Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR | Top 10 Tuesday [23]

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR.

Some days it feels like I keep adding books to my TBR but I never see it decrease. The rate I read versus the rate I add new books to my TBR do not add up. Is this only a problem for me? I just can’t help adding to my TBR… it’s just so easy.


10. Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah


9. Skyborn by David Dalglish

Skyborn


8. Riders by Veronica Rossi

Riders


7. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King


6. The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Live Here


5. Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Poisoned Blade


4. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

The King Slayer


3. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air Awakens


 

2. Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight


1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR. I promise myself that I will attain all these books by the end of this year!

Until next time,

Sig New

Favorite Self-Published Books | Top 5 Wednesday [19]

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Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Books.

Occasionally it is nice to go on a search for books that you wouldn’t usually find in your local bookstore. Sometimes you get approached by self-published authors to read their books for honest reviews. So today I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-published books that I have enjoyed reading or would like to read in the near future!


5. Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the Four CornersWIN OR DIE. Whichever your fate, freedom is certain.

In the world of Olleb-Yelfra, everyone is born a slave and raised in the City of the Four Corners. The city is comprised of four districts—Healer, Creator, Agrarian, and Warrior—each playing a key role in the world’s ultimate survival.

Seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor, a slave to the Warrior’s District, is committed to earning a life of freedom but is bound by the ultimate rule: Win or Die. Her only chance of leaving the city with her life is to rightfully earn her citizenship during the annual Free Falls Festivals on her eighteenth year—A treacherous tradition in order to celebrate the strong and eliminate the weak from the world.

Though her will to survive is strong, Arianna succumbs to her defining weakness, curiosity. It only takes one pivotal moment, one broken rule to send her spiraling down a dangerous path. As she unearths the truth of a dark history and a secret which cannot be ignored, Arianna is thrust deeper into a maze of deception. Searching for a way back to ordinary, Arianna Belvedor must battle her way through this chilling yet enrapturing world. It’s up to her to accept the truth, but will she live to reveal the shattering secrets she’s come to know?


4. The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford

The Witching ElmSeventeen-year-old sorcerer Tobias Corvin tumbles through a blizzard and arrives—half frozen and half dead—in another world. Trapped in Boston, he tries to blend in at an old boarding school while secretly plotting to save his home.

But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s the wild-haired and intriguing Fiona. She is determined to learn the truth about his dangerous magic.

When a spectral army from Toby’s world begins slaughtering Bostonians, he and Fiona must stop the carnage. They face unspeakable dangers unearthing the dark secrets of New England’s past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.


3. Insanity by Cameron Jace

InsanityAfter accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.


2. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air AwakensA library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


1. The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho

The Last SeekerTristen wakes to find a man watching him from the mirror.
A chill runs through Tristen’s body as the familiar robed priest stares at him longingly. The priest struggles to open his mouth; the stitches that lace his lips together slowly rip apart and jut raggedly from his mouth. His bloody lips stretch wide as he leans towards Tristen, trying to suck him into a deep black hole.

Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So grab one of these books an enjoy a story you may not have heard of before! Let’s support the indie authors more!

Until next time,

Sig New

2015 Releases I Didn’t Get (But wanted to) | Top 10 Tuesday [22]

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get (But wanted to).

There were so many great books released last year that I wanted to get my hands on so bad… but sadly my wallet wouldn’t let me. But I am determined to get them this year. I promise myself that. It makes me feel better on the inside.


10. Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes

Liars Inc.


9. Anything Can Happen by Will Walton

Anything Could Happen


8. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Black Widow


7. The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice


 

6. Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer

 


 

5. Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh

Silver Eve


4. The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here


3. Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

Wonders of the Invisible World


2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son


1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter


Well there you have it! Top 10 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get (But wanted to). I promise myself that I will attain all these books by the end of this year!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

Anticipated January 2016 Releases

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Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For January I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

TruthwitchIn the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Passengerpassage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

The Impostor QueenSixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Release Date: January 19th, 2016

Sword and VerseRaisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release Date: January 19th, 2016

We Are the AntsHenry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig 2

December & Christmas Book Haul | Books at Dawn

Book Haul

Hey guys!

What a crazy holiday I just had. I bought/received so many books I don’t know when I’m going to read all of them! With a total of 16 books over the span of one month, I think I went a little over board.

I am not putting myself on a mini book buying ban… at least until my next pay check that is!


December 2015

Frozen Tides

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Published by Razorbill

Released December 15th 2015

Series: Falling Kingdoms #4

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


PassengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

Published by Disney-Hyperion

Released January 5th 2016

Series: Passenger #1

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


You Me and HimYou Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Released July 7th 2015

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


The Assassin's BladeThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury Children

Released March 4th 2014

Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books


Shatter MeShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperCollins

Released November 15th 2011

Series: Shatter Me #1

Paperback

Purchased From Indigo Books

 


TruthwitchTruthwitch by Susan Dennard

Published by Tor Teen

Released January 5th 2016

Series: Truthwitch #1

Hardcover

Purchased From Indigo Books


Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Published by HarperCollins

Released April 16th 2007

Series: Vampire Academy #1-6

Paperback

Purchased From BMV Used Books


Christmas 2015

Legacy of KingsLegacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Published by Harlequin Teen

Released August 18th 2015

Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1

Hardcover

Gift From My Mom

 


The Orphan QueenThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released March 10th 2015

Series: The Orphan Queen #1

Hardcover

Gift From My Mom


Ice Like FireIce Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released October 13th 2015

Series: Snow Like Ashes #2

Hardcover

Gift From My Dad

 


The Wrath and the DawnThe Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Released May 12th 2015

Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1

Hardcover

Gift From My Dad


Until next time,

Sig New

 

 

Resolutions for 2016 | Top 10 Tuesday [21]

Top 10 Tuesday

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Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Resolutions for 2016.

I hope you all had a fun and amazing New Year celebration. And with every new year, comes New Years Resolutions. Normally I don’t even bother with them because I can never stick with it, but these ones are a little different. This year my resolution is to start/finish some series that have been on my TBR forever!

TO START:


10. The Lotus War Trilogy by jay Kristoff


9. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson


8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan


7. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


5. Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

TO END:


4. Shadowdance Series by David Dalglish


3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare


2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare


1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


Well there you have it! Top 10 Resolutions for 2016. You guys have to keep me accountable for finishing these series!!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

January 2016 TBR | Books at Dawn

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Happy New Years everyone!

It is day one of 2016. Where did the year go honestly? January marks the first time I started blogging over on BlogSpot, but I don’t want to celebrate that failure! (I smiled when I wrote that I promise). But honestly, there is never a moment when time slows down for you to enjoy things so you have to make the best of it while in the moment. That’s what I promised myself for this year. I want to do bigger and better things this year! What about you guys?

To start the year off on a good foot I have chosen books that have gotten amazing reviews! So here is my January 2016 TBR!


Frozen Tides

Frozen Tides

 Morgan Rhodes

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

 Adam Silvera

Carry On

Carry On

 Rainbow Rowell

And if I’m lucky enough to get to this one…

HP Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 J.K Rowling

I’m so excited to get a bunch of reading done this month. I really want to get through this list of books as soon as possible!

Be sure to follow me on twitter to track my progress throughout the month: @BooksatDawn

Until next time,

Sig New

HAPPY NEW YEAR + Update on Life

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Hey guys!

First off I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves last night. Looking back on 2015 it was definitely a wild ride. From living in a different city, to moving back home, changing jobs and starting this blog. There is so much more I want to achieve in 2016 as I assume most of us do. So let’s try our best and achieve our goals!

And now back to life… as many of you noticed (or haven’t noticed) I haven’t posted anything in over two weeks. That is all due to me catching the flu for the first time in my life. From what I thought was a cold, quickly escalated to the flu and border lined pneumonia.

In that time I was not able to muster the strength to post anything for my blog or read any books. But I did have a lot of time to think about some things. One of them being the amount of posts I create on a weekly basis. It has become too much for me. So from this point on I will be scaling back my posts to 3-4 a week. Hopefully this will give me more time to read books.

As for my reviews, I will only be posting them under two conditions: if I was asked by an author, or publisher to read a book for an honest review, or if I really have something important to say about the book (ex. something that really made me mad, or something that really made me happy/excited)

So I’m not going anywhere, I will just be around a little less!

Again, have a Happy 2016 everyone, and thank you for all your support over this last year!

Until next time,

Sig 3