My Most Anticipated September 2016 Release

I have just realized that many new books will be released this September, as in like MANY. There are 5 books that I’ve been waiting and it will all be released on the same month. How amazing is that? (and how amazing my bank account will go empty after that). Without further due, here’s my most anticipated September 2016 release:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Is it time yet? WHY IS IT NOT SEPTEMBER YET? AHH! (I’m sorry for this one, I just can’t wait any longer even though it’s only more or less a week until I can finally get my hands on this beautiful book. So here’s the synopsis:

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

2. Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world

3. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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          Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all. As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

4.  Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson

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After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

So what are your most anticipated  September books release?

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord [Review]

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My rating: ★★★★
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Bloomsbury
Original Title: The Start of Me and You
ISBN1619633590 (ISBN13: 9781619633599)
Edition Language: English
“It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?”

This is my first Emery Lord’s book I’ve read and I absolutely love this book. So much for nerdgasm on this book (at least, high school level or for me intermediate level haha). The story involves around Paige and her friends. Paige is having a rough time after her two-months boyfriend died in an accident. She’s going through a PTSD but after a year the death of his ex-BF, she decided to make a list “How To Begin Again” and that includes parties/social events, new group, date, travel and swim. Paige’s worst nightmare is to swim and that is the last thing she wants to do but she put it on the list anyway. She has a huge crush on this perfect typical high school guy we always find on contemporary YA and his name is Ryan Chase. Paige is determine to have a date with him or at least get close to him so her list of “Date” would be crossed off.

Paige has three amazing friends that will always support her no matter what and that’s what I love from this book, the girl friendship in here is so strong and I can just feel the warmth of it, it feels like I want to have that kind of friendship. We’re talking about #squadgoals #friendshipgoals in here guys. Then, Paige joins a QuizBowl team to make an improvement for her list (social group) and she met Max, Ryan’s nerd cousin, same age as her and Ryan. Max is a smart, cute geeky guy that is not usually you can find that kind of guy on YA Contemporary novels (mostly are dreamy and perfect kind of guy) but Max is MY GUY. Max and Paige become friends because of QuizBowl and their same interest on geeks stuff. Paige’s parents have divorced about a few years ago and they just started dating with each other again. She thinks that her parents will fail again and it will lead to another “fight” moment that she used to hear when she was still a child before her parents got divorced.

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The stories in here is quite predictable but I enjoyed it a lot. I was focusing more on Max and Paige’s relationship because they’re like made for each other but they don’t even realise it at all. I love how Max is really care for Paige even when at first they’re just being friends. Max has a nickname for Paige which is “Janie” because Paige is more or less similar like Jane character in Pride and Prejudice. I love how they’re geeking out with each other and Max is totally on my top 10 fictional boyfriends list. I love him so much, he’s quite funny, he’s smart and the most important thing he loves movie well specifically sci-fi movie etc. I just love him.

Paige’s still having a trouble for starting over, she’s sometimes crying suddenly when something reminded her of Aaron (the ex-BF who died) while her friends are always there with her and comforting her without making a “pity look”. There’s one moment with Paige and her friends that really touched my heart:

“Before I could tell them I was fine, Morgan’s arms engulfed me and Kayleigh was right beside us, pulling Tessa in, too. I could pick out their scents….. With our arms around each other, I almost believed the strength could travel between us like the heat of our bodies. Nothing, not even sadness, could be greater than the sum of us.”

With her friends, Max and Ryan, she eventually face her fears and open herself up and back to being the old but new Paige. This novel is a coming-of-age novel, about how you can face your fears if you’re just brave enough to do it. I really like this book so much and I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read but still has a meaningful story.

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Lady Midnight (Short review/ discussion)

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Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books       

Language: English

Hardcover: 720 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442468351

ISBN-13: 9781442468351

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. “Lady Midnight” is a Shadowhunters novel.

It s been five years since the events of “City of Heavenly Fire” that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn t lead her in treacherous directions

Making things even more complicated, Julian s brother Mark who was captured by the faeries five years ago has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind and they need the Shadowhunters help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare s Dark Artifices series.”

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The cover is so beautiful and it’s my favorite cover of all Cassie’s books. I love how the girl in the cover is Emma and holding her sword, Cortana. It represents a scene in the book and that scene was also my favorite on the book.

So the story is 5 years after the event of City of Heavenly Fire and the characters in Lady Midnight was minor characters in CoHF and they’ve grown up, not a children anymore (technically), Emma and Julian is now 17 years old. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s book and want to start/try to read it but intimidated by 6 books of The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices trilogy, you can start from Lady Midnight, if you want. The first few chapters of this book will tell you the world of Shadowhunters, what happened in Dark War (the worst history that happened in Shadowhunter), what is a Downworlder, who is the hero/warrior, who is the governments and etc. so you won’t miss out anything, but I still recommend you to read all of the Shadowhunter’s novels so you can understand every character, stories from the past and the future, and some references on this book.

The stories itself was actually pretty slow up until 100pgs then it hooked me up, i just can’t stop reading after that because I was dying to know what’ll happen to each character or where this stories is going. I’ve got a NCIS/CSI vibes while reading this book, except it’s human and Shadow World and Shadowhunters are the NCIS. Emma Carstairs still trying to solve or to find who murdered her parents five years ago, she believed that her parents were not killed because of Sebastian (while The Clave insist that they were the victims of Sebastian, sigh) that her parents’ death was something entirely different. So after 5 years trying to find clues, she finally got the real track to this case and turns out, it was another betrayal again. I think I should expect every book from Cassie has betrayal or stuffs like that. It’s not just about solving this murder case but also this book told me a lot of about Parabatai bond and some weird bond that going on with Julian/Emma I can’t understand. Is having a parabatai supposed to make you feel what they feel physically? I mean, if one of them hurt, the other will know THROUGH the bond but can’t feel what they actually feel. Let’s say, Jace were hurt because of the heavenly fire and Alec felt it too but he didn’t physically felt the fire. Meanwhile in here, Emma was drowning in an ocean and Julian felt it too BUT he actually felt what was happening to her at that time, e.g drowning. So he was drowning too, he can even feel the salt sea water inside his chest, burning him and he was gasping for air and was coughing a salt water. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Anyway, you will found out more about parabatai bond and also the reason why parabatai can’t fall in love or can’t have any romantic relationship. At first, I thought it was just a fundamental law, like just a “law”. But then when I knew what it was,.. it makes sense actually. But what I did not agree on this parabatai is that:  is there a way to break the bond? (without fussing the clave or stripping the marks and exile both of them to mundane world, because that was cruel.)

Characters

Emma Carstairs

We all know that Emma is going to be a great shadowhunter when she grows up and indeed she is the next Jace Herondale. She is a great and skilled shadowhunter at age 17 and her parents died five years ago because of an unusual murder but the clave thought that her parents were the victims of Sebastian’s army. Emma didn’t believe it and she was so sure that her parents were murdered because of something and for five years after CoHF or Dark War ’s event, she has been trying to solve her parents’ murder case. She’s kind of stubborn and reckless but actually cares about people she loved. She’s always passionate when it comes to training session.

Julian Blackthorn

He’s not boyfriend material anymore, he’s husband material I swear. I love how Jules become a father figure for his little brothers and sisters at such a young age! He have to take care of them since he was just 12 years old!!! Imagine that. He’s very mature at age 17 and I just love how he really loves his family even Emma. Oh Jules :”)

Overall I will give this book 5 out 5 stars and it’s one of the best reads in 2016 🙂

xo,

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