The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

4.5/5 Stars 
Published by Scholastic Press
Published September 17th, 2013

Synopsis: If you could steal things from your dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself. 

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he's not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys - a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan's secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface - changing everything in its wake.

Maggie Stiefvater really outdid herself in this sequel to The Raven Boys. This book was so lush full of details and the storyline was beyond what was given to us in the first book. When continuing on this adventure of running with the Welsh kings, Maggie really knows how to bring you along for the ride. I've read handfuls of books where the plot involves the idea of a crazy adventure, and while it may seem fun, it wasn't enough to make me feel as if I was there for the journey. With The Dream Thieves, this mystical world was expanded even more and the intricate details were really used to her advantage by allowing her to take her readers on an all expense paid trip to magical forests and underground caves.

The one thing that I absolutely loved about this book was the character development. This gang of friends continues to impress me with their ability to solve what should be impossible. Throughout this book, you could really see the friendships grow stronger and the bonds become unbreakable. Although some fallouts were inevitable with these different personalities, it was strangely beautiful to see them come together and stick together. I also really grew to love the secondary characters, such as Blue's family. They were vitally important to the progression of the plot and I thought it was done in a great job. As a side note, I'd also like to add that Blue and Gansey are A+ I adore them with all of my heart. It's their innocent, developing relationship that reminds me of when I would have silly crushes on boys back in middle school. This romance (can I even call it that?) is so subtle and such a light focus of the plot line, that you sometimes forget that this series is based off a deadly first love, which is why I love it so much.

Of course I cannot say much because this is a sequel, but I can guarantee that the writing and plot was amped up so much in this book. This was the kind of book where I could not stop reading, even when I dreaded what was coming next. I found myself awake at 3 in the morning still flipping pages and even when I stopped I was still speculating. The Dream Thieves, and even The Raven Boys, is a book that makes you think until the early hours of the morning and one that leaves goosebumps on your legs in the middle of the night. I have nothing but praise for this book.

You can read my review of The Raven Boys here! 

End Of Year Survey!

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Number of Books You Read: Well, I only started using Goodreads in September, but from September to now I've read 42 books! 
Number of Re-Reads: 9 books
Genre You Read The Most From: Young adult fantasy! 

1. Best Book You Read in 2015? 
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't? 
    These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
    Talon by Julie Kagawa: I really thought this book was going to be something that kept me at the                 edge of my seat what with the plot involving dragons and all, but alas it was quite disappointing. 

4. Book You "Pushed" Most People To Read (And They Did)? 
    Legend by Marie Lu: I've been recommending this book to people for the past 4 years, I'm not stopping now!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?
    Start: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    Sequel: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
    Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
    Alexandra Bracken

7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    The Rose Society by Marie Lu

9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (because The Last Star is coming out)
    The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (all three of them because The Raven King is coming out)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
    These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
    Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
     Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

13. Most thought provoking/life changing book of 2015?
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?
    "The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true." - Six of Crows
    & also everything from Passenger that book is BRILLIANT.

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2015?
    Shortest: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
    Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer

17. Book that shocked you the most
    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (*screeches*)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) 
    Cresswell, Bluesey, and Rubiam!!

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year
    Cinder and Thorne!

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you've read previously
    The Rose Society by Marie Lu

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure
    Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

24. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?
    Anything by Sarah J. Maas

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
    Harry Potter re-reads and Cress by Marissa Meyer

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?
    The Darkest Minds and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken + Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

27. Hidden gem of the year?
28. Book that crushed your soul?
    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - yo my soul was crushed

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?
    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
    Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater; that ending ... no bueno for my heart

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
    Well considering I created my blog this year and I've met loads of great bloggers, I'm gonna have to cheat a little and say everyone's! Each and everyone of them is unique.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
    I'm quite proud of my The Raven Boys review and my Passenger review! 

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
    I really liked my BBCP post From Screen to Page.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
    Posting my very first review! Also, meeting some of my favorite authors at YALLFest!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
    Balancing the struggles of my senior year in high school and all the books I wanna read/the posts I wanna write.

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or view)?

8. Post you wished got a little more love? 
    My Harry Potter posts!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc)?

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?
    Well since I started blogging at the end of July, I didn't set any goals for myself. However, simply keeping up with blogging and the whole shebang while focusing on college applications and school has been an incredible accomplishment for me.

1. One book you didn't get to in 2015 but will be your number 1 priority in 2016?
     A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab!

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2016 (non-debut)?

3. 2016 debut you are most anticipating?
    Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
    These Vicious Masks by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker
    The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
    Dreamology by Lucy Keating
    The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter
    Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
    The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
    The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2016?
    The Raven King and A Court of Mist and Fury

5. One thing you wish to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2016?
    Complete all my challenges and goals that I set!

6. A 2016 release you've already read and recommend to everyone

How did your 2015 sum up? Wishing you all the best New Year!! :) 

Blogging and Reading Goals // Challenges of 2016!

As 2015 draws to a close, books are shut and put away for a rainy day, bookshelves become heavy with the daunting weight of hardcovers and paperbacks alike, and you, the reader, choose to relax for the remainder of your days. Oh who am I kidding, your hands are probably itching for the release of your most anticipated release, and those books you just got for Christmas? Boy oh boy, they can't wait to be opened too. 

Hello and welcome folks, it's time for me to express to you all my blogging and reading goals, and reading challenges for the New Year. 

Blogging Goals:

1) I would really like to be more organized when it comes to my blogging. These past few months I've been blogging on a whim and just stacking drafts of posts without an idea of what I was gonna type for them. This year, I wanna plan out my posts ahead of time and potentially create my own bullet journal. 

2) I wanna comment more on other blogs! While I've commented quite a lot this year, I'd like to comment more and engage with outer bloggers. It's become quite difficult for me to comment just because I usually read posts on my phone and you can't usually comment like that, but I shall make it my goal to get on my laptop and comment.

3) Host a giveaway! 

4) Conduct my first discussion post. I've had some topics I've wanted to start discussion posts about, but alas I've been afraid to start them. I hope this year I find some grounding and decide to post some.

5) No ARC envy! While I've never actually felt any envy towards another blogger for the ARCs they receive, I hope I continue to be like this in 2016. I find great joy in seeing other bloggers receive copies of ARCs they've been dying for and I'll continue to. If I receive ARCs then yippee! If not, then oh well, but I've got a bunch of other books waiting for me. 

Reading Goals:

1) Read at least 75 books. 

2) Complete at least half of my reading challenges.

Reading Challenges

1) A Series A Month

This challenge is quite self explanatory. The goal of this challenge is read at least one series each month and must at least two full length books. You can find out more at Love At First Page!
*If you've got a suggestion as to what series I should read first, comment below and let me know!*

2) 2016 Debut Author Challenge

The focus of this challenge is to introduce readers to the debut authors of 2016. So the challenge is to read 12 (or more) debuts this year! You can find out more at That Artsy Reader Girl

3) POPSUGAR's Ultimate Reading Challenge

There are forty different categories in this challenge and I'm hoping to complete at least half of these. You can find out more at POPSUGAR's Reading Challenge 2016.

*As of right now these are all the challenges I am participating in, but I may find more within the next few days and decide to participate so watch out for that! 

I'm hoping you all have a lovely New Year! What challenges are you participating in? 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

4.5/5 Stars 
Published by Scholastic Press
Published September 18th, 2012

Synopsis: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. 

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all - family money, good looks, devoted friends - but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watching of the four, who notices many things but says very little. 

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

After spending multiple years on Twitter hearing about the wonders of The Raven Boys, I've finally decided to wish and wish for Santa to bring me the first three books and Santa did indeed. As soon as I picked up this book, I was hooked - it was impossible to put down and even more impossible to quit thinking about every aspect about this book. Maggie Stiefvater has a writing style that is quirky and easy to fall into; dragging you into the pits of everything wonderful and terrible all at once in hopes of you ever returning to the surface. This was such a brilliant story with a great plot and dynamic characters that made the journey all the more worthwhile.

From the synopsis alone, you already know you're gonna fall in love with these characters only to be torn apart from them and driven mad by the unbearable consequences of their actions. It's the unescapable and the inevitable. However, when you aren't too busy worrying over the well being of the characters in this book, you're falling in love with their individuality, their teamwork, and their pursuit of something greater than them. It's mystical and magical and everything you could hope for in a novel. You're taken on a journey and swept off of your feet by the Raven Boys of Aglionby, and it feels quite literally like you're on the adventure with them. 

There are entirely too many things that I could say about how much I love each character individually, but you've just gotta trust my instinct on this one. They all compliment each other exceptionally well and create, though sometimes dysfunctional, a chemistry that reminds me a bit of the heist crew from Six of Crows. When they're together and aren't being snarky teenagers with wise remarks, they're solving the improbable. Another thing that I really enjoyed was how relatable these characters were. They are all just teenagers in high school going through the same things most of us are experiencing, and that just makes this story that much more personal. 

My love for this series runs incredibly deep. By the time this review is up I'll have just started Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in The Raven Cycle. I can sneakily tell you right now that the sequel is even better than the first book. Stiefvater will lure you in with her words, her characters, and her world. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves adventure, teenage angst (give or take), and psychics, lots and lots of psychics. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 5/5 Stars 
Published by Bloomsbury Children's
Published May 5th, 2015 

Synopsis: When nineteen year old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it ... or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever. 

I honestly have no words that could give this book justice. Sarah J. Maas has become one of my favorite fantasy writers within the span of this year and I expected nothing but great things from this book. Not only did I receive what I wanted, but I got even more. A Court of Thorns and Roses was mesmerizing and irresistible, composed of elegant writing and intricate characters. After being able to finally fit this read into the last two weeks of December, I can proudly say that it has kicked and punched it's way to my list of best reads of 2015. 

Sarah J. Maas is wonderful at bringing a world to life in a small span of time. You are immediately thrown into this world, yet it seems as if you have been eased and coaxed gently into it simply because the detailing of it is so precise and specific. Conjuring up the backdrop to this book was so smooth; I didn't question one aspect of Sarah's depiction, which is one of the reasons why I love her writing so much. Besides this, SJM is excellent at providing vivid emotional projections. You can feel every ounce of passion, lust, anger, and love a character is feeling and it just makes the connection with these characters that much more intense and real.

What I ultimately enjoyed the most about this book was that we really got to learn about the characters and watch them really grow into such diverse beings. Since the main conflict of this plot was not really brought to light until further on in the story, SJM really took her time in building this world and providing background information, which I thought was great. Along with that, we got to watch the characters develop such strong bonds between each other. If I may add, I have never swooned over so many guys in a book before, so if that doesn't make you want to read this then I don't know what will. Tamlin and Lucien, my little tag team, they made my heart constantly flutter and I can only imagine how cute these two would be in real life. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is definitely what I wanted to read to end my year. If you're a fantasy lover and a sucker for a lusty romance, then this book is entirely for you. It was completely unbelievable the amount of times I had to stop to catch my breath, or the amount of times I caught myself smiling at the page like a fool. This book was certainly too short for me and the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, is too far away. I hope you pick up this book and enjoy it is as much as I did! 

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Underneath My Tree

I've been watching this meme float around a lot, so I've finally decided to join in the fun! This meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a new list that involves all things books!

top ten books I'm hoping Santa leaves under my tree

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
please I crave you 

A Thousand Piece of You by Claudia Gray

Red Rising by Pierce Brown 

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renèe Ahdieh

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
if santa could just somehow get his hands on a copy of this and bring it to me I would forever be in his debt and move to the north pole to build toys as an elf

ARC Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

5 (all the stars)/5 Stars ★ 
Published by Disney Hyperion
Publishing January 5th, 2016

*I received an ARC of Passenger at Alex's signing during YALLFest*

Synopsis: passage, n.
         i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
        ii. A journey by water; a voyage
        iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she's inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she's never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the ironwoods - a powerful family in the colonies - and the servitude he's known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can't escape and the family that won't let him go so easily. Now that Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas' passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them - whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the reveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods' grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas, but from her path home ... forever.

I have never read such an elegantly constructed piece of work in my entire life. The attention to detail was immaculate, the establishment of the plot was flawless and pristine, and the writing was so beautiful, it's difficult to put into words. Alexandra Bracken was able to pull me underneath the lulling waves of stress and into an entirely different world completely devoid of all that frustration. I was drawn into a bubble of my own happiness and I never wanted to leave. Her writing has a way of captivating you, leaving you ultimately wanting more and wishing the end had never come. Passenger ended quicker than I anticipated and was like a breath of fresh air - here one minute, and gone the next, but leaving a permanent mark on which it has touched.

With Passenger being one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, I went into this book with very high expectations. Passenger has received well deserved hype and support from a wonderful fanbase, which left me teetering with excitement. When I first picked up this book I could not put it down (and lemme remind you it was finals week, so obviously I had my priorities set straight). I had this overwhelming feeling of joy from the moment I started reading, which reminded me of how I felt while reading The Darkest Minds. Alex just has such a way with words that leaves you in utter awe and admiration. I was anything but let down by Passenger and I can declare even before 2016 begins that this is my favorite book of 2016.

The characters were so beautifully crafted to accompany the storyline in such a brilliant manner, it was almost spellbinding. I was compelled by each of their motives and engrossed in the action that took place between the two of them. I love when two characters have such an intoxicating chemistry that I can feel the vibes radiating from the pages, and that was exactly what I received with this book. Along with this, the one thing that made this book all the more enjoyable was that the romance aspect was not at all what drove the plot forward. While I loved the romantic tid-bits, I was more intrigued with how the two worked together. The romance was a lovely facet that supported the story and plot, making it that much more delicious.

I have yet to read something of Alexandra Bracken's that is disappointing and I doubt that will ever occur. Passenger is an extraordinary story of time traveling and a love that meets no bounds, with an adventure at every turn. Every word of this book is to be treasured and treasure it I shall. This is the type of book that reminds me why reading is such an important part of my life. I truly hope you all love Passenger as much as I do when it is released and in your beautiful hands. 

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

★ 5/5 Stars
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Published November 10th, 2015

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friends - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

I have absolutely no words to describe how wonderful this finale was - 823 pages of pure genius. Marissa Meyer, you beautiful author you. You know how to write a story, lemme tell ya. Winter was able to grab me by the throat and nonstop drag me through these pages like a reckless monster. I was indulging in these pages like a child at a candy shop. It was absolutely impossible to put this book down, and it was even more impossible to think "this is it, this is the end of the Lunar Chronicles!" It has been such a long time since I felt happy and at ease with the way a series ended, that I can't help but put this series on a pedestal above all others and just praise it

To refrain from spilling any important spoilers, I will keep this review as short and simple as possible, but first I have to talk about my main girl Winter. Oh Winter, you beautiful girl, you had me wrapped around your finger the entire book. Winter is the type of person in which you feel blessed to be in the presence of. She is kindhearted, gentle, sweet as a lollipop, and exactly what the squad needed. Along with Winter, we learn more of Jacin and his personality. Jacin, though a jerk in Cress (which trust me, I found amusing), took a 180 and was totally invested in the protection and well-being of Winter. We experience a softer side of Jacin that was unknown in the first three books, and I can't help but want to hug him. Plus, did you guys see that fan art of him? Boy oh boy, is he handsome. These two are such a power couple, it's crazy to watch their dynamics and see their story unfold.

The Lunar Chronicles has to be one of my favorite series of all time. I was able to binge read it within the span of the month, and I just gotta say because of that, November was a fantastic reading month for me. This past Sunday I read 500+ pages of Winter because, one, I love to procrastinate my homework and two, just the mere idea of putting it down was wholly absurd and impractical. My praise of this series will live on and I just cannot wait for Stars Above, a series of novellas set in the Lunar Chronicles world. Thank you Marissa Meyer, for this extraordinary retelling of four fairytales that were a prominent part of my childhood. This journey has been epic and I cannot express that enough. 

and they all lived happily to the end of their days ... 

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

3/5 Stars
Published by Disney Hyperion 
Published December 10th, 2013

Synopsis: Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive --- alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. 

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy. 

With a synopsis like that and a beautiful cover, I thought this was going to be a very promising read. Two great authors, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, take on the challenge of writing about two completely different characters who must endure the challenge of landing stranded on an unknown planet. While the writing was impeccable and full of lush details, I found the story to be lacking that last nudge that it really needed. I was overall impressed by the world that evolved into something compelling and intriguing, but the characters were not enough for me to be fully engaged with the story.

I find the premise of this trilogy to be extremely promising. Three couples come together through terrible circumstances to defeat a common enemy and practically save the universe. Plus, it's a scifi romance! I cannot quite pinpoint what made me feel so meh about it, but I have a feeling it was the lack of connection for the characters. Lilac LaRoux (who has the same nickname as me - Lil) was a tad bit too overbearing for me to handle. Whenever her POVs came up I would barely read her sections and just mull over the words. I was, however, extremely invested in Tarver. He was kind and well put together, yet understandably sassy and quick witted when it came to Lilac. Despite some redeeming qualities, it was terribly difficult for me to feel connected to these characters.

There is not a lot for me to say about These Broken Stars simply because I could barely will myself to read it. In light of all of this, I will be most likely reading This Shattered World, the sequel, when my current TBR pile shortens up. Besides that though, isn't the cover stunning!? The physical book itself is extremely beautiful - I love having it on my shelf! So summed up quickly: great writing, two amazing authors, pretty flat characters, extremely fascinating world. I do recommend you read These Broken Stars if you love a great spacey, adventure vibe.

What are you reading now? Happy reading!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

★ 5/5 Stars
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published February 4th, 2014

Synopsis: In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. 

In this thrilling third installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and her crew take us on an enchanting and exhilarating adventure. Following the events of Scarlet, Cinder and the gang are in the search for Cress, the imprisoned hacker aboard a satellite who makes up the third part of their crew. With Cinder and Scarlet being incredible books in the Lunar Chronicles, I was not expecting these books to just keep getting better and better. However, Marissa Meyer did not disappoint with this book. It was full of life, love, and laughter, and I could not help but continue to fall so effortlessly in love with this story.

Marissa Meyer has a writing style that is able to transport (more like completely drag you)you from the real world to this extraordinary sci-fi world. Cress was filled to the brim with action sequences and life or death situations - I honestly thought I was the one experiencing all that trauma. The new characters were very interesting and added a new dynamic to the story. Cress is someone of a shy persona, but is incredibly kind hearted and upbeat. She has a very vivid imagination, which allows her to escape to far off places in times of distress, enabling her to pretend to fit the role of a cowgirl, a doctor, a movie star, and so forth. Her relationship with Thorne - swoon.

There's pretty much nothing else I can say without revealing major details, but I can tell you that if you have not started the Lunar Chronicles yet you're missing out on a damn great series. I was awake at 3 in the morning reading when I had to get up at 6 the next morning, but who cares - if you got a good book then don't put it down, and that's exactly what I did. The Lunar Chronicles makes me feel like a child again; imagining fairytale situations brought to life and looking forward to finding the one thing that brings me the most happiness. I don't think I'll ever really be able to convey how much I adore these books, but if I ever get the chance I'll write it down immediately for all of you. For now, just take that five star rating extremely seriously. I recommend you read Cinder and I recommend you read it now!

Top Ten Best Books I've Read in 2015!

I've been watching this meme float around a lot, so I've finally decided to join in the fun! This meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a new list that involves all things books!

top ten seven best books I've read in 2015!
(So, for this I'm gonna do five releases in 2015 and two books that I've read in 2015 that weren't published in 2015!)

Top Five 2015 Releases

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I can't even begin to describe how I feel about this book. The writing was impeccable, the characters were so dynamic and intriguing, and the plot - oh the plot - that was one of the most intense stories I've ever read! 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This story was full of compelling moments and times where I could not believe what was happening. It had me from the second I started, to the end, and beyond that.

Winter by Marissa Meyer
Oh my, I can't believe that amount of stress I endure when I read this stunning finale to the Lunar Chronicles. It was epic, whimsical, and so superb. Marissa Meyer knows exactly how to tell a story and how to tell it well.
Review (to come)!

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
This sequel was so amazing! Marie Lu was able to bring on a feeling a darkness that wasn't in The Young Elites and it was just so outstanding. I devoured this book in one day - if that doesn't say enough about it then I don't know what will.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
This was such a sweet contemporary novel - it was so refreshing after reading fantasy after fantasy novel (which I have no problem with). In Nicola Yoon's debut novel, she is able to deliver great writing with such a cute plot and even cuter characters. 

Top Two Non-2015 Releases

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This book literally ruined my life in the greatest way possible. I've never been so giddy over a gang of characters before in the way that I am with the Black Betty gang. The Darkest Minds trilogy has to be one of my favorite trilogies on this entire planet. Thank you Alex.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
What a beauty this book was. The adventures were epic, the characters were so intriguing and impressive, and the writing style was everything I ever wanted. Sarah J. Maas' books were a highlight of my year.