June 2014: Review Recap!

Review Recap

As far as reviews on the blog are concerned this month, I totally kicked butt! Okay, so nine reviews (ten if you counts my first dual review as two books) is nowhere near as many as some of my fellow bloggers post, but for me it’s a couple more over my average so I’m happy. I’m on this new kick of reviewing a book as soon as I finish it (most of them, anyway) as well as playing a little catchup to the reviews I’ve had outstanding for months. It’s nice to know my concerted efforts are paying off. Anyway, as for the titles reviewed, there were some pretty good ones this month – further evidence that my “read the best books first” goal is paying off. I feel like I’m finally growing out of the habit of picking up books because I feel like I have to and I’m now almost exclusively reading the books that make me happiest in the moment (It’s way harder to do than it sounds). Here is a look at the titles:

 Push by Eve Silver – 2/5 stars

Mirror X by Karri Thompson – 2/5 stars

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham – 2.5/5 stars

Scarlet/Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – 3/5 stars

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 stars

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo– 4/5 stars

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – 4.5/5 stars

 Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau – 5/5 stars!

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson – 5/5 stars!

 So many great books! It’s hard to pick a favorite because my top three ratings are books from totally different genres. Crown of Embers is part of my new all-time favorite teen fantasy series, but Independent Study was such a fun read… Then you have Bitten, which then inspired me to go and watch the show and now I’m in love. Screw it! I love them all. It’s my blog and therefore I can have three favorite reads for June if I want to. ;-)

Waiting on Wednesday Features:

Although I am especially excited to read Talon, I think the book I most anticipating is In a Handful of Dust (I absolutely loved the first book).

 Top Ten Tuesday Features:

 Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2014

Top Ten Books at the Top of my Summer 2014 TBR

 Top Ten Twenty Classic Fantasy Series

Top Ten Five Favorite Book Cover Attributes

 Some of my very favorites TTT posts happened this month. I love talking about favorite books I’ve read and picking which books I’m going to read.

Escape Reality Book Club:

July’s Selection

The Fifth Wave by Ricky Yancey

The Fifth Wave by Ricky Yancey

That sums up my month! How was yours?


March 2014: Review Recap!

Review Recap

So, evidently I’ve fallen a little more behind on book reviews than I thought I had. Normally, I average about seven book reviews per month and this month have barely gone over half that. I have excuses, of course. Most of which involve me having a lot more fun than normal. :-)

In any case, here’s a look at the books that were reviewed this month:

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke – 5/5 stars!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 stars

Selvage by Alexandra Duncan – 4/5 stars

and my favorite:

Dragon Haven

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb – 5/5 stars!

It was, all things considered, a killer month in reading… Possibly my highest review average ever. Although, when you take into account that there’s only four of them, that’s not really an impressive sample size.

Waiting on Wednesday Features:

 Even though I am dying to read Invaded, I am most excited for the new Robin Hobb book!

A Q&A with Dan Wells:


That pretty much sums up my month of posting… I’m earnestly hoping for something a little more robust for next month, but will see what happens. Although, the Dan Wells interview was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever featured on my blog… So there’s that. :-)

by Niki Hawkes


February 2014: Review Recap!

Review Recap

I have been having so much fun reading lately that I’m having a difficult time doing anything else. Currently, my reading has been split pretty evenly between awesome books I already own and the endless pile of ARCs I can’t seem to stop requesting. It’s okay though, because I finally have a good way to keep track of which books need to be read by when, and it is taken away a lot of the obligation I used to feel regarding them (It also helps that I’ve somehow managed to restrain my request to just the have-to-have titles). In any case, here my:

 Books Reviewed:

Panic by Lauren Oliver – 4.5/5 stars

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – 5/5 stars!

Death Sworn by Leah Cypress – 2.5/5 stars

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison – 5/5 stars

Dangerous by Shannon Hale – DNF

 Guests Review: The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison – 4/5 stars

My favorite book reviewed this month is probably Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey… although I am an uber fan of Kim Harrison.

Hopefully in March I will be posting a couple more reviews than I did this month. My plan to read more than I review has backfired, as I find myself a full ten books behind (meaning you are getting reviews for books I read as far back as December. Fail.). As I mentioned before, my time spent reading lately has been just ridiculous.

Waiting on Wednesday Features:

Other exciting news: Charlotte over at Apathy and Rhetoric and I started a monthly YA book club!  It has been really fun to participate in so far, and we are welcoming anybody who wants to join. For more info, click on the button below:


 What awesome books did you read this month?


January 2014: Review Recap!

Review Recap

 So far in 2014 I have read a bunch of killer titles! The trouble is, I am still posting reviews for books I read in December (fail). Near the end of last year, I was making an effort to get caught up on all the great ARCs I’d been approved for on Netgalley and Edelweiss. 3/6 of the books I reviewed this month are evidence of my attempt to catch up. As one of my Top Ten Bookish Resolutions of 2014 was to quit requesting so many ARCs, next month’s ought to be a much better month in reviewing!

Books Reviewed:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – 2.5/5 stars

Control by Lydia Kang – 2/5 stars

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull – 3.5/5 stars

 The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 5/5 stars!

 Outpost by Ann Aguirre – 2.5/5 stars

Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra – 3/5 stars

My favorite book reviewed this month was by far Sanderson’s Way of Kings. I’ll have to see how the series continues before I make any drastic decisions, but suffice to say it’s in contention for one of my favorite fantasies!

Waiting on Wednesday Features:

There are some really awesome titles coming out, but the one I’m most excited about featured this month is Lascar’s Blade by Glenda Larke.  She’s easily one of my favorite authors and I vowed I would drop everything to devour anything new from her.

I am participating (and I use the term loosely) in two reading challenges this year: a Dystopian Challenge (hosted by Blog of Erised) and a Series Challenge (hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.). As you can see, I have accrued zero points for both challenges thus far this year. Although I’m not too bent up about it because my biggest challenge this year is a personal one: read only the books that excite me the most. For the record, I am doing a smashing job in that one so far!

Other exciting news: Charlotte over at Apathy and Rhetoric and I started a monthly YA book club!  It has been really fun to participate in so far, and we are welcoming anybody who wants to join. For more info, click on the button below:


 What awesome books did you read this month?

by Niki Hawkes