Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read…But Still Plan to!

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, bookworms! I hope you all are having a fantastic beginning of the week! This is my first week back at university and I am so glad I got the time to be able to post my TTT for this week. The topic is great, as always, thanks to The Broke and the Bookish, who are the founders and hosts of Top Ten Tuesday.

Okay, enough chit-chat. Let’s get to today’s TTT!

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to):

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

The Crown – The Selection series #5 by Kiera Cass
*So as not to spoil The Selection series for anyone, I will not add in the synopsis!

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know.  The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love, or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Glass Sword -Red Queen series #2 by Victoria Aveyard 
*So as not to spoil Red Queen for anyone, I will not add in the synopsis!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Firebird series #2 by Claudia Gray
*So as not to spoil the Firebird series for anyone, I will not add in the synopsis.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

The enchantment continues. . . .
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

What are your Top Ten Tuesday picks? Let me know in the comment box!

-Maya🌹

 

 

Book Review: Lux: Obsidian👽 & Update on CR and Mini Book Haul

Hellooooo book lovers! How are YOU? I hope y’all are enjoying your early 2017 bookish adventures. I know I am definitely loving The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with you! But for today, I will be reviewing Lux: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Book information:
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: Obsidian – Lux book 1
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis📜: From the back of the book

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his moth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo faces. If I don’t kill him first, that is.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For!📖

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, everyone! I hope you are all having a great start to the week and the year of 2017. I know I have been having a pretty good start to the week! Since I have been home, I have skated a few times and have been working slowly to return to jumping as much (and as well) as I did before I left for university. It’s funny how you never realize how great the impact of landing on one foot (and on a skinny blade, too) is on one’s body! It hurts, man! After a few days of getting back into the swing of things, though, I don’t quite feel the painful impact anymore so that’s good! Yesterday, I did almost every jump (and in combination) that I used to do when I was competitive. It doesn’t sound like a big accomplishment, but it is to me! Plus I did a jump that I recently started landing consistently so that was awesome sauce! It was a pretty awesome day, yesterday! Anyway. Where was I? Oh! Top Ten Tuesday! Here are my top ten picks for this week’s topic:
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2017 Bookish Goals📚

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Happy 2017, everyone! I hope all of your bookish desires come true! Here’s to a book blessed year filled with bookish adventures!🎉

At the end of every year, I count the number of books I’ve read throughout that particular year. This year, my numbers were down because I started college, but the previous year I read 65 books, which I thought was pretty good! I am going to try and read at least thirty books this year. I know that number is pretty low, but I have a lot going on this upcoming year of 2017! I mean, spring semester of college and throughout the summer I will be working and shadowing a doctor or two! I will figure out a way to squeeze time in for reading, but no guarantees that I will read thirty books while reviewing them, as well. I like a good challenge though! Continue reading

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas🌌

Hello my lovely bookworms! I hope you all are having a lovely winter break and holiday season. I know I am definitely enjoying being among my family and pups. There’s nothing better than sitting on the couch, watching Hallmark movies or The Blacklist with my family and the dogs on our laps.

QOTD: What books did YOU get (or were hoping for) for Christmas?

To be honest, my family rarely buys me books for Christmas because they know how much I love going to the bookstore and searching for them myself. Although, it would be fun to get a book or two for Christmas… One that is highly anticipated for, too. Most of the time, I get a Barnes and Noble gift card… which is cool, though, because I don’t have to spend my money on books and be even further broke. 😂

BUT

If I were to get TWO books for Christmas, I would definitely want it to be The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury and Hunger by Michael Grant. What I really want is A Court of Wings and Ruin, but that isn’t out yet so I just gotta deal, I suppose!

Moving on! It’s book review time! Prepare yourself.

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