Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Series: The Conqueror’s Saga
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publish Date: June 28th, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publish Date: May 1st, 2007
Genres: Adult, Fiction
Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.
By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.
In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…
I have a book buying addiction, and I cannot lie. Particularly when it comes to acquiring books at a significantly faster rate than I can read them. Death by ominously towering TBR pile appears exceedingly imminent at the moment and certainly would not come as a shock. I use TBRing as a verb – that’s often the first indicator of a
problem adorably cute bookish habit that all readers should partake in.
I have an unhealthy book-buying obsession, particularly when it comes to purchasing entire series in a single sitting without having read a single installment in said series. While this method proves rather unfortunate when I’m assigning a one star review to the first book in the series, my inner perfectionist is overjoyed to see the entire series (with matching covers, of course) perched on my bookshelf.
Hello everyone! I’m back with another thrilling installment of Book Reviews by a Movie Watcher (BRBAMW)!!! Today, I’m making (100% valid) assumptions about the plot, characters, and romances in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
For those of you who are new to BRBAMW, I am provided with the cover and summary of a book that I have never previously heard of. Using this information, I create my own version of the plot, provide detailed analysis, contemplate choices in cover art, and (primarily) ask questions which reveal exactly how lost I am. Enjoy the confusion that is about to occur, because I have no clue what to make of this book.
A huge thank you to Kathy over at the Novelty of Life for nominating me for the Winter Wonderland Book Tag!
Snow is my favorite reading weather, and I can never resist curling up with a good book. Considering a snowstorm has rendered me stuck inside by the fireplace for the majority of the day, I couldn’t think of a better time to complete this tag!
I met my Reading Challenge of 50 books throughout 2016 by reading…exactly 50 books! There were a few ups and downs along the way, including some new favorites and a handful of disappointments. I started college a few months ago which has been significantly cutting into my reading time, but I’m hoping that this will improve over the next several months!