My Summer Reading List for 2018, Six of Crows, Rick Riordan Books, and more

June 7, 2018

 

Summer. Ah, the good, glory days that bookworms all love and enjoy. Also, how can I call myself a book lover if I don't get some summer reading material? Especially I was so busy recently, summer vocation is a great way for me to get back on my A game. 

 

 

 

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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This has to be one of the more anticipated books in 2018, basically being a mini-sequel to The A Court of Thorns and Roses series. If that reason alone fails to let you understand why I want to read this book...I genuinely don't know what to say. Why in the world will I miss a chance to see more of Rhys and Feyre?!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Restore me by Tahereh Mafi

 

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Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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I was very surprised to see this sequel, but at this same time this was definitely not unnecessary. Like all Dystopian books, The Shatter Me series was so fun to read, but still suffer by having that GOD-AWFUL ending - *furious intake of breath*. That ending was so lazy, very inconclusive, and just not...good. At all.

 

So yeah, this book is definitely a great opportunity for the author to "improve" and remodel that ending (don't let me down, please). 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

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Okay, so I've never been a fan of Leigh Bardugo's books. I tried to give Shadow and Bone a shot, and it definitely was not good at all for me, so I never finished the series. Naturally, with such a bad experience, I originally had absolutely no interest with Six of Crows, even when I am seeing it around the book community a lot. However, maybe it was because of the good word of mouth on this book and how Goodreads just so passionately had to continuously and repeatedly shove this book in my face, I reluctantly decided to give this book a try. 

 

Let's just hope that Bardugo doesn't disappoint me again like she did with her other series. I'm very curious to see how this book would be like for me. 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Cruel Prince by Holly black

 

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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I also saw this book a lot in the book community for the past few months, and apparently this book was really good.  A lot of people liked it, and with a pretty good synopsis (seems like something I might like and enjoy), I'm willing to give this book a shot. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. magnus chase series by rick riordan

 

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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus's birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus's memory. But he doesn't have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

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As a so-called Rick Riordan fan, I had been absolutely mortified over the fact that I haven't read any of his Magnus Chase (and Trials of Apollo books). So I'm using this summer as an opportunity to catch up.

 

 

 

 

 

6. trials of apollo series by rick riordan

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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Basically the same reason as above. 

 

 

 

 

7. The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

 

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Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well - and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what - and who - it is they're fighting for. 

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So I was borrowing the other books from the library, and this one was on the shelf next to me when I was checking out. I looked at the back cover, seems interesting, so I checked it out. 

 

 

 

 

8. The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) by Jeff Kinney

 

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Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster? 

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So I was doing some last-minute scan in the library, and I saw THE NEW DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK and I was immediately like HECK YEAHHH and proceeded to check it out. Yes, I totally "calmly" went to check this book out and did not, did not knock anything down in the process of doing so.

 

 

 

 

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