2017 Books Bucket list – 100 books that I want to read this year:

So I am planning on doing this again for 2017. I  wasn’t able to finish my list last year so i added the ones that I didn’t get to along with some new books as well.  This year I plan on trying to finish those books that I have had on my shelf for a long time. I also plan on reading  books that will work for challenges that I need to finish.

 

*Just a heads up that I am currently going through my TBR shelf and deleting a lot of books. Since there are so many (around 38) I will be adding some new books that have been on my list for a while.

  1. The Reece Malcolm list by Amy Spalding
  2. Wings of the wicked (#2) by Courtney Allison Moulton
  3. Monument 14 (#1) Emmy Laybourne – Finished: 5/20/17 
  4. A brief chapter in my impossible life by Dana Reinhardt
  5. Deja Dead (#1) by Kathy Reichs – currently reading
  6. Death ju Jour (#2) by Kathy Reichs
  7. Deadly Decisions (#3) by Kathy Reichs
  8. Mister Monday (#1) by Garth Nix
  9. Will Grayson, Will Grayson  by John Green – Finished: 5/31/17 
  10. Ashes to ashes (#3) by Jenny Han – Finished: 6/15/17 
  11. Lies (#3) by Michael Grant
  12. Plague (#4) by Michael Grant
  13. Don’t stop now by Julie Halpern
  14. The Darlings are forever (#1) by Melissa Kantor
  15. Champion (#3) by Marie Lu – Finished: 7/5/17 
  16. The rose society (#2) Marie Lu – Finished: 8/7/17 
  17. The sweet life of Stella Madison by Lara Deloza
  18. The fall by Bethany Griffin
  19. Lock in (#1) by John Scalzi
  20. Privilege (#1) by Kate Brian – Finished: 5/18/17 
  21. Talon (#1) by Julie Halpern – Finished: 7/8/17 
  22. The eternity cure (#2) by Julie Halpern – Finished: 8/13/17
  23.  The haven by Carol Lynch Williams
  24. Blackout (#1) by Robison Wells
  25. Free to fall Lauren MIller
  26. The realm of possibility by David Levithan – Finished: 2/5/17
  27. Sinner (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater – currently reading
  28. The raven king (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater
  29. Mostly good girls by Leila Sales – Finished: 8/6/17 
  30. Tiger’s voyage (#3) by Colleen Houck – currently reading
  31.  Tiger’s Destiny (#4) by Colleen Houck
  32. A storm of swords (#3) by George R.R. Martin
  33. Out of my  mind by Sharon M. Draper
  34. I am the messenger Markus Zusak
  35.  The Lost hero (#1) by Rick Riordan – Finished: 6/11/17 
  36. The darkest part of the forest by Holly black
  37. Ice kissed (#2) by Amanda Hocking
  38. Crystal kingdom (#3) by Amanda Hocking
  39. Switched (#1) by Amanda Hocking
  40. Golden son (#2) by Pierce Brown
  41. Dark flame (#4) by Alyson Noel
  42. The forest of hands and teeth (#1) by Carrie Ryan
  43. November 9 by Colleen Hoover – Finished: 8/4/17 
  44. Darkness before dawn (#1) by J.A. London- Finished: 2/1/17
  45. The Rosie Project (#1) by Graeme Simsion
  46. The black key (#3) by Amy Ewing
  47. Ruined (#1) by Amy Tintera
  48. Unspoken (#1) by Sarah Rees Brennan – Finished: 8/16/17 
  49. Siege and storm (#2) by Leigh Bardugo – currently reading
  50. Ruin and rising (#3) by Leigh Bardugo
  51. This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp – Finished: 12/20/17 
  52. The serpent king by Jeff Zentner
  53. The girl with the dragon tattoo (#1) by Stieg Larsson – Finished: 12/13/17 
  54. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  55. Stone cold touch (#2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  56. Outpost (#2) by Ann Auguirre
  57. Armada by Ernest Cline
  58. The winter people Jennifer McMahon – currently reading
  59. Inescapable (#1) by Amy A. Bartol – Finished: 7/16/17 
  60. Fever crumb (#1) by Philip Reeve
  61. In the Afterlight (#3) by Alexandra Bracken – Finished: 7/4/17
  62. Wanted (#8) by Sara Shepard
  63. Twisted (#9) by Sara Shepard
  64. Ruthless (#10) by Sara Shepard
  65. Sweet Evil (#1) by Wendy Higgins – Finished: 8/9/17 
  66. Sweet Peril (#2) by Wendy Higgins
  67. Slither (#11) by Joseph Delaney – Finished: 5/30/17 
  68. I am Alice (#12) by Joseph Delaney – Finished: 6/12/17 
  69. Fury of the seventh Son (#13) by Joseph Delaney – Finished: 6/12/17 \
  70. Angel burn (#1) by L.A. Weatherly
  71. BZRK (#1) by Michael Grant
  72. Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler
  73. Eve (#1) by Anna Carey
  74. The epidemic (#0.6) by Suzanne Young
  75. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  76. The scorpion rules (#1) by Erin Bow
  77. Vampire Kisses (#1) by Ellen Schreiber – currently reading
  78. Marked (#1 by P.C. Cast
  79. Crooked Kingdom (#2) by Leigh Bardugo – Finished: 7/19/17
  80. Raging star (#3) by Moira Young
  81. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
  82. The thousandth floor (#1) by Katharine McGee
  83. A million suns (#2) by Beth Revis
  84. Flamecaster (#1) by Cinda Williams Chima – Finished: 7/15/17
  85. Salt & Stone (#2) by Victoria Scott
  86. Nevernight (#1) by Jay Kristoff – currently reading
  87. Now I rise (#2) by Kiersten White
  88. Wintersong (#1) by Jae-Jones S.
  89. Defy (#1) by Sara B. Larson
  90. We are all made of molecules by Susin Nielsen
  91. Warcross (#1) by Marie Lu – currently reading
  92. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (#3) by Laini Taylor – Finished: 7/6/17 
  93. Windwitch #2) by Susan Dennard
  94. The diviners (#1) by Libba Bray
  95. Illuminae (#1) by Amie Kaufman – Finished: 6/16/17
  96. The hundredth queen (#1) by Emily R. King – Finished: 11/28/17 
  97. Frozen tides (#4) by Morgan Rhodes – Finished: 5/6/17 
  98. La Belle Sauvage (#1) by Philip Pullman – Finished: 12/21/17 
  99. Tower of dawn (#6) by Sarah J. Maas – Finished: 12/17/17
  100. A torch against the night (#2) by Sabaa Tahir – Finished: 7/25/17 

Book review #13: Of Scions and men (American Scions #1) by Courtney Sloan

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Book: Of scions and men

Series: American Scion #1

Author: Courtney Sloan

Pages: 279

Chapters: 41

Genre: fantasy-Urban Fantasy

Date read: 6/4/16

Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Geopolitical babysitting while arresting preternatural killers, it’s just the daily grind for Scion Rowan Brady. Brash and sarcastic, Rowan has sold her life, her career and her very blood to the controlling paranormal ruling class of America, all to make sure her kid brother can eat. Now she uses her powers as a scion to kick the ass of any preternatural creature idiotic enough to break the rules and prey upon humanity without a license. All it costs her is her freedom and a pint or two per week to her new Master.

But juggling her job and duties becomes even tougher when she is tasked with keeping a contingency of diplomats from Canada from getting gnawed on. However, negotiations for an International Blood Exchange are interrupted when bodies start showing up.

Now Rowan must rely on her talent and wit to defend the society she despises to save the lives she’s sworn to protect. But as she stumbles into the truth, she chances becoming a target of not only these killers, but of her own government. With shifters, ghosts, vampires and psychics all watching her, can she stop the killings before she is silenced?

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. 

My Review:

So this book was really different from what I would normally read but I saw it on Netgalley and it was about Vampires so I couldn’t resist requesting it. This book did take me a whole lot longer to get through than I thought it would as I had requested it during the school year and i had a bunch of other books that needed to be read but I finally finished it this afternoon.

This story revolves around Rowan and DEC which stands for Department of Energy Conservation.Rowan is also a scion to the vampire Devon which means that she goes to him. The beginning of this story starts with Rowan and her partner Lyle are on a routine job where after she meets the Canadian Vampire Nadia and her Scion Carson. When a number of murders catch DEC’s attention the heads of DEC want Rowan and Carson to work on the case. Rowan ends up getting into a ton of different things where she eventually finds out what happens to the victims and who caused the murders to happen.

I had a really hard time with rating this book as there were some parts where I really enjoyed the characters and then there were other parts where I didn’t like them at all. Af first I thought I wouldn’t like the story at all as there was a lot of information dumping on the reader in the first couple of chapters but once the story picked up I really started enjoying it although there were quite a few times where I thought I would have rated this book 3 stars instead of 4. Rowan was a great character and she was really good at what she did but there were some things where I think she went a little overboard with. I also didn’t really like how the book started as I was really confused at first but once some things were cleared in later chapters I really started to enjoy this book. Overall I did enjoy this book once i got into it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves books about vampires.

Book Review #12: Opposition (#5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

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Book: Opposition

Series: Lux #5

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 533

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy-Paranormal, Science Fiction-Aliens, Romance

Date Read: 5/22/16

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review:

This was an awesome book! At first I was a little hesitant about it as it tended to take me a while to read all the other books but once I got into into this one it did not take me long to read it.

In this one the Luxen have finally shown themselves and the end of the world is apparently drawing near.We also have some new and old characters show up in the book as well. There was a ton of action and there were a couple of chapters where i didn’t quite know what was up and down but I did enjoy reading the book. It was still a little different hearing from both Daemon’s and Katy’s POVs but I did get used to it and I didn’t have any difficulties trying to figure who’s POV I was reading. I also absolutely loved the way the book ended. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves science fiction and aliens.

 

Book Review #11: Winter(The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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Book: Winter

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

Date read: 5/14/16

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Review:

I can’t believe that I finally finished this series. It was so good! This series picks up right after Cress (#3) where Cinder and her friends are now headed to Luna. Throughout the story we get to see every side of the story from each character’s POV. There were definitely some intense parts in this book where i thought the characters wouldn’t succeed but the book went on until the very end. I really enjoyed how some mysteries from the earlier books were solved. There was definitely plenty of action throughout the book with a couple of small slow parts but other than that the book was very good. I would definitely highly recommend this series as it is one of the best series i have read in a long time.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review #8: Lola and the boy next door (#2) by Stephanie Perkins:

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Book: Lola and the boy next door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2

Genre: Young adult, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Date Read; 5/1/16

Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary:  

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Review:

I really want to love this trilogy but for some reason I just can’t get into it. This one centers around Lola and Cricket Bell who is her next door neighbor. I did enjoy this book better than I did Anna and the French kiss but it was a little hard to get to. I really loved the characters but there were a few things that they did that I thought were a little over the top.I will still give the last book a try just to see how it ends but even though I did rate this one 4 stars I just couldn’t get into it. I would still recommend this one though, for anyone who likes a good romance book.

Book review #5: Serafina and the Black Cloak (#1) by Robert Beatty

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Book: Serafina and The Black Cloak

Author: Robert Beatty

Source: Audiobook

Published: July 14, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Children – Middle Grade

Rating: 3.5-4 stars

Date Completed: 1/16/16

Excerpt from Goodreads: “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

 

Review:

This book was a whole lot better than I though it would be. I got the audio version of this book since that was the only thing that my Overdrive account had at the time. Even though it took me a while to really get into the story since it isn’t something I normally read or listen to I did enjoy the end of the book.

The Plot: The story takes place at Biltmore estate around Asheville, North Carolina. I live not very far, maybe a couple of hours possibly three, from Biltmore so I loved listening to the history and everyday life of the estate. I want to say that I have been there before but if I did I was very young and don’t remember much so I am hoping to eventually go there soon

The Characters: My favorite character was Serafina who was the MC in the story. She is a young girl who lives in the Basement of the estate with her pa who does some of the maintenance work. She finds a man in a black cloak who steals the souls of children and some adults. She sets out to find out who the man in the black cloak is and in the process she also finds how who she really is.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about historical places and also has a little bit of mystery and fantasy mixed in too.

 

Book review #1: Opal (#3) by Jennifer Armentrout

Summary From Goodreads:
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.Series: Lux series

Title: Opal
Series: Lux
Author:jennifer L. Armentrout
Paperback
Pages: 382
Rating: 5 Stars

This is by far my favorite series of the year. It started out slow for me but by the time i got to Opal i was pretty excited to see what happened next. I loved the plot and the characters in the story. I can’t wait to to see what happens in Origin.