Sunday Post: 7/15/18

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that you’re doing well and that your week treated you nicely. I hope that you all have a great rest of your weekend and have a great week ahead!

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!

-Samantha 🙂


Personal Update:

Not much to report on, still just enjoying my time away from school. I can’t believe I am actually going to admit this, but I miss my studies! On the other hand, I did make a trip to Barnes and Noble this past week so there is a book haul coming your way shortly. I am just trying to fill my time with as much reading as I possibly can!


This Week’s Posts:

*I am including all of the posts for this month so far since I skipped last week’s Sunday Post.

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson

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The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson

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Book Information:

Published:  August 21st 2007 by Tor Books

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Page Count: 781

Amazon: Hardcover – $29.41 / Paperback – $11.04

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $32.19 / Paperback – $8.99


Warning: This is the second book of the Mistborn trilogy so this will contain spoilers. I have a full review of The Final Empirethat has both a regular review section and a spolier section. Please read on at your own risk!


Description via Goodreads:

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.


When I pick up the second book of a series I am almost always apprehensive. There is a part of me that wants to hold back in fear that it won’t live up to the first book. In some cases my breath is taken away and the strong momentum that was going in the first book carries over to the second without a blink of an eye. In some cases I am very disappointed. The Well of Ascension took my breath away and with it went my very heart for this book.

I am sitting here writing this review in a state of shock, understanding, and absolute heartbreak. I am also listening to sad songs to fuel my state. Just like for the The Final Empire, I will be blubbering and I will be including a spoiler section where I can wail freely through words instead of sounds. It will be properly labeled so that those who don’t wish to be spoiled won’t be. Once again, I am a shell of a human for the second time around. Also, at the end I will be including some fan art I found on Pinterest because the artists who have drawn these characters are fabulous and I think everyone should see their works!

I jumped into The Well of Ascension a day after I finished The Final Empire, and in my opinion it was a very different feeling from the first book. This novel held so much growth for the characters and a completely new feel for the city of Luthadel. It was like stepping into your favorite winter jacket, only to discover something new that you hadn’t notice before. There was still a slight familiarity to the world and the characters but readers can definitely notice something new.

Where we leave off after The Final Empire Kelsier is dead as is the Lord Ruler. The Well of Ascension picks up a year later and now Elend Venture is king and Vin is his Mistborn. The original crew is split up and Vin is still trying to hold everything together, especially her fragile relationship with Elend. One of the things that I loved about this book was the relationship that Sanderson crafted for Vin and Elend.

There is hope for them at the end of the The Final Empire, but once we get to book two it is easy to spot that, surprisingly, they are both very human. Their relationship isn’t smooth and I loved the flaws within it because it was believable. So often I find authors craft these perfect ideal relationships that are rarely obtainable, but Sanderson took a very realistic approach to two different people finding their way to one another.

The characters were once again, fabulous! In this book many more people are introduced to Luthadel and some of them are… questionable. Others you can’t help but fall for just a bit… or in my case a good deal! I mentioned earlier that the character development is well done. A year has passed since Vin destroyed the Lord Ruler and she has so much resting on her shoulders. Readers witness her transform more than before and watch her bloom in different ways. Elend undergoes a massive transformation as well! He does a full turn around from book one and it is an eyeopening change! I can’t forget to mention OreSeur, the character that really hit my in the “feels.” More about him in my spoiler section!

My all time favorites from the second installment are Vin, OreSeur (I know…. surprising), Sazed, Elend, and lastly Tindwyl. They each took a piece of my book heart along with them this installment.

Also, there is a good deal of politics in this book. A good majority of it is characters trying to live in a society that they are rebuilding and breaking away from one thousand years under the Lord Ruler’s influence and heavy hand. Personally, I found some of the politic scenes daunting to understand but I did understand that they were crucial. It was interesting to see how the crew members tried to break everything down and digest the changes happening around them. These scenes were slower paced, but they are only preparing you for what is to come. So much action comes throughout this book that these scenes are a nice break.

Overall, I loved this second installment to the Mistborn trilogy! It was fantastic and lived up to the strong start the first book left. I was invested the entire way through and the ending left me with a craving to jump right into The Hero of Ages.


WARNING: THIS IS THE SPOILER SECTION – PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! 

Okay… okay… I need to get a few things off of my chest. I am still mind blown about the ending (last 100 pages) or so and I am trying to gather my scatter thoughts, even hours later. The end of the novel leaves off with Elend and Vin standing together trying to figure out how to stop the force that Vin has released. There is a bleak tone to the ending, the feeling of hopelessness is heavy but there is still that small bead of hope lurking. Sazed is gone, mourning the loss of Tindwyl (heartbreaking let me tell you) and it is upsetting.

First topic of discussion: Marsh!!! WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK – Like seriously, leading up to him being deemed evil, I kept asking myself “Where is Marsh and why isn’t he more present?” Well know I know why, and I am very ashamed to say I gave the book the middle finger when he started to attack Sazed. I really liked Marsh to! I was shocked when Sazed found him and they began to fight. I was really taken off guard.

Next topic of discussion: OreSeur! Or should I say TenSoon? I didn’t like the original OreSeur but his impersonator really was a treat for me. I loved how he and Vin interacted and how OreSeur grew to, in his own way, care for Vin. The kandra are strange creatures and I loved that we were given some of their origin and let in on some secrets through him. What really settled my love for him is the scene where after we discover he is actually TenSoon and Zane is trying to kill Vin, he breaks his contract and tries to help her. It really showed that Vin meant something for him. I feel that it was because she treated him with respect as their relationship grew.

Last topic of discussion: Zane. Oh, Zane. I had higher hopes for you my friend. I was impressed at how good of an actor Zane was with Vin, he was clever and cunning. He was a more worthy opponent for Vin than Straff was in my eyes. He too was Mistborn and their last fight scene really solidified that Vin wasn’t invincible but she was extremely determined to survive.

I would also like to have a pause for all of the amazing characters lost in final battle at the end of the book. Goodbye Clubs, Dockson, and Tindwyl. I really will miss each of these characters and what they brought to the others as well as the story.

Once again, 15/10 would recommend this book! I just can’t believe I waited this long to pick it up. Definitely an amazing read.

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Favorite Quotes:

“It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn’t want to move around very much.”

“A man was defined not by his flaws, but by how he overcame them.”

“That’s the point, isn’t it? We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets. We’ll win in the end.”

This book was given 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 101 stars would that I could).

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Vin and OreSeur by eriezeru on tumblr. 

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Vin by Ray Miller

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US book cover by Jon Foster.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

Hello fellow readers! I thought this would be a fun tag to do since we are halfway through 2018. I tag anyone who would like to participate! If you do participate let me know! I would love to read/see your posts.  The original creators of this tag are Chami and Ely.

Thank you for reading and without further ado, let’s jump right in!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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I am obsessed with this book! It rose to my all time favorite book position and if you read my review, you’ll know just how much I gushed about this book. It is completely fabulous and I foresee myself re-reading it many times in the future.


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

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For this one I am going to go with A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. This is actually the final book of A Darker Shade of Magic series but I am still counting it. 10/10 would recommend this book!!


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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A Reaper at the Gates by Saaba Tahir is #1 on this list. I bought it on release day and I am just waiting to get to it.


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Ummm the list for this question is extensive… I am going to with two novels. The first is Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas! Both of these books are very anticipated and they are even marked down on my calendar.


5. Biggest disappointment.

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For this question I have to go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I had much higher hopes for this book, especially because I love Sarah’s work and also I loved her ACOTAR series.


6. Biggest surprise.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard took me by surprise! It wasn’t my favorite but I did blast through it quickly because I couldn’t put it down. It was a fun read that kept me going with all of the betrayal laced throughout it.


7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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Stephanie Garber (author of Caraval) really surprised me! I loved her first book and her writing style. It was a fabulous find.


8. Newest fictional crush.

 

Hello Elend Venture from The Final Empire! He’s cute and he likes to read?? Sign me up!


9. Newest favourite character.

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Mia Corvere from Nevernight. She is my all time favorite. I absolutely loved her character and her backstory. She is very fascinating as are her shadow friends. If you haven’t read Nevernight 10/10 would recommend.


10. Book that made you cry.

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There was a tie for this question, but ultimately I had to choose The Awakening by Kate Chopin made me cry hard this year. I read this book for my American Literature class and it stuck with me. I shed many tears (in class and outside of it).


11. Book that made you happy.

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The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene made me grin ear to ear this year. I started re-reading the Nancy Drew novels to my little cousins and the memories associated with this book are fantastic.


12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

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Call Me By Your Name was fabulous and the movie is actually what made me purchase the book! Speaking of the book, I stayed up until 3 AM reading it and my heart snapped in half. More about that one later.


13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

I’m just going to leave this here….

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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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Wow oh wow! There have been so many lovely book covers to arrive this year! The winner of this question is *drum roll* The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. It is a stunning book!


15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

The list is huge but some of the big ones are:

 

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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A Torch Against the Night by Saaba Tahir

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Queen or Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

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Book Information:

Published: July 25th 2006 by Tor Books

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Page Count: 547

Amazon: Hardcover – $19.22 / Paperback – $5.75

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $26.63 / Paperback – $8.99


Description via Goodreads:

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.


I have found my new favorite book. I finished The Final Empire yesterday afternoon and I am still reeling. I don’t want to blubber but I really think that is how this review is going to go. Just like last time there will be a spoiler section but I will make sure to label it accordingly so those who haven’t read yet aren’t spoiled. I am a shell of a human right now, I am still a sobbing mess… no I am not ashamed.

I have had this book on my shelf for roughly two years ago, when the hype for this novel came back in the BookTube community. I ended up purchasing the UK editions on Book Depository since I fell in love with their covers. They are my favorite! I picked up the box set of books 1-3 on a whim and I am so glad that I did.

I haven’t really dived into the world of epic fantasy, aside from my all-time love The Name of the Wind, so I was very hesitant on whether or not it would be for me. Well Sanderson has earned himself on my fantastic authors list.

I think what drew me in was that this book was like a heist (I know, very Ocean’s Eleven). I love reading about these types of things and I had never really heard of it in epic fantasy before. This made starting the book less daunting for me. It was never about its length (even though this is a nice long book!) but whether or not I would find the plot too out there.

Well let me tell you, the plot is fantastic!!! “What if the dark lord won?” is etched on the cover and I was 100% sold. I loved the idea of a group of talented people coming together and finding a way to crush evil. I love it! It was fast paced and it leaves you wanting to keep reading. It was difficult to put this book down because I feared what would happen next. I will admit I was a little overwhelmed understanding the magic system that is essential to the plot in the beginning. After the first 50 pages or so, I understood it more easily and always referred back to the guide in the back of the book in case I had a question or I was confused.

And the characters… oh the characters! What a fantastic group of people, seriously. Vin is my icon, Kelsier the love of my life, Dockson is the voice of reason in my ear, and Sazed is my mentor. Of course I cannot forget the lovely Elend… This is the type of book where the characters will stay with you. They are so wise and even with their faults, they draw you in and make you crave more of them. They are frightening real deep down. Take away their abilities and I feel that they would walk among us now. Also, Sanderson takes character growth to new heights. You really are able to witness each of the characters grow and develop into some of the best versions of themselves that they can be. It is amazing.

Overall, I love this book. I have been consumed by the mists. I want to know more about this world and the wonderful characters. I relish in the tears I know that I will cry. I have the second novel, The Well of Ascension sitting right next to me begging to be picked up! I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed, I promise!


WARNING: THIS IS THE SPOILER SECTION – PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! 

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ENDING (last 100 pages) FOR A MOMENT PLEASE???

Am I really fully alive after the death of Kelsier? The answer is not fully but my heart still beats slowly. After that scene, when Vin screams “No!” and the voice of Reen comes back to her my heart broke in two. I really didn’t think that Sanderson would kill off a main character but I mean after George R.R. Martin, I shouldn’t be too surprised.

One of things I am very excited about is the possibility of a Vin and Elend relationship! When this was hinted at in The Final Empire, right after the first ball “Valette” attends, my romantic heart swooned. I was not disappointed though, especially as the romance continued on between the two of them. I felt like a little girl in the candy shop while reading! It was a nice little treat in such a strong time of planning and thieving.

Next on the topic of quick discussion is MARSH! Now that one I really didn’t see coming. I really thought he was dead but the moment he stepped out a steel inquisitor WOAH. Mind blown let me tell you. I was unsure about Marsh in the beginning of the book but I really grew attached to him and how much he was risking. It really showed that he did care for his brother Kell. My heart still aches.

As I said above, 15/10 would recommend. Please read this book. It will change your life and make you feel all sorts of emotions! Be swept up in the rebellion and be prepared to fight against the Final Empire.

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Favorite Quotes:

“My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I’m quite prone to such bouts of deplorability–take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.”

“But you can’t kill me, Lord Tyrant. I represent that one thing you’ve never been able to kill, no matter how hard you try. I am hope.”

This book was given 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. (I would give it 100 stars would that I could)

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello there readers! I hope that you are all doing well. This is going to be my monthly wrap up for June 2018. Can you all believe that we are already past the half-way mark for the year?! It is flying by and it is blowing my mind just how fast it is going. This post happened to fall on my usual Sunday for the Sunday Post as well, which is convenient!


Life update:

I finished my summer course and now I am fully free to relax on my off days from work. The weather where I am is not too bad, but I fear the heat is just around the corner. I received a heat advisory notice just last night detailing that higher temperatures are going to be coming soon.

I am also continuing to work on my book! I scraped the entire first draft and I am now reconstructing from its ashes. The process is fun and exciting; I haven’t wished to write like this in a very long time.


Book wrap-up:

This month I completed a total of 6 books. Those books include three re-reads of my guilt pleasure books and three new books which I am so happy with! The new books included:

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: 3.75/5 stars

Red Queen follows the story of a girl named Mare who is a Red. On one unfortunate day her whole life changes as she is thrust into Silver society and forced to become a pawn in the Silver lifestyle. This book is a fun and light read, with an abundance of betrayals!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 4.5/5 stars

Take a walk into the exciting event that is Caraval! Sisters Scarlett and Tella could not be more different. When one day Tella is kidnapped and molded into a prize for the game winner, Scarlett will stop at nothing to find and save her sister.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab: 5/5 stars

This is the third and final book in V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy. Follow Kell and Lila as they find a way to save London.


Music/T.V. Shows

This month I have been obsessed with two songs, and they couldn’t be more different.

Above we have Somebody by Chainsmokers and A Better World (Alt Version) by CHPTRS. Both of these have been on repeat since I discovered them this month and they are fantastic!! I really suggest giving A Better World (Alt Version) a listen, it is so beautiful. It is perfect to play in the background or a nice long drive. The entire album is really pretty too. Somebody is completely upbeat and a great dance song.


Blog posts for June:

Halfway Through 2018

A Study in Charlotte: Brittany Cavallaro 

Book Birthday: A Reaper at the Gates

A Darker Shade of Magic: V.E. Schwab

Caraval: Stephanie Garber

Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard

Sunday Post: 6/24/18 (The Happening)

Book Haul: June 2018


Currently reading:

I am currently reading two books but one is really standing out right now. I have finally delved into the much loved world of Brandon Sanderson and I cannot be more excited! I am over 200 pages into Mistborn and I have never been more obsessed with something. I was craving a fantasy novel and this one is not only fulfilling my craving but has only intensified my love for fantasy. Can we please talk about Vin and Kelsier??? I am in love with both of them!!

The other novel I’m currently reading is Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard. That book is more dystopian and I was about 50 pages in and I have put it on the back burner for now. I liked what I have read so far but I wanted to read something different since I think I burnt myself out reading the first book in like a day and a half.


What are you currently reading? How did your June go? Please let me know in the comments!! I would love to hear about it!

Thank you so much for reading and I will chat more in my next post. Have a great week ahead and take care!

-Samantha 🙂

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*The featured photo was found on Pinterest. All credit goes to the original owner.

Book Haul: June 2018

Hello fellow readers! This month I went a little (okay way) overboard with the book buying! I accumulated 15 new books for my collection. I even had to rearrange my shelves to accommodate these fabulous reads. For this month I purchased books from Barnes and Noble, Book Outlet, Costco, and eBay.

For those of you who don’t know Book Outlet is a website that has cheap books for amazing prices. They do have some newer titles and their prices vary. In my case I was able to get 3 books (2 paperback and 1 hardcover) for $13 + shipping. I am a big fan of them and I have gotten a large selection of my books from them over the years. I have also had a really positive experience with their customer service, and I have not had any problems ordering through them. You really can find some fantastic books there!

Also, my local Costco really came through this month and had brand new hardcovers of the last 4 novels listed below for only $11.99 a piece! You just know I couldn’t pass those up.

Without any more rambling on my part, let’s get to the books!


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This month I picked up the following:

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Wayfarer by Alexandra Braken

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabba Tahir

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard


Where I Purchased: 

Book Outlet: 

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Barnes and Noble: 

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Wayfarer by Alexandra Braken

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabba Tahir

Costco:

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

eBay:

The Diviners by Libba Bray


Past Posts:

The Diviners: Libba Bray (Book Review)

A Reaper at the Gates: Sabaa Tahir (Book Birthday)

Sunday Post: The Happening (6/24/18)

Happy Sunday everyone! I am bringing back the fabulous Sunday post, but I think I will also be doing a monthly wrap-up at the end of each month as well. Let me know if that would be something you’re interested in please!

The Sunday Post Meme was created by Kimberly over at  Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Please go check out her blog and share some book love!


Personal Update:

I am done with my summer courses and I am now in full relaxation mode! This past year I have been kicking butt at college and I have been fighting to hold onto my 4.0. It has been rough but I am finally able to take a step back for the next two months and enjoy the warm weather and all of the fabulous books on my shelves!


This Week’s Posts:

*These will be all of the posts that I have made since my return back to my blog!

Halfway Through 2018

A Study in Charlotte: Brittany Cavallaro 

Book Birthday: A Reaper at the Gates

A Darker Shade of Magic: V.E. Schwab

Caraval: Stephanie Garber

Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard


Coming Soon:

June 2018 Book Haul

June 2018 Wrap-Up


Currently Reading:

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I had to jump right into this book after finishing Red Queen and so far I am loving it!