Follow Me With Bloglovin!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hey guys, going to be spending time making the blog spiffy and less boring looking than it is, might also consider moving to self-hosted wordpress eventually. I’m back to reading like I used to so I’ll be compiling some reviews to kind of get ahead so I won’t be stressed when I starting posting regularly again in a month or two. I want to be as organized before relaunch as I can be so that I know where I am and won’t feel like I’m spiraling out of control like I did last fall. Can’t wait to start Starry Sky Books back up again! See you soon. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday {4} Old Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top ten books you don’t want people to forget about:

    I read all of these many years ago, so some I don’t remember all that well except a general feeling of enjoying the book. Others I’ve reread so many times that I have favorite parts I skip to. I might make it a challenge for myself to reread all of these next year for nostalgia’s sake. What are your top ten old books you don’t want forgotten? Leave a link and I’ll stop by to see!

    On the Shelves Today!

    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!

    October TBR {Halloween!}

    I know it isn’t technically Halloween yet, but it’s the month of Halloween, and I love this month so much! I didn’t get to it in time last year, but this year I’ve planned some themed reading. I’ll be aiming for thirteen books that are related to Halloween by theme. Here they are!

    Witches
    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
    Under My Hat edited by Strahan
    Witch Song by Amber Argyle
    Demons
    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
    Misfit by Jon Skovron
    Soul Thief by Jana Oliver
    Zombies
    Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick
    Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
    The Forests of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    Ghosts
    Body & Soul by Stacey Kade
    The Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
    And the lone Vampire book!
    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

    So excited to finally read all of these books! A few I’ve had for a while, weeks or months, and others I only recently acquired. And my goal is to get reviews posted for all of them in October as well, so there’s something to look forward to!

    Happy month of Halloween everyone! 🙂

    In My Mailbox {55}

    In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, showcasing what you received in the mail, bought, or borrowed from friends or the library for that week. So here’s what I got this week! All links lead you to Goodreads.

    borrowed 
    Tithe by Holly Black 
    for review 
    The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
    Forgot I’d entered the giveaway for this on LibraryThing when I purchased a finished copy!
    purchased 
    The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (review forthcoming)
    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
    Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
    Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan
    Torn by Amanda Hocking
    Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (read last year, really liked!)
    Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman (review forthcoming)
    The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long (review forthcoming)

    Plus a huge stack of manga I’ve bought!
     

    So what did everyone else get this week? Let me know and I’ll come visit your book haul post!

    Bloggiesta Autumn 2012 Starting Line!

    I’m a bit late at getting this up today, spent the morning finishing my reread of A Beautiful Darkness before getting to A Fractured Light. So excited for this sequel. Anyways, here’s my to do list for the weekend.


    • Write my October TBR/Halloween post
    • Catch up on reviews {6}
    • Figure out what I want in my sidebars and arrange them
    • About Me page
    • Review Policy page
    • Update other pages I currently have if needed
    • Bring back my Series page
    • Clean up my Goodreads shelves
    • Make sure Goodreads and Shelfari are synced
    • Cross-post reviews to Amazon & BN
    • Schedule future meme posts
    • Gather all the books not featured in a haul and set that up Next 3 weeks IMM’s done!
    • Format reviews for books read in October
    • Create a posting schedule and try to stick to it.
    • Complete some mini-challenges
    • Comment on a minimum of 10 participating blogs
    • Restart my fantasy spotlight feature

     Wish me luck, I don’t know if I can get it all done this weekend, but I’m hoping for at least half of that done. I wish everyone else participating good luck! Hopefully I’ll be coming around today to cheer people on. 🙂

    Top Ten Tuesday {3} Top 10 Unfinished Series

     Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish

    Top 10 Unfinished Series
    1. Fallen Angel series by Heather Terrell – I remember not being all that impressed with this book. I used to be kind of OCD-ish with series too, like if I started one then I had to read every book in the series. Blogging thankfully has actually stripped me of that habit.
    2. The Iron Witch series by Karen Mahoney – Another one I wasn’t really all that impressed with. Thought about reading the second one. I’ll probably get it as a sample on the kindle first to see if I really want to continue with it.
    3. The Falling Under series by Gwen Hayes – Pretty much same thing as the above two on the list. 
    4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – PLEASE DON’T KILL ME OVER THIS ONE! I know there are many who love it. I think it’s all right. I’m not in any hurry to catch up, but I do plan on doing so some day.
    5. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind – I loved this series up through book 6. Book 7, The Pillars of Creation was all right. Somehow after reading that though I just couldn’t find the motivation to keep reading. Maybe I’ll catch up once he finally finishes this series, but honestly I think Richard and Kahlan have been through enough. WHY KEEP DOING THESE THINGS TO THEM!
    6. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton – Think I got through 6 or 7 books on this one too and then I’m sorry BUT TOO MUCH SEX. Way more than in the previous books, and if I recall correctly, there were like orgies or something going on too. I don’t know. It just got out of hand and was a little too much for me.
    7. Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher – I honestly don’t know why I stopped in the middle of this series. It’s fantasy, I love fantasy. Since I hate the new tall mass market paperbacks reissues I’ll probably just get these on the kindle and finish them up. 
    8. House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast – Burnt out on vampires. 
    9. The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard – I don’t even know why I got behind on this series either. I really liked the first book. Might be they were coming out a little too fast for me, since I buy books faster than I read them, and two of these come out a year. So many books, so little time.
    10. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel – Think this one was on the tail end of a paranormal burn out. I’m back to reading paranormal in general so maybe I’ll continue with this. Another series for the kindle!

    I’m amazed I keep up with as many series as I do. It helps when I’m starting them right as they’re first published. But so many out there that I’m in the middle of, more than what’s on this list. Some I definitely want to continue, others not so much. How about you guys? What are your top ten unfinished series?

    Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) By Sarah J. Maas

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2012-08-07
    Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
    Pages: 406
    Goodreads
    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.

    In My Mailbox {54}

    I actually bought quite a few books while I was away during the month I didn’t really blog any, so I’m breaking them up over various IMM posts, while also still showing anything I got in the current week.

    for review
    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight
    Thanks to Simon & Schuster
    purchased
    Of Poseidon by Anna Banks {my review here}
    Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn {my review here}
    Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross {my review here}
    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas