Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

 

My Thoughts:

HOLY CRAP……this book was amazing. I listened to the audiobook for this one and I absolutely loved it. There was never a dull moment from the very first page to the last. One minute you think you have the story figured out and then it takes a turn in a completely different direction. There were so many twists and turns this book just left you wanting more.

Scarlett and her sister Tella have being invited to Caraval. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks then away to the show.  Tella is kidnapped by Legend and it turns out this seasons Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first wins the game. Scarlett was told anything that happens in Caraval is all part of the performance.

This books will break your heart so many times. This world was so mystical, objects and clues are paid for by secrets, your greatest fear and even days of your life. There are tunnels which will drive you mad and make you question what is real or what is part of the game. There is a love interest which will break your heart and leave you wanting more. There is also the bond of sisters and how powerful their love can be. I can’t wait for book 2 of this magical world and to see how this story unfolds.

Quotes:

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

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*Images used are not mine, credit goes to the owners.

 

HAPPY READING!

Sheze

Try a Chapter Tag

I recently saw Little Book Owl from Booktube do this tag and I loved the idea. Her one was an unhaul edition. This tag was originally created by Malia at BookParadise.

I could not decide what book to pick up next and this tag is perfect for helping me decide. So this is how the tag is done.

1.Choose 5+ books that “you have been meaning to read”
2. Read up to the 1st Chapter (prologue included)
3.Yes or No, will you finish or set it aside?

It was a bit difficult to choose 5 books I wanted to read because all the books on my TBR interest me. My boyfriend had to help me out with this part. He selected the 5 books for this tag out of 10 books I really want to get to reading. I’m sorry it’s a bit long.

The 5 books and my thoughts based on the first chapter are:

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1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Goodreads Summary 

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom – until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry – except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy – insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though – swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them..

My thoughts:

I picked up this book because the main character is from my country which is extremely rare. The summary of this sounded interested and after reading the prologue and the first chapter it was just not enough to pull me into the story yet. I liked that the prologue showed a little of my country’s culture. It was not bad and I will be continuing with this book just not in the near future.

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2. Roseblood by A.G Howard

Goodreads Summary

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

My thoughts:

I received this book in my January owlcrate. This is based on Phantom of the Opera. After reading the first chapter I was already drawn it and really wanted to keep turning the page to find out what happens next. Did I mention this book is printed in red text which for some reason makes me want to read it more.

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3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Goodreads Summary

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

My thoughts:

I picked up this book because I enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone. The first chapter was a bit lengthy but it was good. But after reading the first chapter of Roseblood I was interested in more fantasy than contemporary. Will definitely be picking this up when I’m feeling for a contemporary.

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4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Goodreads Summary

A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

My thoughts:

I like short chapters and this chapter was a bit too long. I read a couple pages from the first chapter and was not interested in reading the rest of the chapter. I have heard this book is really good and I will revisit this book when I’m in the mood for contemporary.

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5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Summary

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

My thoughts:

I bought this book when it first came out and put off starting it because it’s over 700 pages. Now that the second book is about to be released I wanted to give it a try. I got the audiobook instead so I could get through this book faster. After listening to the long prologue and the first chapter I am going to continue on with this book. I mean how can you not like the shadow hunter world.

Conclusion:

If these are some of your favorite books please do not take offends.  I am going to give all these books a chance at some point. Remember I’m only doing this based on the first chapter and we all know there’s not always a lot in there.

Overall, since I read multiple books I will be reading RoseBlood by A.G Howard and I will be listening to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare during work. Hope you enjoyed this tag. I tag all of you to try this.

HAPPY READING!

Sheze

Most anticipated YA release May 2017

Hi Everyone,

I’m a bit late with this post. May month has so many new releases my bank account will be crying. These are 15 of the most anticipated YA releases for May 2017. I know a lot of these some of you are really looking forward to and some may have been overlooked. This is my listing for the books I think are definitely worth a try.

What books are you looking forward to?

 

court of mist and ruins1) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Release Date: 2 May 2017

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2) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3

Release Date: 2 May 2017

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3) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Series: Ruined #2

Release Date: 2 May 2017

 

noteworthy4) Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Release Date: 2 May 2017

 

 

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5) Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

Release Date: 2 May 2017

 

 

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6) Umberland by Wendy Spinale

Series: Everland #2

Release Date: 9 May 2017

 

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7) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release Date: 9 May 2017

 

 

a million junes

8) A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

 

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9) Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Series: Flame in the Mist #1

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

Seeker by Veronica Rossi

10) Seeker by Veronica Rossi

Series: Riders #2

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

The Crown_s Fate by Evelyn Skye

11) The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Series: The Crown’s Game #2

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

12) The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

 

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

13)The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Release Date: 16 May 2017

 

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

14) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Release Date: 23 May 2017

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

15) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: 30 May 2017

 

 

 

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!

Sheze

The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very hyped book in YA for 2017 and it was 100% worth the hype. If you haven’t read this book yet, go out and get yourself a copy and read it NOW!!! This book is inspired by the “Black Live Matters” Movement and it deals with the issue of the shootings of unarmed black people by police officers and how racial and bias the justice system is towards this issue.

The Hate U Give is about 16 year old Starr witnessing the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil by a cop for no reason (in this case being black) and how Starr deals with the aftermath of his death. We get to witness the system through Starr’s eye and the fear she went through as she confronts a justice system that she knows is working against her. She is afraid to be heard but, she is angry that Khalil murderer could escape justice.

Starr also has to deal with how the media is portraying Khalil, a thug, a drug dealer, a gangbanger. In this case, you are guilty until proven innocent. We also get to see Starr’s life and her relationships in Garden Heights with her family, her school life with her white friends and her white boyfriend.

This book will make you angry, break your heart, make you laugh and cry. This is a great read with a very powerful message with how things are in the world which I think needs to be heard.

 

Quotes:

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”

“When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you’ll get hurt.”

“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”

 

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HAPPY READING!

Sheze

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. 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 a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Thoughts:

This was the first of Marissa Meyer’s book that I read and it was amazing. This is an Alice in Wonderland retelling and I was not able to put this book down. Meyer got the balance of this retelling just right.

You can enjoy this book even without knowing the original story as this book is quite unique and stands on its own. There is a unique set of characters and a plot that does not feel like the old story.

This book is about Catherine, the daughter of a Marquess, a talents baker and the future Queen of Hearts. All Cath wants to do is open a bakery in Hearts with her best friend Mary-Ann, but because of the sexist society, she wasn’t allowed to.

This book plays with your emotions, from anger to falling in love. Not only does Cath not want to be the Queen of Hearts, but her heart definitely does not belong to the King. The courtship between Cath and the handsome and mysterious court Joker will just warm your heart and leave you wanting more. Not forgetting the murderous Jabberwock and strange riddles.

I just love how this book incorporated characters from the original story. There is the white rabbit, Hatter, other characters from the tea party, and my favorite Cheshire. There is mention of food a lot in this book so make sure and always grab a snack. The ending is exactly what we all expect it to be, however, while reading I kept expecting the book to go in a different direction.

Quotes:

“But hoping,” he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.” “It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”

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HAPPY READING!!!
Sheze

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog. Here you will find everything book related. Book Reviews, Currently Reading, Book Haul etc. I will try my best to update this regularly as I’m currently working full time and also a part time student so I have a pretty busy schedule.

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