January wrap up and February tbr

January is coming to a close, which means it’s time for my first wrap up. This month has shown me that my goodreads goal of 350 books might be too much seeing as how I am already behind, but I will give it another month to see if I can catch up.

Despite falling behind on my goodreads goal January has been a good reading month for me. I have read 20 books this month. I have decided not to go into detail about the books and instead just link their goodreads page.

Here they areUten navn.pngFrom the left: Passenger, The Impostor Queen, Truthwitch , Falling Kingdoms, The chaos of stars, Harry Potter 1, Sword and Verse, Love and Other Foreign Words, This is where it ends, Need, Thief of lies, Legacy, Night school, What we saw, Shadow kiss, An ember in the ashes , The isle of the lost , Maybe Someday.

Out of these 20 books, I have written reviews for five so feel free to check those out. 🙂

The impostor queen review

Truthwitch review

Passenger review

Thief of lies review

Night school review

That concludes my wrap up. How many books did you guys read this month? Did you read any of the books I did?

February TBR.

I have 15 books on my February TBR, and I really hope I get to all of them this month!

Here they arePictures4.jpgFrom the left: Starflight, Beautiful broken things, Curio, Unhooked, Assassin’s heart, The sadow queen, Revenge and the wild, Reign of shadows , The girl from everywhere, The dark days club , RidersWolf by Wolf , Alienated, The love that split the world, Pull.

That concludes my February TBR. Are any of these books on your TBR?

Luna.

 

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Most anticipated February releases

There are so many great books being released this year so I have decided that I will do a monthly post where I tell you guys what books I am most looking forward to.

In February there are so many great books being published, and I can’t wait to read all of them!

The shadow queen by C.J RedwineThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Goodreads

This comes out February 16th.

This book sounds amazing and the cover is so pretty!

Assassin’s heart by Sarah AhiersAssassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)Goodreads

This comes out february 2nd.

I have become slightly obsessed with assassin stories after reading Throne of Glass and this one sounds promising.

The Girl from everywhere by Heidi HeilligThe Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)Goodreads

This comes out February 16th

This is about time travel which means I must read it!

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle ModestoRevenge and the WildGoodreads

This comes out February 2nd.

This is a western and sounds really interesting.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica KhouryThe Forbidden WishGoodreads

This comes out February 23rd.

This sounds like an awesome Aladdin retelling and I can’t wait to read it.

Unhooked by Lisa MaxwellUnhookedGoodreads

This comes out February 2nd.

I love Peter Pan and have quite high hopes for this retelling.

Riders by Veronica RossiRiders (Riders, #1)Goodreads

This comes out February 16th.

This book sounds interesting and quite different from anything I have previously read.

Reign of Shadows by sophie JordanReign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)Goodreads

This comes out February 9th.

This is a retelling and I love retellings.

Beautiful Broken Things by sara BarnardBeautiful Broken ThingsGoodreads

This comes out February 11th.

This seems like a sweet story about friendship and I like those kinds of stories.

Starflight by Melissa LandersStarflight (Starflight, #1)Goodreads

This comes out February 2nd.

I usually don’t read space stories but this one sounds awesome.

That was my list and I must say that I feel like February will be a good reading month!

Are you anticipating any of the books I mentioned? Are there some books I did not mention that you are eagerly anticipating?

Luna.

Where i buy books

Finding the books I wanted to read used to be a big problem because the bookstores in Norway doesn’t have a big range of YA English literature. They have some, but the books are hardly ever new releases and they are mostly pocket editions. I bought a kindle when I was on vacation in London and started buying E-books on Amazon. The Kindle allowed me to get new releases without paying a fortune in shipping, but I still craved physical books because I just like reading an actual book better. I would allow myself to order 2 physical books a month from Amazon and buy the rest for my kindle despite the expencive shipping costs. Then about a year ago, I discovered bookdepository and everything changed, because this site offers free international shipping! I was ecstatic, a site with beautiful hardcover books to about the same price I would pay in a bookstore. It seemed too good to be true, but it actually wasn’t. I ordered a book and it came within 7 days and included a bookmark in the package. Ever since, I have ordered from them and never had any problems.

I also feel like I should mention that I use audible to purchase audiobooks and still buy quite a few kindle books from amazon even though I now purchase most of my books from bookdepository. buy all the books meme

Where do you guys buy your books?

Luna.

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The impostor queen by sarah fine Review

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication date: January 5th 2016

My raiting: 4.5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Imagine growing up in a temple preparing to be the next Valtia (queen) not to mention the most powerful magic wielder in the land, only to find out on your coronation day that you don’t have any magic at all and therefore can never be valtia. This is what happens to our main character Elli in this book. She goes from being pampered and safe in the temple to living whit thieves in the outlands trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

I really admired Elli throughout this novel. Her entire life falls apart and even though she gets exiled form the kingdom and the people who took care of her now wants to kill her, in order to wake the next valtia she doesn’t complain or give up. She Just fights to learn all the basic skills she lacks and tries her best to make a new life for herself.

The magic system in this novel was fascinating and easy to understand. All people are born with some ice and fire and the more you have of those the more magic you are able to do. If a person has a lot of one and none of the other, they become unstable and usually die young. The Valtia has a perfect balance of the two, but she has so much of both that eventually the magic consumes her and she dies young. When she dies, the magic enters the Saadella (princess) and she becomes Valtia. There is always one Saadella and one Valtia. Her copper hair, blue eyes and a fire mark identify the Saadella. A new Saadella is chosen each time a Valtia dies. The other magic wielders all live in the temple and are ruled by the elders who are the most powerful after the Valtia.

When Elli is exiled to the outback, she is saved by a young hunter named Oskar and ends up living with his family in a cave of thieves. I liked Oskar and his family, they were all nice to Elli and she really became part of their family. I liked how the relationship between Elli and Oskar developed slowly, first into friendship and then something more. It felt natural and believable.

The reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me was because there were some slow parts where nothing really happened at all. Apart from that though the story was great and I really enjoyed it.

In conclusion, this was a good book and a promising start to the series. I will definitely read book two and recommend it for fantasy lovers.

Have any of you read The Impostor Queen? What did you think?

Luna.

 

 

Inside out book tag

Today I am doing the inside out book tag. I have seen this tag many different places, but I don’t know who created it so if any of you guys do please let me know so I can credit them. I was not tagged by anyone to do this tag, but it looked like fun so I’m doing it anyway. This tag is based on the Pixar movie called inside out and for this tag, you are supposed to pick one book to go with each of the emotions from the movie. If you don’t know what inside out is about you can find more info here: Inside Out IMDb page

A book that brings you joy

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To all the boys i’ve loved before by Jenny Han

Laura Jean and her family are so cute and funny and reading about them was so much fun. The story was good and made me laugh out loud more than once.

Goodreads

A book that makes you angry

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I won’t say why this book pisses me off because spoiler, but if you have read it you know why.

Goodreads

A book that makes you sad

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)Harry Potter and the dearhly hallows by J.K Rowling

I loved this book but it made me cry so many times. It also made me sad because it was the end of Harry Potter and in my opinion, there should be an endless supply of books taking place in this universe.

Goodreads

A book that disgusts you

I really can’t think of a single book that disgusted me because I generally stay away from books that has the potential to do so.

A book that brings you fear

Dollhouse (Dollhouse, #1)Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

This book was so creepy. I literally dreamt of being stuck in this underground mansion after I read this book and boy was it scary.

Goodreads

That was the end of the inside out book tag. I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to consider yourself tagged even if I don’t mention you.

I tag: Cat@thebookfinch, Alahna@charmedreader and Irena@bookdustmagic

Luna.

Waiting on A Court of Mist and Fury

“waiting on” wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by  Breaking the spine, that spotlights  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A court of thorns and roses 2)

By: Sarah J. Maas

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: NA/YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads

Goodreads description:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Why i’m waiting

  1. I LOVED ACOTAR so much and can’t wait to see where the story goes!
  2. The Night Court and Rhysand will play a large part.
  3. It’s a Sarah J. Maas book and I love all her books.

What are you guys curently waiting on? 🙂

Luna.

 

 

 

Dragon’s loyalty blog award

dragons-loyalty-award   First a huge thank you to Giovanna@bookcomablog for this award. I apriciate it. 😀

The rules:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you.

                                     Seven facts about me

1 I love Pizza and wish i could eat it everyday.

2 I laugh at inappropriate moments, like at the end of titanic.

3 My classmates in junior high thought I was a weirdo because I collected dried glue sticks. I used them for art but I was weird.

4 Sometimes I wish I were a mermaid. 

5 I still watch Disney channel, and love it more than I did as a child.

6 My favorite tv shows are Grey’s anatomy and Gilmore Girls.

7 My nickname in school was Luni.

I nominate:

1 Cat@thebookfinch 2 Imogene@mugglebooks 3 Elza@stuckinalibrary 4 Amanda Lim@mybooksopinionsite 5 Clemence@booksxorxmisery 6 Irena@bookdustmagic

Luna.

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to read too many books

I am currently in the middle of three books. This is not a good thing because I can’t focus properly on any of them. The reason I am currently in the middle of so many books is that I’m having trouble choosing witch one I want to read the most, seeing as how I’m so excited about all of them. Have any of you had this problem?

Here are the three books I’m torn between.

The Young World (The Young World, #1)

 

This is a dystopian story about a society where people die when they reach 18 from a mysterious disease. Five teens from this world set out on a journey to find a cure.

Goodreads

 

 

Curio (Curio #1)

 

This is a fantasy story about a girl living in a western town ruled by chemists who finds herself in a strange town full of living porcelain and clockwork people after entering a curio cabinet in her grandfather’s store.

Goodreads

 

 

The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

 

This is a fantasy story about a girl who has grown up thinking she would get magic and become queen when the current queen dies only to discover it’s all been a lie and she has no magic.

Goodreads

 

 

 

Which of these do you guys think I should finish first?

Luna.

 

 

 

Waiting on The rose and the dagger

“waiting on” wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by  Breaking the spine, that spotlights  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)

The Rose & The Dagger (the wrath and the dawn 2)

by: Renée Ahdieh

Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Putnam Juvenile

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads

Goodreads description:

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m waiting

  1. I loved the first book and can’t wait to find out what’s next for these characters.
  2. It sounds like it will be awesome.
  3. Did i mention I loved the first book?

What are you guys curently waiting on? 🙂

Luna.

Top ten tuesday

Top ten tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The broke and the bookish.

This week’s theme is books I recently added to my TBR so here are 10 books from my ever-growing TBR pile.

1 Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves

 

For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

2 Take the fall by Emily Hainsworth

Take The Fall

 

WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?

Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?

3 Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)

 

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

4 Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Dreamstrider

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

5 Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Revenge and the Wild

 

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

6 Eon by Alison Goodman

Eon (Eon, #1)

She has a powerful secret… with deadly consequences.

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

7 Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 

8 The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

9 The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

 

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

 

10 Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Any of these?

Luna.