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  1. I finished up the Rebel Belle series the other day (Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Lady Renegades). The second and third books were not as great as the first but still enjoyable. I recommend the audiobooks. I'm now into book 2 of The Winner's Curse series (The Winner's Crime). Also audiobook.
  2. I got caught up the Fever UF series so I never finished The Hazelwood before my loan ended. I will continue it when my hold comes up again. Currently I'm listening to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I've been following her on Twitter for a while because she's awesome and her #SexyHistory lessons are great. Rebel Belle has been on my TBR for a bit also and I only put 2 and 2 together after I looked into her upcoming book Royals. All this to say that I LOVE this book. Part of it is the narrator and how she captures Southern Belle Alabama inflections but most of it is the writing. It's so charming! Paladins and mages and oracles and a private high school in a small Alabama town. Definite recommend. I also have the first available loan for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which has been one of the most anticipated YA releases for this year. That's my weekend solved.
  3. I read The Cruel Prince last night, and I loved it. I quite literally start to finished it over the span of 12 hours because I wanted to know how it ended. Also it's a popular new release from the library and I ended up sitting on this for a bit and wanted to get it to the next person. Anyways, faeries are awful. Looking forward to the next installment. Also patiently waiting on The Hazel Wood to become available.
  4. I finished Warcross. It was an OK intro to however long this series will be. Much preferred the Young Elites but this story has potential. One Dark Throne was better than Three Dark Crowns. It still feels like superficial storytelling but I'm curious enough to see how it all ends. I hope to read a few more books between now and the new year. Started on Flame in the Mist.
  5. The Language Of Thorns has four? of the Grisha novellas and a few new stories and the book is seriously gorgeous. As is the Target version which I may also pick up. Aaaaand today Leigh Bardugo announced King of Scars, about Nikolai Lantsov! http://ew.com/books/2017/09/26/leigh-bardugo-king-of-scars-nikolai-lantsov/
  6. I made it three chapters in and I've put it aside. I'll get back to it before the last book comes out. What I'm currently reading : Warcross by Marie Lu What I'm waiting on: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake - followup to Three Dark Crowns; All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater; The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, which is a rare physical book purchase because it looks so pretty! What is piling up on my TBR from earlier posts: Hunted, Now I Rise, Flame in the Mist, This Savage Song/Our Dark Duet Is anyone reading/read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo?
  7. I finished Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom this long weekend. Enjoyed them immensely. I would look forward to a movie version. And now I've cleared the deck for Tower of Dawn coming out tonight. Happy Chaol Day, @lady narcissa!
  8. Well, I managed to score a free e-book from BookShout for I can't recall why, so I downloaded Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I had started the book a little after it first came out but it didn't grab me and I moved on to other things. However, it seems well-regarded and her Seven Realms books are popular and this is spin-off of sorts that takes place after that series so...we'll see. Last Tuesday A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh was released and I'm looking forward to cracking it open. What's everybody reading YA-wise?
  9. Suffice it to say the third book was...disappointing. And we will hope good things for the Chaol book but I think she's got too much on the go now and the ToG will end just as voluminous, repetitive and rushed. And lacking satisfaction. Or it'll be great and the land will be a mix of various combinations of faw/witch/shapeshifter/human offspring the end. Anyways. I'm am buying what this Barnes and Noble Teen blog is selling. And I have in fact bought some of these author's books - Renee Ahdieh, VE Schwab, Laini Taylor and of course Leigh Bardugo. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/8-speculative-fiction-authors-whose-books-are-a-lesson-in-worldbuilding/
  10. I saw! I'm way ready. I'll read it next week then go back and read the full trilogy together.
  11. Strange the Dreamer was quite good. I adore Lazlo Strange and want nothing but good things for him. And the story was interesting - I didn't feel like I was reading a re-tread of a story told a million times. Looking forward to the second book in the duology. And now I'm back to Six of Crows.
  12. Just started Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. And I used my Open Table rewards (who knew that was a thing? ) to buy Hunted by Meagan Spooner for my Kindle.
  13. It's not SFF but it is YA and it's very very good: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Definitely merited all it's pre-publication buzz. http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/angie-thomas-the-hate-u-give-interview-ya-novel.html
  14. True enough. But, it is YAish. http://www.npr.org/2015/02/25/387252679/darker-shade-paints-a-fantasy-world-rich-in-depth-and-color
  15. @Xray the Enforcer I really love V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series. The third/final book is out next week. It revoles around four parallel worlds, each wirh their own version of London. And there's magic and pirates.
  16. In the latest SJM newsletter she talks about how she asked the artist (Charlie Bowater) to use the dress for the cover and she agreed though fees etc, no idea.
  17. The third book in the series, King's Cage, was released today and I was blessed? with the first e-loan from the library. Come on Maven! *L* I follow the author Victoria Aveyard on Twitter and I like her politics. I also don't hate the story but I do hope she continues to grow as a writer and finds a wayt to make the main character Mare far less annoying.
  18. So I ditched Carve the Mark completely after reading poor review after poor review. I'm at the beginning of Six of Crows and I can tell I'm going to like it, but I put it aside for a non-fiction long loan that finally came through (I Contain Multitudes). My holds list includes the newly-released Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst while I wait for my other anticipated releases to drop. Speaking of, cover at for A Court of Wings and Ruin has been released and Chaol's still untitled novella has become a full book/installment in ToG.
  19. Started reading Six of Crows last night. I also snagged the first library loan of Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, which has mixed reviews at best and I'm not sure how interested I am in it. I found Divergent meh and the stopped 2 chapters into Allegiant.
  20. Kindle deal of the day at amazon.com (USA) The Call https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B3DBIUI?ref=pe_2267260_223104660_w_1_6898&tag=x_gr_e_d_xp_altdesctest6_b_us-20
  21. Yes. It covers the 'maleness' of Lada and how that is looked upon by everyone in her life/encounters either through discomfort and/or fear and/or disgust along with admiration and respect, and conversely the effects of her brother's 'femaleness' or beauty, and how he's able to charm and put people at ease, without much of any further consideration or suspicion for the most part. I think the followup will explore your later points about martial law and politics for both siblings.
  22. It's ruthless but it's not soul crushing, at least not to me. One of my favourite parts is the gender attribute swapping between Lada and her brother Radu. He's the soft, elegant, beautiful one and she the fierce, warrior (and not pretty). This review sums it up rather well. And I couldn't wait to read it! Young Elites started off kinda meh, but as Adelina's character started to take shape I was hooked. I really adore that series. And yeah, Every Heart a Doorway just snuck up on me. I didn't know what I was getting into but it was delightful and just really got into me. I had similar feelings about Heartless, but for different reasons though the doorway to world theme was present in both.
  23. Yay! A place for me! I started The Dark Days Club but it didn't grab me and a bunch of other books called me so I never went back to it. I suppose I'll add it back to my TBR. I also read The Raven King and a few of us discussed the conclusion of the series. I didn't find it satisfying in the end. So this is what I read last year, and my only five star rating went to And I Darken with The Midnight Star pulling up a close second. In both cases the main characters are anti-heroines through and through and I loved that. The Young Elites was a very good series in my mind, and Adelina was such a great protagonist. I'm also very excited to read the followup to And I Darken, Now I Rise. Lada is fierce and fearless and well, mean and ruthless. Fantastic. The Wrath and the Dawn books are a retelling of Bluebeard/Arabian Nights, and while retellings or reimaginings are everywhere, Renee Ahdieh really made it her own, again with a strong lead female. Three Dark Crowns 75% ho-hum but I kept with it and I'm interested in the follow-up given the discoveries made in the end about at least one (but really two) sisters. Heartless was my introduction to Marissa Meyer and I almost stopped reading in the early goings because I just didn't think I could take another retell, and yet, it ended up being more than that. Ember in the Ashes is also enjoyable and for some unknown reason I'm keeping on with the Red Queen story. I'm hoping the villain wins in the end. The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Renee Ahdieh The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) Renee Ahdieh An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Sabaa Tahir A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) Sabaa Tahir The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) Maggie Stiefvater And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1) Kiersten White Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Seanan McGuire The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Marie Lu Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Victoria Aveyard Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Kendare Blake Heartless Marissa Meyer Are the Sarah J Maas series (Throne of Glass or Court of..) considered YA? They seem a little more adult than young? Along the lines of Rosamund Hodge perhaps? At any rate, her writing has gotten better with each book and I'm looking forward to the conclusion to both series. Books I'm looking forward to reading this year: Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor (I enjoyed her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series) Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh Hunted Meagan Spooner
  24. Why would he? No more Mance, no Val, no baby, no blood of king (unless yes, he takes Shireen and Maester Aemon) There's been no mention of things that would cause Jon to round them all up to send them away. But I guess it could happen.
  25. To all you who thinkgJorah is the Jon Connington/Greyscale etc...explain how/why? PM me. I won't be able to keep up in this thread.
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