Stacking the Shelves #1

Hey guys! This is the first time I’m doing Stacking the Shelves, a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and it’s pretty exciting! I’m really happy to be sharing some of the books I received in the month of October. I’ll be doing one of these at the end of every month! With that, let’s carry onward!

Books Bought by Me

#1: The Rose Society by Marie Lu
#2: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

#3: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester 
#4: Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Old/New ARCS I Recieved

#1: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow 
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#2: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
#3: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
#BooksForTrade

#1: The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
Thanks so much you guys for checking out my books of October! I’m sure you noticed my category of “#BooksForTrade” which is a Twitter group. It’s pretty self explanatory, but I will be writing a post about it soon so stay tuned! 
~Claire 
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Review » The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight

By Melissa Grey
Release Date: 4/28/15
Published by Delacorte Press
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Page: 357

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MY RATING: 4.5 Stars 

DESCRIPTION IN 6 WORDS
Bird People, Dragon People, Magic, Adventure

Goodreads Description 
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known. Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.



      Can I tell you I was surprised by how fantastically awesome and amazing this book was? I’m going to tell you the truth, when The Girl at Midnight first came out, it didn’t spark my interest at all. I had read it’s description but at the end of the day, I still had trouble understanding what this book was about exactly. So if you don’t understand, and my six word description didn’t help, this is what it’s about. The Girl at Midnight is about Echo, a New York City orphan who lives with these bird people called Avicen. Yes, they are bird people, with feathers and everything. The main story is how Echo has to find “The Firebird” a mythological being that as lots of power, and the Avicen want it to end a war between Dragon People who I honestly can’t remember the technical name. Anyways, Echo has to find this Firebird before the Dragon People do, while the Avicen want peace between them and the Dragon People, the Dragon people wish to wage war and destroy the Avicen Race with the Firebird. 
      When I first picked up this book it sounded like a rip of of Laini Taylor’s, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Though I agree, it does have some similarities, The Girl at Midnight is definitely very unique. One of the things that made this book awesome and totally lovable was Echo herself. She’s doesn’t have magic, but she still has power. She can fight for herself, she’s street smart! Along with that, Echo is a really badass character and I really just loved her as a whole. 
      The plot just blew my mind! When I finished, I was mind blown, my thought process was jacked because of The Girl at Midnight! Throughout the book, the storyline never falters, it’s fun and adventurous with hints of adorable yet dangerous romance! Along with that, like the fantastic, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, The Girl at Midnight has a plot twist! I said it, a PLOT TWIST! And I don’t know about you, but, plot twists are my favorite. They crush my soul and twist my gut at the same time! So if you like plot twists, like me, pick up this book!
      On a final note, I really want to enforce the fact on my love for this book. One of my favorite parts of it, besides Echo and her awesome characterization, was the magic. I’m a reader that lives off magic, every now and then I imagine I have superpowers. I mean…how crazy is that?! The Girl at Midnight has such an amazing fantastical world full of creatures and beasts, magic and mayhem!! And to top it, The Girl at Midnight overlaps with our modern day world, which to be honest, it made my imagination go wild. I cannot wait for the second book in this series, The Shadow Hour, I have high expectations and am so excited to be mindblown again in the sequel! Thank you very much for reading! See you later! 

~ Claire 




Waiting on Wednesday #1 » Untamed by AG Howard

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine spotlighting some upcoming releases that I literally cannot wait to get my hands on!

Untamed 

By AG Howard
Release Date: 12/15/15
Published by Amulet Books

Goodreads Description
Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland. 
In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.



I cannot express how much I need this book. I picked up Splintered, the first book in AG Howard’s whimsical trilogy at my local used bookstore and fell in love instantly. Untamed is a bind up of all the short stories and an extended epilogue! Eeek!!! I’m so excited for this book! If you haven’t read Splintered by AG Howard, I highly recommend it if you like Alice in Wonderland!

What books are you looking forward to?

~ Claire

Top Ten Tuesday » Top 10 Things that Scare Me in Books

This meme is hosted by the amazing Broke and Bookish. She has an amazing blog and some cool tweets to share so go check her out!

This weeks topic was a freebie Halloween theme, so I decided to choose the Top 10 things that scare me in books. I’m gonna be completely honest, not many books scare me, but every now and then I do get a little spooked! Soooo . . . let’s get started!


#1: Ghosts 
Let me tell you, ghosts freak me out. I love scary movies, but at the same time – I lose sleep. Same thing goes for some of the scarier books involving evil ghosts and such. For instance, ever since I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, I never really saw Ouija boards the same way again!

#2: Dolls
All dolls scare me. I’m gonna admit that right now. They are creepy with their blank scary eyes and their plastic weird hair and little dresses. It’s all super creepy to me, and I’m sure it’s super creepy to a lot of you as well. And I’m talking dolls, not stuffed animals or that cute stuff I love along with books, but legitimate 100 year old dolls.

#3: Mirror Creatures
You’ve probably have never heard of a “Mirror Creature”, but it’s what I call them. Any sort of monster, creature, ghost – whatever! that comes out of a mirror creeps me out. I know it’s super weird, I am really superstitious about mirror for some reason. Though I do love to write about them, to me, mirrors are real mysteries. But they still creep me out!

#4: Evil Faeries
Faeries are cool. I love books that have fae in them, but when we get into the different types of faeries, the scarier ones like the ones that take your firstborn – those are scary. When I was younger I loved to read about faeries and their abilities and what good luck and bad luck they caused. But I was always freaked out about some of the stories I read that said faeries were the cause of a murder or a drowning or something. I guess sometimes I’m just too superstitious for my own good!

#5: Cryptids
These aren’t really a big part of books, but in those informational books all about cryptids…*shudder*, not thank you. I was in elementary school and I checked out this book at the school library and it was all about cryptids, and if you don’t know what they are some famous examples are Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra. Trust me, I can name a lot more than that. And Cryptids don’t really scare me much anymore, but when I was younger they would literally keep me up at night. There was a cryptid called “shadow people” and they were people made of shadows that would appear out of walls and mirrors, basically dark splothes like shadows and with white circles for eyes. And they kept me up at night, I admit it!

#6: Suspense
Okay, I guess this isn’t exactly something to be scared of, but for me if a book is suspenseful it very much keeps me on my toes – especially when I’m reading it at night! Adding on to that, suspense is one of those things I love, but at the same time it gives me a thrill of fear!

#7: Zombies
Let me get this straight. Zombies do NOT scare me that much, they creep me out. Especially after I read the first two books in Gena Showalter’s series, Alice in Zombieland. Ummm, let me just say cuh-reepy! Those zombies in my opinion were pretty cool but I did not like the fact that the zombies could bust down my front door at anytime and eat my soul. Not my vision of a good night of reading!

#8: Demonic Monsters
Demons themselves don’t scare me, and when I say this I mean demons that look human, like Roth from JLA’s White Hot Kiss or Eidolon Demons from Shadowhunter Universe Books. I’m talking about the demons that hiss at you and eat you alive and look like monsters. Really not a big fan!

#9: Vampires
I’m not talking sparkly Edward okay? I’m talking the ones that are legitimately scary in some books. I actually love vampires, but you gotta admit – you’ve always thought of what goes bump in the night.

#10: Dorothy
Okay, Okay! I know it’s a bit ridiculous but I couldn’t think of anything else, seriously! After reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, I was shocked! How could Paige have done such a good job at a Prostitute version of Dorothy who is totally totally evil?! Anyways, Paige’s version of Dorothy was pretty scary.  

And that’s all for today! I hope you liked my answers, tell me some of the things that scare you in books! 🙂 
~ Claire 

Review » Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger 

By Rae Carson
Release Date: 9/22/15
Published by HarperCollins
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: ARC
Page: 432

Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&NAdd to Goodreads

MY RATING: 3.5 Stars

DESCRIPTION IN 6 WORDS
Girl Disguised Boy, Gold Powers, West

Goodreads Description
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.  When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.




      I felt like this book was good, but I admit that I had some problems. I received this book as an ARC at SDCC 2015 and was really excited to read it. It was an ARC and wouldn’t be coming out for a couple of months so it was a great opportunity to read it and review it. Unfortunately, when I tried to read it for the first time I was really bored with the beginning, so I put it down. A couple months later, funny enough – after the book came out I sat down and read the whole book within three days. I definitely found Walk on Earth a Stranger was a really good concept, that a girl can sense gold and has to travel west to escape her Uncle disguised as a boy, but what fell short was the execution. I have heard tons of mixed reviews surrounding this book and I have to say the beginning of Walk on Earth a Stranger was really good, it kept me really interested! But the entire middle, consisting of 250 – 300 pages was really boring and slow and I wished Carson added a little more action.
      Though I did add Walk on Earth a Stranger as a “romance” genre-wise, I wouldn’t say it’s a hardcore romance story. For sure it’s not a Jennifer L Armentrout romance though, because those are just swoon worthy. But anywayyyyys, this book has touches of romance that isn’t really clearly identified as romance. It’s obvious that Lee likes a guy, and throughout a lot of the book she thinks about him, but it’s not like Lee (Leah) rides off into the sunset with this boy. So if you enjoy romance, but not too much, Carson did a good job with that. Walk on Earth a Stranger isn’t about romance, and by this – I mean that the romance isn’t a main conflict. If you are into historical young adult books I would recommend this. If you prefer science fiction, I don’t recommend this because there are no aliens. I repeat, no aliens! Another thing I’d like to point out is the fact that if you like fantasy, like Graceling or Carson’s other work, The Girl of Fire and Thorns , this book isn’t necessarily high fantasy. There aren’t Princes or Queens, it’s very country. I haven’t read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman myself, but if you liked that book, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Walk on Earth a Stranger! They have some similar ideas. As a whole, Walk on Earth a Stranger had some up’s and down’s obviously, I didn’t hate the book, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the second book. Thank you very much for reading and will catch ya later! 

~ Claire 





The Sleeper and the Spindle Tag!

Thanks Team Epic Reads for “tagging” me! I’m gonna be honest with you, I was not specifically tagged, the amazing Margot tagged everyone so I decided to do this. Because a) I want to and b) It sounds like a lot of fun! Besides, fantasy is my all time favorite genre so this tag is fitting.

This is my first book tag ever you guys so I hope you can imagine how very excited I am to be doing this! Anyways, LET’S GET TO THE QUESTIONS!

Question #1: What would you change about your favorite fairytale? 
Answer: My favorite fairytale is Alice and Wonderland, I consider it a fairytale, it may not have the typical princess and all, but I’m gonna call it a fairytale. I would change Alice and make her have some cool superpowers or something. Something really empowering and cool!

Question #2: If you were cursed forever to sleep, where would you sleep?
Answer: If I were cursed to sleep forever it would definitely be at home in the comfort of my own bed! Because I love my bed, it’s my favorite place to read!

Question #3: If you could live in any fairytale, which one would you choose?
Answer: This is really tough because I love fairytales so much! I would probably choose Alice in Wonderland again, or Sleeping Beauty because the magic and faeries and princes fit my description of a great fantasy book.

Question #4: What is the worst curse a witch could bestow upon you? 
Answer: Easy, never being able to read again. Never being able to read again is like a book lovers worst nightmare.

Question #5: Would you choose to be Snow White or Sleeping Beauty?
Answer: I never really liked Snow White much, she’s fourteen years old and in my honest opinion I never liked the dwarves. They creeped me out. So for this one, I have to say Sleeping Beauty. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be awoken by true love’s kiss?

Question #6: What fairytale would you want to read as a YA retelling?
Answer: I would love to see a fairytale retelling of The Golden Mermaid. It’s not very common, it’s a Brothers Grimm fairytale and it’s very good. I liked it a lot, if you want to go read it I’m pretty sure it’s online somewhere, everything is!

Hope you liked my answers! This was really fun and I’m definitely gonna be doing some more Tags like this, even if I’m not actually tagged. If I’m gonna be running a blog, I want to have fun! On to who I’m tagging . . . I tag YOU to do this tag!

Shoot me a comment of what you thought and copy the link to your own Sleeper and the Spindle tag on your blog/vlog! I would love to read it!

Until next time! Thanks for reading!

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