Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger

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Summary:

(Taken from Goodreads)

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m excited:

The Wrath and the Dawn was easily one of my favorite books from 2015. Honestly, there wasn’t any question about it being a favorite!

However…this is how I felt at the end of Wrath:

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WHAT. WAS. THAT.

It was an amazing book, but that ENDING. I’ve been dying for Rose  ever since I finished the first book. It was a wild ride and then had an abrupt ending that left me chomping at the bits for more.

Let’s be real though- that’s exactly what a book SHOULD do!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the first book at RT Convention last year and I’ve done nothing, but sing it’s praises since then.

I’m excited that this is a duology because I don’t think I could take another wait like the last cliffhanger! Plus, that just means we can see what else the author has up her sleeves with something entirely different!


Have you read Wrath and the Dawn and if so are you just as ready for this next installment as I am?

-Melanie

2015 recap and suggestions

First things first…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

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Yep, I’m a NYE baby, so I’m kind of partially biased to New Year’s Eve being the best holiday. It’s neat having a birthday on NYE since the next year of life starts with a brand new year completely.

In 2015 I plan to make more time for reading. I did a LOT of slacking this year- especially on my blog- but I’m hoping to be a lot more consistent this year.

But on to the books…I want to talk about my favorite reads from 2015!

Top Reads from 2015:

These aren’t necessarily in any particular order…I tried and it was too hard to do.

So…

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended Wrath and the Dawn. I got it at work and have several kids hooked on it. We’re all anxiously awaiting Rose and the Dagger.

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This. Book.

It is hard to explain how I feel about this book. It made me happy, furious, confused, shocked…pretty much every emotion. I’m SO excited for the next installment and can’t wait for the movie to get started.

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2015 is the year that I fully embraced how much I adore contemporary romance in YA. I’ve always been a sci-fi/fantasy fan, and still am, but this year I read so many contemporary and romance books that I decided it must be my thing too.

I loved Every Last Word. LOVED. I bragged on it so much that a friend was dying to read it and in turn was ecstatic to get an ARC from Tamara at RT back in May. (FYI, Tamara is the sweetest ever. If you get the chance to meet her then don’t miss out!)

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I know that I just recently reviewed this, but here’s your reminder….Everything Everything is EVERYTHING. Wrath and the Dawn was my favorite book of the year from June all the way to last week and then this book happened. SO GOOD. Get it.

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MY FAVORITE SUPERHERO FINALLY GETS RECOGNITION!

That’s my thoughts on this one. Actually it’s more like “alsdkjfioea yasssss, Natasha!!” LOVE. HER. Marvel still won’t make a Black Widow movie, but this book would make a perfect movie. Get on it, Marvel.

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This was my first Emery Lord book and I’m now hooked. Plus, the guy in the book is a nerd who is obsessed with Firefly? Yes, please!

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A review is coming on this soon since it doesn’t release until March, but…MAN. So fun. I can’t wait for this to come out so that I can shout it’s praises even more!

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I’m a major Colleen Hoover fan. I don’t try to hide it. I read November 9 in one day and got completely sucked in. This might be my favorite book from her, but it definitely was among my favorite reads of the year.

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A western. I never thought I’d love a Western, but I was hooked. Plus, this definitely wins my vote for best book cover of 2015- hands down- it is GORGEOUS.


I feel like I should add one more just for the sake of having a top 10, but I can’t necessarily keep this in the same league.

HOWEVER….

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You can’t read it without having read the rest of the series, but WINTER was one of my favorite reads of the year and a perfect finale to the Lunar Chronicles!


So there you have it…my top 10 favorite books I read in 2015. There were several more that were close to being added that just barely missed out, but these were my favorites by far.

Here’s to 2016 being just as strong of a year for book releases!

End of Year reading goals!

Y’all!! January 1 is NEXT WEEK!!!

Also, my BIRTHDAY is NYE, so happy birthday to ME!

Anyways, I’m hear to talk about the end of the year.

I set my GR goal for the year at 45 books and am TWO books away from meeting that, so I’d like to finish THREE books by next Thursday in order to both meet and EXCEED my goal.

Without further delay, here’s the tree books I plan to read to finish out the year:

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I’m actually about 1/3 into Rebel of the Sands right now and…WOW. You’re going to want this one when it drops in 2016!

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I’ve been dying to read Dumplin’ and I’ve had it for almost a month, so it’s time.

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 Just in time for the second one to release in February!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a great week finishing out 2015!

Review: Everything Everything

Spoilers: This book is EVERYTHING.

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Summary:

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller


If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


 

My Thoughts:

I’ve had the same favorite book of the year since June. That book is still way up there or probably at least tied with this one, but…man.

First of all, I struggle to just SIT and READ. I don’t have an attention span even though I love to read. However, I couldn’t put this down.

I loved the format. It swaps between normal writing, IM/Email, and pictures/diagrams. Somehow that seem to turn it into a fast read.

But the main thing?  I adored this story.

The characters were amazing and I was intrigued by the plot. I was constantly waiting to see what would happen next and how Maddy’s illness would influence the plot in a big way–and it does, of course.

So, here I am at the end of December having a new favorite book of the year. Again, it is probably tied with the previous contender just because I loved the other so much too, but still.

I even find it hard to believe that this is the author’s first novel. This is an AMAZING debut and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Please please PLEASE do yourself a favor and read Everything Everything if you haven’t done so already. If you have read it then what did you think?