Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

  1. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  2. Now I Rise by Kiersten White
  3. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
  4. Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie
  5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  7. The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
  8. The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
  9. The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
  10. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

I just discovered The Hundredth Queen and Mask of Shadows from Flavia the Bibliophile’s  Top Ten Tuesday.

What books are you looking forward to read in the rest of 2017?

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

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Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am waiting for Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.


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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


I love how this cover complements and parallels the cover from the first book, This Savage Song (review). This book with be the sequel and conclusion to the Monsters of Verity Series. I love the world Schwab created in this series. The ending of the first was somewhat of a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to see what happens with the division and war in the remaining book. This book is available June 13, 2017. Only a few weeks to go!

A Darker Shade of Magic Review

adsom.jpgA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, Book 1) by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis: Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

About the Author: Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. She currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and when she is not wandering in search of buried treasure, fairy tales, and good tea, she’s tucked in a cafe, dreaming up monsters.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, adventure

More Info: paperback, 400 pages, published by Tor Books on February 24, 2015

5

 

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Mini Review

  1. The writing is AMAZING! Many times I’ve found myself skimming over excessive details in paragraphs. However, in this book I read every word. The setting, dialogue, and clothes were so awesome that I pictured every description given to me. After I finished the book, I had the intense desire to draw every aspect of Schwab’s worlds. The book is also quite clean; there is no explicit sexual encounters and I only found one excessive swear word. The only dirty aspect is the blood and gore.
  2. The characters are COMPELLING! I loved getting to know Kell, Holland, Lila, and Rhy. I actually want more of their backstories, but then the book would be all background and no plot. 😕 They all had so much chemistry and tension between them. I loved watching the characters grow and evolve with the trials and connections they made.
  3. The world-building is FANTASTIC! A Darker Shade of Magic is set in London. Not just London, England, but four different Londons: Grey London, Red London, White London, and Black London. Each London is different and set in a different world, with different countries. They are all connected and contain similar landmarks, but are very unique in the people, clothes, atmosphere, and monarchs.
  4. The magic is DANGEROUS! The magic literally takes on a life of its own in this story. The uses of magic and its foundations are also very well developed. A reader understands the limitations and consequences of using magic. With Kell being the exceptional at controlling the elements and doors, I wonder how the common folk use the magic on a day-to-day basis. The only other thing that was lacking was more of Kell’s training and some of the language.
  5. It’s all about the ACTION! There is never a dull moment in this book, even in the beginning when the plot is building up to the main conflict. It is also about action rather than romance. While there is flirting, playful banter, kissing and tension between the main characters, there is no romantic relationship fully established. I enjoyed how the book focused on the real peril and formed relationships naturally—without instalove.

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?  ABSOLUTELY!!!  5/5 stars!

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Flame in the Mist Review

flameinthemistFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist Series, Book 1) by Renée Ahdieh

Synopsis: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

About the Author: Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

More Info: hardcover, 416 pages, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 16, 2017

3.5

Just like The Wrath and the Dawn (also by Renée Ahdieh)(review) I read this book within 24 hours. The release date was May 16, 2017, I bought the book on the morning of the 16th, and finished it on the morning of the 17th.

First, the cover is gorgeous!

Second, this novel is set in Feudal Japan and filled with Asian history. Samurai warriors followed the “Way of the Warrior” (Bushidô), a system of honor and loyalty. Weapons, clothes, food, etc. represent Japanese culture. There is a fight for political power with the emperor, head of military, lords, and peasants. The manipulation and betrayal of the past generation impacts the lives of the main characters in Flame in the Mist. There are so many vocabulary words that there is an index at the back of the book.

Third, the world-building is based off of the setting but contains a hint of magic, as well. Ahdieh’s writing was painting beautiful picture in my head; the most vivid aspect for me was the Black Clan’s camp in the Jukai forest. Places the the “haunted” forest contain blood-sucking vine trees and nightbeasts. The characters too contain some magical powers. However, these elements are not explained in detail—they simply exist, like magical realism.

Fourth, the characters are shrouded in mystery. Mariko is a daughter of a lord, raised to be a marital pawn. She seems accepting of her fate in the beginning, but after someone attempts to kill her, she takes her life into her own hands. Her agency leads her to the Black Clan, the dangerous group of thieves who she suspected had tried to murder her. To fight against the patriarchy and escape female constrictions, she disguises herself as a boy. Mariko is not physically powerful since she never trained with her Samurai brother or father. But she is strong in spirit and mind. Mariko is an inventive and intelligent.

She meets the gang and is sucked into their world. There is the leader of the Black Clan, a determined problem-solver. He is also the best friend to Ōkami. In return, Ōkami is loyal to his leader. They have a long, hard past together that both bonds them and silently rips them apart. There is also Yoshi, the kind-hearted, one-legged cook. Ren is Mariko’s tormentor, but he is also plagued by his own demons. There are other members, but only a few are explicitly mentioned in the book. Readers get some of their history, but not nearly enough. There is so much baggage to be uncovered, especially for Ōkami. For this reason, I didn’t feel very connected to anyone other than Mariko. I never felt the urge to fangirl over the characters and relationships like I usually do with well-developed characters. I have hope for book 2 that I will become more invested in their lives.

All of the characters have some incredibly philosophical conversations. They play off of one another’s strengths and weaknesses. Mariko realizes the Black Clan is much more than she expected: protectors and family. Also, by the last 2/3 of the novel, a romance develops. It is a somewhat silent relationship. The couple is not flaunted in the book, but the occasional thoughts and desires between them made me grin. With a hate to love trope, the love is burning and content. The only drawback was how fast-paced the relationship came about. I blinked and they went from glares of hatred to glances of longing. I’m still trying to figure it out.

Fifth, this book includes some serious self-discovery and feminism. Mariko finds that she longs for freedom. Freedom of her body, her mind, and her actions. She find this freedom through her experiences and relationships. The characters also talk about feminine restrictions. Mariko, as a woman, belongs to herself and has her own power. I think Cait from A Page with a View put the strength of women best in her Flame in the Mist review.

Sixth. The ending was not really an ending. It’s like Netflix buffering in the middle of a movie. I want more! Thank goodness there is second book.

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Lastly, there is one reason I almost didn’t give this book five/five. Mariko doesn’t achieve the one thing she set out to accomplish!!! There is still a gaping hole in her understanding of who tried to kill her. Readers can assume and maybe this will be addressed in the Court intrigue in book two, but I feel like the book loses some of its power. Like I said, the finale is like a bridge to the next book, which is the reason I can forgive this plot gap.

Otherwise, there was never much of a dull moment. I was captured the whole way through the book. The book was written in third person and shifted between a myriad of characters, which was somewhat disorienting. While some books evenly split the attention between the main personas, this book stayed focused on Mariko, and then her brother. Because of this, I did not start skimming over sections to get back to the protagonist that interested me most (like I do in some novels 🙈). Finally, this book is a separate entity from the Wrath and the Dawn series. Yet, if you liked Flame in the Mist, I would recommend The Wrath and the Dawn.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). On this week’s blog post:

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Dead Moms in YA Books

  1. Harry Potter Series
  2. The Premonition Series
  3. Girl of Fire and Thorns Series
  4. Iron Butterfly Series
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
  6. The Royals Series
  7. The Captive Series
  8. Chemical Garden Series
  9. Elemental Enmity Series
  10. The Wrath and the Dawn Series

 

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

1st Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

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IT’S MY 1ST BLOGIVERSARY!

Wow. I can’t believe I have been blogging for 1 year at Pore Over the Pages. I started this blog to share my love of young adult books and to establish an online platform for my book obsession. Writing blog posts, discovering new novels, and connecting with other book lovers has been the highlight of my year on this blog. My numbers aren’t extreme and my blog isn’t the top YA destination, but I’m happy with my little slice of the internet.

Since it has been a year, I’m going to change the theme of my blog . . . for something new. My blog will be under construction for the next few days. 🙂

I want to thank every one of my followers. And I want to express my gratitude to every person who has visited Pore Over the Pages. 

Stats for the past year:

  • 116 blog followers
  • 2,508 blog views
  • 1,160 blog visitors
  • 67 countries to visit blog
  • 208 blog posts
  • 257 Twitter followers
  • 854 Tweets
  • 76 Instagram followers
  • 66 Instagram posts

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