Now this isn't all the books I want to re-read this year. I have a huge stack dedicated to books that I want to re-read, not counting books in a series (i.e. Harry Potter). That stack is dedicated to the books that I'm up in the air about. I love re-reading books, but some books are just one go reads for me, and I want to donate those books to someone else that might love them.
Two of the six books pictured are not from the re-read pile, but my already read and loved pile, they're just pictured, because I purchased the second book in their series.
The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
I do this thing where when I read a part of a book that I think is bad, or the story is dragging, I will go on Goodreads and see if anyone else had the same problem as I do. That in turn, puts me off to reading the rest of the book. Which happened with this book. Some parts of this book was good, while other parts, were dragging. Even though I stopped reading it, I did buy the second book in the trilogy, because I'm a sucker for books with illustrations.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Back in September I think, I bought the second book in this trilogy, thinking that I'm going to read it immediately, but I didn't obviously. I wanted to wait to get the third and last book, but it didn't come out in paperback in the UK yet so I had to wait. For the record, I still didn't pick up the third book yet, but will soon, so I can binge read them.
Also, this will be a blog post soon, I can't stand the US edition of these covers, so I wait and get the UK versions, because they're much beautiful. This book wasn't in my 'Do-I-Want-To-Keep-This' re-read pile. I love this book a lot, and I can't wait to review it for you guys.
Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.
Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
I wish I can link back to the post on Facebook on how I feel about this book. This book is like a young adult version of an adult dark romance, but not in a good way. I'm fine with it in adult, but not in young adult, especially when the author makes it seems like it's okay when a guy controls you. To me it wasn't done properly, because even though it's fiction, some girls/guys will think it's okay as long as the person is beautiful.
So many things upset me, but the end...oh man that ending was so good, that I want to read the last book in this duology. That's the only reason why I want to re-read this book, the only reason. Why did she have to make it a stupidly-good ending?
Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
I liked it, but I have one problem with, so much so that I want on a rant in my head, because I was going to type it out here, but decided against it. But when or if I do a review on this I mention it.
Me re-reading this book is for me to decide whether I like this book enough to read the rest of the trilogy, because I heard so much bad things about the last book.
The Girl at Midnight by Melisssa Grey
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
I stopped reading this halfway through because everything about this sounded familiar, and of course, I went on Goodreads to see if anyone else felt the same way. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thought it was way too similar to The Mortal Instruements by Cassandra Clare and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. That was so off putting, because it felt like I was reading a fanfiction crossover.
Even though I feel that way, it still was good. I want to give it a second chance to see if I want to continue on with the series.
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.
Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.
Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.
Um I love this book. Simple as that, I want to read this book, because it was the first book I read last year and I want to get back into the world. I recently bought the second book, and probably won't re-red this until like August when the last book in the trilogy is release.
Do you have a book or books that you want to re-read this year?