The Head of Medusa

The Head of MedusaTitle: The Head of Medusa
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #3
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Date: June 29th 2016
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The epic story of witches, gods, and monsters that USA Today called a "must read" continues in the third book of the Elementals series!

When Nicole Cassidy moved to a new town, she discovered that she was a witch descended from gods. But that was nothing compared to learning that it was up to her and four others with mysterious elemental powers to help save the world from the Titans, who would soon return to Earth.

Now her relationship with Blake -- the fire Elemental -- is finally heating up. But she must remain focused, because Typhon, one of the deadliest creatures in history, has escaped from the weakening prison world. Only one object can destroy him -- the head of Medusa herself.

Follow the Elementals as they journey to the end of the Earth, facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? Find out in the riveting third book in the Elementals series, The Head of Medusa.


The Head of Medusa was as exciting as I was expecting it to be! Michelle knows how to write books that just keep you turning pages. The chapters are short and always end on a cliff hanger. Similar to the prior novels, I’m really curious to see where this is going to happen next!

One thing that surprised me with the Head of Medusa is that the story takes a darker turn than the previous novels – I wasn’t expecting that. I suppose things got pretty dark in book 2, but I wasn’t invested in the particular characters that were affected, so it didn’t seem like too big of a deal to me. Book 3 is a different story!

There are a lot of parallels to Rick Riordan’s series, which may bother some people. If you loved Rick Riordan’s work  and are looking for a similar story, I think you’ll love this!

Booktube-A-Thon TBR and an Update

I decided to participate in the booktube-a-thon because I feel like I don’t read very often anymore. All of my reading takes place on the weekend and I feel like my weeknights have gotten a little crazy and I’m definitely prioritizing making videos over reading. I love making videos and it’s not something I plan to give up, so I just need to figure out a new schedule as I find a balance between my new-ish job, blogging, and reading. It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds!

Here’s a look at what I’m planning to read:

 

 
I put together a very ambitious TBR and I know I won’t get to a lot of these. So far I’m only about 5 chapters into Shiny Broken Pieces – that’s disappointing, but hopefully I can make up some ground this weekend?

Are you participating? If so, what are you reading?

Top 5 Books of 2016

Now that we’re half way through 2016, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my favorite books so far:

 

 
What books have you have absolutely loved this year?

Favorite Faerie Books

love faerie books. I’ve read quite a few over the years and I am always taken in by the world building, the characters, and the darkness that are typically included in the story. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

What are your favorite faerie stories? If you have any recommendations definitely let me know!

Dream On

Dream OnTitle: Dream On
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Silver #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?


Dream On is even stronger than Dream a Little Dream,. Now that the initial world building is out of the way, we’re able to get a little deeper into the crazy dream world that Gier has created — and it’s awesome. With the way book 1 ended, you might assume that the creepiness is over and I am happy to say that is not the case at all. If possible, Dream On is even more creepy.

Dreams can be very happy and whimsical, but they can also be terrifying. As someone who is prone to nightmares, I enjoyed seeing the darker side of dreams — although, Dream On got much, much darker than my dreams. The elements I loved in Dream a Little Dream are still present (mystery, romance, awesome characters), but what’s really sucking me into the story is the exploration of the dream world.

While it was wonderful getting a more in depth look at the whole shared dreaming thing, I know we’ve just started to scratch the surface. I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up in the final book and seeing what fun secrets are in store for us!

With Malice

With MaliceTitle: With Malice
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 316
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.


I really enjoyed With Malice. Our main character, Jill, wakes up to find she’s been in a horrific accident and can’t remember several months of her life. The big question here is “was it really an accident?”

Since Jill has no memories related to accident, she can’t really say and the reader gets to decipher various news stories, police reports, and flashes of Jill’s own memories to try to put together the pieces. It was exciting! For most of the book, I was pretty torn on whether or not it was an accident or intentional. From the information we’re given, it could have gone either way. Unraveling the puzzle pieces definitely kept my attention on the book and me want to keep turning the pages.

I definitely want to pick up other books by Eileen Cook in the future! I just enjoyed this one so much and it was like a breath of fresh air since I read it after finishing a book I wasn’t crazy about. If you’re into thrillers and mysteries, I highly recommend giving With Malice a shot.

June Wrap Up

I read a tiny bit less than I usually do in June! A big part of that was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It took me three weeks to read! Here’s a look at the books I read last month:

 

What did you read last month?

Dream A Little Dream

Dream A Little DreamTitle: Dream a Little Dream
Author: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
Series: Silver #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Date: April 14, 2015
Pages: 322
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4.5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....


Dream a Little Dream manages to be both whimsical and creepy — which I loved! This story just has a little bit of everything in it: romance, mystery, some magic, and of course drama. You can definitely see a Gossip Girl inspiration here, but it’s worked into the plot very nicely.

This is the second series I’ve read by Kerstin Gier, so I feel like I can officially say I’m a fan. I love the pacing and the writing style, and she continues to write really strong characters into the story. There are some that are really unlikable and some that you’d likely be friends with —I love that part of the book!

My favorite part, though, is definitely the crazy dream world Gier has created. It’s vivid, yet mysterious. There is just so much we don’t know about it yet and I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more! If you’re into fantasy, this is a great book to check out.