Top Ten Tuesday – Siblings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Platonic Relationships in Books, so I decided to make a list of Siblings. Here’s my list:

1. The Weasleys (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling)

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2. Mirabella, Katharine, and Arsinoe (Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake)

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3. The Bennets (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

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4. Violet, Claus, and Sunny Beaudelaires (The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket)

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5. The Grants (Save the Date by Morgan Matson)

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6. Lara Jean, Margot, and Kitty Covey (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

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7. Claudia and Janine Kishi (Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin)

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8. Molly and Cassie Peskin-Suso (The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli)

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9. Cal and Maven Calore (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard)

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10. Jamie and Jenny Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)

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(All photos taken from Goodreads)

Review: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

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Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Review:

I loved this conclusion to the Mara Dyer trilogy.

This story was even more intense than the first two books. It began right in the middle of the action, with Mara still at Horizons where she was being studied and experimented on. It was thrilling and scary.

I don’t normally mention trigger warnings, because I think they can be spoilers for the story. However, there was a scene of self harm, with someone cutting their stomach which really affected me. I almost had to stop reading it, but thankfully the scene only lasted a short while. Some of the psychological elements could be disturbing at times as well, but it also made the story unpredictable.

I was surprised at how satisfying the ending was. I was pleased with how complete the series felt to me. I can’t wait to start on The Shaw Confessions, because I have no idea what will happen next.

What to read next:

  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin

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  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Have you read The Retribution of Mara Dyer? What did you think of it?

 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? November 26

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.

What I’m currently reading:

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I’m currently reading Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa.

What I’m reading next:

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Next I will be reading Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

 

Sundays in Bed With… Shadow of the Fox

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

What book are you in bed with today?

Review: The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats

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Title: The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats
Author: Dan Parent, Bill Galvan
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s a match made in rock & roll heaven when two of the greatest bands get together to make sweet music.

Join The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats on a whirlwind tour full of rockin’ rivalries, romance, and revenge!

What starts with a kiss turns in to an all-out love smackdown when Archie falls for Valerie!

But when Betty & Veronica find out, it could be the end of not only their romance, but of The Archies and The Pussycats, too!

Review:

This is a great story!

The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats go on tour together. It was so cool to see these two bands come together.

This comic also shows the romance between Archie and Valerie. They were together for a bit on the show Riverdale, but I didn’t know they had ever been together in the comics. It was kind of awkward to see him with someone other than Betty and Veronica.

As well as the bands, their managers also made an appearance. Josie and the Pussycats had their evil managers Alexander and Alexandra, who stirred up lots of trouble for the bands.

I loved this short collection of comics. It’s a must read for fans of the Archies and Josie and the Pussycats.

What to read next:

  • The Archies & Other Stories by Mark Waid, Alex Segura, Joe Eisma

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  • Josie and the Pussycats, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, Audrey Mok

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Have you read The Archies & Josie and the Pussycats? What did you think of it?

Review: The Princess in Black

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Title: The Princess in Black
Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Review:

This is a girl power story about a princess who has a secret life as a superhero.

I’ve been interested in this series for years. I love the images on the covers. Princess Magnolia is a tough girl, who lives her everyday life as a princess. No one knows about her secret life as a superhero.

This story was very funny. Princess Magnolia was having tea when she heard her monster signal and she had to run way to change into her black costume to fight the dragon. This is unheard of because princesses don’t wear black.

Princess Magnolia is a strong character for kids to read about. She doesn’t follow silly, old-fashioned rules so she can make a difference in the world. I loved reading her story, and I can’t wait to read more.

What to read next:

  • The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham

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Have you read The Princess in Black? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – November 23

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird. The sparrow thrashed on top of a pile of wet red leaves in the crook of two roots, waving its crushed wing. Crying in a pitch almost too high for Patricia to hear. She looked into the sparrow’s eye, enveloped by a dark stripe, and she saw its fear.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca of San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Have you read All the Birds in the Sky? What did you think of it?