Queen of Shadows | Review + Discussion

Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Rating:

  

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

  
SO MUCH AMAZEBALLS IN THIS BOOK. SO MUCH.

Okay, first of all, I would highly recommend reading The Assassin’s Blade before reading this book. It’s definitely not essential, but I think you’ll enjoy it the most if you do it that way.

SARAH J. MAAS’ WRITING. It’s beautiful, addicting, heartbreaking, powerful. IT’S EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD. Her writing is the very magic seen in her stories.

This book was actually a lot more character-driven than the other books in her series. Which, of course, I loved. Don’t get me wrong—the amount of action in this book was insanity, but we definitely really got to know all the characters better.

Really, this book should just be called AELIN SLAYS EVERYTHING.

There were some new characters introduced in this book, some brought in from The Assassin’s Blade, and it really amped up both the drama and the fun. This book also changes how you feel about old characters, at least it did for me and all other people with sanity.

And yes, one certain male faerie prince received plenty of page-time. PLENTY.

It’s hard to compete with Heir of Fire, but this book did it and did it well. Queen of Shadows is the best book yet!

  
THE SPOLER-FREE SECTION IS ENDING! LEAVE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

Okay.

CHAOL. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. I can’t believe I was ever Team Chaol. From the very first interaction with Chaol, he’s an insufferable pighead. Just went ahead and blamed Aelin for everything. Really, Chaol? Really? It’s a good thing that Rowan wasn’t there…Chaol realized he shouldn’t have just blamed her for everything later, but still. Now that’s etched in my mind.

I’m intrigued by Nesryn, she’s an interesting character. Though I don’t love her as much as Lysandra, who is seriously my hero.

“Or gobble down a box of chocolates without someone telling me I’d better watch my figure—tell me you like chocolates. You do, right? I remember stealing a box from your room once when you were out killing someone. They were delicious.”

Need I say more?

The way Aelin swooped in and saved Aedion was epic, but of course Aedion had ruin it all when he got back by being annoying. He’s all “it’s my right to have the blood oath,” he’s so obsessed with having this one thing, not serving his Queen. His priorities just seem so backward to me. He too, gets better by the end of the book, but it still bothers me.

And then—page 233—ROWAN COMES! At first it’s excruciating because Aelin spent basically all of Heir of Fire talking about how she and Rowan were JUST FRIENDS and then when she finally realized that they’re more than that, ROWAN SCREWS EVERYTHING UP. It doesn’t matter that she’s your Queen, or that you’re 300 years older and immortal, YOU’RE MEANT FOR EACH OTHER. Honestly. Men.

BUT SARAH J. MAAS DOES NOT FAIL US. SHE MADE IT HAPPEN. THE ROWAN + AELIN RELATIONSHIP IS REAL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

  

Manon gave a snarl that made the hair on Elide’s neck rise. “We can only tug so much at the leash.”

“Leashes can snap,” Asterin challenged.

“So can your neck,” Manon said.

Oh, Manon. How we have missed you.

Though I have softened towards Manon, I can understand Asterin’s frustration. What the duke and Vernon are doing is despicable.

I’m not sure what to make of Elide yet, I’m interested by her character, but I don’t quite trust her, though I’m not sure why.

And finally Aronynn was killed. Yes, I do feel guilty saying that about someone’s death, but Aronynn was truly evil, so I’m relieved that he’s gone.

Though I was terrified when Lysandra was captured, her rescue brought so much excitement, because Manon and Aelin finally met! Of course, that happened because Chaol decided to screw everything up. And then when Aelin went to rescue him, and she screwed everything up by taunting the witches. STUPID. SO STUPID! And then, because of it, Rowan was shot with an arrow that was aimed for Aelin. So yeah, nice going.

I’m really glad that Aelin saved Manon’s life, because I feel like this means they’ll team up in the next book, and I’m really excited for that.

I started sobbing when Asterin told Manon about her stillborn and how the old man still looked like he was waiting for someone. It was just so sad. And surprising, you wouldn’t expect it from Asterin.

We can’t ignore that epic ending. I was so sure that either Chaol or Aedion was going to die, and as previously mentioned, I didn’t really mind. Thankfully-ish, that didn’t happen. I loved how Lorcan swooped in to help, and when magic released, I loved how Lysandra shapeshifted into a ghost leopard. And Dorian! We got Dorian back! He was always in there!

I’m still a little confused about the king. Was he good? Or always bad? Then again, he is dead now so I suppose it’s not entirely relevant.

My heart was so happy when Maon went to rescue Elide, because it meant she was becoming more human and less ruthless. Not to mention that demolition courtesy to shadowfire, now that was EPIC.

Do any of you have predictions for the next book? What team are you on? Let me know in the comments!

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Email: kumquot@comcast.net

Mailing Address: P. O. 86907

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The Demon King | Review

Title: The Demon King (Seven Realms #1)

Author: Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy 

Rating:

 

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.
Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…
The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

Actual Rating: 4.5/5 stars (I couldn’t find half a donut)

In case you didn’t know, this book is 500 pages. 500 PAGES. And I read it in a day.
Why? Because this book was epic. Yes, it’s definitely a set-up book for the rest of the series, but it was done so well that it didn’t even matter. 

The world-building was a huge element in the book. Cinda Williams Chima creates this world which you know nothing about at the start, and then makes you an expert in every aspect by the end. The world is interesting and complex, and I loved learning about it!

One thing about the world that intrigued me was that in the realm the story mainly takes place in, there is a Queendom instead of a Kingdom. Girls were the chosen heirs instead of boys, which is so different from history and all, it’s fascinating!

The characters were also a GIANT part in the story. Raisa is this fierce, stubborn princess who likes to rebel. Though despite this, she actually really wants to be a good queen and make her Queendom a better place.

HAN ALISTER IS MY HERO. He’s an ex-thief who’s charming, and also a genuinely good person. There were a lot of dimensions to his personality and I loved learning about every one of them.

Here’s the funny thing—I could never exactly pinpoint a plot line, yet at the same time, the plot was so complex! Somehow, it worked! I loved reading the book, which is why I finished it in one day. ONE DAY.

The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because the pacing is a little slow in the beginning and a little in the middle because of all the world-building and such. But I can tell that the rest of the books in the series are going to be great, especially the next one because THAT ENDING THOUGH!!!!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an awesome high-fantasy series!

ARCs and Books Recieved from Publishers | Book Blogging 101

A little while back, Silanur requested I make a list of all the ARCs and books I’ve recieved from publishers for my Book Blogging 101 series. So today, I’m here to fufill that request!

Just so you know, the stats I had when I recieved all the books that I requested were the following:

Monthly Views: 1,300 

Monthly Unique Visitors: 330

  
Title: The Glass Arrow

Author: Kristen Simmons

Publisher: Tor Teen

Requested? Yes

Review: Click Here!

  
Title: Rook

Author: Sharon Cameron

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Requested? Yes

Review: Click Here!

  

Title: End of Days

Author: Susan Ee

Publisher: Skyscape

Requested? YES I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK SO BADLY IT WAS AMAZING

Review: Click Here!

  
Title: Hello, I Still Love You

Author: Katie M. Stout

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Requested? Yes

Review: Click Here!

  
Title: Rome in Love

Author: Anita Hughes

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Requested? Sort of (They contacted me asking me if I would be interested, and I said yes)

Review: Click Here!

  
Title: The Glass Gauntlet

Author: Carter Roy

Publisher: Two Lions/ Amazon Children’s Publishing

Requested? No

Review: Not yet! I don’t know when I’ll get to this one. Despite the interesting premise, this is the second book in a series, and I don’t have the first on yet. But you all should definitely check it out!

  
Title: Dragon Heart

Author: Cecelia Holland

Publisher: Tor Books

Requested? No

Review: I just received this in the mail yesterday, so no review yet! The premise sounds really interesting and exciting, so I’ll definitely be getting to this soon.

That’s all! I hope this informed and helped you! Please comment any requests or questions!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@comcast.net

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Daughter of Deep Silence | Review

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence

Author: Carrie Ryan

Genre: Contemporary

Rating:

   

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.

I’m the friend of a dead girl.

I’m the lover of my enemy.

And I will have my revenge.

 In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

 Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

I was hesitant. I was certainly hesitant. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised! 

This book was plunged deep into revenge, and so many elements crashed together to keep me reading. There was so many thorough plans mapped out to perfection, it was intriguing to read. The plot was arranged in a unique way, starting off strong with some slower parts along the way. Though I enjoyed the plot overall, it felt a little dragged out.

The writing was good, average. Though at times I found some really good lines!  For example:

It’s beautiful in its own way, this force that simply exists. That would cause no destruction if we weren’t the ones getting in the way.

I did also find some cliche lines as well, unfortunately. But it was readable and pushed the story along, which is all that’s necessary.

There were very few characters we really got to know, actually. But somehow, Carrie Ryan got this to work, because I didn’t even realize till now! The ones we did get to know we’re all different, some hiding secrets, others an open book. The latter category very rare.

The end did frustrate me. The story was concluded, but I was still frustrated with the unanswered questions!

Overall, a solid four stars!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hello, fluffy little unicorns.

The lovely Tash over at The Bookie Monsters nominated me for this tag! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Tash!!!! Check out her blog, it’s full of so many fun posts!

Tash has asked 11 questions which I shall answer. Then, I shall proceed to ask 11 questions of my own for the 11 bloggers I nominate.

Get it? Got it? Good!

1. What song can you not get enough of at the moment?

  

Colors of the Wind will forever and always be my favorite song.

2. If you could go back in time and meet anybody, who would it be and why?

Gandhi. Because he’s awesome and the one of the only people in history who made a significant difference without any fighting. Also, #indianpower. We’ll forgive the fact that he was from North India. #southindianprejudice 

3. Where is the one place in the world you would love to travel?

  

 
Since I have recently been to Paris, that leaves Tahiti. Just look. Those huts over the water, that crystal clear blue, it’s beautiful and it’s paradise!

4. You’ve won the lottery! What’s the first thing you do with your winnings?

Um, books. Duh.

5. What’s your biggest comfort?

Food. And books. And food. But only the kind that isn’t good for you.

6. There’s a zombie apocalypse happening right outside your house and you can only grab three things from the room you’re in right now to protect yourself! What things do you grab?

A pair of scissors, a blanket, and coffee. For obvious reasons.

7. Favourite movie of all time?

Queen. It’s partly in Hindi. It’s about this girl who’s fiancé breaks up with her a day before the wedding. So, she goes on her honeymoons by herself and has some hilarious adventures! I would absolutely recommend this movie to those who love to travel. It’s on Netflix!

8. What’s your favourite thing to do apart from blogging?

Well, reading. Of course. Also ballet.

  
9. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall?

SUMMER! Always, always summer. No school, the pool, and plenty of time to read!

10. Your go-to book recommendation?

Percy Jackson series. This is the first series I fell head-over-heels in love with, and I have had a obsessive, slightly insane attachment to it ever since.

11. What got you into blogging?

My reason isn’t going to be very exciting. I was bored one day. I had had a reading slump that had lasted nearly a year. I wanted something to do. I started blogging, and I fell in love.

My questions:

1. What book do you recommend to the non-readers?

2. Favorite ethnic food?

3. Describe your dream reading room/nook/place.

4. How many books do you have?

5. You can only keep 3 of the books you own. Which do you choose?

6. What would the Sorting hat choose for you?

7. What’s the best beverage and snack to drink and eat while reading.

8. Hobbies beside blogging and reading?

9. Attach your favorite bookish decor item.

10. If you could have a bookish superpower, what would you want it to be?

11. What’s your 2015 Reading Challenge and how much of it have you completed?

And now for my fabulous nominees:

Drizzleandhurricanebooks 

Josiethebookworm
Books and Feathers
Love thy Shelf
Lekeisha the Booknerd
The Worn Bookmark
Abookwormsperfectapple
AloofBooks
Lulusrantsandreads
And I nominate YOU! Officially and everything. Give this a try, if you’d like!

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: kumquot@comcast.net

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

Rome in Love | ARC Review

Title: Rome in Love

Author: Anita Hughes

Genre: Contemporary, Retelling

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating:

  

From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months. 
Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble. 
While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

So basically, it’s a retelling of Roman Holiday about a remake of Roman Holiday.
There’s a whole lot of Roman Holiday.

It was a good story, but it wasn’t great. There wasn’t enough thickness of plot, it was all too simple to me. I feel like retelling a should have resemblance to the original, but there should be more dimension, more intrigue. If anything, it felt like this book almost had less.

The writing was whimsical, I did enjoy it. It was a fairly well-written book, but it wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t the kind of writing that kept me up all night. The strong point in the writing was the descriptions, which certainly were sensory.

This book did have a good start. But as it continued, I felt less and less attached to the characters and plot.

One part of this book I loved were the Audrey Hepburn letters. They were so charming and lovely, they added so much to the story!

I enjoyed some parts of this book, but for me it was mostly just okay.

Around the World in YA | Book Tag!

The best part about reading is traveling somewhere else while staying right where you are.

I have created a tag in which I list a country, and then tell you what my favorite book that is set in that country is.

Get it? Got it? Good!

  
France

For this I must say Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Okay, there’s just one day that’s actually spent in Paris, but it’s the most important day of the book. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time, and I enjoyed it so much more than If I Stay.

  
Germany

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I mean, did you actually think I would pick anything else? This book doesn’t give a description of modern day Germany, but it’s certainly a blast into the past.

  
England

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. BECAUSE WILL HERONDALE FOREVER AND ALWAYS.

  

China

Cinder by Marissa Meyer sends us into the future. Who knows if future China will really be teeming with cyborgs and androids!

  
India

Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis is one of the rare YA books set in India. I really enjoyed this one, and I think anyone can get a good feel for India through it.

I tag: 

*drumroll*

Josie the Bookworm
Love thy Shelf
The Worn Bookmark
AloofBooks
You can use the countries I used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

Becca❤️

Goodreads: Becca and Books

Email: Kumquot@Comcast.net

Mailing Adress: P.O. Box 86907

Montgomery Village, MD 20886-6907

The Wrath and The Dawn | Review

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Renée Adhieh

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating:

 

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. 

  
WHAT WAS THAT ENDING YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME.

  
Well, book. I bet you think you’re so clever. Tearing out my heart and crushing it. I bet you think you’re real clever.

Okay, you know what’s awful? When you’re reading this book and everything is going so great for your ship, and then this ending comes along and ruins everything so that you have to wait an entire year for the next book.

I love this book and hate it for what it has done to me. 

The characters were great. I do think this was definitely a highly character driven story, and I loved it! Each character was thought out, developed, and real, from the first page to the last.

The writing was wonderful. It’s like frozen yogurt. (Wait a moment while I make this analogy make sense) The story is the frozen yogurt, and it’s great, but it’s just not the same without the toppings. The writing style are these very toppings, they totally make a great book perfect.

I really enjoyed the plot, though it was definitely a softer sort of plot, it didn’t really matter because of the awesome character driven-ness.

I just need the sequel. Pronto.

A Court of Thorns and Roses | Review

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas (QUEEN)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating: 

  

A thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in an action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

SARAH J. MAAS IS AN AMAZING AUTHOR AND SHE HAS JUST TAKEN OVER MY LIFE ONCE AGAIN.

*deep breaths*
Let’s start with Feyre. She was cold, but she was kind. She was strong, but she was vulnerable. She was stony, but she was fiery. Feyre was dynamic and amazing and I grew to love her character, despite her unfriendly shell.
And she wasn’t the only character built to perfect imperfection. You could see the time spent out sketching out each little detail in each little character.

The writing wove the story like magic. From world-building to setting the scene, everything was laid out flawlessly. It was breathtaking and beautiful and I loved it.
As far as retelling a go, this one tops the list. I could make all the connections to the original tale of Beauty of the Beast, but it also grew from it, adding more. This is exactly what you need when writing a retelling.

The plot had me holding my breath from start to finish. Everything happened so quickly, yet every moment was savored. There were twists, there were turns, and it all added up to an amazing story.

I can’t find a single flaw. Not a single one.

So, here’s the thing. I need the next book. Like, now.
 

Becca’s Bodacious Collective Book Haul!

Yep! Here it is. The mysterious book haul I’ve been promising for months.

*drumroll*

  
Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn’t take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion…all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.

  
End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

See review here!

  
Rook by Sharon Cameron

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

See review here!

  
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

  
Cress by Marissa Meyer

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

  
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

  
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

  
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
“Touching and utterly real.” — Publisher’s Weekly

  
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

See review here!

 
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

See review here!

And there it is! At the grand total of: 10 books!

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