Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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It has been so long guys, but I’m back and so excited about this Top Ten Tuesdays as hosted by The Broke and Bookish because I have been waiting patiently all summer for some of these things. 

1. Persuasion by Martina Boone: I was lucky enough to read this early and booooyyy was it fabulous. Martina has a wonderful richness to her writing that will add a little ump to your cold Fall nights. 

2. Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch: October is just such an exciting month and I absolutely cannot wait for this title to be released. Has someone built a time machine yet?

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: She is coming to my hood during her book tour and I absolutely cannot wait to get my copies signed.

4. Winter (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer: I feel like I have been waiting for this last one forever.

5. Truthwitch by Susan Denard: I’ll admit, I am not a huge fan of Denard’s first series, but I am a huge Fantasy fan and this has already generated some strong buzz.

6.The Rose Society: The debut was so strong that I have no idea where this one is going to go. But, I’m excited.

7. The White Rose by Amy Ewing: I have some weird issues with the first book, but I am still really excited to read this second installment, especially considering where the first one left off.

8. The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman: I have become such a great appreciator of retellings, so this is one I am truly excited to grab.

9. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett: Halloween is coming up and I love a scary story on a dark, cold evening.

10. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Another great and scary story. Fall seems to be all about the fear factor and I am pumped for that.

 

Review: Firewalker (Worldwalker Book #2) by Jospehine Angelni

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Title: Fire Walker (Worldbuilders #2) by Josephine Angelini

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!


 

I’m baaaacccckkk. Kind of. I’ve actually had a few minutes to read in the last two weeks, which is nothing short of miraculous. Being a first year classroom teacher is tough work. It’s even tougher when you are teaching with no books and have an extra grade lopped in there. That being said, I love it. 

Know what else I love? This book. I was lucky enough to read the first in the series quite recently and devoured the next one. Let’s go ahead and break it down. 

What I liked: Rowan is one of my favorite male YA characters. He’s sexy but caring. He definitely drew me to him in the first book, but I feel like we learn even more about him in the second book. What Angelini really did well in her sequel is that she raised the stakes. Her first book spent a good chunk of time building her alternative world and introducing the stakes, but the second book really focuses on Lily and Lillian’s struggle to save their worlds. While in “World Walker” I struggles to really understand “the point,” because there were not true stakes. That is definitely not the case with book two. The stakes are higher than ever and Angelini is not afraid to make some hard literary choices. 

What I didn’t like: The beginning of the book felt a little slow to me. Angelini spends a great deal of time having Lily “recover,” which was realistic but really stunted the pacing. Outside of that, I began to feel like suddenly everyone was involved in the conspiracy. It would have been nice to see a little more separation between the two worlds.

Overall, I adore this series. I think it is imaginative, face-paced, and the romance is on-point 5/5.

Random Rantings: Have You Noticed I’m on Hiatus?

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In case you have not noticed, I have barely been posting lately. I have a reason. I mean it’s not a great reason but I totally have a reason. I am embarking on my first year of solo teaching. SUPER-EXCITING! Only problem with the first year is that I am neck deep in planning, grading, learning, and generally not trying to feel like a crappy solo teacher. This leaves little time for reading and even less time for blogging, especially since everyday I spend my free time telling myself I will eventually figure out what I am doing. I’m sure I will. There is a reason that they say the first year of teaching is the hardest, and it is not because of the kids. In the past, I’ve always had help, and now I am responsible for making certain that once my 70 students leave me at the end of the year, they are slightly better writers than when they originally entered my classroom. I am entering the third week here and trying to just take it one step at a time. 

What does this crazy long rant mean and why am I posting it on the blog? Well, it means that once I get situated I am totally coming back! I have been catching up on some older books as I anxiously await some newer releases. I am getting accustomed to a crazy long day (waking up at 4:30 and getting home after 9 is the definition of brutal). However, blogging is constantly on my mind. Currently, I am contemplating going to Yall Fest in November and trying to get through ARCS that I am shamefully behind on reading. Bare with me guys, it’s a slow and steady situation, but before you know it I’ll be back and ready  to talk books.