Monthly Re-Cap: December 2015

Monthly Re-Cap Blog LogoI hope that you had an amazing Christmas and your New Year will be one to remember. It’s time for 2016 to start rolling on by and all the amazing releases to come into the world. On the 13th of this month I attended the Novel Cuisine Luncheon hosted by Liza Wiemer and Heidi (YA Bibliophile). It was an amazing event full of delicious foods from some of our favorite books! If you’re around the Wisconsin area you should really think about attending next year!

Books I’ve Bought:
– Wandering Star by Romina Russell (Zodiac #2)
– This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Starbound #2)
– Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Starbound #3)
– The Selection by Kiera Kass (The Selection #1)
– Unhinged by A.G. Howard (Splintered #2)
– Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux  #1.5)

Books I’ve Received This Month:
– Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)
– The Infinite by Lori M. Lee (Gates of Thread and Stone #2)
– Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour (Night and Nothing #1)
– Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARC)
– Ensnared by A.G. Howard (Splintered #3)
– Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (Finishing School #1)

From My AMAZING #OTSPSecretSister:
– The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
– Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

From My Lovely #TBTBSanta:
– A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
– Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Books I’ve Read:
– Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
– Splintered by A.G. Howard (Splintered #1)

Posted:
Rogue by Julie Kagawa (Talon #2) Review
Top Ten Tuesday (#19): Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read for the First Time in 2015
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3) Review
Top Ten Tuesday (#20): Top Ten Books I Read In 2015
Splintered by A.G. Howard (Splintered #1) Review

My stats this year:

Books Read: 53
Pages Read: 22,569
Total Blog Views: 1,217
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Splintered by A.G. Howard

Splintered by A.G. Howard
Title: Splintered (Splintered #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling (Alice in Wonderland)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
Pages: 400
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.” – A.G. Howard, Splintered

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This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers–precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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Oh. My. Goodness. This book was amazing! I can’t get enough, in fact the second book Unhinged should be landing on my doorstep sometime with the next three hours. (Thank you Amazon Prime!) I haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and I don’t think I will after reading Splintered. I LOVE how morbid and dark it is. I love every character and the dimension they add to the story. Alyssa went through so much both emotionally and physically to save her mother and the generations to come. At the beginning and middle of the story I was shipping Alyssa and Jeb, but towards the end I couldn’t get enough of Morpheus. Sure he has his flaws, but damn is he sexy. If you like Fairy-Tale retellings, Alice in Wonderland, or anything gothic pick this up! Highly recommended.

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Dutton
Published: Aug. 14, 2014
Pages: 339
Rating:
Five Stars
Favorite Quote:

“Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don’t want to ever forget.” -Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Stephanie Perkins did it again. I absolutely loved this novel and read it in one sitting. It’s my favorite of the three and I wish it wasn’t the last in the series. At times it felt as if it was too good to be true, but then there were times when the pain and issues that arise in realistic relationships came into play. Those moments tore my heart into bite-sized pieces. The relationship between Isla and Josh was adorable and I love the cameos from the first two books. Seeing Anna and Etienne, and Lola and Cricket again made me giddy. Overall this was one of the best contemporary books I’ve read this year! Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys YA Contemporary.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#20)

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2015!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff(These aren’t in any particular order!)9781595147431_WanderingStar_BOM_6p.indd

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasThe Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

and because ten simply isn’t enough,

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.jpgRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Top Ten Tuesday (#19)

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Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read for the First Time in 2015!

Liza Weimer, Hello?
Leigh Bardugo, The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss
Megan Shepherd, The Madman’s Daughter Trilogy
Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen
Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes
Jodi Meadows, The Orphan Queen
Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception
A.C. Gaughen, The Scarlet Trilogy
Kasie West, The Fill-in Boyfriend

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