Waiting on Wednesday

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The Next TogetherThe Next Together

By: Lauren James

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles

~ From Goodreads

Release Date: September 3, 2015

Hello everyone! It’s the end of another Wednesday and I’m really excited to share this latest addition to my MUST READ pile. The Next Together is about two teenagers who are constantly connected to each other. Throughout history, they always meet, always fall in love, and then are tragically torn away from each other. First of all, this book spans multiple centuries, which is completely awesome. I love reading about different time periods and I’m excited to watch the two main characters meet and love under so many different circumstances. I also have a soft spot for romance and these two characters sound adorable. Romance aside, the plot seems to suggest that Kate and Matt play a larger role in the overall balance of the world, as if their existence keeps history on the right track . Overall, this sounds like something new in a genre saturated with dystopian hum drum. I haven’t read a good time travel/reincarnation story outside of fanfiction in a very long time. I can’t wait to get my hands on this baby in September!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Hello again everyone! Its been a while and that’s mostly my own fault. I had last week’s Top Ten Tuesday list pretty much written out and then I went to see Ant Man and completely forgot all about it. Oops. Here’s to hoping that this week makes up for last week’s blunder!

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Book Review: Uprooted

UprootedUprooted

By: Naomi Novik

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

“‘Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.’

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.”

~From Goodreads

I wasn’t properly prepared when I went into this book. I was expecting something light and fluffy, a fairytale retelling of the Beauty and the Beast that would feed my nostalgia and eventually force me to rewatch the Disney adaptation. What I got instead was a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns that left me dizzy by the last page. I got a beast that sucked me in on page one and then spit me back out again, leaving me to tend to my feelings in my semi-irrational state. I don’t think I properly have the words to describe how much I love this book so please excuse my lunatic ramblings below.

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Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade

The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade

By: Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

~From Goodreads

Do we need five stories about Celaena Sardothien set in her years at the Assassin’s Keep? No, not really. Do we want to read five stories about Celaena Sardothien set in her years at the Assassin’s Keep? Well, my friends. That’s a whole other ball of wax. When I first started this collection, fresh out of (and still reeling from) Crown of Midnight, I thought the answer was yes. Reading about her adventures prior to her imprisonment and about her romance with Sam Cortland would be fun, right? Hahahahahhhhaaaa, WRONG.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T READ THRONE OF GLASS, THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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Hello everyone! It’s another week and another Tuesday! As you may have noticed, I’ve been playing around with my banners. They’re still a work in progress, but I hope you like them so far. As for this week’s topic, I’ll be sharing with you my ten latest book acquisitions, though it’s been a while since I last bought something, so my memory may be a little faulty!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped Books You’ve Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, every Tuesday, those who participate choose their top ten choices for the week’s chosen theme. I love making lists, so I’m throwing myself into the pot. If you’d like to join in as well, you can find more information about the meme and the weekly themes by clicking on the banner above. Just make sure you link it back to the original creators!

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Book Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight

By: Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

~From Goodreads

I loved this book. And then halfway through, I loathed it with every fiber of my being. Then, miraculously one would say, Maas somehow managed to make me love it again. I’m not sure, even now, if I’ve properly processed these feelings. I’m very confused. Help!

CAUTION: The Section Below Contains Radioactive Spoilers. Continue At Your Own Risk.

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