Futuristic Books I Love | Top 10 Tuesday [25]

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 Futuristic Books That I Love.

Now I am not that experienced in the sci-fi genre as some other readers might be and most of my picks are dystopian books with sci-fi elements. So I apologize if I get them mixed up. But never the less I hope you enjoy the books I have chosen for this week’s topic!


10. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins     

      

9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen


7. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress


6. Legend by Marie Lu

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5. Prodigy by Marie Lu

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4. Champion by Marie Lu


3. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga Vol. 1


2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steel Heart


1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising


Well there you have it! Top 10 Futuristic Books I Love. Do you agree with my choices? Give me some awesome recommendations of YA books in the Sci-fi genre please!

Until next time,

Sig New

February 2016 TBR | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

It is February 1st of 2016. The start of a new month and the start of a brand new set of books to be read. It is the month of love as Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th and it is also a leap year, meaning February has 29 days this year. What else is happening this month? Chinese New Year is coming, which means its the start of the year of the monkey (my year).

So a lot of different exciting things are happening this month. And because I managed to accomplish last months TBR I have high hopes to accomplish it again this month.

Here is my February 2016 TBR!


Golden Son

Golden Son

(Red Rising #2)

 Pierce Brown

Silver Eve

Silver Eve

(Guardians of Tarnec #2)

 Sandra Waugh

The Impostor Queen

The Impostor Queen

(The Impostor Queen #1)

 Sarah Fine

Winter

Winter

(The Lunar Chronicles #4)

 Marissa Meyer

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,

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Pixar Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Pixar Book Tag. Pixar holds quite a few of my favorite animated movies ever! Including The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc., so I knew I had to do this tag.


Toy Story — A book where you wanted the characters to come to life

Falling KingdomsOf course I want the characters from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes to come to life! So I can fall madly in love with Magnus and knock Cleo out of the picture. Sorry girl, I’m just better. (I’ll settle for Ashur if Magnus doesn’t take the bait though…)

 

 

 

 


A Bugs Life— A character who goes through a transformation

Red RisingDarrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown went through a major transformation. Going from the Red Slave to a Gold God. The precedures he had to go through I wouldn’t even wish on my enemies.

 

 

 

 


Monsters Inc. — A strong/scary character develops a soft side for someone else

Shadow and BoneThe Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He is scary, but charming, evil bu handsome, and he has a soft spot for Alina his Sun Summoner.

 

 

 

 

 


Finding Nemo — “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever

HP Philosopher's StoneI will forever remember 4 Privet Drive. As would any other Harry Potter fan ever!

 

 

 

 

 


The Incredibles — Coolest Book Family

The Serpent KingFrom the most recent book I have read, I would choose the Blankenships from The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner! If I didn’t already have a cool family, these guys would be the ones I would choose.

 

 

 

 


Cars 1, 2, 3 — A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed

10507293Should I mention the Selection Series by Kiera Cass… I mean come on. Just stop already!

 

 

 

 

 


Ratatouille — A book featuring a non-human/humanoid

CinderYou guys might think I am talking about Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but I am reffering to the humanoid that is Iko. She is hands down 100% better then Cinder… don’t hate.

 

 

 

 


Wall-E — A book that made you lonely

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven definitely makes you feel lonely near the end. Heartbreaking as it was, there was still a silver lining!

 

 

 

 

 


 

Up — A book whose characters quickly made you become emotionally invested in

More Happy Than NotI quickly got emotionally invested in Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera to the point where my heart was literally breaking for him.

 

 

 

 

 


Brave — Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaI don’t read enough contemporaries to really have an exact answer for this, and the ones I have read have had problematic at home relationships. So I will choose the strong bond between Simon Spier from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and his parents.

 

 

 


Inside Out — Name a book that could be one of your core memories

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton will always bring back fond core memories. Favorite book growing up at school!

 

 

 

 

 


Well there you have it the Pixar Book Tag. Brings back a lot of fond memories as I was going through these questions. Did you guys love any of the movies from Pixar?

 

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The Hype is Too Much (Freebie) | Top 10 Tuesday [24]

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 Where the Hype is Too Much (Freebie).

This week’s topic is a freebie where we get to choose our own topic. I have decided to talk about the books I feel are receiving too much hype. Now hype can either be a good thing or a negative thing. For me when a book is too hyped it turns me off from reading it right away. Some examples of this would be Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Winter by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t read Red Queen until 6 months after its release when the hyped died down, and I still have yet to read Winter the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.

What is your take on the subject? And here are the 10 books that are receiving too much hype for 2016!


10. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen


9. A Gathering Darkness by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows


8. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game


7. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger


6. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King


5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword


4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury


3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless


2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight


1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books Where the Hype is Too Much (Freebie). Do you agree with my choices? What books coming out in 2016 do you think are receiving too much hype?

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

 

Dim Sum Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by the lovely Jenna from Reading With Jenna & Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts. They are the brain children of this lovely tag that I’m sure is going to make me crave Dim Sum afterward. So I want to thank them and curse them all at the same time!

RULES:

Here are some rules to devour this tag:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
  2. Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions
  3. Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun
  4. Food coma

DIM SUM BOOK TAG QUESTIONS:

TEA: A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF HOT BUT TURNED COLD QUICKLY

Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyers. I was quite excited going into this book. A sci-fi, futuristic Cinderella retelling? HELL YES. But as the story went on I was filling in the plot points before they happened and I figured out the ending midway through the book… so yeah. I still enjoyed it, but it turned cold pretty quickly.

 


 

CHIU CHOW DUMPLING: A BOOK THAT FEATURES ELEMENTS OF LAND AND SEA

Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This place not only takes place on many different lands, but also spends a great portion out at sea. Probably one of my most exciting reads this year!

 

 


RICE NOODLE ROLL: A FAVOURITE MULTI-LAYERED CHARACTER OF YOURS (EG. TRAITS? SKILLS? MORALLY AMBIGUOUS?)

Falling Kingdoms

Magnus Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. He is so morally ambiguous it’s hard to tell what he is thinking. He tries to do the good thing, but when your dad is the King of Blood, it’s kind of hard to do. His character keeps evolving as each book comes out so I can’t see what he has to struggle with next!

 


SHRIMP DUMPLING: A BOOK WITH A TRANSPARENT BLURB THAT GIVES THE STORY AWAY

My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Don’t get me wrong. This book was great! I gave it 4 stars for story and content, but there really wasn’t much more to it then what the synopsis says. There was no big reveal or some big twist at the end…

 


STEAMED BBQ PORK BUNS: A BOOK THAT IS FLUFFY ON THE OUTSIDE BUT PACKS A PUNCH OF FLAVOUR (EG. MESSAGE? DEPTH? CONTROVERSY?)

Delicate

Delicate by C.K. Kelly Martin. With a fluffy title like delicate, this book sure did pack a punch with really deep topics like STI’s, relationship abuse, and a very nasty break up. Definitely learned a lot after reading this one. Very pleased with it!

 


CHICKEN FEET: A BOOK WITH DIVIDED OPINIONS

Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This book drew a line in the sand between the readers who loved books 1 & 2, and those that fell in love with book 3. You wither hated this one or loved it. Old ties were cut and new relationships were formed. I for one absolutely loved this one. The direction the story is going, is where it should have started from in book 1. But hey… I’m not the author!


 

LOTUS-WRAPPED STICKY RICE: A BOOK YOU’VE RECEIVED/GIVEN THAT WAS NICELY PACKAGED

HP Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. As I have never read this series before, my friends decided to gift the first book to me in this gorgeous cover! I regret not reading it sooner as I was missing out on the best series ever written!

And now I own the whole set and loving every minute reading them!


EGG CUSTARD TART: A BOOK THAT USES SIMPLE INGREDIENTS AND CLICHES BUT EXECUTES IT PERFECTLY

The Young Elites

The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is a classic example of YA cliches in the form of a “special girl” with “unique gifts” that can “be the only one to save the day.” BUT don’t be fooled into thinking this book sucks, BECAUSE this “special girl” is actually pretty deep and morally ambiguous. Is she good or is she evil?

 


MANGO PUDDING WITH EVAPORATED MILK: ANY BOOK RECOMMENDATION + BEVERAGE/SNACK THAT’S A WINNING COMBINATION

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book + OREOS. If you’ve read it then you would totally understand why these two go hand in hand.

So what are you waiting for? Get the book, and a box of oreos and come thank me later!

 


FRIED SESAME BALLS: A BOOK COVER WITH EMBOSSED TEXT/DESIGN YOU JUST LOVE TO RUN YOUR FINGERS OVER

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I could run my fingers over the embossed covers all day if I had time to spare. Honestly I would!


DIM SUM STEAM CART: THE TYPE OF CARRYING BAG YOU USE TO BRING BOOKS AROUND

My Book Bag

This is my book bag! Ain’t it cute?


Well I hope you liked my Dim Sum inspired bookish answers. Are you as hungry as I am? Who wants to go for Dim Sum? Anyone? Fine… table for one please.

Until next time,

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Favorite Fairytale Retellings | Top 5 Wednesday [17]

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Hey guys!

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 Fairytale Retellings.

This week is going to be a bit tough. I will admit that I haven’t read a lot of retellings in any form. So number 4 & 5 on my list are books that I want to read that are retellings. Other then that, I hope you enjoy the ones I have chosen!


5. Spinning Starlight / Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Spinning Starlight is a retelling of The Wild Swans and Stitching Snow is a retelling of Snow White.


4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of 1001 Nights.


3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


2. Splintered / Unhinged / Ensnared by A.G. Howard

The Splintered Trilogy is a retelling based off of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


1. Cinder / Scarlet / Cress / Winter by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, Scarlet is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel, and Winter is a retelling of Snow White!


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. Even though I haven’t read as many retellings as I would have liked, I still think this is a pretty good list! Let me know which ones are your favorites!

Until next time,

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New to Me Authors 2015 Edition | Top 10 Tuesday [19]

Top 10 TuesdayHey 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 New to Me Authors 2015 Edition.

This is the first year that I can say I dedicated a lot of my time to reading. I have read more books this one year then I have any other year. And because of that, I have also read a lot of new authors to me. They may not be new to the book world, but they were new to me.

So without dragging this out any longer. Let’s see who I chose!


10. A. G. Howard

A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard is the author of the Splintered Trilogy. And I managed to read all three this year!


9. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow is the author of such books as Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, and Carry On! I had to opportunity to read Eleanor and Park this year and really enjoyed it.

Eleanor and Park

 


8. Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the Throne of Glass series, and I read all 4 books this year plus her new series A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s slowly creeping it’s way to my favorite fantasy lists!


7. Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson has written such books as FML and Deathday Letter, but this year I read his book 5 Stages of Andrew Brawley and instantly fell in love. Looking forward to We Are The Ants in 2016!

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley


6. Marie Lu

Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the author of the Legend Trilogy and her newest series The Young Elites. As of right now, I have read all of her books this year. What a wild ride they were!


5. Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger is the author of several series that include: Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School. I had the opportunity to start her Parasol Protectorate series and I loved it. Looking forward to continuing on!

Soulless


4. Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer just concluded her Lunar Chronicles Series recently with Winter. Even though I haven’t read that one yet, I did read the first 3 books in the series this year. I’m nervous for the ending though.


 

3. Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is the talented author of the Mistborn Series that I have yet to read. But I did read the start of his Reckoners series this year. It was such a great book about superheroes and villains! Love it.

Steel Heart


2. Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown

This gorgeous author right here has become a bit of an obsession this year! He is the author of the Red Rising Trilogy that I had the fortunate opportunity to read this year. I think I’d faint if I ever met him.

Red Rising


 

1. Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo has become my second favorite author of all time. She is the author of the Grisha Trilogy and the recently released Six of Crows. I love her characters, worlds, and writing style. I read all 4 books this year!


Well there you have it! The Top 10 New to Me Authors 2015 Edition. Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these as well!

Until next time,

Sig New

 

 

Villain Squad | TAG

Villain-Squad-Tag

Hey guys!

I was tagged by Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts, as well as Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm Blog. Thanks so much for the tag! I love getting into the mindset of a villain. I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it.


Think of your own villain identity and power!

I would totally be a teleporting baddie! I could teleport myself into banks, museums, and other important places and you know, do that stealing thing most villains do!

As for my name I would probably go with Porter (how original right?), and my costume would be black and navy blue. I would have a mask and some kick as retractable baton just in case I need to battle some heroes.

Have I put too much thought into this?


The Leader – Pick a villain to lead the squad

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy would probably be the one I would choose. But he would be a wild card. Too thirsty for power and very unpredictable.

The Darkling

My second choice would be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. I know he’s technically not a villain. But he is a thief/assassin type guy. And also a leader in his own way. I would definitely want him to lead the pack.

Kaz


The Killer Smile – Pick a villain who’s just extremely attractive

Can I retract my previous answer and say Kaz and the Darkling again? No? Fine….

I will go with Prince Magnus Damora from the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series. Why just the first book? Well… he’s vert morally ambiguous. He does both good and bad things. But in the first book he was definitely a baddie like his father!

Prince Magnus


The Loose Canon – Pick a villain that marches to the beat of their own drum

Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. She is legit only in it for herself. All the power and domination has gone to her head. Although I haven’t read Winter or even Fairest… I still think she best fits this role.

Queen Levana


The Unhinged One – Pick a villain that isn’t playing with a full deck.

Amara Cortas from Gathering Darkness, book 3 of the Falling Kingdom series. She is ruthless, heartless, cold, and definitely unhinged. Can’t wait to get to explore her more in book 4!

Amara Cortas


The Redeemer – Pick a villain that’s on a path of redemption/would play both sides

Ok, so I haven’t read The Rose Society by Marie Lu yet. But from the first book The Young Elites I know Adelina is constantly struggling with this mindset. She has a growing evil in her with her shadow powers and I can totally seeing her play both sides in the future!

Adelina Young Elites


The Evil One – Pick a Villain That’s Just Bad to the Bone

Gaius Damora, the Blood King from Falling Kingdoms Series. There is a very specific reason why he is known as the Blood King. Ruthless, brutal, conniving, and just plain evil.

King Gaius


The Once-Was-Good – Pick a villain that didn’t originally start out as a villain.

There’s a certain character from The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard that would fit into this category. I can’t say who, because spoilers… but it did come as a surprise for me. Or maybe I just didn’t see it quick enough.


Well there you have it! The Villain Squad Tag. I had a lot of fun picking and dissecting these particular villains. Some of them are my favorites, and some I just loathe….

But anyway. I hope you enjoyed this fun tag!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Autumn is Awesome | TAG

The-Autumn-Book-Tag

Hey guys!

I was tagged by Trisha Ann from The Bookgasm Blog. SO thank you my dear! Autumn is my favorite season, so I couldn’t pass this one up.


What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

EVERYTHING.

The weather gets cooler. The leaves change to pretty colors. I get to start layering my clothes again with SWEATERS. (My favorite pieces of clothing) I get to drink my tea without sweating. I get to curl up with my favorite blanket and cuddle.

What is there not to love about Autumn??


What book reminds you of your school days?

The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton!

I’ve had to read this book so many times over the years I can’t even count anymore. It still holds the top spot in favorite school reads!


What cover reminds you of autumn?

City of Fallen Angels

Its the color scheme I guess!


What is your favorite horror or Halloween story?

I don’t really have one, as I have not read any books in the horror genre before. But I did make a promise to myself to have a butt load ready for next year’s Halloween!


What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Movie Scream

Hands down it’s Scream by Wes Craven! It will forever be my favorite horror movie of all time because it holds such nostalgic memories for me. Even though it may not be the scariest or the best out there, it will still remain a classic until the end of time.


What fall book release are you looking forward to?

Frozen Tides

Autumn doesn’t end until December 21 I think, so Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes still counts as a Fall release. I am counting down the days. 15 more to go until I can get my hand on this beauty!!


What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

I will admit, I don’t watch a lot of movies in theaters… So I will just go with the obvious answer of Mockingjay Part 2. (Even though I probably won’t watch it in the theaters.


What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?


As this is the tale end of the season, I won’t be tagging anyone. BUT I hope you enjoyed reading.

Until next time,

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