New Book Releases this month: February 2015

Hi guys! So this month some awesome books that we’ve been dying to read are at last going to be published!

Let’s see what we have in store for this month.

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

Publication Date: 6th Feb

I personally can’t wait for this one, this is the end of the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world, at least for now 😉

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Red Queen  (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: 10th Feb

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Thoughtful (Thoughtless #1.5) by S.C. Stephens

Publication Date: 24th Feb

Can’t wait to get my hands on this one, more Kellan Kyle *swoons*

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Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers

Publication Date: 3rd Feb

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A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab

Publication Date: 24th Feb

A Darker Shade final for Irene

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: 10th Feb

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Rebel (Rebel #1) by Callie Hart

Publication Date: 9th Feb

I wonder if I really want to read this or not… I guess we’ll see.

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Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Publication Date: 12th Feb

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The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

Publication Date: 3rd Feb

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Keela (Slater Brothers #2.5) by L. A. Casey

Publication Date: 1st Feb (today!)

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Homecoming (The Hundred #3) by Kass Morgan

Publication Date: 24th Feb

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Rough Justice (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club #1) by Sarah Castille

Publication Date: 3rd Feb

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Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan

Publication Date: 24th Feb

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Happenstance (Happenstance#3) by Jamie McGuire

Publication Date: 2nd Feb

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Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (The Lunar Chronicles #2.5) by Marissa Meyer

Publication Date: 4th Feb

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Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1) by Harper Sloan

Publication Date: 17th Feb

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The Raven (The Florentine #1) by Sylvain Reynard

Publication Date: 3rd Feb

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Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Publication Date: 24th Feb

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: 17th Feb

Am I the only one dying to read The Return? Seth, my dear, I want you to be the father of my future children…

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That was it, thank you for reading, have a wonderful month and don’t forget to read!

xoxo Sofyy

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season (#1)

Published: August 20th 2013

Publisher: Bloomsburry

Blurb: “It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.”

Review

I can’t believe I’m going to say this but The Bone Season is one of the best books I’ve read. It’s exciting, addictive and above all freaking original. I’ve read some reviews that said the book isn’t original at all and that it makes the reviewers remember certain books and that might be true. I just can’t say that happened to me, for me it was a fascinating brand new story and plot. If it makes other people remember certain books please tell me what they’re called so I can check them out because this is the type of book I want to read more.

Even though I say this is an excellent book, I can’t say The Bone Season doesn’t have any flaws. actually, one this I found to be a bit of a turn off was the info-dumping in the first chapter. Now, don’t decide not to read The Bone Season because I just said this. First of all, this book has an extremely complex world building. It centers in the world in 2059, where some people are voyant or clairvoyant if you prefer. The twist here is that this special people are committing a crime just by breathing, they are called unnaturals and shouldn’t exist. You can probably see where this is going but what you don’t know is that you’re going to read a whole description and explanation of the world right in the beginning of the book. However, I know why the author did it and I actually didn’t mind it a lot. It’s essential that you understand the world you’re reading about and as soon as you finish chapter one you’re sent to a journey full of action and conspiracies. One thing that really bothered me though was the fact that the author was constantly changing the terms of certain things: sometimes she’s call one thing by its usual term but then would make the characters use slang. The switch at the beginning was a bit confusing. It’s true there is a glossary in the end of the book but I don’t like having to check it every time a new word appears and that sucked a bit. TBS is a different kind of dystopia, I might say, it introduces a new species (that remind me of faeries) but in its essence is a dystopia book. The only dystopias I’ve really liked so far were The Hunger Games series, Under the Never Sky series and Blood of Eden Series so, for TBS to make the list of good dystopias it’s because it was, without a doubt, an awesome and don’t-study-read book for me.

Onto the characters… Paige, the heroine, might be one of my top favourite female characters now. She is strong but makes mistakes, she isn’t fearless but she’s always there to help her friends, no matter how dangerous it might be. Paige, right there with Rose from Vampire Academy, is the person I wouldn’t mind being. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to be in her place, but her personality rocks. She’s freaking amazing, it’s what she is! Some characters, like David, an oracle, were mysterious and you don’t know their exact role in the whole story but I can say they’ve peaked my interest and I want to know more about them.

Ah! But what you really want to know is if there is any romance *wink wink* When I first began reading the book I wasn’t expecting any kind of romance but then a certain character appeared and I thought to myself “Okay, there will be romance in this book.” The character in question is Arcturus, or Warden if you want. I didn’t like him at the beginning like many don’t probably. I don’t know if I wanted him to become romantically involved with Paige, I wasn’t sure if I wanted romance in this book. The plot was so complex already and I was extremely happy with what I was reading. And truth to be told most of the book doesn’t have a romantic plot. However! However, there were so many build up moments. Paige and Warden have to many “Just kiss now for fuck’s sake” scenes that I suddenly was just screaming at the book “DO IT NOW!”. I liked their interactions but I have to be honest, I still don’t know the Warden’s motived to go against his own kind. Okay, I know he wanted freedom, real freedom, but if the Rephaim aren’t supposed to feel a thing, I don’t know how this whole Warden has emotions and freedom came to be. BUT BUT there was something that really intrigued me. There is this flower that is that is dead. However when the Warden and Paige finally kiss, the flower is no longer dead, it’s in full bloom. Is the flower tied to the Warden?

Also, the Warden had rebelled 20 years before the book. Why, WHY, did the blood-sovereign (the “queen”), Nashira, keep the Scared Ones alive and make Warden her fiance? It just doesn’t make sense.

Paige’s backstory is told in memories and dreams but it didn’t interrupt the flow of the story. It’s amazing how Paige became part of the criminal world, how she became one of the Seven Deals. Nick, one of the members and her saviour, might be one of the most important characters in the next book and I do hope so! We don’t have many scenes with him but I feel like we’re going to see more of him.

The ending is kind of perfect. Even though it’s a little predictable, it leaves you wanting more. I want to know what will happen to Paige and all the rescued voyants, what will become of Warden and how the world is going to change. This is a seven book series, I don’t know why the author choose to write so many books, The Bone Season is already huge, but I know I’m going straight to an online bookshop to buy the next book as soon as it’s out. Incredible start to a series!

4.5 Chibis

Female Book Characters: Strong vs Weak

When I start reading a book I get into the head of the lead character, whether it is female or male, although obviously it is easier to get into the female’s… since we both share the same reproductive organs and all…

 Anyway, today I’m just gonna talk about two types of Female book Characters: Strong, as in, they don’t need to be constantly saved, can think for themselves, usually have dealt with lots of messed up situations throughout their lives, and some of them even know how to kick ass kung fu style.

And the other type Weak. Not weak in the whole sense of the word. Usually this type depends a lot on her friends or boyfriend, needs to be constantly saved and often annoys the hell out me when she can’t decide or do anything for herself.

There’s then, of course the combination of the two. Sometimes a character, who I consider either strong or weak, acts completely out of her “comfort zone”.  Sometimes this occasional change is needed, to build up the story.

If you ask me my favorite type I honestly don’t know… I’d say that my favorite kind of main character is the non-annoying kind. – Unfortunately, sometimes finding a character who isn’t annoying is hard to come by.

A weak-type of character doesn’t necessarily have to be a character who doesn’t know kung fu, or that a strong-type of character knows kung fu… I’m mostly referring to psychological features. Though… well, Kung fu always helps 😉

Going back to my point, as most female characters are what it is considered the weak type, I guess that most of my fav ones are “weak”… Though, as I mentioned before, the important thing is the character not being annoying, meaning, me not wanting to either bash her head against a wall of very pointy nails, or do the simpler option: throw to the book out my window.

Question: So, whats the best kind of female characters? Strong, weak or both?

It doesn’t really matter, it depends on several things, such as: like the quality of the writing, the plot in general, the background of the characters, and most important of all – The ANNOYING factor. These influence how much I will like the character.

In any case, I came up with a list of my fav leading female characters, I “graded” them with an S (Strong), a W (Weak) or an SW (Strong & Weak).

Neryn – Shadowfell series by Juliet Marrillier  – S

Kricket Hollowel – Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol  – W

Sadie White – Breathe by Abbi Glines  – SW

Brooke – Real series by Katy Evans  -SW

Layla – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -SW

Savannah – Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan  – W

Camryn Bennet – The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski  -S

Alexandria Andros – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -S

Avery Morgansten – Wait for you also by JLA  -even if “damaged” in some way, this girl is so brave, that I can only consider her – S

Penryn Young – Penryn & The End of the Days series by Susan Ee  -S

Mercy – Cambion series by Shannon Dermott  -W – and kind of annoying

Mara Dyer – Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin  -S

Sydney Sage – Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead  -SW

Anna Whitt – Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  -W

Alice Bell – White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter  -W

Blaire Wynn – Too Far series by Abbi Glines  -SW

Maggie Master – The Significance series by Shelly Crane  -W

Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare  -S

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  -S

Rose  ‘Fucking HathawayVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (I’m sorry-not-sorry for the curse word, but it’s  Rose we’re talking about, she’s  whom I look up to) – S (with a BIG S)

Katy Swartz – Lux series by Jennifer L.Armentrout – S

Sophia Mercer – Hell Hall series by Rachel Hawkins  -SW

Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen (thank you Mom for showing me Jane Austen’s books)  -SW

And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!

Abby Abernathy – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire  -W

Kiera Allen – Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens  -W

Nora Grey – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  -W

Melanie Stryder/Wanderer – The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I want more books!!!)  -W

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi  -SW

Evie Claremont – The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol  -W

Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare  – W

Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved ALL the books I mentioned… but the lead characters made me think of violent things.

I hope this enlightened you in any way, if not, well, at least I hope you read the books I mentioned, they are all awesome in their own way. And remember, even if a book is considered canonical or not, you always learn something from it 🙂

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me (#1)

Publisher: Harper

Published: 15th November 2011

Summary: “Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

Review:

I’m a complete mess, this book is an emotional rollercoaster, what’s wrong with me? asdfghjkl, it’s so beautiful! I can’t remember the last time I felt like this -actually, Clockwork Princess, that one did a number on me –

Juliette is a seventeen-year-old girl who has been living in a cell for almost a year, she keeps a journal where she rights her intimate thoughts, she writes about her pain, how much she wants freedom and to see a bird. Juliette has what can be both called a curse or a gift. Juliette can’t touch people, otherwise they’ll either get hurt, or worse, end up dead. Life didn’t go easy on her, she was always rejected by her parents and her peers, who threw rocks at her and called her a monster, as such, Juliette doesn’t know what’s like to feel the warm embrace of someone who loves her and doesn’t know what’s like to have a friend. When she was 14 she tried to help a little boy, however, once she got her hands on him for too long, the boy was dead. Thanks to the unfortunate accident she was thrown into several hospitals and asylums, where she was submitted to tests to find out the reason behind her deadly touch. The doctors didn’t find it so she was taken to a prison where she suffered loneliness, hunger, cold and lack of hygiene.

Her life changes when she gets a new cellmate, Adam, a tattooed, dangerous-looking guy, who resembles someone she used to know. Adam acts like a prick at first, he takes her mattress and her sheet, later he explains he only did that to warn her away. Adams also likes to ask too many questions and sometimes can’t seem to keep his hands  for himself.

Two weeks go by until suddenly five soldiers step into their cell and take them both. Once Juliette wakes up she finds herself out of the small cell and surrounded by a luxurious room. She is then led to a very handsome young-man who explains her what her purpose from then on will be.

Juliette finds out that life outside a cell is more restraining and dangerous than she thought. You realize that Juliette is terrified of her own power and that she is probably going to be used as a pawn in a war she doesn’t want in.

I believe that this book has a romantic triangle, quiet a usual one xD This book made my heart squeeze in so many different ways and it’s so addicting, once you reach the end you wish you had read slower and for the book to have more pages!

I have to mention again my FEELS over this book, I could hardly contain my feelings inside!

Some of my favorites quotes:

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

“I’m oxygen and he’s dying to breathe.”

“I’ve been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.”

“His lips soften into a smile that cracks apart my spine. He repeats my name like the word amuses him. Entertains him. Delights him. In seventeen years no one has said my name like that

 I’m going to read the second one right now, and guess what? The third one of the series was published only two days ago! *jumps in joy*  🙂

Playlist: Loreen – Heal (full album)

5 Chibis

Pawn by Aimée Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

Pawn by Aimée Carter

Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (#1)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: 26th November 2013

Summary:YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand. Previously titled Masked.”

Review:

The summary given on Goodreads is just awful, it just doesn’t explain the plot well enough… it makes things seem shallow.

Anyway, I have to criticize the name of the main character, Kitty… well Kitty, it’s a baby cat you know? It’s also the name perv guys like to calls girls xD but like the main character explains, her mom must’ve been crazy when she had named her Kitty – I can only agree with that statement, my grandma wanted to name me after her aunt, who happened to enjoy throwing acid on people’s cars, and who’s name was Teodora T.T , thank God my mom didn’t allow that –

Kitten is introduced to us as a rather “interesting” 17-year-old girl. She steals an orange, yeah, she steals an orange and risks getting caught and killed because of an orange, no, she wasn’t that hungry, she was just mad because after taking The Test that would decided her future, she is graded with a III, a III means she will live a miserable life, not as bad as a I or a II, but still, as a III she’s considered as a useless member of society. Her boyfriend who’s only one month younger, one moth until his 17th birthday, tries to calm her down, tells her that he will run away with her. Kitten doesn’t accept that, she knows the risk, she knows that both of them will be killed if caught. Kitten then makes the decision to work for Tabs, a hooker, for one month until her boyfriend comes to her rescue after he becomes 17.

Kitty get’s her first client, on this scene I asked myself if what I was reading was really YA ahaha, but don’t worry, nothing sexual happens between her and her client. You see, her first client is the dangerous Prime Minister, who makes a her a proposal she can’t refuse; she can either spend the rest of her days as a III or become a VII. Obviously she notices that there must be a catch but the Prime Minister only reveals her task after she had agreed.

Kitty wakes up in a hospital bed, completely different, she went through a plastic surgery, a hardcore one, she is Masked and turned into the Prime Minister’s niece, Lila Hart, who had a very doubtful accident. You are perhaps asking why was Kitty chosen instead of another girl, well, Kitty happens to have eyes exactly like Lila’s, and eyes are the only thing that can not be changed.

Kitty must learn how to impersonate Lila in perfection, so nobody will ever find that she’s not really who they think she is.

 I wrote a list of most characters so the story will be better understood:

– Kitty – main character; Benjamin – Kitty’s boyfriend; Daxton Hart -the Prime Minister; Augusta – Daxton’s mother; Celia- Daxton’s sister; Knox -Lila’s fiance; Lila -Celia’s daughter; Greyson – Daxton’s son

So as you can see, there’s this family, the Harts, aka bunch of “hartless” bastards *I made a funny*, honestly they’re all a bunch a back-stabbing, conspiratorial twats, truly, I just felt so mad and frustrated, cause this book, it’s always about plots, secrets, Kitty finding out stuff that were a lot predictable… I was undoubtedly, discontented with Kitty’s stupidity! Seriously, it was obvious from the very beginning that she would be a PAWN used by everyone. Even though she tried to follow Daxton’s rules at first, it’s was quite conspicuous that everyone wanted to use her for their own selfish reasons…

The thing that really angered me the most was the end of the book, again I couldn’t help but feel mad, cause honestly, that shit could be avoided! Stupid Kitty!

Don’t get me wrong, this book was still a great one to read, I genuinely did not stop reading until the very end, I ought to praise Aimée for that. I recommend it to you if you like dystopia, romance and political strategies – lmao –

Playlist: B.A.P. -1004 ; Power; One Shot; No Mercy; Hurricane.

3.5 Chibis

*Galley received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*