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Waiting on Wednesday: Defy

Yes, it is my birthday! Yay! Happy Birthday to me!

Since my husband had to be out of a town for a few days we’re waiting to celebrate with a little shin-dig on Friday!

It is still Wednesday though and with that comes another edition of Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine)! This week I’m waiting on Defy by Sara B. Larson.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Defy by Sara B. LarsonAlex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

I am pretty much always in the mood for a good fantasy and Defy sounds like it has the potential to be a fun read! It sounds a little like a mix between The Cadet of Tildor (Alex Lidell)and The False Prince  (Jennifer A. Nielsen), both of which I enjoyed so hopefully that is a good omen! We’ll have to wait until January 2014 to find out though!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Hello!

Welcome back BookTasty friends for our weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and Bookish). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on covers we wish we could redesign. In general I am not that critical of covers, but sometimes there are some that just irk me. Most likely there are more than 10, but the ones mentioned below are some that just seem to stand out to me for whatever reason. The frustrating thing is that some of these are books I really, really enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I just feel like there are just too many nipples with light radiating from them on this cover.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This is a really nice little book, but the cover is just so boring.

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate AlendarMarie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate Alender

It’s just too garish.

The Two Princessess of Bamarre by Gail Carson LevineThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

It looks a little too 1980s.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I’m just not a fan of the way this girl is standing. It looks awkward.

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickThe Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone please draw a shirt on Patch.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I’m just not a fan of the hair in the face I guess.

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

I’m finally reading this book (and enjoying it!), but the cover totally prevented me reading it for a LONG time.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This creepy cover is seriously all that is keeping me from reading it.

Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

I really would like to read this book because it sounds fun (and it’s not released until 2014), but this cover has just too much going on.

How do you feel about these covers? Are there any that you’d like to redesign as well?

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Awesome Points: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Well hello again!

When I first saw this book I was a goner. If you’ve known me for any amount of time you probably know that I really, really am a total sucker for covers with girls in beautiful gowns, mostly because I just want to wear them. Well, Grave Mercy has an awesome gown on the cover and an awesome fantasy inside!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversWhy be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I knew this book was going to be fabulous just from looking at the co ver andGrave Mercy didn’t let me down. Grave Mercy has a hardcore heroin, smouldering romance (yes, smouldering), and an absorbing fantasy storyline.

Ismae is seriously bad@$$. She transformed from a vulnerable victim to someone with the power to choose her own future. Also, she trained at a convent for assassin nuns. ASSASSIN NUNS. For real. Doesn’t it make you think of that Doctor Who episode, Tooth & Claw with the werewolves and assassin monks?!

The whole fantasy mixed with adventure and alternate history is right up my alley. I love how the setting is a mix of medieval Europe and a completely created world where supernatural things can happen. The idea that the god of death leaves a kill mark for his minions to find is so creepy-cool.

As usual, I like a good romance. Now, I do need to say that the love story is so incredibly expected. I mean, you know from the start who the love interest is, but that doesn’t matter! This romance is just so sexy that it wraps its tentacles around you and completely sucks you in. Awesome points for Robin LaFevers!

So, Grave Mercy definitely has the BookTasty stamp of approval! If you’re high school aged, a fan of fantasy and you’re looking for a new series to get lost in, the you need to read this one. I’m hooked in this series for sure!

Author: Robin LaFevers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 3, 2012)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 14 hours and 14 minutes

Narrator(s): Erin Moon

Series: His Fair Assassin #1

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Welcome!

It’s Wednesday which means that it’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday was created to provide space to highlight those soon-to-be released books that we just can’t wait for!Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

This week I’m eagerly anticipating Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins! (She’s going to be at YALL Fest this weekend! WHOOT!)

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Stephanie Perkins’ contemporary romances are just perfection. If you haven’t read them yet, you totally need to make sure they’re in your TBR pile. I finished Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door years ago so I feel like I’ve been waiting for this one FOREVER and I still have to wait until May 13, 2014.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Devour

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday! I’m very happy that its officially November because November is my birthday month! Yay! Also, November means that it’s time for YALL Fest and my trip to the UK and Belgium over Thanksgiving Break!

I have so much to look forward to this month, but I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on this list of sequels! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is sequels I’m excited about. Some of the books on my list have already been released and some won’t release for a while now, but they’re all books I can’t wait to devour as soon as possible!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

It releases tomorrow! Its on pre-order!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Should be released sometime in 2014.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

One that I own already. I just haven’t read it yet.

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Already released and I just bought it at my Book Fair!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

Already released, I just need to get it!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodSisters’ Fate (Cahill Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Scheduled for August 2014. Come on summer!

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Luna Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Up for release in February 2014.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Not until March 2015?! WHAT?!

The One by Kiera CassThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

I have to wait until May 2014.

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

This was released a few months ago and I own it!

In the word of my friend Steve, “But I NEED them!” Who else needs these books?

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Reading Queue: November

the-reading-queueHi there!

Welcome to my November Reading Queue!

The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hi there!) and Books: A true story , where we share our reading plans  for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Each month we’ve had a few more people join up with us which is pretty exciting! I love visiting the other blogs who participate, it’s just fun to see what everyone else is reading!

How I Did Last Month

Guys, I completely sucked with reading in general during October! And when I did read I didn’t keep to my Reading Queue! LAME. Plus, I didn’t even read anything in print this past month, I only listened to audiobooks, which is not a bad thing (because I love audiobooks), just odd.

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley (audiobook)
I loved this strange supernatural read. It reminded me a lot of The Gemma Doyle trilogy.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (audiobook)

Okay, so I liked parts of this book a lot, but the end left me feeling “meh”.

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu (audiobook)

My husband and I started and finished this on the drive to and from my little brother’s wedding.

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

Requiem by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

I really enjoyed this series, but wanted more at the end.

My November Reading Queue

Again, I have high hopes for my reading this coming month. Hopefully I can actually stay on track because I REALLY want to read all the books I have listed here. I’ll be on a plane to and from the UK later this month, so that will be a big help!

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (ebook)

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (print)

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)

I just started this one and I’m really liking it a lot so far!

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter (print)

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth (print)

AHHHHH!

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon CameronThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (print)

Some steampunk to brighten my month!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood & Starlight by Lani Taylor (audiobook)

 There you have it! What are you planning to read during November? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Do you have any suggestions on which I should start with?

If you’re interested in joining up, add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! We’re happy to have you!