Book Review: The Assassin’s Blade: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Synopsis:

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

About the Author:

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

My Review:

Sarah J. Maas does it again.  She blew my mind with this novella and I have no doubt that she will blow my mind again with the next one.  I can’t want to get my hands on more of her books.

 

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The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Underworld

The Assassin and the Empire

 

Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys, it’s me (Sierra Harper) again.  I was just nominated for the Mystery Blogger award and so here we go (BTW I am treating this like a book tag).

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Rules:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

Who Nominated Me?

I would like to say thank you to Abigail Carter of What Makes a Good Book blog (http://whatmakesagoodbook.blogspot.com/).

I better not forget to thank the creator of this award, Okoto Engima, and here is the link to her blog (https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com/)

3 Things about Me:

  1. I want to earn my Masters Degree in Library Science and become a Librarian
  2. I love the Legend of Zelda gaming Franchise
  3. I love watching DIY youtube videos and trying to recreate those ideas for around my house.

Question and Answers:

Q:  If you could meet one character, who would it be and why?

A:  I would want to meet Isabell Lightwood because I would love to learn some of her moves and I think that it would be really fun to hang out with her.

Q:  What book is currently at the top of the pile to read next?

A:  Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Q:  Which book would you want to make into a film?

A:  The Selection by Kiera Cass

Q:  Which character do you love to hate?

A:  Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Q:  And which character do you actually hate?

A:  King Maven from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Random Q:  What’s your absolute favourite Disney film? Ever?

A:  Cinderella

My Nominations:

  1. Samantha:  https://bookishvillainy.wordpress.com/
  2. Flavia:  https://flaviathebibliophileblog.wordpress.com/
  3. Amanda:  https://stardustpandablog.wordpress.com/
  4. Karina:  https://afirepages.wordpress.com/
  5. Beatrice:  https://dreamlandbookblog.wordpress.com/
  6. Sonali Agarwal:  https://sonalify.com/
  7. Ashley:  https://thebookswag.wordpress.com/
  8. Debbie:  http://debbiesbooknook.com/index.html
  9. Ashley:  http://bookishcreature.com/
  10. Painfully Fictional:  https://painfullyfictional.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book series of all time and why?
  2. What book in your favorite series is your favorite?
  3. Who is your most owned Author?
  4. What book cover is your ultimate favorite and why?
  5. Who is your favorite character and why?
  6. Random:  What is your favorite TV Show?

DNF: Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

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I honestly don’t think I am going to finish this book before it comes out because for me it is really hard to read and understand.  It may be different for you guys, but also I may decided to pick this one up again to finish it and write a review.  I really don’t know.

Book Review: Doctor Strange #12

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“BLOOD IN THE AETHER” STARTS NOW! After the Empirikul destroyed almost all the world’s magic and nearly killed Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme must try and build himself back up. Witness the return of BARON MORDO! But what effect did the Empirikul attack have on him?!

About the Author:

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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase books from spinner racks, some of which he still owns today.

Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC/Vertigo, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and which Aaron regards as the “second time” he broke into the industry.

Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation and published by DC/Vertigo.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide crossover storyline along with a “Secret Invasion” with David Lapham in 2009.

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. Later that July, he wrote the Penguin issue of The Joker’s Asylum.

After a 4-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with his current run on Thor: God of Thunder.

My Review:

Again loved the story line.  This makes me want to find the next one after this one and read it as well as the others.

Book Review: Doctor Strange #11

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Last Days of Magic” aftermath! How did Stephen Strange become the Sorcerer Supreme? And how has he lost it all?

About the Author:

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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase books from spinner racks, some of which he still owns today.

Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC/Vertigo, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and which Aaron regards as the “second time” he broke into the industry.

Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation and published by DC/Vertigo.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide crossover storyline along with a “Secret Invasion” with David Lapham in 2009.

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. Later that July, he wrote the Penguin issue of The Joker’s Asylum.

After a 4-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with his current run on Thor: God of Thunder.

My Review:

Sorry guys that I have not posted this review yet, I read this book back on Christmas Day last year and it was one of my Christmas presents.  The story line of this book is amazing, and when I read it and saw that there was another one after it I just had to read the next one, and maybe I will find the 10 that came before it and read them.

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Book Review: Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

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Goodreads Synopsis:

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES. WINTER BREAK TURNS DEADLY.
A Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory Holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back at the Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she could have imagined.

About the Author:

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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

My Review:

I really loved the story and the illustrations.  I really hope that the novel version of this lives up to my expectations after reading this Graphic Novel.

Book Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

About the Author:

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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

My Review:

This story was amazing.  I can actually see why the Queen of Hearts is the way she is in Alice and Wonderland and I can see why Mr. Rabbit is always saying he’s late.  Marissa Meyer is an amazing writer and she held my attention all the way through the Lunar Chronicles and she held my attention with Heartless.  I really want to read her graphic novel Wires and Nerve and my hopes are that it will be nothing but amazing like all her other books.  Meyer is on my favorite author’s list along with Rick Riordan and Sarah J. Maas.  Each one of those authors has blown my mind many times.  Meyer lived up to my hopes and even more with this recent book.  She blew my mind with Winter and she blew my mind with this one too.  I really hope that Wires and Nerve live up to my expectations after reading all of the Lunar Chronicles and reading Heartless.  The characters in Heartless were amazing; you can identify and match up each one with its Alice in Wonderland counterpart.  The storyline again was amazing and I honestly can’t wait to see what comes out of Marissa Meyer’s brain next.

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Anticipated Releases: January 2017

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth:  January 17, 2017
    • Goodreads Synopsis:
      • On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

        Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

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  • Wires and Nerve Volume1 by Marissa Meyer:  January 31, 2017
    • Goodreads Synopsis:
      • In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

        In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

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  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken:  January 3, 2017
    • Goodreads Synopsis:
      • All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

        Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

        As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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  • Frostblood by Elly Blake:  January 10, 2017
    • Goodreads Synopsis:
      • Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

        All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

        Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

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Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

About the Author:

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

My Review:

Mind Blown.  That pretty much sums up my feelings on this book.  Every event in this book held my attention till the very end.raw.gif

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy. This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-color diagrams, and maps, all packaged in a handy, “manual-size” POB with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

 

About the Author:

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

My Review:

This book is amazing.  Rick Riordan has done it again for me.  This book is very informative and really has carved its place in my heart.