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Summer reading – had me a blast!

I love reading! So for all my fellow book lovers out there, here are a few of the books I’ve been reading this summer. There’s more that I haven’t quite finished the series for yet, so we’ll get to those later.

I stumbled upon these books that are a prequel for The X-files, written by Kami Garcia and Jonathan Maberry.

In Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia, we follow Fox Mulder in the year 1979 when he is still a teenager and finds himself tracking down a serial killer after a local boy turns up dead and another is abducted. This is the first time he helps solve a case and what sets him down the path to becoming the agent Fox Mulder we know from the X-files.

 

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia
Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

 

In Jonathan Maberry’s book, Devil’s Advocate, we follow the story of  Dana Scully as she starts having dreams and visions of teens who have died recently at her school. She begins to investigate and uncovers more suspicious deaths. As she learns to use her new found powers, she has to figure out quickly who she can trust – often times putting herself into harms way to help solve this mystery.

 

Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

 

I forgot how much I love a good mystery until I started reading these two books. Trying to figure out who did it can be fun even if you’re wrong.

Next up, we’ve got Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare. This author has a whole slew of great books. This one follows Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn as they delve into the mystery of why the bodies of humans and fairies keep turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were. The race is on to stop a demonic plot to take over Los Angeles, with Emma out for revenge, and Julian trying to get back his brother, Mark, who is being held prisoner in the fairy courts.

 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 

The next book in this series is Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare. Let me tell you, this was one big book – and I cannot lie! So if you like big books, this one is for you.

Emma learns that the love she has for her parabatai isn’t just forbidden, it could destroy them both. So she pushes Julian away and pretends to have a relationship with his brother Mark. Meanwhile, the Unseelie king is tired of the Cold Peace and rises up against them, while tensions between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders cause a group of Shadowhunters to form the Cohort and try to take over the Los Angeles Institute. As danger arises on all sides, they take off in a quest to find the Black Volume of the Dead – their only hope in getting out of this mess.

 

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

Next up, we’ve got the Reliquary series by Sarah Fine. In the first book, Mattie Carver learns that magic is real after her fiance, Ben, is abducted. As Mattie sets out to find him, she runs into his Asa, his estranged brother, only to learn that she is a reliquary – someone who can carry magic in their own body undetected. Asa agrees to help her find her fiance, but only if she’ll carry magic for him to assist his smuggling operation. Will they find Ben before it’s too late?

 

Reliquary by Sarah Fine
Reliquary by Sarah Fine

 

In book 2, Splinter, Mattie tries to leave the world of magic and go back to her normal life, but her talents as a reliquary make her a valuable commodity. Forced back into that world by a painful betrayal, Mattie must again join forces with Asa. Struggling to endure the magic that is inside of her, Mattie travels through Chicago then on to a traveling circus, chased by the mobsters who wish to use her powers, all while trying to withstand the effects of the magic inside of her.

 

Splinter by Sarah Fine
Splinter by Sarah Fine

 

Mattie partners up with Asa in Mosaic, and although she’s determined to keep things professional, her partner, Asa Ward, is a temptation she finds increasingly hard to resist. She struggles with telling him her feelings because he hates being caged, but then a black market magic exchange goes wrong and she teams up with an unlikely ally to try and save him. But will there be anything left to save?

 

Mosaic by Sarah Fine
Mosaic by Sarah Fine

 

I currently just finished reading all the books I have checked out from the library and always feel kind of at a loss until I get new ones. I have 8 books on hold at the library right now. Four of which are on order for whenever they are released. But with four more that are in at other libraries in Multnomah County, hopefully I’ll be getting a few in soon, so I can start a new one. Must have books…

 

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All right, book lovers! I’ve got some more books for you to check out.

I just finished a trilogy series from Brodi Ashton called the Everneath series. A modern take loosely based on the Persephone myth.

In this series, Nikki has just returned from the underworld, called the Everneath, where she was lured by Cole, one of the everliving. Now she is allowed 6 months before she has to return to the Tunnels where her life will be drained away to feed the Everliving – or choose to become one of them after surviving the Feed. Thus needing to feed off other Forfeits like herself every 100 years.

 

Everneath
Everneath

 

Her boyfriend, Jack, ends up getting sucked into the Tunnels in her place, and she must now try and gain the help of Cole, the Everliving who lured Nikki into the Everneath in the first place. Nikki and Cole come to an uneasy truce as they decide to face the labyrinthine to save Jack before it’s too late.

 

Everbound
Everbound

In the final installment, Nikki and Jack face the Underworld in an attempt to destroy it to free Nikki of it’s power forever. Cole, while suffering from amnesia, agrees to help them take down the queen and the Everneath forever. Thus sealing his own fate in the exciting conclusion to this series.

 

Evertrue
Evertrue

 

And I just discovered a little novella from Cole’s point of view, which I have not yet read.

 

Neverfall
Neverfall

 

If that’s not enough, I also just finished a 3 book series from author Jodi Meadows. I really enjoyed this series.

In a world where the same souls have been reincarnated for as long as anyone can remember, Ana is the first newsoul born in almost 5,000 years. On the night she was born the Temple went dark and one old soul was not reincarnated. In her place, Ana was born. She was raised outside of the city by a mother who was full of animosity towards her for being born in place of one of the old souls. When she is 18, her mother sent her out on her own. She runs into Sam on her way to find the capital. Many people living in the capitol fear her as a ‘no soul’, and treat her with anger and disdain. Sam and his friends welcome her in to their group of friends.

 

Incarnate
Incarnate

Ana’s father creates another Templedark and more old souls are lost. Tension is high in the city and aimed right at Ana and any other new souls born after Templedark. Ana is determined to protect the new souls being born and finds out the truth about reincarnation. Sam declares his love for Ana, but after a lifetime of abuse and rejection, Ana has a hard time believing it.

 

Asunder
Asunder

Ana must make an attempt to stop Janan the Devourer from consuming more newsouls, but has been banned from the city. She flees the city with a group of her loyal friends, and makes plans to try and stop Janan from ascending. She has found unexpected allies in the Sylph, and journeys to the land where the dragons live to try and win them over to her cause before chaos breaks out over all of the Range.

 

Infinite
Infinite

 

The ending of the last book is left open, leaving you to wanting more and hoping another book will follow. There is also a smaller Novella written from Sam’s point of view – available only on E-book at this time. I have not read that one yet as I don’t own an e-reader at this time.

 

Phoenix Overture
Phoenix Overture

 

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Books to Read in 2017

I have just finished two 3 book series that I just have to pass on to you to read in 2017! Start off the new year right – with a book in your hand!

First up:

Andrea Cremer’s steampunk trilogy:

 

The Inventor's Secret
The Inventor’s Secret

 

The Conjurer's Riddle
The Conjurer’s Riddle

 

The Turncoat's Gambit
The Turncoat’s Gambit

 

If you’re into steampunk, this is a a good series that take you into the steampunk world. Set in the early 1800’s, as if the British had won the revolutionary war – rather than the more typical late 1800’s to early 1900’s for steampunk novels, you’ll go from cave systems in the depth of the earth, to steampunk submarines, then soaring up to a city in the sky! You’ll see the Eastern part of the United States transformed into a mechanical wonderland. And you’ll follow Charlotte as she is torn between the love of two brothers, leads the children of the resistance to safety, and fights to protect Grave – a strange sickly looking boy with no memory of his past – from the Empire.

Me, I’m just hoping she writes more to this series so we can follow the characters out to the wild west!

 

Next up is Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series:

Unearthly
Unearthly

 

Hallowed
Hallowed

 

Boundless
Boundless

 

Angel bloods walk among us in Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series. Clara and her brother Jeffrey find out they are 1/4 angel bloods in the first book, born to their half angel blood mother. Throughout the series you will also run into the Triplare – 3/4 angel blood – of whom their are always only 7 of in the world at any one time.

Clara has the typical ‘two guys she likes but can’t decide which one she wants to be with’ romance thing going on. Seems to be the thing in young adult fiction nowadays. Gotta add some strife into the story line somewhere.

Throughout the books, Clara is always trying to understand her purpose – not unlike most of us trying to find our way in the world…

There is also a small novella out titled Radiant about Clara’s summer in Italy before she went off to college. I have not yet read that one at this time.

 

Radiant
Radiant

 

Next up for me is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. What good books have you read lately or are about to embark on a lovely imaginary journey with?

 

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For the love of books!

There is nothing I love to do more than read. Well, maybe a few things, but it’s definitely up there in my top five! On a cold rainy winter day, I love to curl up with a good book & a cup of tea. On a hot summer day, I love to lay out in the sun and read a book. When I’m sick, when I’m down, when I’m bored, when I have things to do and just want to read instead. I also like to pin books to read and sayings about books to my bookworm board on Pinterest. Check it out here: Bookworm  ~ Books are always a good idea!

 

 

A little light reading
A little light reading

 

Behind the books
Behind the books

 

A book lovers Christmas Tree
A book lovers Christmas Tree

 

Book love
Book love

 

Old books for sale
Old books for sale

 

 

Silence in the Library
Silence in the Library

 

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