Feb 21, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Emily's Waiting on:

Title: The Prophecy (Titan #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult Fantasy  
Publication Date: March 8th, 2018

Summary: History is on repeat…
Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.
A price must be paid…
Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.
For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

Ah, I am so not ready for this series to end. Seth was one of those characters you hate in the beginning but love dearly by the end of the series. I'm not ready to face the fact that this story is almost over! There still feels like there's so much left to tell and I'm so excited to see how they accomplish the entombing of the Titans. I'm sure were are really looking forward to a happy ending for Seth and Josie and the rest of the Army of Awesome. Let us know your thoughts about the completion of the Titan series in the comments below!

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Feb 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Decided I'm No Longer Interested In Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading
For this week, I dug deep into my TBR and looked at some of the old books sitting on there, and I realized two things: (1) I have an overwhelming amount of books on that list, and (2): I'm definitely still not interested in reading half of these. So, naturally, instead of cleaning out the list like I should be, I decided to make this post talking about why I'm removing some of these from my to-read shelf. Some of them have detailed explanations as to why I'm not interested anymore, and some are just books that I added to my list years ago and I simply don't feel interested in them anymore. So without further ado, here we go!

1. Seven Minutes in Heaven by Sara Shepard


This one has been on my TBR since 2013 and Amber already spoiled the ending for me, so I haven't really been in a rush to finish it!

2. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier


Yeah, it's safe to say that my phase of reading totally dystopic books has passed now that one can argue that we're actually living in one.

3. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman


I told myself I was going to read this before I ever started the Netflix series, but it's been years and I'm already so invested in the series that I think I'm going to stick to watching my girls on TV!

4. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


5. Made For You by Melissa Marr


6. The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout


As I got older, I've realized that I'm becoming less and less of a supernatural/fantasy fan. I have no idea why, but I'm all about cute contemporary romances now!

7. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 


I don't think I ever got over how ridiculously similar these books were to Vampire Academy and since I loved that series, I feel like my harbored anger about it has never gone away, LOL!

8. Fairest by Marissa Meyer


I absolutely loved this series, but now that it's finished and done with (and I'm happy with how it ended!), I think I'm going to let this series rest on a good note before getting all amped up about how terrible Levana was.

9. Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer


10. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


How many of these books did you guys read? Which ones do you think I should definitely try to read? Comment down below and let me know! (And now for the actual challenge: cleaning out my Goodreads TBR shelf....)

Feb 18, 2018

Guest Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Hardcover, 453 Pages
Published November 2016

Summary: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
Today on the blog we have a guest review from Raisa over at Wonderland NovelsShe was kind enough to stop by and review Heartless by Marissa and share her thoughts on it. We've also reviewed this book in the past, so don't forget to also check out our review here. So without further ado, let's get into the review!

"When please, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?"
She thought for a moment before venturing, "A heart?"
Hatta's eyes warmed. "Very acute, Lady Pinkerton."
"It's very good," she said, "although I wonder whether it wouldnt' be more accurate to say, 'Once given, I can never be taken back."
"That would imply we give our hearts away willingly, and I am not sure that is the case." 
Marissa Meyer is honestly really good at making me sympathize with villains. This introspection on the Queen of Hearts before she was the queen went from cutesy to dark so quickly. She did a fascinating job of making an authentic hearts - full of madness and the impossible, but also crafting into it the origin story of someone who appears to be heartless.

Catherine Pinkerton loves to bake and wants to spend the rest of her life in a bakery with her best friend and maid Mary Ann, but as a high class lady of Hearts, her parents have set sights on her becoming the betrothed of the King of Hearts. Although she's expected to follow her parents' wishes, this changes when she meets and becomes enamored with the King's new joker, Jest. 

I related to Catherine so much - follow your heart or follow your parents is definitely a complicated question to answer. I only wished Catherine had defied her parents more easily, more readily, but that itself is easier said than done. When everything went from happy to absolutely wrong for her, I couldn't help but cry. It was so sad, and so so dark and twisted the direction this story took. Her transformation in the end was evil and heartbreaking. 

Her love interest, Jest, was certainly swoon-worthy. Though their romance was very insta-love, I couldn't help but root for the two of them to have their happy ending. 

There's also a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Hatta, Raven, the sisters were all fun reads. Hatta's descent into madness made me pity the poor, mad hatter. 

That ending scene though... That was just the best. I enjoyed this dark and bloody little tale. 

Without much spoilers, I'll end it with my favorite line.

"She spoke without feeling, unburdened by love or dreams or the pain of a broken heart. It was a new day in Hearts, and she was the Queen.
"Off with his head." 

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