Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Okay so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic is: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. And since school started up again this week for me and I am swamped already this is going to be a short post. Quite a few of these are actually repeats after receiving advice on my last Top Tuesday Post, so thanks everybody for commenting last time!

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1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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2. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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4. Witch Hunter Olivia by T.A. Kunz

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5. Redmemption (Penton Legacy #1) by Susannah Sandlin

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6. Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout: I have it on preorder and can’t wait to read it!

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7. The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter: I literally cannot wait for this book! Comes out October!!

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8. Dead of Winter (Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole: Another book I can’t wait for! Unfortunately it doesn’t come out till Jan 6th 2015 :((

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9. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: I hear so many wonderful things about this series (and they are referenced in the Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout) so I am determined to one day read them for sure!

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10. Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer: Sorry for the sketchy cover but it hasn’t been released yet, regardless I can’t wait for this book!

Review: Elixir (Covenant #3.5) and Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. 
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. 
Even if it means making war against the gods.

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Goodreads Summary:

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

My Review 

So I’m combining my review of Elixir and Apollyon since Elixir was the short novella leading up to Apollyon and it’s really just too short to be given it’s own full length review (it’s literally only 74 pages).

Elixir was a wonderful change of scenery because it was all from the pov of Aiden! Finally I was able to read from his percpective and really understand just how strongly he feels for Alex, which is oh so strong let me tell ya! He has to do some horrifying things in order to keep Alex and those he cares for safe. He makes some tough decisions but through it all, his love stays true and he never gives up on Alex, even when she is completley unlovable. His love for her was absolutely beautiful and made reading this novella so worth it!

I definitely recommend you read Elixir before reading Apollyon, it just won’t read the same without it. Buy it on Amazon here!

Now I come to Apollyon! It basically flows straight from where Elixir ended (with Alex being a total b**** because she is under the control of Seth still, but Aiden knows the real her is in there still, just at the surface). Let me just say that Alex being “Seth’s Alex” was so not okay! I wanted to strangle her on more than one occasion. If it wasn’t for Aiden’s steadfast love and determination, I wouldn’t have been able to get through her complete change of character. But of course that’s what just added to the romantic struggle of this book and made the romance all the more better once Alex was back to herself again. Thankfully, Armentrout did not waste too many unnecessary pages on “Evil Alex” and got right down to “Kick Ass Aiden Loving Apollyon Alex.”

Once Alex was back to herself again, her and Aiden’s relationship was in full swing and was oh so amazing to read about it! I absolutely loved the romance in this book! However, I wouldn’t say that I loved everything about this book. I just felt like there wasn’t nearly as much progress happening as I wanted there to be. Some parts were dragged on just a little too much for my taste. But, I will say that there still were quite a few high intensity moments that had me totally glued to the pages; so at least that made up for it.  Besides, by the time the ending hit, I was completely captivated by the content, because ohhh boy, Alex goes through some brutal stuff! The ending left me reeling and in total need for the last book! I can’t wait to finish the series!

So though I wasn’t totally in love with this fourth installment of the Covenant series, I did enjoy it and definitely still recommend you continue with the series by reading it. You can buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My Review

Ruin and Rising picked up about 2 months after the ending of Siege and Storm which was with Alina having almost died fighting the Darkling and being forced to retreat underground under the protection of the Apparat. The third and final amplifier’s location is still unknown.

Ruin and Rising had it’s share of good action moments, however, it didn’t really seem like there was a whole lot of plot movement. Luckily, the story line itself makes for a fast read so I wasn’t bored at any time during the story. I will say that there continued to be a lot of romantic frustration once again up until the very end. It got so aggravating at some points, but I was determined to see Mal and Alina’s relationship succeed, and I wasn’t disappointed.

There were quite a few plot twists that I most definitely did not see coming in this last book, and plenty of new information was revealed. More surprisingly, I found myself laughing out loud at the witty humor that was exchanged between the characters. I don’t really remember laughing, or there even being humor in the first two books, but maybe there was. That was one of the things that dampened my experience with this last book, I read the first two so long ago, that I had forgotten some important elements of the story. Sure plenty of it came  back as I read–at least the important stuff did–however, there were quite a few characters that I honestly didn’t have any recollection of.

By the time the ending rolled around and the final battle came to a head I found myself feeling disappointed. It just felt like Ruin and Rising was lacking overall. I think I expected more excitement from the story itself and a little less traveling than what the characters seemed to do for a good chunk of the story. Yes there were some awesome surprise moments in between, and I loved the romantic turn of events/overall romantic conclusion, but I just wasn’t too impressed with the book as a whole. I was looking for the “catcher” the overall big “gripper” from the storyline and I didn’t feel it. Ruin and Rising was a good enough conclusion, but it didn’t go down swinging in my book. I would still recommend you finish the series though, if you have already started it.

You can buy Ruin and Rising on Amazon here, or anywhere that sells books.

 

 

 

Review: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Summary:

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

My Review

If I could use two words to describe Heavenly Fire: IT DRAGGED. Now that Clary and Jace are back on the same team again and the whole of the Clave and world of Shadowhunters/downworlders were ready to take out Sebastian, I was hoping for an epic last book. Of course, I didn’t have high expectations since I gradually grew more disappointed in this series after book three. I was also super hesitant about reading the last installment when I saw that it was a behemoth of a book coming in at a whopping 725 pages folks! Nevertheless, I pushed on and was determined to conquer this Mt Everest of a conclusion.

I grew annoyed almost right off the bat with this book because of the constant switching of the point of views. I just didn’t care about 50% of the pov’s I was reading. To me, it took away from the true main characters perspectives and added unnecessary pages. It was almost like Cassandra Clare was trying to mimic the way a movie is filmed. I was reading the book as if the action was being given frame by frame, but in a movie the camera can quickly switch from situation to situation to amp up suspense without the wait being long, but you can’t switch that often with books. It takes too long, and it’s too strenuous.

The general plot line in Heavenly Fire was of good quality for sure and there were some high points of action that I will commend, however there was just too much fluff of those other pov’s in between for me to be pulled in completely. Right when I would get excited about what was happening, the pov would switch and when it came back that situation had already moved on. I enjoyed the book the most when the five main characters came together, basically when not much was left out anymore.

Jace and Clary’s romance was very low key in this book. Now that they could finally be together with no strings attached you would have thought that the romantic scenes would be abundant, but no. There were very few adorable scenes between the two (though there were some really good lines, I will admit), which was just a super bummer.

By the time the book ended, all lose ends were tied up and the resolution was pretty good, though once again the “after ending” really dragged. The conflict was resolved and then I realized “wait there are still 100 pages left, what the heck does she need this many pages for?” The final pages were cute, the characters turned out the way I wanted them to. Overall, this book was a disappointment with too many pages and waaay too many pov jumps that made it drag. It wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t great, it was just…okay.

If you really choose to finish the series, buy it at any bookstore or on Amazon here.