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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic is Books  On My Fall TBR 

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  crooked-kingdom        timekeeper         the-reader

#1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo      |      #2. Timekeeper by Tara Sim     |     #3. The Reader by Traci Chee

 

 

the-foxhole-court        queen-of-blood        scythe

 

#4. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic     |     #5. Queen Of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst   |    #6. Scythe by Neal Schusterman

 

 heartless        it-ends-with-us        a-shadow-bright-and-burning

#7. Heartless by Melissa Meyer   |   #8. It Ends With Us by colleen Hoover    |     #9. A Shadow Bright And Burning by Jessica Cluess

 

 phantom-limbs

#10. Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

 

Are any of these books in your Fall TBR? Have your read any? And which ones do you recommend? Let me know down below. I am personally more excited for Crooked Kingdom, which is coming out today!!!! My copy is to be delivered today and I’m literally checking my mailbox every 5 minutes (I am an impatient human being).

Do any of you have your copy yet?

 

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Review

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Blurb

cruel-beauty-3dCRUEL BEAUTY (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Published Date: January 28th 2014

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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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adri's review

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“Don’t look at the shadows too long or a demon might look back.”

This is one of the best Beauty and the beast retellings out there. I know a lot of people could disagree with me, but without a doubt, I loved this book way more than A Court of Thorns and Roses. Cruel Beauty is a very creative and original (as original as a retelling can be) story that adds a little mix of Greek Mythology. The romance is my favorite part of the book, but there is so much more than just that. There’s mystery and suspense. The protagonist is a strong, witty, fierce woman. Wrapped up with all the intrigue and amazing world-building, it makes up for one amazing, edge-of-your-sit, intense read. I loved every second of it. 

Nyx is a bitter, angry girl who’s known her whole life that she is to marry the evil ruler of her kingdom, The Lord of Bargains, Ignifex, and find a way to kill him. She has bottled up rage and a deep hatred for her family: her father and aunt who’ve been training her to execute her mission and her lovely, clueless sister who is dotted on and allowed to live a life Nyx could never have.

The characters in this book were all very complex and realistic. One of the important things this book touches upon was the criteria of good and bad character; about questionable values and human characteristics and morality. Most of the characters in this book are difficult to deem either bad or good, including Nyx herself. There are times when she is cruel or vicious or selfish (sometimes even more so than Ignifex) but that was what made me fall in love with her character. 

“You deserve all that and more. It made me happy to see you suffer. I would do it all over again if I could.’ I realized I was shaking as the words tumbled out of me. ‘I would do it again and again. Every night I would torment you and laugh. Do you understand? You are never safe with me.’ I drew a shuddering breath, trying to will away the sting of tears.

‘That’s what makes you my favorite.’ He reached up and wiped a tear off my cheek with his thumb. ‘Every wicked bit of you.”

The character who is the very manifestation of the thin line between good and evil is the Lord of Bargains, Ignifex. I adored this character- which should be unusual considering that he has crimson eyes and performs questionable deeds- but I loved the mystery surrounding his history and his current intentions, and most of all I loved his humor. He might actually be one of the wittiest character I’ve ever encountered. His banters with Nyx-and their relationship dynamics overall- were the highlight of this book, in my opinion. 

“Well, I’m already hoping there could be a dinner where you don’t try to stab me with your fork,” he said.
“You might need to make your peace with disappointment.”

There are many twists to the story that’ll leave your head reeling from shock. As it nears the last half of the book, it reaches a crescendo of unraveled mysteries and unexpected turns and heartbreak. I literally flew by those last few pages in a desperate attempt to piece it all together. And when I did, I was heartbroken…but only until the very last few pages where Hodge pieced it back together and left me a content, smiling mess.

 


about author

rosamund-hodgeRosamund Hodge

I love mythology, Hello Kitty, and T. S. Eliot. I write YA fantasy that draws on two of those things. My next novel is BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE (9/27/16), the first book in a duology about Romeo and Juliet and necromancers.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Review

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Blurb

 

ari and danteARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover, 359 pages

Published Date: February 21st 2012

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Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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adri's review

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The problem with life was that it’s someone else’s idea.

I can’t believe that I once DNF-ed this book…(Don’t hate me, I didn’t actually hate the book or anything) I picked it up quite a while a go and found myself stuck for some reason and I decided to read it another time. I’m so glad I came back to it. This book is definitely a must-read. Unique writing, absolutely addicting characters and immersing story.

I found myself relating to Ari in more than one occasion. He’s such a real character, you can’t help but relate to some of his characteristics. I loved how he was kinda reserved and a bit odd. I don’t know how the author did it, but he has a very distinct voice- which I love in characters.

I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that’s why I didn’t have any friends.

I loved every insight I got into Ari’s family. The conversations between Ari and his mother were often hilarious and very interesting- I couldn’t help but love the mom. I also liked the dynamic he had with his reticent father. And then there are his sisters, and his brother who’s in prison. We don’t get to see much of his siblings but his brother’s current condition plays a big role in Ari’s life and it’s effect on the family is very realistically portrayed.

Dante might be one of the most adorable characters ever *heart eyes* He’s very smart and very civilized, but also outspoken. He’s an odd ball, but in the best way- he comes up with weirdest thing to do and say. I really admired his sociable nature and his unique personality. Witnessing Dante and Ari’s friendship blossom was the absolute best thing about this book. Their dynamics and the way their personalities just work together was incredible. The author did such a great job with incorporating their friendship into the topics of self-discovery and family and love and growing up.

He whispered, “Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”

That made me smile. “What are you going to do with all the secrets of the universe, Dante?”

“I’ll know what to do with them,” he said. “Maybe change the world.”

I believed him.

I’m pretty sure most would argue that this book might be the best Coming-of-age story and I would agree with that. It’s an absolute must-read. The writing isn’t exactly easy; it’s a bit poetic and it might intimidate some people, but if you could push through your initial apprehension, you’ll see how the writing makes it all the more realistic and beautiful.


about author

benjaminBenjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children’s books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

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