Inbox // Outbox 5/1/17

Inbox:

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

THIS BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY AND THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW:

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I feel like I don’t even need to say anything else.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I keep seeing this book everywhere and am deciding to give it a go.  While it looks pretty trippy and weird, it has a high Goodreads rating.  And the main character is a librarian… which, of course, is awesome.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

This has been on my TBR list for ages… in a moment of weakness, I ordered the audiobook from the library.  I love Sanderson’s fantasy books, but I honestly don’t know if I can handle listening to this one.  It is 45 hours long–which is even longer than the Geroge R.R. Martin books I listened to earlier this year.  So, while I still really want to read this book and am including it in my list this week… might not actually get to it for a while.

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Outbox:

How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by  Tara Eglington

Talk about ultimate fluff!  I really, really, really enjoy the title of this book–it’s funny and catches your attention.  The story itself was cute and involved teenagers looking for love amid high school drama and a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  It was predictable and charming, although the sappiness of Aurora’s search for her Prince Charming made me cringe more than once.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I picked up this book because of the beautiful cover.  This story explores the journey of an independent, wild young woman amid the frigid Russian winter.  Woven into the story is elements of folklore, which was my favorite part of the story.  It wasn’t my favorite thing I’ve read, but the characters were engaging enough to keep me interested.

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The premise to this book is really interesting–two girls, two stories, two novels that are meant to be read side by side.  Each exists independently of the other, but they are intertwined.  Depending on the order in which you read them, you will experience the story in a different way.  I find this structure fascinating and enjoyed watching it play out in Lyra and Gemma’s stories.  I listened to it on audiobook and really enjoyed it.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is another book that I keep seeing everywhere.  I wasn’t going to read it, but then a friend recommended it to me.  The audiobook was available at the library and, once I started listening, I couldn’t put it down!  While I found the protagonist, Scarlet, really annoying, what kept me going was the unreliability.  It wasn’t just an unreliable narrator–the entire setting was unreliable.  Within the mysterious game of Caraval, Scarlet never knew what was real and what was part of the game.  This leads to many twists and turns, which kept me on the edge of my seat.  Plus, there were many descriptions of pretty dresses… and I’m a sucker for pretty dresses.

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