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Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician

From Goodreads:

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

When I read that there would be magicians in New York my mind automatically went to Magnus Bane, one of my favorite TMI characters. Also, that cover? SO stunning, dark and mysterious.

The Magicians comes out  July 18, 2017! Are you eagerly awaiting The Magicians too? What’s your WoW for this week? Link me up!

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That Summer by Sarah DessenThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on April 6th 2006
Pages: 208
Goodreads
one-star

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

With such a low rating you’re probably wondering why I didn’t DNF this book. Well, because of my own damn stubbornness, that’s why. Being my first “Sarah Dessen” book, I was determined to read it through. Dessen books seem to be very popular and well-known so I thought That Summer would be a sure thing. As they say: there’s no such thing as a sure thing.

Contemporaries are my least favorite YA genre type. I find that I quickly lose interest unless one of two things occur; epic romance and/or fantastic characters. I get the sense that That Summer is geared towards Middle Grade readers, which excuses this book from having no romance(s) to root for.

So then there’s the characters. What can I say about the characters? Well…. SNOOZE. I couldn’t connect or relate to a single one. That Summer follows Haven, a 15 year old girl who’s trying to stay the same while the rest of her world changes. She’s hitting puberty at a fast rate and she’s having trouble accepting it. This sounds like an interesting, albeit, usual coming-of-age story, unfortunately, the characters (including Haven), are lackluster, making the story even more sluggish and agonizing.

My own stubbornness saw me through to the end of That Summer. I really wanted to quit this book about 40 pages in. The only reason I gave this book one star is because the last 20 pages of That Summer was actually pretty good. The story finally went into hyper-drive and the climax supernova’d. I think if the characters had been quirkier and that more significant moments had occurred, I would have liked That Summer a whole lot more.

one-star

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Goodreads
five-stars

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Sarah J. Maas – you’re officially one of my new favorite authors. I plan on filling my shelves to the brim with your amazing books!

I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series, and now I’m completely in love the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Sarah J. Maas’ level of creativity is amazing! She flawlessly creates vivid worlds, and one-of-a-kind characters. Although A Court of Thorns and Roses seems to be inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Sarah J. Maas diverges from the original story, by spinning new plots, and new captivating characters.

Feyre is such a wonderful character. She’s been neglected and taken advantage by her family, her entire life. When Feyre’s mother was dying, Feyre made a promise that she would take care of her two older sisters and father. Even when Feyre was 8, her mother knew that Feyre was the only one with her wits about her. Her mother knew that Feyre would do anything and everything, to keep her little family alive. Ever since her mother died, Feyre has taken care of her older sisters, Elain and Nesta, and their father. The family lost their fortune many years ago, which forced them into a ramshackle itty-bitty cottage. Feyre taught herself how to hunt to be able to feed her family and herself, a feat that at times, is near-impossible. She and her family are all underweight, malnourished, and miserable.

Tamlin, a ferocious-seeming faerie, quickly shows up in the story, when Feyre accidentally kills a fae friend of his. He gives her the option to either die, or go to live with him forever in his faery court. After making sure her family will be spared, Feyre begrudgingly goes with Tamlin.

I really enjoyed the interactions that took place between Tamlin and Feyre. Feyre was resistant to all things fae in the beginning of the story, because she had grown up hearing stories of their torturous, and murderous ways. She viewed them as monsters, that only caused pain and destruction for humans. By spending time with Tamlin, Feyre starts to see that all faes may not be as bad, as they’re rumored to be.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was so addicting! Tamlin was a tall, handsome, mystery, that I wanted to unravel immediately. Feyre was a spirited girl, who cared more about others, than herself. There was also Lucien, another fae, whose role was that of a sarcastic best friend, and an ally to Tamlin. Lucien clearly has problems with Feyre, the moment she arrives, which causes hilarious bickering between the two.

There’s so much to love about this book, but I’m going to stop here. You NEED to read this one asap.

five-stars
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Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Wings and Ruin

I’m absolutely obsessed with The Court of Thorns and Roses series and I’m not just saying that because I want Rhysand to be the father of my children…

I blew through books 1 and 2 in less than a week. In fact, I finished A Court of Mist and Fury in less than 24 hours. I haven’t read a book that fast since Deathly Hallows came out!!

Are you obsessed with Rhysand too? Or Tamlin? (please don’t say Tamlin LOL) or the series as whole? ALSO. What’s your WoW pick this week?

{Bookish Thoughts} Re-reads: Do your ratings ever change?

Have u ever loved a book a lot and then when you re-read it a couple years down the road – not love it as much as you used to? That’s how I recently felt about Shatter Me. I was obsessed with this book a couple years ago, but now, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Shatter Me. I especially still love the tragic bad boy Warner. I think that it’s just been a few years and a few spectacular books since I last read Shatter Me and therefore my expectations have risen.

I still plan on reading the books that follow Shatter Me, so fingers crossed that my original fiery love for the series returns.

Can you think of any book that you re-read that wasn’t as amazing the second time around? Or perhaps, a book that you re-read that ended up being more spectacular than you originally thought it was?