#TheReadingQuest TBR

Posted August 13, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, readathons, tbr / 0 Comments

I had been keeping my eye out for this readathon ever since it got teased weeks ago, but I still somehow missed it until the DAY it went live! Although it is happening during Tome Topple and BookNet Fest, I couldn’t pass up a readathon based on an RPG. I COULDN’T! So I rushed around today and made my TBR, and now here we are. I will be posting a video about this later on this week, but I wanted this to go up in time for sign up and to give more people a heads up. Since I missed the initial announcement, I know others did as well.

The Reading Quest is an almost month long readathon that is an RPG! You “create” a character a read books centered around that character quest line. There’s more to it, but the host (Aentee from Read at Midnight) has already perfectly laid out all of the information and rules on her announcement post. There are prizes related to this, but I’m doing it for the fun!

There are 4 main character classes to choose from, and I toiled over this a bit. In every RPG ever, I play a Rogue. A dual-wielding rogue to be exact. But I didn’t think that class tree suited my TBR. So.. I went with Mage. More specifically, (and this is bending the rules a bit), I went with Battle Mage. I did this for two reasons: 1. Because I plan to complete both the Mage and Knight quest line during the readathon (but I will be completing them in order as the rules state!) and 2. Because my second favorite class is the battle mage!

So without further ado, here is my TBR.

I have never planned out a month long TBR, because I am very much a mood reader. So, I have a few books in some of the slots because I will end up reaching for whatever I’m in the mood for. Books do not count for more than one part of the quest, so I’m not cheating in that way. I will have one book for each quest in the end. I just will choose what is most calling to me at the time.


Mage Questline:

1. A Book with a One Word Title: Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout
2. A Book that Contains Magic: Clariel by Garth Nix
3. A Book Based on Mythology: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana*
4. A Book Set in a Different World: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray or The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley*
5. The First Book in a Series: The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera*


Knight Questline:

1. Already completed for Mage quest line
2. A Book with a Verb in its Title: And I Darken by Kiersten White or Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
3. A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray or Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
4. A Book with a Red Cover: Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly or Red Shirts by John Scalzi
5. A Book that Has a TV/Movie Adaptation: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Some side quests I plan on participating in (hopefully) are:
1. Grind: Read a book with over 500 pages: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (I intend to count this for half EXP, as I was halfway through it for Tome Topple when this started.
2. Mini-Game: Read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus* or a volume of The Wicked + The Divine

*Books by marginalized authors have an asterisk, as those give additional EXP

Are you participating in this amazing readathon? Let me know your class!

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Book Unhaul Giveaway

Posted July 8, 2017 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This giveaway will be ending on July 15, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

This list took 5 years off my life to compile.. you’re welcome.

Unless otherwise stated with below labels, books are in new or like new condition:
L – library binding
U – bought used; may have some wear to the cover, spine, pages
MM – mass market paperback
BO – book outlet purchase so may have permanent marker mark on outside of pages

Finished Copies (Paperback-trade paperback unless otherwise noted):
– A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (MM)
– The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (MM, U)
– The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
– Everbound by Brodi Ashton (BO)
– The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valence (BO)
– Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Septeys (U)
– Eon by Alsion Goodman
– Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (new cover)
– Rebel Heart by Moira Young (BO)
– Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
– The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
– Soulless by Gail Carriger (MM, U)
– Changeless by Gail Carrier (MM, U)
– Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (BO)
– Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (BO)
– Updraft by Fran Wilde
– The Young Elites by Marie Lu
– The Rose Society by Marie Lu
– By Your Side by Cassie West
– Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (U)
– The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter (U)
– The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter (U)
– The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (BO)
– Looking for Alaska by John Green (U)
– An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Finished Copies – Hardcover:
– Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers (L)
– Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind Of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
– Of Triton by Anna Banks (BO)
– Of Neptune by Anna Banks (BO)
– Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (U)
– Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
– With Malice by Eileen Cook
– Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (BO)
– The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
– Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (BO)
– Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (BO)
– The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
– Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
– I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
– Soundless by Richelle Mead
– #famous by Jilly Gagnon
– Goddess by Josephine Angelini (BO)
– Star-crossed by Josephine Angelini (BO)
– The Brides of RollRock Island by Margo Lasagna (BO)
– City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (BO)
– The Takedown by Corrie Wang
– Ronil & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
– Resistance by Owen Shears (U)
– Sekret by Lindsay Smith (BO)
– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
– Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
– The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
– Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
– Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
– City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
– Looking for Group by Rory Harrison
– Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
– Dove Exiled by Karen Bao
– Harmony House by Nic Sheff
– All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (signed)
– Wintertown by Stephen Emond (L)
– Juliet by Anne Fortier
– Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfruend (BO)
– The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
– Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (BO)
– Wandering Star by Romina Russell
– Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (BO)
– The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (BO)
– Ask the passengers by A.S. King (U)
– All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (signed)
– Velvet Underground by Teri Brown
– Every Day by David Levithan
– Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier (old cover, BO)
– Sapphire Blue by Kirsten Gier (old cover, BO)
– Emerald Green by Kirsten Gier (old cover, BO)

ARCs:
– Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuka (U)
– Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
– Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
– Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
– The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
– Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (signed)
– Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
– The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (with swag stickers)
– The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
– Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind
– The Rising by Heather Graham & Jon Land
– Zodiac by Romina Russell
– Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
– The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
– Martian’s Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
– Smell’s Like Finn Spirit by Randy Henderson
– Velvet Underground by Teri Brown
– A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
– Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios (signed)
– To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
– The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
– Lailah by Nikki Kelly
– Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (signed)
– Firebrand by A.J. Hartley
– The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
– Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
– Taking Aim by Michael Cart
– Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
– The Arsonist by Sue Miller
– The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan
– The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
– The Bone Sparrow by Zana Frailly
– City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
– Progeny of Gods by Geoffrey Storm
– The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik | REVIEW

Posted February 27, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, review / 0 Comments

Temeraire by Naomi Novik | REVIEWTemeraire (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
Published by Harper Voyager on February 20th 2009
Genres: Adult Fantasy
Pages: 355
Goodreads

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes | Review

Posted January 15, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes | ReviewThe Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2) by Morgan Rhodes
Published by Razorbill on June 28th 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy
Pages: 426
Goodreads

In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes's highly acclaimed Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.
Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca's spirit to Ancient Mytica--the same book that their enemies would kill them for.
Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.
Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca--and the remarkable book in their possession.
New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with volume two of the Book of Spirits and Thieves series, an epic contemporary saga perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta | Review

Posted January 15, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta | ReviewFinnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta
Published by Viking Australia on September 29th 2008
Pages: 416
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Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin's faith in her . . . but in himself.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Review

Posted January 14, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | ReviewMe Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking on December 31st 2012
Genres: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 369
Goodreads

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman | Review

Posted January 14, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Magicians by Lev Grossman | ReviewThe Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman
Published by Viking on August 11th 2009
Genres: Adult Fantasy
Pages: 402
Goodreads

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined.

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The Final Empire & The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | Review

Posted January 14, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Final Empire & The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | ReviewThe Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Published by Gollancz on October 1st 2009
Genres: Adult Fantasy
Pages: 647
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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Posted January 13, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | ReviewA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: NA Fantasy
Pages: 624
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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

Posted January 13, 2017 by Samantha in reviews / 0 Comments

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | ReviewThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press on September 17th 2013
Genres: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy, YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 448
Goodreads
five-stars

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

I had every intention of doing a video review for The Dream Thieves after I read it but then got nervous, since it was so close to the release of The Raven King, that I would get spoiled for later books in the series. Whether blatant spoiling or simply from people dropping subtle hints about later developments I’d be speculating about in my review… So I put it off.

I’ve already done a video review on The Raven Cycle here, and a lot of my thoughts remain the same for The Dream Thieves. The world feels magical and dark, and that atmosphere carries into everything about the reading experience. I actually liked this book far more than the first one, one of the main reasons most likely being that it was less scary for me. I walk a fine line with these books and they can creep me out at times, so I feel I have to be on guard and can’t fully connect with the story. Since The Dream Thieves takes a bit of a break from the main plot, it allowed me to connect a bit more. That may either be a plus or a minus for some people, as I know some reviewers hated that it strayed from the main plot too much. I personally liked a lot of the back story we got on various characters, and delving more into dream magic and it’s ramifications. I also found the villain enigmatic yet tragic, and the entire tone of this installment is something I wish we’d be getting more of. But sadly, for me, we will be returning to the main plot in the next book. And I’ll return to being on edge.

This second book stays true to the tone of the overall story, and the deep focus on this band of characters and their relationships. Fans of the series will enjoy this book, even if it meanders a bit more than some may like.

five-stars

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