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Wishlist Wednesday: The Well of Ascension

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

Having recently read and reviewed The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, my wishlist Wednesday this week had to be The Well of Ascension, book two in the Mistborn series. It looks incredible, and will hopefully live up to the first. If you haven’t read the first book though, skip the blurb beneath. There are huge spoilers.

Brandon Sanderson - The Well of Ascension

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler – the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years – has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.

Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.

As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

I’m so glad I didn’t read this blurb before finishing the first book in the series. Huge spoilers. Anyway, I’m so excited about it and it looks really awesome. I need to buy it asap! Plus it’s a Brandon Sanderson book, and so far the ones I’ve read have all been awesome.

What’s on your wishlist this week? And don’t you just love Brandon Sanderson?

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Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and involves making a lists about a certain topic. And who doesn’t like making lists, right?

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

This was such an easy list to make. I had so many different choices because I want to read ALL of the books. Anyway, I managed, so here are my top ten this week.

Want-1

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Rose Under Fire

Want-2

Ruin and Rising Sinner

Want-3

Isla and the Happily Ever After Since You’ve Been Gone

Want-4

The School for Good and Evil City of the Falling Sky

Want-5

Where She Went The Princess Bride

Which books do you really want to read?

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Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Brandon Sanderson - The Final Empire

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

This was an incredible book! There is so much to love about it and so much to say about it’s awesomeness. I loved every minute of it and everybody should go and read this book right now. It’s that good.

The Final Empire tells the story of Kells, a sort of exile who leads a gang of criminals, and Vin, a minor member of another criminal gang. They happen to meet and what follows is a small group of people trying to completely change the world that they live in. There’s also magic, dancing and flying across rooftops.

I loved the main characters a lot. Kells is a sweetheart with a sad backstory and you really can’t help but like him. He’s amazing at what he does (namely, magic) and also has great relationships with his friends. Honestly, you’ll wish you were part of his crew when you’re reading this book. Similarly, I don’t think anybody could dislike Vin. Seeing her character develop as she came to trust Kells and his friends was so nice and I really liked the relationship between Vin and Kells. I have to give a special mention to Sazed and Elend as well, because they were my other favourites.

Plot-wise, this book was insane. So much happens and I literally couldn’t read this book fast enough. I always wanted to know more about the plot and the story and what was going to happen. There are some huge twists as well towards the end which I’m still not over. The other thing I really liked as the story went on were the small excerpts from the diary of the Lord Ruler at the beginning of every chapter. They were fascinating.

Finally, I have to mention the incredible magic system. Brandon Sanderson is known for his amazing magic systems, and I think this is my favourite so far. It’s based on swallowing metals and using the powers of those metals to do various things, such as fighting. (And there are some great fight scenes in this book). Honestly, Sanderson puts so much thought into how the magic works and I really enjoyed learning about it with Vin.

This book was awesome. I do wish there had been more women protagonists (there are quite a few men in the crew, and Vin’s the only woman) but hopefully that will change later on the series. I now really need to get on with reading the rest of the books because I need to know what happens. In the meantime, you should all go and get a copy of this book right now!

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Books With: Time Travel

Last night, series 8 of Doctor Who started and it was awesome! So much better than some of the more recent series’. Capaldi is definitely going to be great as the doctor. Anyway, watching it always makes me want to read some time travel books. Because time travel is awesome when it’s done right. Having looked through my goodreads shelf, it seems I haven’t read many time travel books. I really need to change that. Anyway, here are some recommendations based on what I have read!

Time Travel #1Ruby Red Time Between Us Renegade

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ruby Red, but a lot of people really love it. Time Between Us was a very quick read and quite sweet, but not a favourite of mine. I liked Renegade and there was plenty going on in it.

Time Travel #2

The Time Traveler’s Wife Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Landline

The Time Traveler’s Wife made me cry a lot. That’s a great reason for reading it, right? Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite Harry Potter and I loved the time travel aspect of it. I wasn’t really sure if Landline counts, but a magical phone to the past is sort of time travel, don’t you think?

Clearly, I haven’t read nearly enough time travel books and I really need to change that. That’s definitely one of my aims for next year.

Do you have any time travel book recommendations? (I really need them.) And did you watch Doctor Who last night?

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Stacking the Shelves #31

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga, where book lovers get to share what their latest additions to their book shelves are.

I got a few new books this week, all of which I’m excited about reading!

Bought

Cressida Cowell - How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon #1) by Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell - How to be a Pirate

How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon #2) by Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell - How to Twist a Dragon's Tale

How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (How to Train Your Dragon #5) by Cressida Cowell

Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

NetGalley

Shannon Lee Alexander - Love and Other Unkown Variables

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

The Iron Trial - Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I also got a new album this week which I am totally in love with, and that album is Collabro’s new (and first) one.

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IT’S AMAZING! I’m in love with every single song and I could easily listen to it for hours. You should all go and check out their music because it is beautiful!

What did you get this week?

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Review: The Artful (Shadows of the City #1)

Wilbert Stanton - The Artful

New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels – their playground. They aren’t heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll admit, I was disappointed by this book. From reading that blurb, I had been expecting a retelling of Oliver Twist set in the future (which sounds really awesome). Sadly, the only things that really connected this book to that story were the names of the two main characters, Twist and Dodger. The rest of it was totally different and that was a shame. However, this book did have a pretty good plot which did make up for the disappointment. It did get pretty exciting at times, and there were one or two twists that I didn’t expect.

On the other hand, I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. Twist was alright and quite interesting, and it was nice seeing a character in ya fiction that was a bit cowardly, but I never really connected him. Gia was alright most of the time, and I liked the way she stood up for herself. However, I hated Dodger. A lot. Mainly because of his misogyny. Very occasionally, I saw a different side to him, but considering that this guy was meant to be one of the heroes, I didn’t like him at all. I don’t think I’ve ever hated a “good” character so much.

Everything else in this book was just alright. The world was interesting, but I wish I knew more about how it came to be that way and why. There wasn’t enough about the history of what happened. To be honest, the only thing I really did like about this book was the plot. Otherwise, I was very disappointed.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

Choosing a book for my wishlist this week was so easy. I’ve been seeing reviews and stuff for Isla and the Happily Ever After everywhere, and now that it’s actually out I really want to read it.

Stephanie Perkins - Isla and the Happily Ever After

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I loved Anna and the French Kiss, and really enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I’m very excited about reading this at somepoint. It looks so adorable, and I really liked Josh in the first book. I’m looking forward to getting to know Isla better as well. This is definitely a book that I need to buy very soon!

What’s on your wishlist this week?