50 Book Challenge 2016 – June

June was a month dedicated to writing and editing, so not much reading got done.I’m not too confident with my reading progress this year, but I’ve been doing so much more reading for school and research that I think I’ll forgive myself for not meeting my goal this month.

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January – 4/4
1. Glass Ceiling by Julie LaVoie <SEE REVIEW HERE>
2. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs
3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
4. The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey #6) by Julie Kagawa

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February – 4/4
1. Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1) by Cate Tiernan <SERIES REVIEW>
2. Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved #2) by Cate Tiernan
3. Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan
4. Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

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March – 5/4
1. Annabeth Neverending by Leyla Kader Dahm
2. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
3. Godless by Pete Hautman <SEE REVIEW HERE>
4. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
5. Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3) by Aimee Carter <SEE REVIEW HERE>

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April – 4/4
1. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
2. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch
3. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
4. Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat #1) by Zoe Kalo <SEE REVIEW HERE>

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May – 4/4
1.Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare <SERIES REVIEW>
2. A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gena Showalter
3. Offered to the Werewolves (Shifters of Shadow Falls #1) Crystal L Shaw
4. Arena (Arena #1) by Holly Jennings

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June – 3/4
1.Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking
2. Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking
3. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas
4. MEH

2016 Total – 24/50

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50 Book Challenge 2016 – January

I’ve decided to use 2016 as my year that I will get in touch with physical books again. Last year, I read mostly on my e-reader and I really have missed the intimacy of turning real pages.

As mentioned in my last reading post, I’ve decided to stick with 50 books as my goal for 2016. (This doesn’t include all the non-fiction I read for school!) I’ve also made a goal to do more reviews, and I’ll be linking my reviews in this monthly posts as well.

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January – 5/4
1. Glass Ceiling by Julie LaVoie <SEE REVIEW HERE>
2. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs
3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
4. The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey #6) by Julie Kagawa

Series Review: Goddess Test

I found Aimee Carter through her Blackcoat Rebellion Series. I devoured Pawn and Captive within a week of each other, but had to wait a month for the release of the finale, Queen. While I was waiting, I decided to check our her first series, The Goddess Test.
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The Goddess Test Series
1 – The Goddess Test
1.5 – The Goddess Hunt
2 – Goddess Interrupted
3 – The Goddess Inheritance 

by Aimee Carter
Release Date: 2011 – 2013
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Summary from Goodreads:

Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it’s Kate’s turn.
It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.
If she fails…

OH GODDESS TEST, I am so torn. While the series was far from perfect, I didn’t totally hate it either.

I enjoyed the first book. It was something different from what I had been reading. It was quick and easy and kept me interested during my breaks and commutes.

Kate Winters was an “ok” main character, but she was a standard trope in the YA world – the dreaded Mary Sue. (I don’t use this word lightly.) She came off holier-than-thou to everyone – including GODS! Everything happens way too easily for her and when the slightest thing goes wrong, she has a fit and cries!

My major problems with this series was how the Greek Gods were represented (or not, really). They are modernized versions, barely shadows of their former selves. What I hated, HATED most of all, was that Aimee Carter changed all of their names. I would have had a much better time if they had kept to their original Greek names.

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I breezed through The Goddess Hunt (1.5) in a single sitting. It didn’t add much to the story, which is why I rarely read the novella add-ins.

5ededd6ba25a474ba4dc6f708a3e1e85It was Goddess Interrupted where the series took a sharp decline. Call it the Second Book Syndrome, this book had it. Forget that the title didn’t flow with the others (pet peeve of mine!) – the book was a total drag. It mostly revolved around Kate feeling sorry for herself, hating Persephone and sulking because Henry (HADES omfg ) didn’t love her. Oh, and a healthy dose of slut shaming. (These are the Greek Gods we’re talking about… they pretty much banged everything and everyone, stop being such a prude.)

Here’s something I’ve noticed – when the narrator feels/is left out, useless and weak, it makes me as a reader feel useless. There’s no desire to keep reading. I seriously skimmed quite a few pages of internal monologues than I’d like to admit.

tumblr_mncuoj3myh1soni85o1_500Still, I pressed on. I don’t like leaving series unfinished. (Case and point: The House of Night Series.) I skipped over the Goddess Legacy set of novellas and went straight for book 3, The Goddess Inheritance. But when I cracked it open, I just couldn’t bring myself to read another 300 pages of whining, so I put it back for now. I might finish it later on, but right now I have 25 new books from Book Outlet waiting to be read on my shelf.

My ultimate advice for this series (even though it’s too late) is that when an author wants to use real-life gods, myths, etc – then stay true to them or suffer the consequences.

I’m not at all surprised that Cassandra Clare is blurbing for this series. I’ve tried twice this year the Mortal Instruments and failed… In the end, what I learned from this was that Aimee Carter has definitely improved her skills since writing her debut and she’s still an author that I will follow.

PS – My favorite part of this review was getting to use Disney’s Hercules gifs. :3 Disney FTW!

50 Book Challenge: 2015, A Year in Books

Happy New Year! 2016

         
        
         
       
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The power of books is simply amazing. I combined all of the covers of all of the books I have read this year (50 books!) and each image takes me back to a memory of that year. I remember where I was when I was reading these books, what was going on in my life and how they carried me through.

I’ve said it a thousand times – but I love books.

And I’m looking forward to all the stories of 2016.

50 Book Challenge Update – December

Whew, how fast a year can fly by! I made the 50 book challenge by the skin of my teeth! There’s a slight error in my Goodreads total, because it added books that I DNF and I don’t always record the non-fiction books that I read; so I’m using my blog as the final score.

In hindsight, I wished my reading hadn’t suffered in October and November, but I’ll forgive myself because of mid-terms and NaNoWriMo. I also read a few non-fiction books later in the year, but because I didn’t read cover-to-cover, I decided not to include them in my blog count.

I’m not sure if I’m going to add to the challenge this year coming or not. I think 50 books is a modest goal, but seeing that I lead a fairly busy life, it’s a good one to aim for.

If you’re planning on doing the 50 book challenge in 2016 let me know so we can buddy up! Leave a comment here and/or add my Goodreads profile to follow along.  I will be updating my blog with once a month, but my profile is updated on a weekly / “bookly” basis.

I got my 25 books from  bookoutlet.ca and I can’t wait to get them read! I shared a pic of my haul on instagram, which you can see below.

January – 5/4 – goal exceeded!
1. Redeemed (House of Night #12)
2. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
3. Earth Star (Earth Girl #2)
4. Earth Flight (Earth Girl #3)
5. City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1)
    

February – 7/4 – goal exceeded!
1. #GirlBoss
2. Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
3. The False Princess
4. Demon Glass (Hex Hall #2)
5. Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
6. Talon (Talon #1)
7. The Heretic Queen
      

March – 3/4
1. Unleashed (Uninvited #2)
2. Southern Fried Wiccan
3. Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1)
  

April – 5/4 – goal exceeded!
1. Catwoman: The Game, New 52 (Volume 1)
2. Golden Son (Red Rising #2)
3. A Necklace of Souls (Soul Necklace #1)
4. No Intention of Dying (The Internment Chronicles #1.5)
5. Burning Kingdoms (The Internment Chronicles #2)
    

May – 4/4
1. Nefertiti
2. The Occasional Diamond Thief
3. Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)
4. Secret of the Sevens
   

June- 5/4
1. Modern Monsters
2. The Rebel Queen
3. Rouge (Talon #2)
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
5. Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
    

July- 4/4
1. The Winners Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
2. Synthetica
3. Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2)
4. Once a Witch
   

August- 4/4
1. Always a Witch (Once a Witch #2)
2. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
3. Superstition
4. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
 

September- 4/4
1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
2. The Body Institute
3. Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
4. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
   

October- 2/4
1. Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2)
2. Return Once More (The Historians #1)
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November- 2/4
1. Shadowshaper
2. The Summer Prince
3.
4.
 

December 5/5
1. The Goddess Test (The Goddess Test #1)
2. The Goddess Hunt (The Goddess Test #1.5)
3. Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2)
4. Thin Space
5. AntiGoddess (Goddess War #1)
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—– TOTAL 2015 BOOK COUNT – 50/50