Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)Date Published: May 2, 2017

Published By: Harper Teen

Pages: 288

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/16/17-6/20/17

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

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Goodreads SynopsisCata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

 

My Thoughts: This was one of the books I was really looking forward to this year and it ended up being way better than I thought it was going to be. The concept was just done so well. I loved that we got three different points of view throughout the story. Cata and all of the other characters were great and they were all different. There was one nightmare that was so bad that it freaked me out like crazy. A few things happened that I wasn’t expecting to happen. One of those things I kind of figured out a few chapters before it happened, but it was still a little shocking. I was not a fan of how this ended on such a cliffhanger though! I had to go back and double check that it was in fact the ending because of how much of a cliffhanger it was. Needless to say I am beyond excited to find out how things go in the next book, once a sequel gets announced that is!

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

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House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)Date Published: May 30, 2017

Published By: HarperTeen

Pages: 416

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 6/7/17-6/16/17

Rating4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisAfter escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

 

My Thoughts: This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. It didn’t disappoint! I thought that this book was great. The characters were all so unique and I loved Lousia, our main character. It was cool to get to learn all these things that she has to learn and come to accept right along side of her. The story itself was good and interesting. I loved all the illustrations and images throughout the story. I wasn’t thrilled that it ended on a small cliffhanger but it makes me that much more excited for the next book in the series!

May 2017 Wrap Up!

May Wrap Up

May was a crazy month for me. I did more reading than I thought I was going to. I had major surgery on the 23rd so I haven’t been doing much of anything for the last week. The surgery was elective and I can talk more about what it was and why I made the decision to have the surgery in another post if you guys are interested in that! I managed to read five books this month and I purchased two. The two books from the first half of the year that I was most excited about came out this month. I completed a few of my reading challenges as well! So let’s just go ahead and get to what I managed to do this month!


 

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

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7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitles)

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2017
The Goodreads Tag
Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
My Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Covers
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Giant Days Volume One by John Allison
Things I Want More of in Books
Books That Would Make Good Event Themes
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Anticipated Releases: June 2017

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)Date Published: April 26, 2016

Published By: Scholastic Press

Pages: 439

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 5/12/17-5/29/17

Rating: 4-12-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads SynopsisThe fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

My Thoughts: I thought that this was a great conclusion to the series. I don’t think I was as wowed by this as everyone else was. I feel that way about the whole series. It took me a while to get into it. I will admit I am completely in love with the couples in this series!!! If you have read this you will understand my love for chapter 33….. no words are needed! The was quite a lot of action in the last 20-25% of the story and I enjoyed that section the most. The writing in this book is gorgeous. I will say though that The Dream Thieves was my favorite book from the series! Also, this cover of this book is stunning!!! Let me know what you think about this book/series if you have read it!

Books That would make good event themes!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovely Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube! I highly suggest checking out her channel because she puts out great content! This weeks topic is the books we think would make great event themes. So parties, weddings, birthdays, etc. This was so easy for me to chose my top 5. As soon as I saw this topic I instantly knew the books I wanted to choose. Do you agree with my picks? If so let me know! What books would you pick?


 

Harry Potter– Let’s just get the best and most obvious option out of the way first. This book series has already been the theme for more events than I can count and it will continue to be a party theme forever.

Nexis by A.L. Davroe– This book has a lot to do with virtual reality. I think a vr themed party would be so cool! Have tons of vr stations set up and everyone go into the same game/scenario and see how everyone does.

Divergent– I think this would be cool for a really big event. Everyone can get sorted into the different factions and there can be games and faction tournaments. It might just be me but this sounds really fun!

Illuminae– This book is set completely on a space station. So a space station themed party would be so freaking cool! People in cool costumes and have the place decked out to look like the space station in the book. It wold be awesome.

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young– This is a mystery book set in an old hotel. If the event was taking place in a hotel with the guests having a mystery they have to solve that would be s fun event. I would totally go to that!

Things I Want More of in Books

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly “event” hosted by the lovely people over on The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is the 10 things that we want more of in books, so our book content wish list if you will. My answers came pretty easy on this one so let’s jump in!


 

Female friendships– Sure there’s ton of female friendships in books but I want to see more books where that is one of the main focuses in the book. Not the romance. We get enough romance in books already, give us some good friendship rep!!

Good Mental Health Rep– I tend to read a good number of books that have the topic of mental health in it. Whether that be depression, eating disorders, mental disorders, you name it. I have only come across a few that have had good rep for the disorder it was focusing on. Where it felt like the author did proper research and learned everything they could, or were even writing from their own history with the issue, before they started writing. We need these topics to stop being written and seen in such a negative light.

Better Plot Twists– Don’t get me wrong I love a good plot twist. Most of the time however, I can see it coming 100 pages away. I want to read more books where I am actually shocked by the plot twist and there was no way that I could have seen it coming.

Healthier Relationships– I actually enjoy when fantasy, dystopian, and books of that nature have a romance or two in them. I just wish that we had healthier relationships portrayed more often. No abuse, equal partnership, healthy relationship. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

More Multiple POV’s– I used to dislike multiple pov books. Now I love them! I enjoy getting to see the story from more than one person. Each of the characters will be seeing or reacting to the same event totally different and it’s nice to get all sides of the story.

More Details/Information– For me this is just in fantasy. I feel like some of the fantasy books I’ve read lately just haven’t been giving me enough description. I want to know all about the different races and lands and everything in between. Give me more!!

Magical Competitions– I LOVE these kinds of books and I honestly just want more of them!

No Romance– While I love a good romance in books, I think I want to see more books where there isn’t a single romance, at least not with our main character. Let the main character do things without a girl/guy falling in love with them or vice versa. Not every book needs to have a romantic interest.

Retellings– I ADORE retellings. They are some of my favorite things to read. I am getting a little tired of seeing the same stories being told over and over again though. So let’s get some retellings of things that aren’t so popular!

Family Focused Stories– I haven’t read a lot of books where family was a huge focus for the main character. I would love to see a book where family is the number one priority for our main character and everything else comes second.

 

What are some things that you want to see more of in books? I’m sure I have other things that I could added, but these are the ones that are on the top of my list!