Spring 2017 Wrap Up

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Since I’ve been completely MIA since January, I thought I would do a quick wrap up of the books I read in the spring (March-May). I didn’t read very many books this spring due to my busy schedule at the time (which put me in a major reading slump!) but that makes for a much more manageable number of books to put into a post. 🙂 In fact, most of my reading in these three months was on audio because of my hectic schedule! I’ve done seasonal wrap ups before on my BookTube channel and I really enjoy doing them, but I won’t be doing one for spring since I only read these five books. Despite a low number of books, I had a really good reading season with all 4.5 and 5 star reads!

Spring 2017 Wrap UpThe Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Seven Realms #2
Published by Hyperion Books on September 24th 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 586
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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4.5 Stars

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn't far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

I read most of this book back in March during the first #BeatTheBacklist readathon weekend. I totally devoured this book and I loved it so much! This high fantasy world is pretty complex with a lot of culture, diversity, and political intrigue. The characters are also complex and the romance had me swooning. There is a love triangle present in this book, but it’s one I think is done really well. My only complaint is that I found a few elements in this book/series that were very similar to my all time favorite fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. These striking similarities would occasionally bring me out of the story and distract me. Other than that, I absolutely loved this second installment and I can’t wait to continue the series! I actually have the next book out of the library right now, so I plan to get to it soon. 🙂

Spring 2017 Wrap UpThe Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
Series: The Wheel of Time #2
Published by Macmillan Audio on May 3, 1990
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 705
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Source: Library
Length: 26 hours 40 minutes
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5 Stars

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

And it is stolen.

This was a reread for me. This is my all time favorite fantasy series that I got into when I was in high school, and I’ve read the first half of the series a few times already. I’m working my way through them again on audiobook because I never completed the whole series (never read the LAST book of a 13 book series – jeez what a bad idea!). Needless to say, I loved everything about this book! The world is amazingly complex, as are the story lines and the characters. I recommend this to all fantasy lovers, even though it’s a little intimidating to start a 13 book series. If you loved Game of Thrones, check this series out – it’s ACTUALLY completed! 😛 (a little more PG than GoT though)

Spring 2017 Wrap UpBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Published by Listening Library (Audio) on March 22, 2011
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Emily Klein
Source: Library
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes
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5 Stars

It's 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin's extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It's a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

I love reading historical fiction set during the WWII era, even though they all make me cry. This one wasn’t any different in that sense – I read this book during a work trip and that did not stop me from bawling my eyes out on the plane ride home. #noshame I loved the main character in this book and it was hard to see what she went through. I loved learning about a different side of WWII (Stalin and Siberia) that I’m not very familiar with. Well, maybe loved isn’t the best term – but you know what I mean! It was a new setting for me and I learned a few things. I definitely recommend this to historical fiction lovers, especially if you enjoy reading about this time period.

Spring 2017 Wrap UpA Gathering of Shadows by VE/Victoria Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #2
Published by Macmillan Audio on January 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 512
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Source: Library
Length: 16 hours 10 minutes
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5 Stars

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall...in V.E. Schwab's "A Gathering of Shadows."

This was a reread for me on audio. I was rereading this book in preparation of reading A Conjuring of Light, which released earlier this year, but I STILL haven’t gotten around to reading the last book in this awesome series! It’s close to the top of my TBR – I just have to find my copy in storage… in a box… it’s somewhere 🙂 I loved this book just as much the second time around, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading this series. The world and the characters are great and I love all the relationships in the book. Like many second books in a series, this one is more character focused than the first book – but there is still a great plot. It ends on a cliffhanger and I NEED to find out what happens to my beloved characters!

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spring 2017 Wrap UpI Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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4.5 Stars

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I received and ARC of this book the Friday night Preview event at YALLWest this year (thanks publisher!). I hadn’t heard anything about it prior to YALLWest, but a few of my friends were interested and I figured I would give it a shot. As much as I’m not a huge contemporary fan, I am half Korean so the cultural aspect of this book was a big pull for me. I went into the book with an open mind and to my surprise I really enjoyed it! To be honest, I had a hard time connecting with the main character at first. She came across as a very stereotypical Asian character who tried to be perfect at everything. However, once I got to know her backstory, I understood why she was the way she was a lot better. This contemporary was a fun read, perfect for the summer, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys Korean dramas!

These are all the books I read this spring. What was your favorite book you read in the spring?

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