Anticipated Reads: Books that I need NOW

I think most book-readers have some certain books that they are looking forward to reading. Whether its a book you just discovered, a sequel to a book that ended on a cliff-hanger, or your favorite authors newest book, we all count down the days until we get our hands on that shiny new copy. So below is a list (in no particular order) of some books that I seriously CANNOT wait to read. The sooner they come out, the better.

  1. Season of Glory (Remnants #3) by Lisa T. Bergren

Oh the FEELS. I haven’t been disappointed by a Lisa T. Bergren book yet and I know this one will not be an exception. The first two books in the series (Season of Wonder and Season of Fire) were phenomenal and some of the best books I’ve ever read. While I’m sad to see this series come to an end, I am so excited to read this! It is expected to come out in March, 2016 and I’m hoping that I can get an ARC maybe.

2. Lightning (Stone Braide Chronicles #2) by Bonnie S. Calhoun

I’ve been waiting for this book for almost a year now and the time is almost here! I desperately need to re-read the first book (Thunder) because I don’t remember much of what happened in it. But I do remember that I loved it and I’ve been anticipating this one ever since! Lightening is due to release on October 6, 2015.

3. The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

This is book #6 in Melanie’s Fairytale Collection. And, while I haven’t particularly enjoyed all of the series, I did like some of the books and I always like a good fairytale retelling. Plus, Melanie is such a talented writer. So I am looking forward to her retelling of Rapunzel. This book is set to release on November 17, 2015.

4. See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

It hasn’t been a secret that ever since I read All Fall Down, the first book in the Embassy Row series, I have been craving this sequel! It ended on such a cliffhanger, I’m pretty sure I just moped around all day, just thinking of this book and what happened. Plus, my book boyfriend (well, one of them) Alexei is in this series;) But anyway, I’m going to pre-order this book ASAP. It is due to come out on January 5, 2016. Maybe I could get an ARC of this one too! A girl can dream…

5. The Fever Code (Maze Runner #6) by James Dashner

I have been waiting for this book since it was announced last year. I mean, a prequel to The Maze Runner books?! I am definitely pre-ordering this one so I can read it the second it arrives. Plus, who else is excited for The Scorch Trials movie!? I’m ecstatic for it and I am hoping to go see it opening weekend!! The Fever Code is scheduled to come out in 2016.

That’s all I got currently! What are YOU excited to read?

-Lilian-

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I started a Book Tube?!

So I recently hit 300 followers on my instagram (@lilians_books)!!!

To celebrate, I started a BOOK TUBE!!!

If you don’t know what a book tube is, it’s pretty much just a You Tube dedicated to books.

So if you have any interest in seeing me awkwardly talking to my camera about books, check it out:)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDtDQTEn2dcC8HSYekHnORg

Do you have a book tube (or interesting you tube)? Tell me about it in the comments below and maybe I’ll check it out!

-Lilian-

Gone by Micheal Grant

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

I really wanted to love this book. I really tried.

But this book was very hard to love. So many random things happened and they don’t seem to connect. Plus the ‘plot twists’ were very predictable and boring. And the characters did get annoying and were pretty repetitive.

So I honestly didn’t know much about this series except what I read on the back of the book and the Goodreads description. I bought it awhile ago and then just left it sitting in my shelf. I gotta say, the whopping 500+ pages were intimidating. But I actually flew through them pretty quickly after I actually decided to read it.

Oh, the characters…

As I have mentioned many times before, characters kinda make or break a book for me. And while these characters weren’t super annoying, there were times I didn’t like them. They got on my nerves a lot. I also didn’t really like any of the characters. The only character I liked from the beginning ended up being my least favorite character in the end.

I also think that Micheal Grant should not have added the whole middle-school crush in there. It felt so out of place (THEY’RE 14!?) and I would have liked it a little better without it.

The plot was a jumbled mess.

I don’t know what was happening with the plot. It was focusing on like 5 kids totally different stories. I got all the characters confused so many times. One chapter I’m focusing on a girl on the very edge of death and the next chapter is about a kid running the local McDonalds. See my point?

Also, so many things in the plot still don’t make sense after reading that whole book. I am left with so many questions. I’m guessing that the questions are answered in the rest of the 6 or so book series. But after not totally enjoying the book, I don’t know if I’m even going to finish the series. If I do, it probably won’t be right away because I have different books to buy that I’m more interested in reading.

I must admit, some parts of the book were enjoyable. But it’s hard to find the enjoyable parts mixed in with the rest.

Heads up: The book does contain a little language, but it is kept to a minimum. There is no romance beyond a few kisses.

I’d love to hear your thought’s on the book! Let me know in the comments below:)

-Lilian-

Why I liked Blackbird by Anna Carey and why I won’t be finishing the series

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened Soto the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

I actually won this book in a contest hosted by @coffeestainedbooks on Instagram (Go check out her account!! She’s super sweet!).

Okay, so I was totally hoping the title would catch your attention.

Did it work?

Whether it worked or not, I’m glad your checking out my blog!!

So I went into reading this knowing nothing but what the book jacket told me. I had never heard of Anna Carey before, but the plot sounded so incredible. I love a good mystery and thriller.

And I must say, Anna’s writing was amazing. She really knows how to write a book. I was hooked the whole way through. I had read some reviews online and I saw some people tended not to like the book because of the second person POV. I, personally, loved the POV. I think it fit really well with her writing and the mystery.

The protagonist, Sunny, was a very likable and well-written character. She wasn’t annoying or naggy.

Now on to the reasons I won’t be finishing this series:

Profanity- While I didn’t count, there was a fair amount of bad profanity. Sometimes I can overlook it, but this time it was too frequent and bad to overlook. I think profanity makes a book look trashy, personally. And if I had known what profanity was in it, I wouldn’t have read the book.

Drug use- Another thing I didn’t know about the book beforehand is the protagonist’s love interest is a drug dealer.

Suggestive Content- The amount of physical contact between the protagonist and the love interest made me uncomfortable. While nothing was described in detail, she was without a shirt or bra on multiple times by him. That’s as far as content was described, but it was still enough to make me uncomfortable and skim over that part.

So, due to the preceding 3 reasons, I am not continuing the series. It’s sad, because Anna Carey is an amazing writer. But because she added these things into her book it kinda drowns out her writing with the disgusting trashy content that is totally not necessary.

-Lilian-

Swipe by Evan Angler

Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?

Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, Swipe follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is Left Behind meets Matched for middle-grade readers.

So my sister has been begging me to read these books for awhile now. She’s kinda obsessed with them. So when it was time to read “a book a friend recommended”, I went to my sister and told her she can pick any book she wants of hers and I’d read it. I wasn’t very surprised when she came to me holding her copy of Swipe.

I was wary to start it. I mean, its one of my middle school sisters favorite books eve, and we are like total opposites. How in the world would I ever like this book!? But I eventually realized I had to start it and, no matter how much I did or didn’t like the book, I had to finish it.

So I pushed away my thoughts and opened the book.

I was sorta hoping that I would be completely wrong and that this book would be so mind-blowingly good and I would forever be trusting my sisters book recommendations.

Soooo that’s not exactly what happened…

I mean, it wasn’t bad. Parts of it were enjoyable. But I wasn’t a huge fan. I’ll probably finish the series sometime, but I’m not hanging on the edge of my seat in suspense or anything.

One reason I wasn’t too fond of it was the characters. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I strongly disliked every character until now. I didn’t like any character, from beginning to end. They all rubbed me wrong.

I also found most of the plot predictable. I predicted a lot of the “surprising plot twists” in the first half of the book. And the ‘love traingle’ was naïve and annoying. I was literally rolling my eyes through it.

I do understand that this book was written with middle schoolers mind, and I am a Junior in HS. And the book is enjoyable, for the most part. Plus its totally clean and appropriate. So I do recommend this book, just maybe for people on a younger reading level then myself.

-Lilian-