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Fanboy Book Club Introduction

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I am happy to announce that I will be a part of the Fanboy Book Club.  This wonderful group is hosted by Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl. This book club focuses on YA novels with male leads.  I realized in my reading that I read so many female protagonists (which is awesome!), but I wanted to read some books where males were more than just a love interest!

If you are interested, the February book is the classic and original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To sign up, click the link: http://goo.gl/forms/SQqQxcmoqM. For more information, check out Bianca’s post here.

Introduction Questions:

1 Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Ali, and I am trying to read more diversely.  I love fantasy which does already have a lot of male leads, but I’ve noticed a lot of YA fantasy is female centric.

2 How did you come up with your blog name?

To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of my blog name.  I guess it’s pretty accurate though; I am a book lover, and you’ll find my thoughts here. 🙂

Fun part:

3 Who is your favorite male character?

Well, I love Harry Potter, but he is probably a very popular answer.  I love Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and also Kelsier from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.  They’re both complex, intense male characters.

4 I’m giving you the freedom here. Who are your book husbands/book boyfriends?

Well, we will be here forever if I list all of mine out.  Kaz, Jem Carstairs, and Nikolai from the Grisha trilogy are just a few.

5 Book with a male lead that really stuck to your heart?

I grew up with Harry Potter, so he definitely had a big impact on my life.  But, I love The Little Prince.  It’s an amazing classic children’s book. Plus, it’s French!

6 Link to your social media accounts.

Twitter: @booklthoughts

Instagram: booklthoughts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/booklthoughts


What is YOUR favorite book with a male lead?

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T5W: Disappointing Eye Candy (January 27th, 2016)

Top 5 Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! If you don’t know what this is, Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey, or Gingerreadslainey. She creates a different topic each week, and BookTubers and Book Bloggers can discuss their favorite (or least favorite book) based off of the topics! The Goodreads group can be found here, feel free to join in!

Today’s topic is disappointing eye candy – books that look good, but were bad.


Okay – this may get a tad controversial…

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Okay, this is a very LOVED or HATED book.  I was in the latter category. I never wrote a review because I DNF’d it, but I did write an explanation somewhere in a comment explaining my dislike: romance ick. magic boring. 

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – STOP. DON’T HATE ME. I did not hate this book, but it was disappointing.  I gave it 3 stars, and my review is here.  It was very hyped, and I don’t think it lived up to that hype.

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The One by Kiera Cass – It wasn’t the best, and the whole premise is some ridiculousness fun.  But, if you go in expecting a lot, there will probably be disappointment.

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – Book 1, Shatter Me, was okay.  This one was also okay.  But, Juliette annoys me so much, and it’s also just another book that did not live up to the hype.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – This did not work for me.  The romance was weird, and I couldn’t really get into the plot.  The writing, however, was beautiful, and I loved Raven Boys from Stiefvater’s other series!


What are some of your disappointing eye candies? Link your T5W post/video/comment below!

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T5W: Favorite Fandoms (January 6th, 2016)

Top 5 Wednesday

I have another Top 5 Wednesday this week!! If you don’t know what this is, Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey, or Gingerreadslainey. She creates a different topic each week, and BookTubers and Book Bloggers can discuss their favorite (or least favorite book) based off of the topics! The Goodreads group can be found here, feel free to join in!

Today’s topic is very exciting: favorite fandoms! I am a complete fangirl, so this was very hard to narrow down.


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I started reading the Hunger Games series right when Catching Fire came out and I fell in love.  Waiting for Mockingjay was one of the hardest waits I’ve ever had, and going to all the movie premieres was amazing.  It was hard to say bye to the franchise in 2015 with the last movie coming out.

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Harry Potter – No words needed as an explanation.  I grew up with the books and movies, and I am so glad that they were a part of my childhood.  

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I love the BBC Sherlock adaptation so much! It is the king of all cliffhangers and heart stompers.  My favorite character, Moriarty, isn’t even in the picture above, but he is the perfect villain. Sadly I am not part of the other two fandoms in the “Superwholock” fandom, but I’ve heard great things about Supernatural and Doctor Who!

Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones – For now, I only watch the TV show, but I’m slowly making my way through the books.  I absolutely adore this TV series/story.  It’s so complex and a great fantasy world.  It deserves all the hype it gets, in my opinion.  Yes, there’s death, and, yes, there’s the constant fear of your favorites being killed. However, it’s completely worth it. Valar Morghulis.

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Because I am a cheater and am very, very bad at choosing between things.  Here is a list of other fandoms I adore:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Grisha universe
  • Friends (the TV show) (Monica and Chandler forever)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Everything Disney related
  • How I Met Your Mother (can you tell I like sit-coms?)
  • Phantom of the Opera (not sure if this is a fandom, but my fav. musical)

 

 

What are some of your favorite fandoms? Link me your posts/answers!

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TTT: 2016 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2016.

I have my top 5 resolutions for reading and another 5 for blogging!


Blogging Goals

1. Post regularly – at least 2 to 3 times a week.  When I first started this blog in 2015, life and school got in the a lot, and some months I only ended up posting once! I only started posting more regularly in November, and I have been loving it, so I want to keep it up!

2. Schedule posts ahead of time – this will help me with posting regularly! Often times, I don’t have time to blog during the week, so scheduling will help me get ahead on posts and not have to worry about writing them during a busy week.

3. Comment and interact more with the bookish community – I started being more active on Twitter and Instagram this December, and it has been on of the most rewarding experiences ever! I have met so many wonderful people.  I want to keep it up and spread the blogging love with Nori’s Commenting 365 Days Challenge!

4. Host a giveaway – I want to give back to the book community (and spread the word about my favorite books), so I want to host a giveaway sometime during 2016!

5. Keep up with my Bookstagram account – I love taking and editing pictures, and books are always so gorgeous! I want to be more consistent and do more creative photoshoots for my Bookstagram.  You can follow me here!

Reading Goals

1. Reach my Goodreads goal of 100 books – I set my goal for 52 books last year, but ended up reading 94! I think I can make it to 100 this year.

2. Complete all my reading challenges for 2016 – This is my first year doing reading challenges, and I want to diversify my reading.  For my reading challenges post, click here!

3. Read my list of 16 books I need to read in 2016 – These are books on my TBR shame pile.  Need to get to them as soon as possible!  My list is here.

4. Do more buddy reads – I am currently doing a buddy read for The Raven Boys and it is going really well! Buddy reads help me get through books I may not be as inclined to read/picked up before and didn’t like at first.  It’s always enjoyable to be able to discuss a book with someone else!

5. Possibly re-read Harry Potter –  I love this series like most other people do, but I haven’t read them in a while.  I really want to relive the magic of Harry Potter, so I want to try a re-read this year!


What are some of your 2016 resolutions? Link them in the comments below!

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Top 15 Books of 2015

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This is my list of top 15 books of the year! In no particular order (except for my number 1,2,and 3):

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15. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – one of the only 5 contemporaries on my list, Fangirl was relatable, adorable, and very emotional.  We follow a girl named Cath who is an introvert in her first year of college and watch as she deals with love and family.  My favorite Rainbow Rowell book so far!

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14. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  – I adore Patrick Ness’ writing style and in this novel we follow a young boy as he adjusts to life with a mother who has cancer.  This book made me cry and the illustrations are brilliant! It’s a beautiful book over all and I recommend it to everyone.

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13. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – This was a highly anticipated 2015 release for me, and it did not disappoint.  I love the Arabian Nights story and this retelling is beautiful.  Check out my review here for more thoughts and some of my favorite quotes!  #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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12. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – This is rare.  Usually the 2nd book in the trilogy is usually my least favorite (Clockwork Prince, Catching Fire, etc.), but this sequel blew me away.  I loved the plot and world development – plus the introduction of the new character was perfection.

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11. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – This novel surprised me! When I heard that it was about death row inmates, I did not expect this book to move me.  Denfeld’s writing is absolutely stunning and this book shows how someone found beauty amongst the ugly.

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10. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Cute and ridiculously hilarious, Sophie Kinsella’s books never fail to cheer me up.  I read this during a pretty difficult time in my personal life, and I was very grateful I could turn to this.  Sometimes we need a break, and this book was so easy to fall into.

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9. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – Can you tell I love Sophie Kinsella? I’m not sure which of these two novels I like more, but they’re both amazing in their own way.  I love her focus on women finding independence and finding themselves as a coming-of-age novel.  Even though there are amazing romances, they aren’t the focus.

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8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – I read a lot of books where I wasn’t very satisfied with the female protagonist.  Somehow they come off as whiny and dependent on their romantic interest. Not Marie Rutkoski though.  Winner’s Curse has one of my favorite female protagonists and most heartbreaking romances. Also, amazing female friendship! For my full thoughts, my review is here.

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7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – An amazing series finisher! I’m sure you have all heard of the Infernal Devices trilogy.  While Mortal Instruments isn’t my favorite series, I do love the world, and this novel had the same world but better characters, better plot, and better writing. The epilogue made me cry. But, #TeamJem.

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6. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – This book is different from what I usually like.  It’s a YA Historical Fiction about the journey towards the California gold rush.  It has some magical elements in it which I really enjoyed along with a strong female protagonist and an amazing female friendship.  This made it to the top 15 because Carson deals with sexism and discrimination very well and it’s more than just a romance.  For my full thoughts, my review is here!

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5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – Carson #2! I enjoyed this novel more than her other novel that I read this year.  This has all the things I love about Walk on Earth a Stranger, but it is set in an amazing fantasy world with really interesting magic! I love how Carson’s novels are not romance-centered, but, instead, deal with other really important issues.

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4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir– Fantastic world building, soul-crushing romance, and awesome plot! This fantasy world is based off of ancient Rome which is very intriguing. I couldn’t believe that this was a debut!

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3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – This and Six of Crows are tied for my second favorite novel of the year – I love everything about this book.  The writing was poignant, the story was depressing but eyeopening, and the characters were so genuine. Read me rave about this book in my review here.

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2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo is an amazing writer! I love the Grisha trilogy, but I love Six of Crows even more. Heist novels immediately catch my attention, but it’s also set in a Russian-inspired world combined with amazing characters and very turbulent romances.

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1. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – My favorite author ever is probably Brandon Sanderson.  I just discovered him this year and I cannot believe I hadn’t found him earlier.  His world-building and magic systems are the best written, and this heist-like plot was, so engaging.  Also, this book will tear out your heart.  I think non-fantasy readers and fantasy old timer alike would love this.  I know it’s already been very hyped, but it deserves every second of the hype and even more.  My full thoughts are here!


 

Wow, those are my top 15 books that I read in 2015! I am very satisfied with my reading this year, and can’t wait for even more amazing books next year.  I’ll be doing my yearly wrap up soon!

What were your top books of the year?

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Annual End of the Year Survey: 2015

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This is my first time doing this survey, but I thought it is a great idea to review how my year of reading and blogging went! This is hosted and created by the lovely Jaime from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m going to use her graphics for each heading because they are gorgeous!

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Number Of Books You Read:

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Number of Re-Reads:

o – I’m not the biggest re-reader.

Genre You Read The Most From: 

My all time favorite – Fantasy!

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

I have a post of my top 15 of 2015 – but number one is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. You can find my gushy review here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – this was so hyped up, but I was let down by the characters, plot, and world-building. My review is here.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – surprised in a very, very good way – I didn’t expect this book to be written so beautifully. It’s about people on death row! 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Mistborn: The Final Empire or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – what else is new?

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Starter: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (am I starting to sound repetitive?)

Sequel: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Ender: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

BRANDON SANDERSON – okay in the interest of being more diverse and non-repetitive – SOPHIE KINSELLA

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Adult Contemporary isn’t something I reach for a lot, but this was amazing. My review is here.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Don’t want to repeat myself, so the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo before Crooked Kingdom (it’s sequel) comes out!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – such a complex character!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (being repetitive again)

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I need to read more classics!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

Ooo…I don’t really keep track of quotes. I’m trying to be better at it though!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

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 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – because that ending what. I have a spoiler review where I discuss that twist here.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Marie Lu – I will probably end up going down with this ship because they’re kind of messed up from the start.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vin and Kelsier from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Since I started book blogging this year, I discovered most books/authors this year.  However, I was a Legend series hipster (did I really just say that?), so The Young Elites by Marie Lu!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Besides Kaz? Fine, Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Brandon Sanderson is King with the entire Cosmere universe

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

All of Sophie Kinsella’s books

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I cry a lot.  I cried in Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, etc.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This Love of Mine by Miranda Liasson – It’s not very popular, but it’s a cute contemporary read!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

See questions 1, 13, 17, and 26.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – this was written really differently, but I didn’t like it.  Do not recommend.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Young Elites and The Final Empire – those twists at the end! ARG!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I joined Book Blogging this year, so all the blogs I discovered this year = blogs I love!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I probably articulated my thoughts best in this one for Everything I Never Told You

But I had my favorite quotes in this one: The Wrath and the Dawn.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I haven’t really done any discussion posts, but I like the tags I did!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I love Top 5 Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

This December I started talking to Shana @fairytalequeen_ on Twitter and Kate from Kate Reads Lit, and in general, I started being a lot more active on Bookstagram and Twitter.  I have realized how much the book community means to me, and I LOVE YOU ALL!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Starting my blog and having people actually read/like it!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most recent Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases of 2016

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Reviews in general!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Evie from Bookish Lifestyle because her society6 has some of the MOST gorgeous bookish stuff! Please check her out!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I wanted to read a book a week (52), and ended up reading 94!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Blog a lot more and make a lot more bookish friends! Also, complete my reading challenges.  I’ll have a Bookish Resolutions post up soon.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2016 release and it was Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, and it was a 3.5 star read for me.  I’ll recommend it to you if you are a huge contemporary fan!


Did you do this survey? If so, link me in the comments below! How was your reading and blogging year?

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TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the 10 Most Anticipated Releases For The Beginning of 2016.  There are so many books I’ve already added to my growing list, and I’m happy to see so many debuts!

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(Okay fine, I had to sneak an 11th one in there…It was hard enough to get my list down to only 11!)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 5th) – there has already been so much hype about this and it sounds amazing!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (February 2nd) debut – did I hear assassins and star-crossed lovers? I think yes.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (February 2nd) debut – when I read this line, “when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail…” from the summary – I was hooked.

The Girl from Everywhere  by Heidi Heilig (February 16th) debut – I realized that Heidi is one of the sweetest people ever after following her on Twitter for so long, and this book has time-travel and ships!

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie (March 1st) debut -I love the cover and I love young adult fantasy!

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (March 1st) debut – More time traveling fantasy!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8th) – I adored her Infernal Devices series, and Lady Midnight is going to be book one of the spin off series! Cannot wait to read it.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29th) – I read Winner’s Curse recently, and I’m saving Winner’s Crime to read closer to when this one comes out.  I’m pretty sure this series finale is going to rip our emotions out.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5th) – I love Richelle Mead’s writing.  This new series of hers sounds really interesting, and she’s definitely and auto-buy author for me!

Love Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (April 19th) debut – this sounds like a very Jane Austen-esq romance spy novel, and I really want to read it!

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17th) – Russian inspired fantasy worlds are some of my favorite worlds to read about. I’ve heard amazing things about this so far!


What are some of your anticipated releases?  Link your posts in the comments!

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