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
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2. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Waiting On: The Last Star by Rick Yancey
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3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Waiting On: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Waiting On: Untitled (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard
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5. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Waiting On: Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
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6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Waiting On: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
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7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Waiting On: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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8. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Waiting On: The 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 🙂

March 2016 TBR and Goals

March 2016 TBR — My real TBR is much, much longer than this, these are just my prioritized books:

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

7. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

8. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

9. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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March 2016 Book Reviews
Normally I only do about four reviews per month, but I hope to up the number of review this month:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

What books are on your TBR for March? What are some of your blogging goals for the month? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Out of My Usual Genre Books I Recently Enjoyed

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of February 23, 2016 is about books we enjoyed last year that were not of our usual genre. I can’t recall many books that were out of my comfort zone around last year, so some of them are from this year and are marked with *.

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*
Normally I don’t read magical realism, so this book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.

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2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson*
This book did have fantasy elements in it, but it also had historical fiction elements, which is not my usual genre. Despite how much time the main character spends traveling, it was still a pretty fascinating read.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I normally don’t read biographies, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.

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4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I’m more of a fantasy than a mystery reader, but I really enjoyed this mystery novel and it’s definitely one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels.

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The Dim Sum Book Tag

Thank you so much Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do this fun tag! 🙂

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The Dim Sum Book Tag is the brainchild of Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  3. Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  4. Food coma.

 

Tea–A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold

For this, I think I’m going to choose The Rose Society by Marie Lu. The writing was great, but as I kept reading the book all I could really think about is: What is Adelina doing? 

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Chiu Chow Dumpling–A book that features elements of land and sea

Interesting prompt…I’m trying to decide The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Heroes of Olympus, or Six of Crows? I think I’ll go with The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan because the main characters spend a lot of time traveling on the sea and battling an evil earth goddess.

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Rice Noodle Roll–A favorite multi-layered character you’ve read (i.e. Traits? Skills? Morally Ambiguous?

My first thought is Aelin, but I already choose her for a lot of answers, so this time I’ll go with Ringer from The 5th Wave. She’s definitely a mysterious character with a murky history, but great shooting skills.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Shrimp Dumpling–A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Though the synopsis did not completely spoil the book, I kind of always knew Katniss would survive because there were later books and Katniss was the POV character.

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Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you to Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd for nominating me–I really appreciate it! 🙂 I apologize for the late post.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Ariana’s Questions

  1. What are some new releases you are most looking forward to in 2016?
    So many! New 2016 releases that I’m most looking forward to would include Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Traitor’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, ToG #6 by Sarah J. Maas, The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu, The Last Star by Rick Yancey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
  2. What is you favorite under-hyped book?
    Favorite under-hyped books…probably Origin by Jessica Khoury and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
  3. What is one thing (activity, song, movie, etc…) that always makes you happy no matter what?
    Reading. The large majority of the time I’m reading a fairly enjoyable book.
  4. Do you prefer series or standalone novels?
    I do not mind standalone novels, although I have a harder time finding standalone novels that I like, so I’d say series. Plus if I like the series I get to read more of it.
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what are your favorite games to play?
    I do not play video games.
  6. What is your favorite song of all time?
    Lithium by Evanescence.
  7. If you could have any fictional animal as a pet, what would you choose?
    Either Fleetfoot (Throne of Glass) or Fawkes (Harry Potter).
  8. What 2016 movies are you most looking forward to seeing?
    I’m really looking forward to seeing The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2016 since they’re both film adaptations based on two of my favorite books.
  9. What book or series would you recommend to someone who says they don’t like to read, and why would you choose that book or series?
    To someone who does not read very often, what book or series would I recommend? It really depends on the person. To everyone (unless if they dislike fantasy) I’d recommend the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling because who could go wrong with these books? To people who prefer more realistic fiction, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart because it’s a well-developed novel with unique characters. To people who prefer very action packed books, The Maze Runner by James Dashner because my heart would not stop pounding during my first read of the series.
  10. What is your absolute favorite quote?
    I have many favorite quotes, but to pick one…

I Nominate…

My Questions

  1. Favorite band or singer?
  2. One yet to be released 2016 book that you’re really, really excited about.
  3. Favorite color?
  4. You’re sleeping until you suddenly have a really good idea. You (a.) Write it down on the nearest piece of paper, (b.) go back to sleep and write it down the next day, (c.) go back to sleep and forget about it the next day, or (d.) none of the above.
  5. One book that always makes you happy when you reread it.
  6. What is your favorite hyped book?
  7. Who is your favorite intelligent/strategic main character?
  8. Favorite book based on mythology?
  9. Favorite book with a made up language?
  10. Prose or poetry?

WWW Wednesday #40

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. The meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading. The questions are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading Sky Ghosts All for One by Alexandra Engellmann and The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr.

Sky Ghosts by Alexandra Engellmann

I have recently finished reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Both were very enjoyable reads and I’d recommend both of them to lovers of YA fantasy.

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

I will hopefully read The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstien next.

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What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment. 🙂

WWW Wednesday #39

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. The meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading. The questions are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading Sky Ghosts All for One by Alexandra Engellmann, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson.

Sky Ghosts by Alexandra Engellmann

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Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

I have recently finished reading Firewalker by Josephine Angelini, The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein. Christmas book hauls are so fun! 🙂

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I will hopefully read The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstien next.

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What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions I Have For 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of January 5, 2016 is: Resolutions I Have For 2016. The wording of this topic is pretty open-ended, so for this Top Ten Tuesday I made a TBR list of already released books I want to read or finish.

Here’s my list:

1. The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook

2. Uprooted by Naomi Novak

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

3. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

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4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

5. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

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2016 TBR List

As the year of 2016 is upon us, I’ve decided to make a TBR list of some of the books I’d like to read this year:

  1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  2. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  3. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  4. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  6. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  7. The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  8. End of the Days by Susan Ee
  9. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  10. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  11. Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
  12. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  13. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  14. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  15. Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis
  16. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  17. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  18. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  19. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  20. Linked by Susanne Valenti
  21. The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
  22. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  23. The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  24. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  25. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  26. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  27. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  28. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  29. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  30. Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas
  31. Uprooted by Naomi Novak
  32. Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
  33. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
  34. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  35. World After by Susan Ee
  36. The Young Elites #3 by Marie Lu

What are some books on your TBR for 2016? 🙂