Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday Manga series on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. "This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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I did not put these in any order.  I have read some in some of these series but have not completed any below.  I definitely stick to shojo manga.  If anybody has any shojo manga recs, let me know!  

Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1

1. Honey So Sweet by Amu Megero
Komomo Confiserie, Vol. 1
2. Komomo Confiserie by Maki Minami

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1
3. Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You by Karuho Shiina 
Beauty Pop, Vol. 1 (Beauty Pop, #1)
4. Beauty Pop by Kiyoko Arai
The Earl and The Fairy, Volume 01
5. Earl and the Fairy by Mizue Tani

Mixed Vegetables, Vol. 1 (Mixed Vegetables, #1)

6. Mixed Vegetables by Ayumi Komura
The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 1
7. Gentlemen's Alliance by Arina Tanemura
Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 (Strobe Edge, #1)
8. Strobe Edge by Io Sakisaka
Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, Vol. 1 (Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, #1)
9. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Special A, Vol. 01 (Special A, #1)
10. Special A (S.A.) by Maki Minami

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)

Title: Reawakened
 Author:  Colleen Houck
Series: Reawakened
  Published: August 11, 2015
 Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: hardback
 Source: own

Summary from Goodreads:

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

I’ve read reviews that compare this to Tiger’s Curse series, but these are two completely different series.  Yes, there are brothers in the series, mythology, a teacher figure, and an epic quest.  However, it doesn’t read like Tiger’s Curse.  The characters are completely different when comparing each series. 

I believe, for the most part, people that loved Tiger’s Curse series probably will like or not like this book, while others that only liked the Tiger’s Curse series, will love and enjoy this book much more.  I fall in the first category.  For me, I loved the sweetness and otherworldliness I felt Ren possessed and loved the naivety and sweetness that Kelsey had more than the main characters, Lily and Amon. 
I’m a big advocate of not comparing books to other books and trying to enjoy books as completely separate books.  I’ll admit, it was definitely hard for me not to do it to Reawakened. I loved the detailed imagery and overall feeling of Tiger’s Curse so much, I feel like I hyped this series up way too much for myself. 

That’s one reason I think people don’t enjoy Tiger’s Curse as much.  Anybody that felt like this with that series should love this series more because I don’t feel like Colleen had a lot of descriptions.  I think this book could have benefited more from it.  I felt like this book lacked story building.   

I didn’t mind Lily much, but I couldn’t stand Amon at first.  I thought he read pretty conceited in the beginning, and it took me a while to like him as a character.  

I wish Colleen drew out the adventure and quest aspect to this book more.  I come to her books looking for a gut-wrenching romance and lots of adventure and heartbreak.  I got none of that magical feeling out of this book.  I still liked this book, but it definitely did not meet my expectations.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

Ever the Hunted
Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)
 Author:  Erin Summerhill
Series: Ever the Hunted #1
  Published: December 27, 2016
 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: e-book
 Source: for review

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

*I received a copy from the publishers via Netgalley.

I was not sure what to expect from this book because I never really paid a whole lot of attention to reviews or the summary.  I did notice that the reviews were mixed, so I did not expect to like it.  I know I loved the cover and was intrigued by it.  I’ve always said I’m iffy about fantasy, but after I have read some, I think I may just be picky with it.  This one, for the most part, kept my attention. 
The one problem I had with this story is it took me a little bit to like Cohen as a lead.  I’m easily caught up with how a main character feels toward the main guy.  It took me a little bit to warm up to Cohen. 

Overall, I found this to be a fairly clean read. There was some mild cussing.  There were phrases said that wouldn’t be curse words the world adopts, but there are phrases said several times throughout the book that I would consider the characters used to curse.  There is also a scene where the characters sleep in the same bed.

On a side note, the author answered a question and confirmed there is LGBT in the next book.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Top 5 Best Books of 2016

Most posts I have seen of yearly updates have been a top 10.  I read 42 books this year, and for the most part had a lot I liked, but not a lot of books I loved.  I decided to share a top 5 books.  There is a series that I combined because I didn't want to have so many spots occupied by that one series.

These are in no particular order.

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera CassThe Heir by Kiera CassThe Crown by Kiera Cass

1. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I really loved this series as a whole.  I read the last four books pretty much back to back.  These were so fun.  I did enjoy Heir over the Crown though.  I know some say this series shouldn't be as long as it was, but I actually think the second half of the series should have had 3 books as well.  The Crown was not fleshed out as it really should have been.  I'm so excited for the movies.  I still wish it would have just been turned into a TV series, though.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

This was my first book by Kasie West, and it was so much fun.  I smiled so much during this book.  I really can't wait to pick up more of her books.  Some reviews thought it was predictable.  To me, I went back and forth who I thought was writing the main character back.  I should have probably stuck with my gut. This was a light and breezy book I thoroughly enjoyed.
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

3. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Anne Campbell

Before I started to read this book, I thought it would take me a while just because of the nature of the book.  This is a steampunk retelling as Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast.  I definitely picked up elements from both of those classics.  I loved this book so much.  I read this one fairly quick.  There is a scene that is a seance, so I really hated that part of the book. This was definitely an atmospheric read.  I didn't find it scary except for that once scene.  I highly recommend this book.

 The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

4. The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos

I've read the first two books in her series, Everblue and loved it so much.  That series is a book about mermaids, this one is a books about vampires.  I loved reading about vampires when I was younger.  I do think that has lessened a lot as a got older, but there are still vampire books I want to read.  I didn't expect to love this one as much as I did because I really don't enjoy that sort of thing as much as I did.  
When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs

5. When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs

I have read a couple of her mermaid books and one of her goddess books.  I don't feel like this novella series gets any attention.  I really enjoyed this one a lot.  I do wish she would have done this as a full length model.  I think there are 5 books to this fae series, and Tera does have all of these now bound in the same book.  Get the first two free with this link: teralynnchilds.com/getfae 

What were your favorite books?  Do any of these interest you?  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blind Date (Timeless Romance Anthology) by Various Authors

Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 18)

Title: Blind Date: A Timeless Romance Anthology
 Authors: Annette Lyon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, Victorine E. Lieske, Rachel Branton, Sariah Wilson
  Published: September 13, 2016
 Publisher: Mirror press
 A Timeless Romance Anthology Series
Format: e-book
 Source: for review

Summary from Good Reads

Blind Date (Timeless Romance Anthology)
A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: BLIND DATE COLLECTION: Featuring New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske. Readers will love this collection of six novellas—three contemporary and three historical—all with one thing in common: Romance.

Three Historical Romance Novellas:

THE PROMISE THAT KATY DID, by Annette Lyon: After the death of Sue Ellen, the closest thing she has to family, Katy knows it’s time to leave the house she’s lived in as a guest and start over in the city. She quickly secures a job, but before leaving, she must honor the unusual promise she made to Sue Ellen on her deathbed: meet with Mr. Balmer. The elderly gentleman arranges for his grandson Barrett to escort her to a town dance. That evening, shy Katy quickly feels at ease with her partner. If her new position weren’t taking her from town morning after next, perhaps something could develop between them. But Barrett may not feel the same about her, and besides, they don't have enough time to find out.

A LADY OF SENSE, by Sarah M. Eden: Eleanor Sherwood has lived her entire life under her parents’ thumb with little hope of escape. When they choose the unbearable Mr. Broadstead to be her future husband, she begs her father for another option. He arranges for her to meet Peter Havensham, who quickly proves himself a good and kindhearted gentleman, completely different from Mr. Broadstead, and utterly undeserving of a forced engagement. Eleanor cannot bring herself to prey upon Peter’s honor, but neither can she imagine a life with Mr. Broadstead. What is a lady to do when faced with such an impossible choice?

A SECOND CHANCE, by Heather B. Moore: Virginia needs a new start in order to recover from her broken marriage and vicious gossips of her neighborhood in Boston, so when her best friend Millie invites Virginia to Chicago, she goes to live with her friend’s family. But when Millie asked Virginia to participate in a double-date, Virginia knows she’s not ready to start dating again. Reluctantly she agrees, only to find out that Max might just be the man who can repair the cracks in her heart.

Three Contemporary Romance Novellas:

BRAELYNN’S BLIND DATE, by Victorine E. Lieske. When Braelynn agrees to go on a blind date, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. Tyler is gorgeous and the perfect gentleman. Of course she should have known it was too good to be true. It turns out that Tyler really wasn’t Tyler, but a random stranger who went along with Braelynn’s mistaken assumption. So, she chalks it up to a dumb mistake until she gets to work Monday morning and discovers that her gorgeous blind date is now her new boss.

BIANCA’S HOPE, by Rachel Branton: A blind-date-gone-wrong is not the way Bianca would have chosen to celebrate the news that she might be losing her business, but saying no to the sister who took care of her after their mother’s death proves impossible. So for one date, one torturous evening, she’ll endure the company of an infuriating, heartless man she has no intention of ever seeing again. She doesn’t expect her heart to have other plans. Bianca soon learns that sometimes the unexpected is not only what you need, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for all along.

BLIND SPOT, by Sariah Wilson: Ria has prepared most of her life to meet her prince, trouble is, her mother keeps yanking her back to reality. So when Ria reads about a country teeming with princes, she drops everything and applies to grad school. But every blind date goes wrong, and while Ria commiserates with her roommate Tessa and Tessa’s totally un-prince-like brother Paolo, Ria discovers that all the things she thought she wanted in a man are far from what she really needs.


I received a copy for review.

I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, but do tend to like the regency era and medieval settings.  I was not expecting to like those novellas in this set like I did.  I also did not expect to enjoy them more than the contemporary ones. 

Novellas normally always follow the plague of being too fast-paced.  There were some that did this a tad, but again, I felt that the historical novellas handled that slightly better.  If I had to pick a favorite of the historicals, it would probably be A Lady of Sense.  For the contemporaries, my favorite would be the one by Sariah Wilson.  I have read her first full-length book in the Royals of Moneterra and enjoyed this novella set there as well.  It’s hard to go wrong with princes.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Recently Added to My TBR: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. "This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day's posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers."- from their website.

Swear (My Blood Approves, #5)The Rejected Suitor (Clearbrook Regency, #1)The Book Jumper

1. Swear by Amanda Hocking

It's been soooo long since I've read anything in this series.  I definitely chose a team in this series, but I'm not going to spoil anything.  I remember loving the books I've read by her.

2.The Rejected Suitor by Teresa McCarthy

I've never used to be into historical type books, but I've know started liking to find clean Regency romance books, and this one sounded fun to me. If you have any suggestions let me know!

3. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

I absolutely loved this book cover.  It kind of makes me think of the book by Jodi Picoult and her daughter.
 Hunted (Hunted, #1)Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2)In Some Other Life

4. Hunted by Megan Spooner 

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings.  I am wary though because of Beauty hunting the Beast.  I really hope this will be a romance book.  She just can't kill the Beast.

5. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

I've been wanting to read the first book, Reign of Shadows, for a while now.  I loved her YA Firelight trilogy a lot.

6. In the Other Life by Jessica Brody

I've only read 2 books by Jessica Brody, but I really enjoy her contemporaries.  I still have some more I need to read though.  This one won't be out until next August though.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastScarlet (Scarlet, #1)These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)

7. Beauty by Robin McKinley
Once again another Beauty and the Beast Retelling.  I have a Spindle's End by her that I got recently, but I haven't read it yet.

8. Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

I don't read a lot of books like this, but I really love the cover and retellings.  I'm hoping I'll like it.

9. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

I recently heard about this book, and someone mentioned this book feeling like Jane Austen.  I have tried to read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and have yet to get past page 48.  I love Jane Austen retellings and books inspired by it, but I'm having trouble liking the actual book.

Does anybody else have this problem?  I love the movies and readaptations...just not the book. :(

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsEleanor and the Iron King

10. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

This is supposed to have parts inspired by Mulan, Cinderella, Jane Austen's Emma, and Sleeping Beauty.  I really hope this works.  It could go really wrong or really great. I'm not sure.

11. Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines

I love the cover to this.  Eleanor basically marries the enemy or her land that just happens to be a Welsh King.  I'm looking forward to the setting to this one.

Do any of these look or sound interesting to you to add to your list?  Feel free to leave your links for me to check out :)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Wrap-Up and November TBR

Royal Date by Sariah WilsonScarlet by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
The Heir by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass

    Royal Date (Royals of Monterra) by Sariah Wilson

    I've had my eyes on this one for a while.  As you can see, I have been on a huuuge royalty reads kick.  Although, I did enjoy this one a lot, I feel like not a lot happened in it.  Also, I really didn't care for some of the innuendo.

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    I have always been hesitant to read this series.  I will say I still don't care for the cyborg aspects of this book/series.  I do really love Iko, and she is definitely one of my favorites in this book.  As I got into the 2nd book, the cyborg part of the book bothered me less.

    Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

    At first, I wasn't really interested in Scarlet's POVs in the story.  I was definitely wanting to stick with Cinder's POV for a while until about half of the way or so. Then, I started really getting into Scarlet's story and started liking Wolf a lot more.  I'm pretty sure a lot of people like Thorne, but I'm not entirely on board with him.  I think he is funny, but I don't like what Marissa in

    The Elite by Kiera Cass

    I like read the 2nd and 3rd book in this series back to back, so I'm kind of not sure a lot of what happens in this book at the moment.  However, I do know I still enjoyed it.  The books in this series have gone by so quickly, and I'm already wanting to reread at least the first 3.  I'm so excited for the movie and the coloring book that's coming out this December.  Any fans of the series might want to check it out.  It looks great so far.

    The One by Kiera Cass

    This was my favorite of the entire main books in the Selection series.  I really loved how America stood up for people, especially in the Convicting scene.  I sometime think I am more Team Aspen than Team Maxon, but maybe I'm more in the middle.  I do really like both guys in different ways, but I do think both Maxon and Aspen have done a lot of things that have annoyed me in the overall series.  I didn't like some of the revelations in the series as a whole.  I want go into details because of spoilers.

    The Heir by Kiera Cass

    I know a lot of people do not like the continuation of the series, but I loved this one a lot.  I think Maxon has a lot of funny lines in this one.  A lot of people don't like Eadlyn, but I really loved her POV.  I thought she had really funny POVs in the beginning.

    I absolutely have enjoyed the Selection series so much and hope more people will give it a chance.

    As you can see, this month has had pretty good books. I will say I only read 2 books on my October TBR.  I just wasn't really in the mood for the creepier books I thought about reading.  I do plan to continue the Lunar Chronicles series, but I kind of want a break from that series for a little bit.

    November TBR

    The Crown (The Selection, #5)
    I'm currently reading

    The Crown by Kiera Cass

    I have started this one and am almost halfway finished with it.  I will say I wish this part of the series was a trilogy with it like the main Selection books.  I just feel like there are certain parts to the book I wish was more fleshed out. One of the parts is the actual Selection process of the boys getting to know each other and Eadlyn.

    I was going to do a November TBR with this post, but I'm really not sure what books I want to read for sure.
    The Siren

    The Siren by Kiera Cass

    I really have enjoyed all of her books so far, so I thought as well might as read this one, too.
    Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
    Reawakened by Colleen Houck

    I've been wanting to read her new series for a while now. The books in this series are still pretty long.  This first one is just shy of being 400 pages.  I wish they were as long as her Tiger Saga series

    Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 18)
    Blind Date Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology) by Various Authors

    I received this for review.  This includes a short story by Sariah Wilson, and it happens in Monterra, so it will include another royal.

    Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

    Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

    This will be a reread.  This might be a book I do not get to this month.  I've been really wanting to reread the entire series lately.  I just know it will be a huge time commitment since all of the books are like 400+ pages.  I really love that they are that longer, however, I've started reading other series lately and I kind of want to finish the series that I start right then.