Reader Ravings: 2016 Cliffhangers — Dying for the Sequel

The definition of ‘cliffhanger’ according to The New Oxford American Dictionary:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
• a story or event with a strong element of suspense: the game was a cliffhanger right up to the final buzzer.

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

My definition of ‘cliffhanger’ from a bookworm’s perspective:

cliffhanger |ˈklifˌhaNGər|

noun
(of a book in a series) a suspenseful, sometimes abrupt ending
• a story device used to generate excitement for the book’s release
• a story device used to provoke questions about the upcoming sequel’s events

DERIVATIVES
cliffhanging |-ˌhaNGiNG|adjective

Here are some sequels whose release I can’t wait for after those cliffhangers:

1. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Waiting On: A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia GrayA Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

2. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Waiting On: The Last Star by Rick Yancey
www.amazon.comwww.amazon.com

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Waiting On: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
nerdist.comA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Waiting On: Untitled (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard
www.amazon.com

5. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Waiting On: Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
Firewalker by Josephine AngeliniWitch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Waiting On: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
www.amazon.comThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting On: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
adweek.comCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 

8. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Waiting On: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
kernelscorner.comThe Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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5 Hidden Gems of the Book World

These are some not as very well-known books that I’ve really enjoyed, which I hope this post might interest you in:

1. Origin by Jessica Khoury

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GoodReads Synopsis

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

2. Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

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GoodReads Synopsis

The dark will bring your worst nightmares to light, in this gripping and eerie survival story, perfect for fans of James Dashner and Neil Gaiman.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

3. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

GoodReads Synopsis

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the savior of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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GoodReads Synopsis

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

5. One Year to a Writing Life by Susan M. Tiberghein

One Year to a Writing Life by Susan M. Tiberghein

GoodReads Synopsis

Whether you are a writer of fiction or essays, or want to explore poetry or memoir, Tiberghien’s twelve fundamental lessons will help you discover and develop your own distinct voice. Tiberghien’s inventive exercises focus on the processes unique to each genre, while also offering skills applicable to any kind of writing, from authentic dialogue to masterful short-shorts. With vivid examples from literary masters such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Eduardo Galeano, May Sarton, Terry Tempest Williams, and Orhan Pamuk, One Year to a Writing Life is an essential guidebook of exercises, practical advice, and wisdom for anyone looking to embrace, explore, and implement creativity in everyday life.

Related–Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Enough

Have you read any of these hidden gems of the book world? What are your thoughts on them? What are some hidden gems that you’ve discovered and liked? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment–I’d love to hear from you 🙂

The Inside Out Book Tag

I was tagged by Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd to do the Inside Out Book Tag–thank you! 🙂

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Joy — A book that brings you joy.
It’s the first book of an amazing and very magical series…do I need to explain more?

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Sadness — A book that made you sad.
Those of you who have read Allegiant can probably guess why.

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Fear — A book that truly scared you.
The Grievers were kind of creepy to read about on my first read of The Maze Runner.

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Disgust — A book that disgusted you.
It wan’t the book so much as the main character’s decisions who ‘disgusted’ me, I guess.

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Anger — A book that makes you angry.
The book itself was well written and the characters likable, but that ending earned that book a good long private rant. It was a good ending, yes, but the very abrupt ending made me want more of the book.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Movie Trailer | Thoughts

As a reader, I immensely enjoyed reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. So when I heard that 20th Century Fox was going to be making it into a movie I had mixed feelings, then the trailer was released and I had more thoughts:

  • 20th Century Fox also produced the film adaptations for Eragon and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief–I thought that neither of the two film adaptations I’ve seen from 20th Century Fox carried over what made the books special into the film.
  • The book was a fun, unusual read…I wonder how it will translate to the big screen.
  • Miss Peregrine, or at least this is the impression I got from the books, is older than the actress who is playing Miss Peregrine in the film adaptation.
  • What happened to Emma’s Peculiar ability with fire? Air?
  • The house is exactly as I envisioned it.

Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? What are your thoughts on it? Are you looking forward to the film adaptation?

Reader Ravings: Bargain Books

Welcome to my first Reader Ravings post–a series of discussion posts (with an undetermined posting schedule) where I will talk about bookworm topics and occupational hazards.

Read It or Not Reviews

Read It or Not Reviews

I think that almost any bookworm can relate to the feeling of looking for relatively inexpensive, new release books. The problem is, new releases tend to be either (a.) expensive hardcovers (b.) unavailable at the library or (c.) checked out for a period of time at the library and you cannot wait that long for that book, especially if it is a sequel. What is a bookworm to do?

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Below here, I compiled a list of sites with discounted new or used books:

Where do you go for budget-friendly, bargain books? Let me know in a comment and I’ll add it to the list 🙂 What are your thoughts on Reader Ravings?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first Reader Ravings post–Happy Reading!
T.K.

The Coffee Book Tag

Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Coffee Book Tag! 🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

Here’s the tag:

Black — A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans
Personally, I thought that it took awhile for me to become interested in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but once I did, I began counting down the days till the sequel’s release.

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Peppermint Mocha — A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year
I’m not a big holiday book reader, but if I had to guess, a favorite classic read would probably be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which I have not read). One favorite “holiday” like book of mine is Winterspell by Claire Legrand, which is a dark fantasy Nutcracker retelling.

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Hot Chocolate — A favorite children’s book
It’s a well written autobiography, but it reads like a novel 🙂

Double Shot of Espresso — A book that kept you on edge of your seat from start to finish
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, definitely. With most of the world / character development in book 1, every part of book 2 was filled with action and suspense. It is probably one of my favorite sequels.

Starbucks — A book you see everywhere
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This book has been on my TBR for awhile, first the cover attracted me, then the synopsis.

That Hipster Coffee Shop — A book by an Indie author
For this one, I’m going to go with Chained by Susanne Valenti. It was an enjoyable and well written YA dystopia.

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www. susannevalenti.com

Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf — A Book You Were Expecting More From
After reading The Crossroads‘ plot synopsis, I was looking for a good ghost story. I got a ghost story, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and I did not enjoy it very much.

The Perfect Blend — A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying
So many books can fit this category, so I’m going to end up doing two: one for standalone book and one for series. For individual book, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In the end, it was a satisfying read, but also very bitter and sad. For series, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. At the end of Winter, my thirst to find out what would happen to the main characters was not quenched.

Green Tea — A book or series that is quietly beautiful
Definitely The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

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Chai Tea — A book or series that makes you dream of far off places
Probably the Nancy Drew series by Caroline Keene. Nancy is always traveling for a lot of her mysteries and the books do a fairly good job describing all of them.

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Earl Grey — A favorite classic
I’m not a big classic reader, but if I were to choose one, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Deserted Island Book Tag

Thank you to Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets for tagging me 🙂

Deserted Island Book Tag

Water — A book you simply cannot live without
I have not read this book yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be suspenseful with great writing–I really want to find out what happens to Ringer, especially.

Food — A book that is a close second on your favorites list
All the characters are very likable and the plot moves at a fairly brisk pace, but slow enough so I can still understand what is happening. I think this book is my favorite of the series 🙂

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Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe
I’m going to go with Lila’s answer on this one:

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Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read
Although this isn’t in my top favorites list, this book doesn’t take very long to set up and moves at a super fast pace and sweeps you into the story.

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Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart
A book set in a library with games and riddles–need I say more? 🙂

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Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading
I can’t remember which book first directed my love of reading, but I do remember that The Hunger Games began my love of reading YA.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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