Mid Year Summary

I can’t believe we are already halfway through 2017! It feels like New Years was just last week! Here’s a summary of my favorites throughout the first half of this year.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon is one of the favorite books that I’ve finished this year. All the adventure and travel undertaken by two of my favorite characters, Claire and Jamie, boosted this to number one (along with the fact that other books that would clench this spot fit other prompts in the list). This is definitely my favorite installment in the Outlander series so far. I’m currently working my way through Drums of Autumn so we’ll see if this spot holds ;).

22055262Favorite New-to-me Series

I’m absolutely loving the A Darker Shade of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books (and can’t believe it took me so long to start them in the first place). You can read some of my thoughts on this book HERE.

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Series I Blew Through

Earlier this year, I devoured the entire Vampire Academy series. I was nervous to start them because I had my “vampire phase” in middle school, but actually ended up enjoying them quite a lot. You can check out my full review HERE.

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Another series I love is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I read a quarter of the first book about a year ago then put it down because I got distracted by all the other reads. This year, I picked it back up again and read the entire book in a day! Needless to say, Warden is now one of my many book boyfriends. I’m afraid to finish the other two books that are out because there are still four more to go in the series (and it’s been taking two years between each release!). You can check out my full review HERE. An honorable mention goes to Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic.

31451174Favorite Series To Return To

Definitely A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I loved the newest installment, A Court of Wings and Ruin. The only reason it didn’t top my list for the year was I had a few twinges of misgiving about the ending (which you can read about HERE. If you love the series as much as I do, you can check out my summary of Maas’ answers during Q&A at one of her tour stops HERE.).

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This one caters to my more nerdy side, and for this one I’m also going to cheat. There’s a tie between Horizon: Zero Dawn and Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia. Both games are so different and I play them in different settings. Horizon is a game I turn to when I want some action, fighting robot dinosaurs as an awesome cave woman. Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia is an awesome continuation/remake of my favorite series, that has some added elements like some dungeon roaming that I really enjoy. Needless to say, I’ve sunk many hours into both of these games.

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I’m super excited for the Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas release in September. Throne of Glass is my all-time favorite YA Fantasy series, and I can’t wait to return to it (and get the story about what Chaol is doing during Empire of Storms!). I also can’t wait for Dark Calling by Kresley Cole, the new book in the Arcana Chronicles series, although it doesn’t have a release date other than this year (it was pushed back from a spring release). There are tons of other books to look forward to this year, like Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Vanguard by Ann Aguirre, and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.

Thanks for reading, and keep checking back for new updates (a summer sale may be coming soon for my Etsy shop!)

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The Bone Season Review

17199504The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season #1

Published: August 20, 2013

Genre: Dystopian/Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

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Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t believe it took me so long to pick up! I originally purchased it in 2015 when Samantha Shannon and Sarah J. Maas did a joint signing less than an hour away from me. I’m really glad I have a signed copy now, because this series easily falls within my favorites of all time (FoaT)!

The world of the Scion was enrapturing–sort of a mix of Dystopian fiction, and X-Men, which are two things I love. While the world building did take a while, it was needed because Shannon has so many layers to the world. At times, the jargon of Scion London could become very confusing because a word was used pages before it was defined. There were a few parts where I had to stop and flip around in confusion because I wasn’t really sure what was being described. It was for this reason The Bone Season was put down on my first attempt at a read-through. This book definitely requires full attention (for all my fellow read-six-books-at-a-time-rs).

The tension between Paige and Warren is absolutely mouthwatering. I found myself drawn to Warren (as I am with most tortured “I can’t love you” types). This book wasn’t marketed for romance, and Paige is mainly focused on getting out of the colony throughout the story (as she well should be). This of course did not at all deter me from savagely shipping this couple from the first time they meet. While I’d like this ship to sail off into the sunset, it’s a good thing smooth waters aren’t present  because this book is the first in a SEPTET! As of right now, only three are out, so there is still plenty of time for my romantic pairing of choice to develop!

 

A unique thing that Shannon has decided to do for this series is make each book a slightly different “genre”. In the author’s own words:

The Bone Season was a prison break; The Mime Order was a murder mystery; The Song Rising is, at its heart, a heist, while Book 4 is a touch more political, laced with subterfuge. Books 5-7 are going to be so different tonally, with such a different focus, that I’ve mentally classified them as a second ‘arc’ to the series, even though they follow the same core cast of characters. I wanted it to be this way so the reader never knows what to expect when they pick up a Bone Season book, and finds it nigh-on impossible to guess the outcome of the series as a whole.” (see the original post by Samantha Shannon HERE)

While this is certainly an amazing and novel idea that will keep readers on their toes, I dread finishing the books that are out because then I’ll have to WAIT for the next one.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian/fantasies. The world is so immersive, that once I got sucked in I couldn’t get out! I can’t wait to finish The Mime Order and find out what else this world has in store. If you’re interested in reading, keep scrolling down for a How To Read section!

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HOW TO READ: THE BONE SEASON

  • There is music interspersed throughout the book, and if you’re interested in reading, definitely have this playlist handy. Listening to the “soundtrack” really creates the mood and serves to further engross you in the story.

Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday

Danse Macabre (Jaxon’s Theme) – Camille Saint-Saëns

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? – Bing Crosby

Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes

Molly Malone – Unknown

I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance (With You) – Frank Sinatra

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – The Ink Spots

Komm, süßer Tod (Come, Sweet Death) – J. S. Bach

I’ll Be Home – The Flamingos

Fantaisie-Impromptu – Frédéric Chopin

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) – Harry Dacre

  • Make sure you’re ready to sit down and READ. I know I’ve said it above, but the world building requires full attention. Skimming a page can lead to not knowing what’s happening a few pages later!
  • Grab a hot cup of tea, curl up, and enjoy!