W…W…W…Wednesday: 03/22/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

30038906Emery Lord is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and so far I am really enjoying this book. 

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, but it was still a good read. My full review will be up on Thursday.

29739361I have heard mix reviews for Traitor to the Throne. I, however, loved it. I should have a review up soon.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I won a copy of The Beast Is An Animal from SimonTeen on Goodreads. The cover is so beautiful and creepy. I cannot wait to read it.

How does your week of reading look?

W…W…W…Wednesday: 03/15/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads page)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I love being back in this world! The main character is sassy, selfless, and sarcastic, which I love so so much. And the story reads like a movie with well-paced action and great character development! I just wish the love interests were together in more scenes.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I loved this collection of poetry. I should have a review up in the next few weeks (that will probably won’t do it justice).

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I haven’t heard much hype about this book, but the cover just speaks to me!!! *cough* Coffee is life. *cough cough*

How does your week of reading look?

W…W…W…Wednesday: 3/8/2017

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads page)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Wow, the words and poetic form of this book are beautiful and heartbreaking. I already know that this book is going to be emotionally hard for me to review, but I look forward to letting my heart spill.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Loved this book. Full review and blog post will be up on Friday.

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If you love fandoms, you will love this book. My blog post for the Queens of Geek tour will be up next week! 

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I love this series. And Starfall did not disappoint. This book reads like a sci-fi TV episode, and I was on the edge of my seat for the entire journey. Full review post to come.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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AHHH…I cannot wait to jump into this series and world again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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This week’s topic is…

Ten Books  I’ve Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

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Soulmated (Joining of Souls #1) by Shaila Patel

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What are some books that you have recently added to your TBR list?

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Rebel of the Sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Source: Uppercasebox Subscription

ABOUT REBEL OF THE SANDS:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 


My Rants and Raves of Rebel of the Sands

First, Rebel of the Sands saved me from another reading slump. I am a mood reader, and lately I’ve been thinking that I need to read fluffy contemporaries or romantic NA books, but I was wrong, I needed this engaging fantasy! I needed Rebel of the Sands, because in the end, it had beautiful world-building, elaborate folklore and creatures, well-rounded characters, and an eager-to-finish storyline. 

I am sucker for badass female characters, and Alwyn Hamilton, the author, does not disappoint with creating a feisty, determined heroine named Amani. Amani is not a character that grew on me; instead I fell instantly in love with her.  Like Shakespeare’s Rosalind in “As You Like It,” Amani can crossdress with the best of them; she can shoot better than Annie Oakley; she upholds the compassion of J.K. Rowling’s Ms. Weasley; and she is as baddass as  Joss Whedon’s Buffy. Furthermore, I loved Amani’s ability to think before she acted, and a majority of the time her actions are cautious, selfless, and merciful. 

Along with Amani, I loved the character Jin. He has the roguish, “outlaw” persona, but under his mischievous personality he has a caring heart. Plus the chemistry between Amani and Jin is perfectly crafted. These two characters challenge each other in the most swoonworthy ways. They are definitely a dynamic duo that will give you the warm fuzzies. 

Rebel of the Sands is one of the most satisfying books I have read this year. I loved how unpredictable this book is, as well as how intricate it is, and how thought-provoking the main characters, secondary characters, and the fantastical characters, like the Nightmares, Skinwalkers, and Djinns, are depicted. More importantly, I loved how smoothly the plot unfolded; as I read each chapter, I honestly felt like I was delicately being carried away on a wistful breeze across the hot, desert sand. 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

NOTE:  I received this book in an Uppercasebox Subscription, which I paid for with my own funds. I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review; I reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

W…W…W…Wednesday: 4/6/2016

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W…W…W.. Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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