Challenge Updates: October Check-In

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My October rereads:

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Title:
Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Date Read: October 16, 2015 – October 24, 2015
Type: Purchased

I read Twenty Boy Summer for the 3rd time and got even more emotional than I had in the past. I can’t put into words how much I actually love this book. It is Sarah’s first and it is amazing! If you have never read this or anything by this amazing author, FIX IT!

 

So I only did one reread but it was the best and better than I have in the past. This month I am aiming to finally reread Lauren Miller’s fabulous book Parallel. We shall see.

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I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My October fantasy reads:

Title: Dark Triumph
Author:  Robin LaFevers
Date Read: September 28, 2015 – October 4, 2015
Type: Gifted

I started this one in September but finished in October so this will have to count for 2 months. I didn’t love it. I found it slow but I didn’t hate it either. I look forward to book 3…at some point

 

 

 

 

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Title: The Demon King
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Date Read: October 11, 2015 – October 19, 2015
Type: Gifted

I struggled with this one. IT is a huge book and I felt like nothing happened at all until like 20 pages left and then nothing happened again. I was bummed that I didn’t love it as everyone seems to, but I will read book 2 at some point.

 

I’m kicking but in my fantasy challenge. I have already surpassed my goal but I’m not done yet. I still have 2 months of fun reading left. But I am proud of myself with this one.

October Wrap-Up: Post Edition

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Challenge Updates: September Check-In

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My September rereads:

NO REREADS

I suck. That is all there is to it. My last reread was in June. Yes, JUNE! I still need to do three more before the end of the year. Time to get serious.

flightsoffantasy

I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My September fantasy reads:

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Title: Queen of Shawdows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Read: September 1, 2015 –September 7, 2015
Type: Purchased

Holy crap this book! I don’t want to say much as I don’t want to give it away, but it may have crushed my soul…a lot. You can read my review of it by clicking on the title.

 

 

 

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Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Date Read: September 15, 2015 –September 19, 2015
Type: eARC

WOW WOW WOW! I loved this final chapter of The Orphan Queen duology even more than I loved OQ. It was fast paced and hurt my soul and surprised me. It was everything I expected from Jodi and more. A must read in April!

 

 

 

 

Title: Dark Triumph
Author:  Robin LaFevers
Date Read: September 28, 2015 –
Type: Gifted

This book is a reading work in progress and will be finished in October but it was started in September so some of the credit belongs here.

 

 

I’m kicking butt in my fantasy challenge. My current total is at 16 read and 1 currently reading. I have already surpassed my goal but I’m not done yet. I still have 3 months of fun reading left. But I am proud of myself with this one.

September Wrap-Up: Post Edition

 

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Review: Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers

Review: Grave Mercy – Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 3rd 2012
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I fought reading Grave Mercy. I wasn’t sold on the concept of historical fiction and assassin nuns. I kept saying, maybe someday, thinking probably never. But my plans were foiled. About 17 people told me to read it and it was gifted to me at Christmas leaving me with little to no argument. So what did I do? I read it. And what did I think about it? I loved it. Grave Mercy is an excellent book and those 17 people knew what they were talking about.

Grave Mercy is about Ismae, a girl that has been treated as property by men her whole life. She has never been able to make her own choices. And then on the night of her betrothal to a vile man in her village she is saved and whisked away to a convent. But this convent serves the Saint of Death. Ismae has a choice to pledge her alliance to Death and learn how to kill people that are marked. Ismae agrees and is trained as an assassin. And then she is given her first big assignment. She is sent to act as the mistress for Duval, the confidant of the duchess. And to see if he is actually a traitor. As Ismae and Duval get closer Ismae’s orders starts to make her question who she is really aligned with, death or her heart.

When I started Grave Mercy I wasn’t sold off the bat. To be honest it was pretty slow in the start. But with a book being over 500 pages I guess that is a given. I didn’t give up though. I kept reading and then I hit my stride and I was hooked. The story took on an air of urgency as the mystery of who was working against who, who was on who’s side, and who was a traitor really took shape. Along with the budding relationship between Ismae and Duval.

Duval and Ismae were probably the perfect pair for one another. They were closed off and grumpy. They were untrusting and wary of one another and everyone else. Yet as they worked together they grew an admiration for each other which turned to more. It was a struggle for Ismae to see the good in any man, but it was truly amazing to see her grow and find that goodness inside Duval as she started to not only trust him but her instincts and her heart.

Truly Grave Mercy was the great reading experience that almost wasn’t. It was a great book rich in intrigue, mystery, politics and the slow burn romance. It was a fabulous look at how black and white isn’t always as simple as it looks. There are always shades of grey. Definitely, a series that will be continued by me.

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