Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books You Wish Had Sequels

Top 5 Wednesday BooktubeTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly book/booktube meme hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes

originally from Lainey over @ Gingerreadslainey

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For my very 1st T5W I will be listing the Top 5 Books:

I Wish Had Sequels

It was very tough for me to pick these books! There are SO MANY I wish could have sequels!!

Girl-of-Ink-and-Stars5.The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The lyrical writing transports you from page one to the island of Joya! The story while fast paced builds a unique world in such a short amount of time. Once I reached the end, I knew there was so much more of this world to explore!

 

Truest4.Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Everything about this story was incredible + W/ this novel going into my top all-time favorites +being in my top books of 2016 for sure, I would absolutely love another book w/ Silas & West ❤ ❤

 

Fangirl Rainbow Rowell3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I related to Cath so much in this novel+ really sympathized w/ her struggles of anxiety/shyness etc.!  In true Rainbow Rowell fashion, the story ends just when you want more! So it would be a dream come true to read another book w/ Cath<3 ❤ ❤

 

632.Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Similar to my No.5 pick, the writing is stunning and there is so much to learn about Bone Gap + the people living there + it discusses so many topics that I definitely need more from this world!! ❤ ❤

 

Perfect Scoundrels Ally Carter1.Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)

If you didn’t know Heist Society is the novel that sparked my love of reading! These novels will forever have a special place in my heart!

The story itself is fast-paced, filled action/mystery, adventure + a little romance! ❤

Book 3 definitely has somewhat of an open ending & ever since then (2013) I just keep hoping  Book 4 will become a reality!

Ally has said she hopes she can work on another Heist book sometime in the future!

I would love to read another book w/ Kat & her crew!! ❤ ❤

Any books you wish had sequels? Lets discuss in the comments 🙂

 

 

 

YA Books I’d Love As Graphic Novels

YA Books I'd love As Graphic NovelsOn my blog you may have noticed I’ve been reading+reviewing more comics/graphic novels which got me wondering… which of my favorite YA novels would I love to see as graphic novels?

I’ve put together a list below of books that I feel would make great graphic novels!

Thoughts On My List? + Any books you would love to see as graphic novels?

Lets discuss in the comments below 🙂

Eleanor And Park And Fangirl Rainbow Rowell1. Eleanor & Park/Fangirl 

With the 80’s background of Eleanor&Park it would give great visuals as a graphic novel! + ever since the announcement of it being optioned for film (back in 2014) I would just love to see some sort of adaptation!

As for Fangirl, Rowell’s writing-style creates such a relatable coming-of-age story surrounding socially-anxious  Cath, who finds solace in writing/reading everything Simon Snow (especially fan fiction) and what she experiences during her first year of college!

The delightful story and realistic characters would make Fangirl a truly incredible graphic novel!

It’d be a dream of mine to see both of these fantastic YA novels adapted into a graphic novel!

Heist-SOCIETY-final2.Heist Society

Ally Carter’s Heist Society Series centers around Katarina Bishop, a 15 yr. old who grew up in a family of thieves who wants out, but gets thrust back into the world she’s tried so hard to escape when her father needs her help!

Carter’s fun & fast-paced novel takes the reader to Italy, Las Vegas, even France as Kat gathers intel w/ her crew to steal back a mobster’s artwork!

The visuals would be absolutely stunning, the planning,theivery,cons & heists that ensue  would definitely keep the reader turning the page!

463. An Ember In The Ashes 

Just imagine the colorful visuals of the Empire , dark shadow creatures/monsters + the intricate details of the Masks, even Blackcliff !!

Laia & Elias undergo their own perilous journeys where they not only learn more about who they are and how their fates become intertwined, but the deep darkness and brutality that lurks within the Martial Empire!

Sabaa Tahir’s debut YA-Fantasy is packed with such dynamic characters and rich world-building and an engaging plot that would make a truly unforgettable graphic novel!

img_87694.Air Awakens Series

Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series centers around Vhalla Yarl, a library apprentice turned sorcerer!

Through Kova’s writing-style she weaves together such a rich and vivid world/world-building with elemental magic, prince’s, libraries…everything that makes a YA Fantasy absolutely magnificent!! ❤ ❤

The cover alone, further proves this would make a magical, colorful and epic graphic novel series!

Don’t you agree?? 😀

725. 5 to 1

Holly Bodger’s feminist-dystopia takes place in 2054 where “India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.”

Enter the main protagonists, Sudasa and Kiran who are desperate to escape!

Told in dual POV w/ prose and free-verse, Bodger’s novel could make a captivating and exquisitely  written/illustrated story!

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover6. Six Of Crows

Expanding on the world she created in her Grisha Trilogy, Bardugo’s Six Of Crows introduces a group of misfits a sharpshooter, thief, spy, Grisha, convict, and a runaway!

Together they takes their chances in a heist that could bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams! But the stakes are high! Can they pull it off?

Bardugo’s writing-style not only captures the complex characters and the bustling city of Ketterdam,the Ice Court+ other vividly described locations, but also is packed with humor, a little romance, and non-stop action!

From the numerous edits/fanart I’ve seen, I am absolutely certain this fast-paced, dark Ocean 11 fantasy would be phenomenal as a graphic novel!

graudin_wolfbywolf7.Wolf By Wolf

Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, an alternate WW2 Sci-Fi centers around Yael, a former death camp prisoner who underwent experiments giving her the ability to shape-shift!

With the Axis Tour (motorcycle race) coming up, she is given a task to impersonate a motorcycle racer, with the winner getting a chance to meet Hitler!

But Yael and the resistance she joined have only 1 task: Kill Hitler!

Graudin’s writing-style not only immerses you in the era of WW2/the wonderful characters, but really shows whats at stake for Yael in this  cross-continent motorcycle-race!

The Diviners Cover8.The Diviners

Libba Bray’s YA Historical Fiction takes the main character Evie O’Neill  1920’s New York! Evie is forced to stay with her uncle in his occult museum and when her uncle is called to the scene of a murder, she wants to use her supernatural gift to catch the killer!

Speakeasies, Flappers, Jazz, murder-mysteries??+ The large/diverse cast of characters!

All of these make great elements for a graphic novel!

97804514775388.Rebel Of The Sands

Alwyn Hamilton’s Arabian-Nights/Western Mash-Up would be a spectacular graphic novel!

Because the novel is written in Amani’s POV, elements of Miraji from fouza (the currency) to the outfits, and locations are wonderfully described and from page one you are fully immersed in her world!  Alwyn’s descriptions/dialogue really bring Rebel to life!

 

Here are other YA Novels that I feel would make great graphic novels as well:

the raven boys63The Star-Touched Queen9780062380753

 

 

April 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

Kindred Spirits1.Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits Full Review

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Regardless of the length of this story, Rainbow Rowell creates characters that feel so real! Rainbow,similar to Fangirl, expands on the idea of cultures/fandoms!

Delilah Dirk2. Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk Full Review

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: August 27, 2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A fun, adventure-filled graphic novel! The characters were both entertaining and complex! Highly recommend if you love graphic novels/comics!

Water's Wrath Cover3.Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #4)

Water’s Wrath Full ARC Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

Pages: 350

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: Another great addition to the Air Awakens Series! I personally found this book a little slower than the previous ones, but there is so much that happens in this book & really builds up to the final book!

Truest4. Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (EpicReads)

Release Date: September 1,2015

Pages: 378

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book so much!! ❤ There is a lot of great characters/character development! Many issues are discussed in this novel such as family, friendship, religion, mental illness and the writing style is absolutely wonderful! Highly Recommend! ❤

The Star-Touched Queen5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen Full Review

Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Persephone meets Indian Mythology in this YA debut! The writing goes hand-in-hand with the complex world-building and characters in this this story! Maya goes through a journey not only to better understand her world, but herself as well! Highly Recommend!

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Book Blogger Interview I #1

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What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell Review

Kindred Spirits.jpgKindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

Pages: 96

Summary: ‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

Being one of my all-time favorite authors, I will literally buy/read ANYTHING Rainbow Rowell writes! ❤ ❤

Honestly the only movie I’ve seen in its entirety is The Force Awakens, but I also have general knowledge of Star Wars. With that, I’m glad I was able to understand most of the references!

Over the length of 4-days, Rowell tells the story of Elena who is a huge fan of Star Wars and camps-out for the premiere of TFA, while befriending people in line. (Troy & Gabe)

In true Rainbow Rowell fashion, her writing style creates complex characters and a plot that feel so real!

+ she is a master at expressing fandom culture/fandoms!! ❤ 

While this is a short-story, it was great to see character development! (Gabe getting to know Elena as he story progressed)

I only had basic knowledge of the plot of this sort story, so I wouldn’t get spoiled, so I did not expect Elena’s camp out to be the opposite of what she expected!

But that is honestly what made the story so much more enjoyable!

With that, we learn more about her father and how he contributed to her love of Star Wars + how his absence has made her love for Star Wars much more stronger!

As I’m sure many other readers of Kindred Spirits will agree w/ is:

I wish this story was longer!!

With any Rainbow Rowell story, she always ends it when we want more!!

I did take away a star b/c:

I wish Elena talked more w/ Gabe!

They only started talking more toward the end of story a little while before they got into the movie + once they’re actually in the theater!

By the end, when Gabe+Elena fall asleep during the movie, Gabe offers her a ticket so they can watch it again!

Its obvious there is a friendship/relationship developing between the 2 & it sucks the story ended where it did!

Overall this was a lovely short story from Rainbow Rowell +

I really wouldn’t mind reading a full length novel on these characters!!

If you’ve read Kindred Spirits, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

October 2015 Wrap-Up

# of books read: 7

Marvels_Cover1. The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Publisher: Scholastic Press- Released September 15, 2015

Pages: 665

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: If I could describe this book in one word it would be “magical.” Brian’s writing style and additional illustrations really transports you. At the start of the novel, the illustrations lead us to believe that generations of Marvels make it big in acting on a London stage. However, as the story progresses, Joseph, the main protagonist, does everything he can to uncover the mysteries surrounding The Marvels. By the novel’s conclusion, we realize that Albert made the story up. I was surprised when that was revealed, because while there were some hints throughout that Albert was connected in some way, I never would have guessed he based that story on moments in his life. This was my first Brian Selznick book and I was very impressed! I did take away 1/2 a star because at times I felt the plot was lagging.  If you enjoy middle grade, adventure, and historical fiction, you should definitely pick this book up.

img_87692. Air Awakens by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #1)

Full Review of Air Awakens

Publisher: Silver Wing Press-Released August 27, 2015

Pages: 377

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was an amazing debut! Elise created a very complex world where elemental magic plays a huge role. The characters, world, and plot were wonderfully developed and if you are looking for a breath of fresh air from YA Fantasy, definitely pick this book up.

Carry on 13. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Full Review of Carry On

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin-Released: October 6, 2015

Pages: 522

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book! Returning to a world with Baz and Simon again was truly magical. The pacing was perfect and the alternating POV was a surprise to me, but Rainbow truly understood each character’s POV & I felt I understood them too. Baz&Simon’s friendship/relationship development was done perfectly. Rainbow again creates a story where you fall in love with each and every page.

Rose Society 94. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Full Review of The Rose Society

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers- Released: October 13, 2015

Pages: 395

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: What a great sequel. Same as the Legend Trilogy, Marie Lu knows how to develop her characters and plot and give them much more depth than the previous novel. Adelina gets much more darker and that truly shows with her internal thoughts. 1/2 a star is taken away, because I feel the world is not fully developed. By that I mean I can’t truly picture the world for this trilogy for some reason. But other than that, this really is a great sequel.

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

Full Review of Six of Crows

Publisher: Henry Holt& Co.-Released September 29, 2015

Pages: 465

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: I really loved this book! While I wasn’t a huge fan of the Grisha Trilogy, I felt that was mostly due to the world. I didn’t feel I understood enough of it to enjoy it. However with this book, I can tell that Leigh’s world-building improved. Each character has their own unique voice and the 3-person POV makes it easier to switch between characters. 1/2 a star is taken away because at points the plot felt quite slow and I wish there was more setting descriptions. But overall, a great start to a new world from Leigh!

Patrick ness 46. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Full Review of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Publisher: HarperTeen- Released October 6, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was an entertaining read. I loved how this whole book played wit the whole idea of the “Chosen One.” I also loved the diversity in this book. However this book gave little explanation to how the “Indie Kids” got their powers, sometimes the pacing of this book was rather slow, and it didn’t feel like there wasn’t much plot. Overall, it was a really fun book to read and having read read another one of Patrick’s books in the past, I can understand that is just his style.

181069857. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)

Full Review of Exquisite Captive

Publisher: Balzer+Bray- Released October 7, 2014

Pages: 480

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: Not having read books featuring Jinn/Genies in YA before I really enjoyed this book. Nalia as a main character made this book so great. She is strong and fighting for her freedom. Raif and Zanari, Ajinna rebels, want to make Arjinna free again, so they need Nalia  to retrieve an ancient sigil that will help them with the rebellion. Once Nalia gets it, she can be free. Not only is Nalia fighting for her freedom, but she is also trying to find the sigil and avoid being killed by and Arjinna assassin sent by the new rulers who want to destroy her caste. I did take away 1/2 a star because I wanted more interaction/development of Raif and Zanari with Nalia and I wish the pacing was a little faster. Other than that, this was a great YA Fantasy.

What books did you read this month? 🙂

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Pre Order Bonus Party Kit

Carry On Preorder BonusBack in September, Rainbow announced that for Carry On, the first 1,000 people to send in their pre-order into a St. Martins Press Giveaway, would get a prize pack!

I have read all of Rainbow’s previous books and absolutely loved them! (With Fangirl being at the top of the list <3)

So, being a huge Rainbow Rowell fan, I entered right away!

Here is what the Prize Pack contains: 

Carry On Preorder Prize Pack

Now that I have the package, I would like to show you all,  what this prize pack looks like! (Due to the fact that these were limited!)

Here was what I had in my kit: (Book not included :’D)

Carry On pre-order kit logo

Next I will show you the specific items from the kit 😀

Balloon logo1.Balloon

Button Logo2. Button

Carry On Cover logo3. Color-Your-Own Carry On Dust Jacket

Tatoos Logo4.Tattoos 

Tea Bags Logo5. Tea Bags

I am so happy to have this pre-order kit 😀 & hope you enjoyed that quick haul of it 😀

If you are interested in reading my full review of Carry On, click here.

Leave a comment if you pre-ordered and got this kit or read Carry On 😀 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Bookmark

I recently finished Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and really wanted to make some art based on it and be able to share it with you!

And I did!! 😀

Feel free to download/print/share this Carry On bookmark 🙂

Bookmark:

Carry On Bookmark

I also made wallpapers based on Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road last month Here.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the bookmark! If you have any other YA books you would like me to make printable bookmarks/wallpaper/fanart for, please feel free to leave a comment ❤

Carry On By Rainbow Rowell Review

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin- Released: October 6, 2015

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

Carry on 1Summary: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: One thing you should know about me is that I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read every book she has published and she is without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. While reading Carry On, I couldn’t help but reminisce on the time I first read Fangirl. Returning to another amazingly written Rainbow Rowell story, is just what I needed!

Rainbow’s writing style is so unique!  I already felt I knew about a single character just from a few sentences.

Rainbow’s transition from her usual contemporary/realistic stories to fantasy was done so seamlessly and flowed so easily that after reading this book, she can write about any genre and make it work extremely well.

Now onto the world of Watford/Mages! Again, Rainbow’s writing is truly magical and transports you. I honestly felt I was with Simon, Baz, Agatha, and Penelope throughout this whole book.

Another huge part of this book that I was not even aware was going to happen, was multiple POV. Rainbow fully understood each one of her characters and gave them each a unique voice and personality.

Now onto the plot!

I was somewhat unsure of where the plot was going because so much was introduced, like the Humdrum, Baz’s return, Baz/Simon’s relationship, Baz’s mother, and much more. But as the story progressed the plot really melded together.

Everything that Rainbow introduced really came together by the end! With so much that happened, I will get into detail about the ending.

Okay, so it is revealed who Simon’s parents are!!! I was so surprised, that his parents were The Mage and Lucy! It is revealed that they had Simon because The Mage was obsessed with fulfilling an Oracle and finding The Chosen One. It is revealed that the Humdrum is what is left over after Simon has used his magic and with that, he sacrifices his magic into the Humdrum to save everyone!

One Simon gives up his powers, he decides to leave Watford, the place he was always eager to return to! But it all works out in the end, with Simon&Baz together, Penelope living with Simon and Agatha off on her own! Still keeping in touch, they all remain friends!

Overall, this book was spectacular! Everything I wanted and more! Reading about Simon&Baz’s final year was bittersweet, but the being able to go on this journey with them was truly magical!

What did you think of Carry On? 🙂

Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR

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This Book Blog list idea “Top 10 Tuesday”  was created by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is top 10 books for my Fall TBR.

  1. Carry on 1Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I am a huge Rainbow Rowell fan and having Simon & Baz from Fangirl have their very own book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to see how this book turns out!

Ice like Fire 102. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

I read the first book Snow Like Ashes, back in Oct. of 2014! I thought the concept of seasons as kingdoms was very unique and I really loved the main character! I cannot wait to see how the trilogy continues.

 

Rose Society 93. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Similar to Rainbow Rowell, I have read all of Marie Lu’s other books and can’t wait to see after the ending of The Young Elites, what happens in book 2!

Patrick ness 44. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The concept of this book sounds fascinating! I have read 2 other books by Patrick Ness, which include The Monster Calls and More Than This. I really enjoy his writing style and the unique stories he comes up with!

Dreamstrider 25. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Similar to The Rest of Us Just Live Here, this book has a unique plot and I cannot wait to see how the author executes this idea.

A Madness so discreet 56. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Of course, similar to most of the books listed above, I have read Mindy’s other books (Not a Drop to Drink Dualogy) and really loved it. I loved Mindy’s writing style and cannot wait to see it in a YA Historical Fiction.

Blue VOyage 87. Blue Voyage by Diana Renn

This is a YA Espionage novel, and I really love YA novels from this genre. Such as Ally Carter’s Heist Society, Gallagher Girl’s, and Embassy Row Series! So, when I read this book’s synopsis, I knew it would be something I would like. Not only that, but it takes place in the Middle East, which sounds fascinating to me!

Oct 208. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The concept of this book sounds very interesting. It is also a YA Sci-Fi which I honestly don’t read much of, but I will give this book a try.

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover9. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

I read the Grisha Trilogy earlier this year and liked it. While I was a little underwhelmed, especially when it came to world building, I am happy the Leigh is returning to the Grisha world and expanding on it with a new cast of characters.

Spinning Starlight 710. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis 

R.C. Lewis released Stitching Snow last year, and it was a Snow White retelling. Though it may sound similar to the Lunar Chronicles, believe me it is a completely different story. The sequel will be a retelling of The Wild Swans fairytale and will take place in another world not related to Stitching Snow.