The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 17th 2013 by Scholastic Press

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Stars: 3.5            Content Rating: 5 (for some strong language)

Synopsis:

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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This review is going to be a little short but hopefully sweet. I don’t like giving out spoilers .. which if you are reading this review and have not read the first book STOP and at least read the review for Raven Boys first.

The first book left us with the boys waking up the ley line. Adam has sacrificed himself to be the eyes and hands of Cabeswater. Gansey is still searching for Glendower and Ronan is figuring out his secrets. Noah is still just trying to stay around but with the power surges that is difficult. Blue is trying to love Adam so that she won’t love Gansey, but really she adores all the boys and is happy to help find Glendower.

This book is more about Ronan. As you uncover his secrets and find out more about what he is and his connection with Cabeswater, you really grow to love him. We are introduced to a hit man that is referred to as The Grey Man, or at 300 Fox Way, Mr. Grey. Who becomes a fun character. I love his change to his true self, vs who he has had to become. Kavinsky is also a new character and they are (among others) after the Greywarren. Kavinsky is a student with too much money, power and time on his hands. I don’t want to spoil it by getting into Kavinsky, I really could get into a discussion about him and all his issues but not on here! Like I said.. I don’t want to spoil anything.

Since I am keeping this short and sweet I will finish with just saying that this book is a building block in the series. The character and world building. The relationship dynamics and uncovering of secrets make this book one you don’t want to miss. The first book really grabbed my attention and this one has just kept me going. I will be reading the third book next!

Thanks for reading!

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Note: I have decided that maybe I have been too generous with my 5 star rating. I will still go by my outline but unless I just ABSOLUTELY adored EVERYTHING about it.. it will not have 5 stars.

I am trying to change a few things on the blog. My categories and pages need to be easier to find and linked better. Hopefully it won’t take me long to get it sorted out and it will be more convenient for you!

 

My 2018 Book Watch List

As promised here is a list of the 2018 New Releases I am most excited about. I tried to keep it at 10. .. what can I say?! 2018 is going to be great. I stuck around the Young Adult/Fantasy genre. That is what I’m looking forward to. I realize I need to branch out a little bit so I have other genre recommendations on here. If you have some that are outside my wheelhouse, please share! I would love to give them a try!

I’m going to put these in the order that they will be released! The first one will be released  in only a few days!!

  1. If you have been following my blog for awhile you might remember a post called, The Valiant  by Lesley Livingston. It is about a female gladiator. I really loved the story and I am so excited to continue with The Defiant.

 

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The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.
Fallon was warned.
Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.
In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.
When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.
The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.

Release Date: January 23, 2018

2. Any other lovers of Jojo Moyes? We read “Me Before You” for book club and I really loved it! Then the movie came out and I really liked it as well. Pretty good for a book to movie adaption! Then the sequel was called “After You” and sadly I have not read this yet, BUT the third book “Still Me” comes out this month and both are going on my TBR list!

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Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Release Date: January 30, 2018

3. One of my all time favorite romance authors is LISA KLEYPAS! I love when she has a new book coming out. I wish I would have taken my time with her books because I had a summer that I read every single one. .. and she has a lot. *insert embarrassed laugh* The 4th book will be coming out in February and I can’t wait!

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A woman who defies her time
Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.
A man who breaks every rule
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

Release Date: February 27, 2018

4. One of my all time favorite reads last year was Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. The sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen comes out in February and I am actually going to the launch party event in Prove, Utah. My all time favorite local bookstore The King’s English Bookshop is hosting the event and I am SO excited!

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Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.
When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

Release Date: February 27, 2018

5. The next on the list is one that is continuing a series that I thought was over. I am so excited that the story is going to keep going! I have a few friends that I had to immediately text when I saw this book was coming out. If you are familiar with the Shatter Me series then you know what I am talking about! I believe there are 3 novels and then 2 novellas, and now this beauty!

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Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Release Date: March 6, 2018

6.  All of you that know me know that I am a Sarah J. Maas fan. I adore her books and her writing style. The 4th book to the A Court of Thorns and Roses “trilogy” is titled, The Court of Frost and Starlight. Since it is a trilogy these next books are novellas BUT if I know my girl SJM then these “novellas” are going to be full on BOOKS. Yep. This book they are saying is book 3.1. .. It is also the best birthday gift ever to have it come out on.. well.. my birthday! There is still not a cover but I am looking forward to its reveal soon.

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

7. I recently read Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I loved the story! I am also terrible at making sure a book is or isn’t going to be a series before I read it. I was miserable when it ended. The sequel Legendary is one I am very much looking forward to.

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

Release Date: May 29, 2018

8. I bought My Lady Jane impulsively because I loved the cover. I thought it sounded so intriguing with the historical fiction mixed with this magical twist. The humor was right up my alley and even though My Plain Jane is not a sequel (it is its own completely different story but part of a series called The Lady Janies) I am really looking forward to this one!

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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Release Date: June 26, 2018

9. The next book that I am super excited about is the next book in the DC Icon series. First there was Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo. Who is completely awesome. I love her books. Check out the Six of Crows Duology and her Shadow and Bone series. Next was Batman by Marie Lu. Who is the author of The Young Elite series and Warcross. Now my favorite Sarah J Maas has written Catwoman.

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When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

Release Date: August 7, 2018

10. I just finished writing reviews for Mary E. Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles. Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal and Beauty of Darkness all of which I loved. I was super happy to read that she has new series coming out called Dance of Thieves.

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A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

Release Date: August 7, 2018

11. My next favorite romance author is Julia Quinn. When I first stumbled upon her novels I actually thought she WAS Lisa Kleypas. Their writing style is so similar and they even borrow each others characters which I thought was so much fun. She is coming out with a new Bridgerton novel! I love the Bridgerton books! This is the story of Poppy Bridgerton as part of the Rokesby’s series.

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She was in the wrong place…
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time…
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

Release Date: August 18, 2018

12.  The last and final book in Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series is coming out! This has been a very long wait for me. I came into this series at book 2 and have been waiting patiently each year for the next book. There are books 1-5. A book of short novellas called the Assassins Blade and Choal’s novella, Tower of Dawn, which it’s events take place at the same time as book 5. I am very excited and sad that the last book is due to come out this fall. There is no cover reveal yet.. or title. I think because they are focused on the release of her other series in May.

Release Date: October 30, 2018

I hope this got you excited for some new books! Of course there really are so many its hard to choose! I’m sure there are so many that I missed. I didn’t put it on here because I haven’t read the first two but the last book in Cassandra Claire’s Dark Artifices series comes out in December. Maybe I will have the first two read by then? .. *sigh* My goodreads is full of “I want to read” books. I have a feeling this year is going to be epic! Thanks for reading friends and I hope you all have a magical weekend!

 

Plans, Goals and BIG Ideas

Hello to all my lovely readers! I hope 2018 is treating you all well so far! We are only a few weeks in and I have already not kept up with my New Years Resolutions. That is okay though, I will keep trudging along and eventually my goals will be met.

I have BIG NEWS. One of the reasons I’m behind on a few of my other goals is because I am putting lots of time into a couple different goals. The first being my etsy shop for bookmarks. I started doing watercolor bookmarks last year and I love how my originals turn out. However, I have had such a hard time finding quality printing and paper. My goal this year was just to start. . and I HAVE! I have a link right there on the side of my blog if you are interested. As soon as I get this going, I also have a plan of changing up my blog. I might need professional help (hysterical laughter because I am terrible with computer stuff) but it needs to happen. I’ll figure out how to use gifs so that this is more entertaining.. and also make it easier to find past book reviews.

Another reason I’m behind on reading goals is because we recently bought a new house! We love it, but we have big ideas and it is full of projects. The hubby was sweet enough to let our first project be my “reading” room. It will be a place for all my books and somewhat of an art studio as well. I have been busy painting and laying floor. It’s getting there and then I can catch up on the reading I have missed so far this month!

I am trying to not have reading “goals” this year. I want to just read what I feel like reading. I was going to try monogamous reading and I just can’t do it. One book at a time just doesn’t work for me. I am reading Strange the Dreamer on my kindle. The Dream Theives in hardback and also poetry in the morning. Also, I’m rereading Throne of Glass. Whichever book I decide to read just depends on my mood. A friend posted her most anticipated books of 2018 and I think that is a marvelous idea. I wont have a book review ready for a few more weeks but I will be finding the books I am most excited about to share with you next week. Sorry I have been MIA! Thanks for sticking in there with me!

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Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

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“I understood the weight of promises, and Rafe’s strength as a king mattered more to Morrighan now, than it ever had. It mattered to me. I stared out at the jagged line of forest, feeling the stinging irony of Rafe’s choice: To help me and the kingdom of Morrighan survive, he had been forced to cut out my heart.”

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Title: Beauty of Darkness

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Published: August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Stars: 5         Content Rating: 4

Synopsis:

Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

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I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday it is you celebrate. Spending time with loved ones and enjoying the season is what makes December so great. I’m sad it is about over but happy to be welcoming the new year as well. I love new beginnings. I have lots of new goals. Wellness and spiritual goals, as well as family goals and of course… BOOK goals.

It has been no secret that I read the first two books of this series before. A long time ago, and I loved them. Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal were both fantastic but at the time the third book was not out yet and I completely FORGOT about the series. I saw the series again back in … MAY?.. (oh my gosh.. was it really clear back in May?) .. I bought the hardback copies of all and reread the first two and now just finished the final book.

This last book is everything I hoped it would be. I sometimes feel as if I am very vague in my book reviews. I, myself DO NOT like book reviews with spoilers. Why would I read all the spoilers and then read the book. It is one thing to fan girl with others after we have all read it. Which is what my Instagram account is for… If we are not friends on Insta then you should FIND ME THERE @bookwhit However, I set this blog up to recommend books to friends. I’m here to say, “This is the best book EVER. Please read it.” or ” I read it and was not that impressed.”

Beauty of Darkness was so intense for me. I was mad it took me so long to read it. I would start, but with the Holiday’s and other things going on I just couldn’t make time to read. I was legit getting mad at my kids because they wouldn’t leave me alone. Ha ha. Mom life, am I right? I stayed up till about 1am and finished.. and then just sat there. I always do this after a book is done. Especially a series. You have to let it settle in your brain. Connect all the things that you thought you knew or hoped would happen to what DID happen. Mary E. Pearson did not disappoint. The characters were true to themselves. They all sacrificed and made hard decisions. I am not lying when I say it was intense. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a pretty big book and there are so many twists. The Heart of Betrayal ended with Lia, Rafe and his men trying to escape down the river. .. and from then on out it was not only a fight for their lives and their kingdoms but their hearts. It’s a wonderful trilogy and you should all read it!

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!! Thanks for reading!

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Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune

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“A Guardian can find you if you get lost, but you have to want to come back.”

 

Title: Coral and Bone  (The Siren Chronicles #1)

Author: Tiffany Daune

Published:  May 9th 2017 by Oftomes Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Stars:  4                   Content Rating:  2

Synopsis:

 Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

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I grabbed this book after I read DarqueDreamer’s review awhile back and I can’t believe I am JUST now getting to it. I was so happy to see the the sequel is out and .. believe you me.. I just bought it and will be diving right back into this story.

I may have been a little generous with my star rating, so let me explain. This is probably  more of a 3 maybe 3.5 star read. . BUT the story was just so interesting to me and I would recommend it to others. The fact that I want all my friends to read it says it must be good and deserving of a 4 star rating. My biggest problem with this one is that there is all this build up and then I feel like whatever it is that we were building up to is over really fast. The twists just happened. I had a hard time following certain things. Things that maybe should have been obvious to me were not and I found myself rereading to make sure I didn’t skip something. I know that maybe this is making you not want to read it but let me get to the good stuff…

It starts out with you trying to figure out what is going on with this girl Halen. I saw it was about mermaids so (since I LOVE mermaids) I’m trying to figure out how they are tied in and what they have to do with Halen. Halen knows she is different but she has no idea how different. When she runs into the ocean to get away from a stranger she gets taken by mermaids (who btw are evil) and then saved by a boy she has been sketching. A boy she has never seen before other than in her head, and his name is Dax. After coming to terms with her new reality she decides to fight instead of running away. You find out that there are 3 realms. Earth being one. Elosia and Etlis being the others. Elosia is the water realm and Etlis is where shifters and the magic come from. To save all the realms Halen must defeat a dark Blue Moon Siren. As it gets more involved with fate, Sirens, Shifters and Soul Hunters, I really started to fall for the characters. The world that Tiffany Daune has created really is something new and exciting. It is so interesting. I love books with magic because I feel like anything can happen. The connection between Halen and Dax and all the secrets and the betrayal.. oh man.. you guys.. the BETRAYAL and the lies.. *sigh*. The author really weaved such an amazing story.  At the end I really wanted more and I loved this book.  I hope you all check it out! It is a pretty quick read and free on kindle unlimited!! Don’t forget the sequel Curses and Ash is also available! The third book is due to come out February 6.. yay!”

I hope you all have such a wonderful Holiday season! Thanks for reading!!

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