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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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Recent Enjoyable / Disappointing Reads

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 29, 2016 is ten of my recent favorite reads or disappointing reads. I couldn’t think of a full ten for one or the other, so I ended up just doing five of each.

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5 Recent Enjoyable Reads

1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The red herrings and plot twists were well done. I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel so far.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Both the cover and the synopsis promised a suspenseful novel with multi-dimensional travel and it delivered.

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

4. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I didn’t like Ten Thousand Skies Above You as much as A Thousand Pieces of You since there wasn’t as many surprising twists, but I still enjoyed it and that cliffhanger…

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

5. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Besides City of Heavenly Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I think Winter is one of my favorite last books of a series.

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Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands | Book 1
Pages: 416 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (January 5, 2016)
Rating: 4 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)

The novel, Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard describes a richly imagined world of witchery.

Hot headed and impulsive domna Safiya (Safi) fon Hasstrel is a Truthwitch and heiress to the Hasstrel lands. Although witchery is prevalent in the Truthlands, Safi must keep her witchery a secret lest she become a political pawn with her ability to discern truth from lie. Despite being a domna, Safi is far from proper and regards her title as a restraint to her freedom.

Isuelt Midenzi, a Threadwitch is scorned by many because of her Nomatsi heritage. After leaving the Midenzi settlement, she and Safi cross paths and become Threadsisters: a bond developed through a shared life-or-death experience.

But with the end of the treaty that keeps the several empires of the Witchlands from fighting approaching, Safi and Iseult’s peaceful lives will dissipate as they are both forced to run to stop Safi from becoming a political pawn.

With the help of Safi’s uncle’s arrangements, Safi and Iseult manage to make a wild escape and ride a ship to Nubrevna captined by Prince Merik, a Windwitch. However with secret political deals and a vengeful Bloodwitch on their trail, their fight for freedom to live their own lives will not end when they reach Nubrevna.

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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 10 Enjoyable Hyped Books I’ve Read in 2016

It’s early March and so far I’ve read 18 of the 50 books I want to read for my GoodReads challenge. Here are ten of my favorites that were worth the hype:

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

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2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

4. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

9. Cress by Marissa Meyer

10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What books have you read so far in 2016 that you’ve really liked? Which of these books have you read? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment 🙂

WWW Wednesday #47

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 Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

I have recently finished reading This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Both were incredibly paced books with great protagonists–two great books for YA readers.

I currently have no plans for what I’m going to read next, but I’m welcome to recommendations 🙂

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment.  🙂

WWW Wednesday #46

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 This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and Truthwitch by Suan Dennard. So far I’m enjoying both of them, they both are holding my interest and I’d definitely recommend both books to readers of YA fiction.

I have recently finished reading Winter by Marissa Meyer. I thought it was a great finish to the captivating Lunar Chronicles–now I’m looking forward to reading Stars Above and Fairest. 🙂

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I will hopefully read Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski next. 

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment.  🙂

WWW Wednesday #45

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 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and World After by Susan Ee.

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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?

TBR – Top 5 YA Fantasy Books

My YA fantasy TBR book happens to be one of the longer lists of my TBR, these five books are at the top of my list:

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

4. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? What books are on the top of your YA fantasy TBR? 🙂