
The world building in Throne of Glass is wonderful, if incomplete. There were things I wanted to know, more of Celaena’s back story, more history of their world, and really just back story for everything in general. There is some provided that gives you a fairly good idea of what the world is like currently in the story, but it definitely would have been fascinating to see how the current world came to be. I’m hoping more will be revealed throughout the series, but I expect the most back story to be found would be in the four prequel novellas.
Celaena is one of my favorite fantasy heroines. She’s a ruthless assassin getting a second chance at life through this Champion contest, but it also provides her time to just be an 18 year old girl. I really enjoyed that. Chaol and Dorian, as well as Nehemia and Philippa are great secondary characters. Chaol and Dorian of course are the romantic interests, so yes there is a love triangle. Most of the time I really don’t like them and immediately decide which guy I’m rooting for, but it was hard this time. I really like both guys, even if one of them is a spoiled and sometimes obnoxious prince. By the end, I still hadn’t really decided which I prefer more.
The story itself is incredibly intriguing. Faeries and magic used to be present in the world, until Dorian’s father drives them out, or they leave of their own accord once his father starts conquering the world kingdom by kingdom. What could possibly be game changing information is revealed at one point, and I was frustrated by the lack of acknowledgement. SPOILER (highlight to see if you’ve read the book): The part where Elena says something about blood kin to Celaena, implying that Celaena is a VERY distant descendent of Elena’s. END SPOILER.
Throne of Glass definitely gets my recommendation to anyone who loves high fantasy novels, or fantasy in general. While it may be a bit under developed in areas, it didn’t end up taking away from my overall enjoyment of the story. I definitely plan to read all four prequel novellas, as well as any sequels.
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So let’s be honest here. My reviews aren’t quite as plentiful as they used to be. I’ve been in a reviewing slump. But not a reading slump! I’m still averaging two to three books read a week, but posting only one review a week maybe.
I know I’m not the only one to experience this kind of slump, so does anyone have any suggestions on what you did to get out of it? I’d love to hear from you!
While I’m at it, is there anything you guys would like to see in my reviews that I’m not currently doing? I’m open to suggestions on that front as well.
Instead of doing four link up posts this one will be for the entire month. So for those participating in this challenge, if you review your books, link them up here! I will keep a link in the sidebar for easy access.
This is copied from the page I had it on. Wanted to move it to a post so there would be room for newer pages this next year.
This page is basically copied from my original post. This just makes it easier for me to get to.
I have decided to take part in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. This is not the only challenge I will be participating in throughout 2011, but more about the other challenge in another post later.
My list will be starting out with the minimum of twelve entries needed to participate. I might add more as I go, but who knows. We’ll see how it goes.
The following list is not necessarily the order I will be reading them in.
Updated: 12/20/11 COMPLETED!
01. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
02. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (Review forthcoming!)
03. The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle (Review here!)
04. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver (Review forthcoming!)
05. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Review here!)
06. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (Review here!)
07. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (Review here!)
08. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (Review here!)
09. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal (Review here!)
10. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Review here!)
11. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Review here!)
12. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter (Review here!)
13. Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison (Review here!)
14. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (Review here!)
15. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Review forthcoming!)
16. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Review here!)
17. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (Review here!)
18. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (Review forthcoming!)
19. Bumped by Megan McCafferty (Review here!)
20. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (Review here!)
21. Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton (Review here!)
22. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Review here!)
23. Hereafter by Tara Hudson (Review here!)
24. Spellbound by Cara Lynn Schultz (Review here!)
25. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Review here!)
26. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (Review here!)
27. The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan (Review forthcoming!)
28. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. (Review here!)
29. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Review here!)
30. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday (Review here!)
31. Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney (Review here!)
So there is my list for the moment, I must say I’m very excited by these books.