Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List. Thank god for Goodreads and it’s majesty, cause I would have no clue what I recently added to my TBR if not for it! It’s funny because I see plenty of books on Goodreads that I want to read, but I tend to forget to actually add them to my TBR list, because I’m all caught up in the hype of a new book! So here are the most recent ones, which really aren’t all that recently added…but here they are nevertheless in chronological order from when I added them.

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1.  The Cage by Megan Shepherd

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2. Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) by Amy Bartol: This came out today actually!!!!

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3. Deadly Curiosities (Deadly Curiosities #1) by Gail Martin

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4. Unhinged (Spintered #2) by A.G. Howard

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5. Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by A.C. Gaughen

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6. A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gena Showalter: So there is no cover yet for this, but I am BEYOND excited for this surprise book four!!!!

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7. Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

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8. Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout)

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9. Frigid by Jennifer Armentrout: Yes I realize that’s three JLA books in one post, but I didn’t plan the order in which I clicked “Want to Read” on Goodreads.

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10. Hereafter (Hereafter #10) by Tara Hudson

Review: Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1) by Quinn Loftis

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Goodreads Summary:

“In the evening… [he] blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. […] Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson

Since the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?

“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear.
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.”
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her.

 

My Review

Dream of Me is most certainly bound to be unlike any book you’ve heard of before. Dair (The Sandman) has been chosen by The Creator (God) to influence select humans who are destined for greatness with his dreams in order to push them to achieve their given purpose in life. Dair has been doing this same job since the dawn of time, and no one has ever quite caught his attention the way Serenity has. When Dair is assigned the task of influencing Serenity’s dreams, he soon begins to fall for her and feel things he never thought he was capable of. Serenity begins to reciprocate just as intense feelings for Dair and soon discovers that her path is intertwined with the life of eight year old Emma.

Dream of Me was sweet and slow and different all at the same time. Though some of the angelic components were similar to past books I’ve read, the story was still quite unique. I have never read anything regarding the Sandman before, so that was super interesting. I also loved how Loftis incorporated as much Biblical truths as possible, making for a much more accurate story than most angelic books are. Serenity and Dair’s relationship was adorable, but also felt very rushed with little room for development.

Emma’s story was heart wrenching to say the least, her intelligence was a little off-putting, but the narration continuously pointed out how ridiculously smart she was. Overall, there really wasn’t a whole lot of plot movement in this book. There was a point of intensity that I was anticipating for a chunk of the book and held my attention, which led up to a suspenseful yet predictable climax. The ending was sweet and definitely hinted at there being more to come, though I don’t know how exciting the next books would be, because this book could easily stay a stand alone.

Dream of Me was a good read, not nearly as fantastic as I wanted it to be, but it was still worth reading.

You can buy Dream of Me on Amazon here!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit. These are the books that I remember loving and actually did reread several times back in the day. I’ve been a book lover since day one! Some of them I’ve thought about how much I’d love to reread again, but of course reading them again is wishful thinking when my TBR list is ever growing the way it is.

 

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1. The BFG by Roald Dahl

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2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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3. Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede

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4. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

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5. The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

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6. Rowan Hood Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest by Nancy Springer

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7. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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8. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

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9. A Dog’s Life (An Autobiography of a Stray) by Ann M. Martin

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10. Meet Felicity (An American Girl) book one

Review: Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

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Goodreads Summary: 

“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

My Review

Dare to Dream is a new apocalyptic story that is unlike most I’ve read before. Maggie is a 14 year old quiet math geek, surrounded by a loud and neglectful family and ignored by most everyone in her life except for her best friend Dawn. Maggie lives a pretty normal life, that is until she starts dreaming of the end of the world. At first she thinks little of it, but when the nightmares won’t go away and soon become physically harmful to her, she begins to realize that her dreams are much more than a horrific nightmare but are a warning for the impending apocalypse.

Maggie was a very well developed female lead, I felt for her situation throughout. Carys Jones did a good job of establishing the premise for the apocalypse. However, it almost felt like there was a little too much set up for the imminent doom. I found myself wondering when the dreams were finally going to come true, because 50% flew by and not a whole lot of plot development had occurred. Although, I definitely appreciated the unique quality of the way the apocalypse was gonna go down! I mean Stonehenge falling would be quite disturbing, and red lightning would frankly be pretty damn epic to see!

When the apocalypse finally did hit,  I was so ready to be on the edge of my seat with all the action, but it was almost anticlimactic. Yes there were definitely some intense moments that surprised me, but as soon as they happened, the action slowed down to focus on Maggie’s journey to safety with her best friend Dawn, and her unexpected friend/more than friend Andy.  I did enjoy the brewing romance between Andy and Maggie though, that was a nice touch  for sure! Throughout the story, more and more questions arose and I was eager to see where the events would take me. However, very few to none of them were answered. The book ended on a peak, leaving it entirely open for a book two and confirmed for me that Dare to Dream’s main focus was the build up for what is sure to come in the rest of the series.

Dare to Dream was a unique story of one girl’s efforts to convince the world that the end is here. The apocalyptic events were intriguing and the characters were well developed. I look forward to seeing what Jones has in store for Maggie and her friends.

You can buy Dare to Dream on Amazon here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List. Sorry this post is up later than usual, I’m currently on Spring Break and the days tend to blur together so I barely just realized it was a Tuesday lol! Well here’s hoping I get through half of these books on this list!

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1. Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard

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2. Dream of Me (Dream Maker #1) by Quinn Loftis

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3. The Arcana Chronicles (REREAD!) by Kresley Cole: I have to HAVE TO reread these books so I can finally read the third book! This is long over due!

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4. Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy) by Wendy Higgins

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5. Eternal Promise (Between Worlds #3) by Talia Jager

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6. Taking on the Dead (Famished Trilogy #1) by Annie Walls

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7. Sea of Stars (Kricket Series #2) by Amy Bartol

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8. Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by A.C. Gaughen

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9. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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10. Awaken (The Patronus #1) by Sarah Ross

Review: Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard

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Goodreads Summary:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

My Review

So I know that Grace reviewed this book way back in the beginning days of Escape Inside the Pages (2013), and ever since then I’ve had Splintered on my TBR list! I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it, though I must say I wasn’t as impressed with it as I thought I would be…

Alyssa has always been different from those around her, she’s mocked by her peers for her relation to Alice Liddle, and never lets on that she can hear the flowers and insects interact for fear she’ll be compared to her already institutionalized mother. However, when the real world and the mysteries of Wonderland start to collide, Alyssa quickly learns that her delusions are quite real. When she discovers that there is a way to save her not-so-insane mother from a family curse, she finds herself diving head first into the depths of the very dark very real Wonderland accompanied by her long time friend/crush Jeb and childhood friend/Netherland (real term for Wonderland) moth (aka the Caterpillar) Morpheus.

Splintered provided a brand new Wonderland that I hadn’t encountered before.  Everything you thought you knew about Lewis Carroll’s tale is completely warped in this book. Heck even the names of the classic characters are completely different. Netherland  is grim, crooked, and full of deceit and bloodshed, but of course magic surrounds the whole way through. I commend A.G. Howard for the ingenuity placed into this story. There was clearly quite a bit of detail placed into shaping the history behind Alice’s story and why everything played out the way it did.

Alyssa was a strong female lead, there was no denying that, but I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around who I thought she should be with. Jeb was nice and sweet for sure, but then you have the cunning and mysterious Morpheus who clearly cares about Alyssa, he just has a very twisted way of showing it. The love triangle killed me in this book, because I knew that Alyssa should probably choose Jeb, but I guess I just liked Morpheus better. Not gonna lie, the ongoing battle between the three of them (Jeb, Alyssa, and Morpheus), got redundant, and I found myself struggling to get through parts of this book. It just seemed liked some of the content dragged on a little too long, I felt a little detached through it. Then again, I was super distracted while reading this book, #collegelife, #midterms. I am not the type to use hashtags, but I just don’t know how else to put it.

By the time the ending rolled around, the pace picked up and I found myself pulled in more so than I had been earlier in the book. The ending was definitely frustrating but intense and unexpected. I bought the second book when I bought the first so as not to miss the sale that was going on at the time, so I will be reading book two and I’m hoping I become more engaged this time.

If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, then you will definitely appreciate reading Splintered. Buy it on Amazon here!

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Hidden Library (Collectors’ Society #2) by Heather Lyons

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ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

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Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!

My Review

After such a fantastic first book (The Collectors’ Society), naturally I had high expectations and lots of anticipation for The Hidden Library! I am so glad I got to be apart of this blog tour! You guys do not want to miss out on this series!!

The Hidden Library picked up right about where The Collectors’ Society left off. Recap: Brom Van Brunt (Finn’s father) practically had his throat slit by Sweeney Todd who is still at large! The Society still isn’t sure why catalysts are actively being sought after and destroyed, but they have managed to capture Todd’s accomplice. Alice and Finn have returned from Wonderland with its catalyst and their relationship grows stronger every day!

The Hidden Library was filled with everything a good book should be filled with! A scorching romance, a killer villain(s), an ever-thickening plot, and fantastical elements that leave your head spinning! Alice and Finn’s relationship was powerful and I really enjoyed watching it reach bounds it was never able to in the first book. Danger lurked around every corner, and insane unexplainable plot twists were thrown in all over the place! I literally could not put this book down, it never ceased to keep me on the edge of my seat! While there was a lot of new information that answered my questions, there was also a lot of new developments that created even more.

Heather Lyons has once again written a wonderful (pun intended) tale about a girl named Alice from a Wonderland that you would not quite expect. And yes folks, don’t worry, you will get a taste of Wonderland again in this second installment! Which brings me to Jace, The White King, *swoons.* Despite how much I love Alice being with Finn, I can’t help but root for The White King and her at the same time! My heart is torn in a strange way. Jace could not be any more perfectly kind and genuine toward Alice, it kills me! There’s just no hating the guy for loving Alice! Heck if she doesn’t want him I’ll take him!

By the time the ending rolled around I was in complete denial! There was no way Lyons could leave it like that! What an insane ending folks?! Quite the heart wrenching/exhilarating cliff hanger! I cannot wait to read book three! I need it ASAP! You do not want to miss reading The Hidden Library! And if you haven’t started The Collectors’ Society, then fall down the rabbit hole and into this story!

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About Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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