Book Tag – TBR

Huge thanks to Inkish Kingdoms for tagging us in this TBR Book Tag! It looks like fun. Besides who doesn’t love talking about books that they want to read? Let’s dive right in!

How do you keep track of your TBR list?

Amanda- I mostly don’t. It’s all in my head. I have a general ‘oh I want to read that in the near future’ list that lives in my brain. But I don’t read off of any list, I look at my shelves and pick whatever looks good. I have recently started marking books on GoodReads as ‘to read’ but they’re all books that I mostly already have at home.

Antonia- It’s mostly just in my head as well. The closest I get to an actual list is books I want to get but once I actually have them it depends entirely on what I feel like reading at the time.

Is your TBR list mostly print or ebook?

Amanda- Mostly print as of now. I recently have gone a little book buying crazy. Once I read some of the books I just bought my ebook TBR list will likely be longer because I’ve been neglecting my Kindle for sure.

Antonia- Mine probably leans a little more towards print but I go through random phases where I’ll just read kindle nonstop then switch to print for awhile.

How do you determine which book from your TBR list to read next?

Amanda- I mentioned above that I mostly just look at my shelves and pick whatever looks good at the moment. I don’t do well with specific lists. One it makes it to the “official TBR list” I’m actually less likely to ever read it.

Antonia- Whatever I’m in the mood for. Usually I’ll just stare at my shelves for awhile or read a few summaries and one tends to jump out and say “You have to read me now!”.

What book has been on your TBR list the longest?

Amanda- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I bought this months and months ago (at this point it’s probably closer to a year ago) and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, but for some reason, I just can’t get myself to pick it up.

Antonia- Hmm… Probably Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I got so mad at the beginning of the book that I never managed to finish it. Now that I have the second and third books I plan on picking it up again soon.

What book have you recently added to your TBR list?

Amanda- Why do all of these book tags want just one book as an answer? I’m a bookworm and I did just say that I bought a ton of books recently. So here’s a few I’m most excited about.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Antonia- ^Same.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Mythean Arcana series by Linsey Hall
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

What book on your TBR list is there strictly because of the cover?

Amanda- Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten. I love simple covers.

Antonia- Everneath by Brodi Ashton. The covers have such gorgeous dresses that I just had to get them.

What book on your TBR list do you never actually plan to read?

Amanda- The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz. I bought this only because I have all of the other books in the series. It sits on my shelf and begs me to read it but I don’t know how likely it is that I’ll ever get around to it.

Antonia- I don’t think I have anything right now. A couple years ago I moved and had to get rid of most of my books so everything I have now are either favorites or ones I’ve gotten recently.

What unpublished book is on your TBR list that you’re excited for?

Amanda- Again, just one book? Really you should just go check out the whole page we have dedicated to books that are being released this year.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Windrider by P.C. Cast

Just to name a few.

Antonia- Again, same. I’m really excited for both Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts.

What’s a book on your TBR list that basically everyone has read but you?

Amanda- Warcross by Marie Lu. I have this. It’s staring at me from my shelf as I type this, but I just haven’t read it yet.

Antonia- Probably Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been seeing this for forever but never bothered with it until Amanda made me read A Court of Thorns and Roses which I loved so much I HAVE to read her other series.

What’s a book on your TBR list that everyone recommends?

Amanda- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. I’ve heard amazing things about this book. I recently bought it and hope to get around to reading it soon.

Antonia- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve heard a ton of good things about this one even though a lot of people (myself included) don’t like novellas.

What’s a book on your TBR list that you’re very excited to read?

Amanda- All of them? Otherwise, they wouldn’t be on my TBR list, right?

Antonia- Definitely all of them. None stand out more than the others right now.

How many books are on your GoodReads TBR shelf?

Amanda- There are 65 books that I have labeled as ‘Want to Read’ on GoodReads. Most of which are books that I’ve bought recently and plan to attempt to read in the near future.

Antonia- I don’t use my GoodReads TBR shelf. I could never keep track of adding books and taking them off.

That’s all for this one bookworms! We’re going to tag anyone who reads this and feels like doing the book tag! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave your TBR books in the comments!

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Summary:
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
Review:
What in the actual F just happened? I can’t even with this book. I one million percent understand the hype about this series now. Guys, I finally get it. Now I just need the second book and I will be okay. I will recover. But it’s more than a six-week wait for the next audiobook through my library and I might just die in the meantime.
Okay, sorry about that, but I just finished listening to this audiobook and I think I definitely died on the inside a little bit with that ending. Sleeping Giants was freaking incredible. I want to stand on the roof and shout at people walking by that they need to read this book. The story was just incredible. It was so creative and unique that I could not stop listening. I legitimately listened to this book in two days. It would have only been one day, but I’m a real adult and I had to be responsible and get my college work done. I’m honestly just blown away at how much I enjoyed this book.
First of all, the storyline was like nothing I’ve ever read before. It was so incredibly creative and unique that I’m just blown away. This book may just become one of my new all-time favorites depending on how I like the rest of the series.
The characters in Sleeping Giants were awesome. They all had such interesting and distinct personalities. Each character brought something important to the table. They each played an important part in the task that was this giant hand that they’re still researching and trying to learn more about. I can’t even write about half the things I’d love to mention because I don’t want to spoil anything.
I really liked how the story was written. Instead of the traditional story, it was read to me as a series of interviews. With a nameless, unidentified man heading this mysterious project he led interviews with all of those that were involved in the research. There were army pilots, geneticists, mathematicians and physicists that created an extremely interesting group of people that was hilarious and sad and explosive all at the same time. I’m still left wondering who this nameless interviewer is though. He seems to be the man in charge; even at the end of the book when everything is seemingly falling apart he still manages to flip the situation around to benefit him and the team.
I just still have so many questions that I know won’t be answered until I get the next book. I’m honestly still reeling from the craziness that was this story because I just finished listening and I think my brain is still trying to reform after being melted.
The audiobook for Sleeping Giants was seriously impressive. All the different characters had their own narrators so it was more like a performance rather than one person just reading the book. This was my first audiobook that had multiple narrators and it just makes the listening experience that much better.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about this book. Starting today I will be recommending this book to anyone and everyone who wants to listen to me. I will absolutely recommend it as one of my favorite audiobooks and just all around as an amazing story. There were fantastic characters who played their parts in an incredible story and I just wish there was more for me to read or listen to.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco

Summary:
No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge on the royals who wronged her-and took the life of her one true love.
But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…
War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.
Review:
I am super happy to say that I enjoyed this book WAY more than I did the first one, The Bone Witch (reviewed here.) I was hesitant to even read The Heart Forger because I was so disappointed with the first book, but I am happy to say that I liked it way better. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t think there was anything wrong, because I do have some negative opinions.
This book is told from two points of view, just like the last one. I liked the way that this story was told except that it leaves so much room for unanswered questions. A large amount of unanswered questions is honestly my biggest problem with this series so far. I totally understand the need for suspense and leading up to the big unveiling, but this is just a little ridiculous.
Let’s talk about our main character, Tea. She’s pretty much just a badass chick that’s out to burn the world down, at least, that’s how she wants us to see her. She spends so much time making herself out to be this big bad villain that the rest of the world is out to defeat. Yes, most of her ‘friends’ are trying to get her to come back to her city because of killing someone (we still don’t know who she supposedly did or didn’t kill, but it seems to be a huge deal in these books and I kind of can’t believe that we don’t get that little tidbit of information until the third book.) And yes, she’s raised and is controlling the daeva (big, scary, gross monsters that the whole world is afraid of, except Tea’s discovered that they’re just misunderstood.) So, Tea for sure makes a convincing villain, but only in the present. In the bits of the book that is her telling us her past, her being a villain just doesn’t make sense most of the time. It’s finally starting to make a bit more sense now that I’ve read two out of the three books in the series (the third doesn’t come out until March 2019, sadly.) Tea is someone that I genuinely like. She really cares about her friends, to the point where she does reckless stuff to try to protect them. She’s hard-headed, but not so much that she doesn’t listen to her loved ones when they’re trying to tell her she needs to chill out before she loses it completely. She’s just a girl that I can support. She’s flawed and isn’t ashamed to admit or talk about it. She makes mistakes and owns up to those mistakes trying to make amends when she does something dumb. She’s a realistic girl that I enjoyed reading.
Tea’s not the only character I liked. In this second book, we got to see some relationships develop further and some weird relationships develop that I didn’t even realize were happening. There were a few supporting characters that were developing relationships of their own (which I’m totally for) but it was weird because we didn’t really get to see how the characters got there. So it was kind of like all of a sudden these two characters actually love each other, surprise! We did get to see Tea and her brother, Fox, interact more and see what their relationship was like. This is something I complained about for the last book, so I’m glad we got to see them poking fun and messing with one another. We also got to see them worrying and trying to protect each other. They’re just a nice brother/sister pair and I liked them.
Now, prince charming, Kalen. This relationship kind of bugged me. Mostly because Kalen acted like a five-year-old for the entire first book and a good chunk of the second playing the ‘I’m going to be mean to her because I secretly like her’ game and I just didn’t like that at all. I get the whole ‘I have feelings for her but I’m scared to admit them to myself or anyone’ but c’mon, man up and at the very least stop being such a jerk to Tea all the time. Then, when he does stop, he goes from jerk to admitting that he’s in love with her in no time at all. I just feel like the progression of this relationship was a little off and wasn’t all that realistic. Though, once they both pulled their heads out of their butts and admitted that they cared about each other, I was all for it. They’re a way better match than Tea and the prince jerk-face who I’m not even going to talk about because I’ll just get mad all over again.
I do want to briefly mention the heart forger (apprentice) Khalad. I just really liked everything about this character and I can’t wait to read more about him in the next book. He’s just all around a good dude.
There were a few things I didn’t like about this story. The first being the time progression, this story is supposed to be two years after the start of the first book, The Bone Witch. That just doesn’t make sense to me unless we missed a big piece of time in between The Bone Witch and The Heart Forger, but there’s nothing that indicates that. So this was just a little confusing. The next thing was that there were some things in the first book that weren’t in the second. In the first book, after Tea has become a full blown approved and all that asha, she’s required to attend all kinds of parties and events and things like that. There’s none of this in the second book, which after a certain point it just wouldn’t make sense to have her doing this stuff, but at least at the start of this book, shouldn’t she be doing all of these things that are required of asha? It just didn’t make sense to me and left me a little confused.
I did really like the way this story was written, by that I mean that Rin Chupeco really has a way with words. Some of the pages I had to sit back and reread a few times and just take it all in. This was a beautifully written story. I’m not referring to the story here, but the actual words, the language used. It paints a very pretty picture in what is likely to be a pretty scary book world.
By the end of this book, I was fully invested. Invested in the characters and finally invested in the story. So, if you’ve read the first book and liked it, you will for sure love the second one. If you read the first one and didn’t like it, you should give the second one a chance because it was great. If you haven’t read either, you should.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

Hey readers,
We would like to give a huge thanks to Allure from http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com for nominating us for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Rules (If you choose to obey them)”
Display the Award Certificate on your website
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Our nominees (alphabetically):

http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/
http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/
http://diaryofacambridgestudent.wordpress.com/
http://nightlyreading.wordpress.com/
http://thebookwurrm.wordpress.com/
http://thecheapreader.wordpress.com/
http://thereadingdate.com/

We know we’re supposed to have fifteen, but we ran out of nominees!

Seven facts about Amanda-
1- My first name means beloved and my last name means church.
2- I’m obsessed with Twitter. It’s awful.
3- I love blueberries
4- I have four best friends, and yes Antonia is one of them.
5- I can’t fall asleep unless there’s music on.
6- Budweiser is my favorite beer.
7- I’ve been in love only once before.

Seven facts about Antonia:
1. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was nineteen.
2. I own almost 1500 books.
3. My favorite candy is nerds.
4. I absolutely love tea.
5. I took two years of plumbing in high school.
6. I love wearing dresses. They’re my favorite.
7. My favorite flowers are white roses.

Thanks again for the nomination!
-Amanda and Antonia

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Hello!
We’d like to thank http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com for nominating us for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

The rules:
1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Since we have the first two rules done, lets move on to seven things about us.

Antonia-
1. Green is my favorite color
2. I love wearing heels. The higher, the better.
3. I love big words, like ostentatiously.
4. I have a black cat that was born on Halloween.
5. I can pretty much quote all three Lord of the Rings movies.
6. I’m the youngest of five siblings.
7. I have an unhealthy obsession with Charmed.

Amanda-
1) I was raised by a single dad.
2) My bedroom is almost always a mess.
3) I have ten piercings and one tattoo.
4) I have three brothers, one sister, and a step sister. But only one of my brothers is a full blood relation. All my other siblings are half siblings.
5) My favorite color is blue.
6) I’m 19, almost 20 years old, and I’m still not sure what I want to do with my life.
7) I love everything about the rain.

Blogs we’re nominating (in alphabetical order):

1- http://bibliothec.wordpress.com/
2- http://littlechoo.wordpress.com/
3- http://lostinbelieving.wordpress.com/
4- http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com/
5- http://nikibilling.wordpress.com/
6- http://pagesunbound.wordpress.com/
7- http://whyicantstopreading.wordpress.com/

Thanks again to http://teacupsandbookends.wordpress.com for nominating us!
-Antonia and Amanda