2015 Flights of Fantasy Update: January & February

Posted March 8, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

I decided to take part in the 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, because I thought it would be cool to read more fantasy novels. Especially after spending the last three years concentrating on historical fiction. I never knew how much fantasy I was actually reading until this year. Apparently, fantasy is already my main reading genre. LOL! While I was initially looking for fantasy books to read for the challenge, I began to read books on my TBR Pile, and began to notice that they happened to be fantasy novels. So, I’ve already surpassed my pledge of 15 fantasy novels by nine books! Here’s my list of books I’ve read in the months of January and February:

splintered-book-cover1) Splintered by A. G. Howard 

I liked this unique re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. The world Howard created felt fresh and new, instead of a re-telling of a place we already know. Alyssa is a heroine worth rooting for in that she is strong, and appears to know who she is. Like many YA novels, there is a love triangle, however it reads more realistic than others in this genre. Alyssa has history with both of her love interests (Jeb & Morpheus) that bring many complications to the story. Instead of the usual love-at-first sight romance that permeates most YA novels, the fact Alyssa has strong ties to her to beaux allows the reader to focus more on the adventure, instead of wondering why she’s instantly smitten with both boys. (More…)

174491972) Unhinged by A. G. Howard

While I adored Howard’s re-imagining of Wonderland in the first novel, setting the second book in the “real world” was a nice twist. In Unhinged, Alyssa struggled between adapting to being back in her “real” life as Jeb’s girlfriend, and with her mother back home, and the call to return to Wonderland. When Alyssa failed to act on her dreams of a Wonderland in peril, Morpheus arrives to disrupt her normal teenaged existence. Watching Alyssa struggle with having to share her father with her mother, and butting heads with the woman she’s wanted to have a relationship with for so long grounded the story, and made Alyssa relatable.  (More…)

ensnared3) Ensnared by A. G. Howard

In her third installment, A. G. Howard wraps up her Splintered series with the action packed conclusion, Ensnared. In the third novel, Alyssa and her father journey to the looking-glass world, AnyElsewhere, to save Jeb, Morpheus, and her mother after the disastrous prom. I loved Alyssa’s father finally getting a chance to get in on the action, because the two had such a wonderful relationship in the other two novels. Thomas is a pretty cool guy, and it was nice seeing him move a way from being a parent, towards Alyssa’s partner in crime. I also loved learning more about their family history, which helped weave new threads of mystery in this third installment. (More…)

4 & 5) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll51n+G5YL60Lmzi.lfebbhox.225x225-75

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting. (More…)

The-Scorpio-Races6) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Author Maggie Stiefvater excels at setting the scene for the titular Scorpio Races. The story is told from dueling viewpoints of race champion Sean Kendrick and newbie Puck Connolly. Each of them have a reason they need to win the race, yet develop a relationship that is at odds with their goal. Puck and Sean are great characters that make it hard to root for only one of them. Puck is a fierce, smart, strong heroine, while Sean is the strong silent type. At first it seems they have nothing in common, but as the book progresses we learn they are more alike than either of them (and us) could have guessed. Their relationship builds slowly over the course of the story, and while they are taken with each other from the onset, their story doesn’t feel forced. (More…)

7, 8, & 9) The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater81+BKHTfjmL._SL1500_81NO8nM+SuL._SL1500_9780545682787_p0_v1_s260x420

Author Maggie Stiefvater has crafted a spell-binding paranormal romance, that reads like a dream you don’t want to awake from. Told from the dual perspectives of Grace, a girl drawn to the wolves who live in the woods behind her home, and Sam, a boy living in two distinct worlds. Unlike many “love at first sight” teen romances, this story differs in that the pair develop an unusual relationship through the years prior to their first face-to-face meeting. Unlike those other romances, Grace and Sam’s desperate bid to find a way to be together feels earned, and is easy to accept. (More…)

CinderGive10) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What I liked most about Marissa Meyer’s retelling of the fairy tale, Cinderella, is that she set the story in the future, and made the heroine a cyborg. This science fiction aspect of this classic story made it read as a brand new story. Cinder is a strong character, even if she has been forced to live in a subordinate situation to that of her family. She is opinionated and brave. The next thing I liked about this story is how Cinder meets the prince. Yes, there’s a ball in the story, but I loved how Meyer built up Cinder’s relationship with the prince so it wasn’t your typical teen love at first sight story. Finally, I loved how the story ended. (More…)

Scarlet-Marissa-Meyer-667x102411) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Marisa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles returns with Scarlet. Meyer’s retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, gets spun on its head when Red (“Scarlet”) sets out to unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s disappearance. Along the way she meets Wolf, a street fighter, who may be tied to Grandmother’s disappearance. Tough and quiet, Scarlet must decide if Wolf can be trusted, or if he’s a villain out to “disappear” her, too. (More…)

Cress12) Cress by Marissa Meyer

What I liked most about this book was how Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne worked together to create a plot to overthrow Levana. This gave the book the feel of a crime caper novel. Actually, it kind of reminded me of that film The Italian Job, but in a dystopian future. Both Cinder and Scarlet are tough cookies, so it was refreshing to see how different Cress was in comparison. She’s wicked smart, but very innocent and naive. Her relationship with Thorne was really cute, and allowed her character to grow up a bit by the events that take place in the book’s climax. I also loved how all the little side stories were tied up to make way for the final showdown that will inevitably take place in Winter, the final book in the series. (More…)

ruby-circle13) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Author Richelle Mead brings her Bloodlines series, a spin-off of the popular The Vampire Academy series, too a close with The Ruby Circle. The arrival of this book was bittersweet, to be honest. I was excited for a new book, but sad to see the series end. However, Mead reveals in the acknowledgements that fans may not have seen the last of these beloved characters. Hmm… (More…)

fairestcover14) Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Author Marissa Meyer gives fans of The Lunar Chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at the evil Queen Levana. Despite showing what made Levana who she’s become, Meyer still manages to keep Levana an unsympathetic character. Whether or not this was her intent, I appreciated this. Too many times authors try to rehabilitate villains to make the them more relatable to readers. This can go over well, or it can declaw a perfectly good villain and turn them into a joke. Instead of becoming relatable, Levana is shown to be an even bigger villain than I ever thought possible in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. (More…)

15) Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout (No Review)

3D halfbood16) Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

After reading author Jennifer Armentrout’s LUX series last fall, I was hooked on her writing. Armentrout delivers fast-paced stories that hook you from the very first sentence, and don’t let go of your attention until her stories end. It was like that with LUX, and I can tell the Covenant series will be the same. (More…)

Fire flower17) Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

While the similarities between Armentrout’s Covenant series and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series continue to persist, they aren’t as blatant as in the first book. In Pure, Seth and Aiden begin vying for Alex’s affections. Though Aiden took a step back in order to protect Alex’s future, that doesn’t mean he’s jumping for joy at her newfound closeness with Seth. Seth, meanwhile, is hoping Alex will give in to fate and chose to be with him. Both guys are likable, and at this point I wouldn’t care much which one she choses. While completely different, they’re both pretty great guys. (More…)

deity218) Deity  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really enjoyed how conflicted Alex seemed in this one. As her Awakening began to get closer, Alex’s fear of what was about to befall her began to cause a bit of friction with the people in her life. With her and Aiden acting a bit awkward with each other, I liked her growing closeness with Seth. However, that didn’t sway me from loving Alex and Aiden together. (More…)

19) Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout (No Review)

apollyon120) Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OMFG!! That pretty much sums up my feeling about Apollyon, despite the fact it’s basically a filler book. Yet somehow author Jennifer L. Armentrout managed to infuse a lot of story into the book. Sure there was loads of hot, drool-worthy Aiden/Alex love scenes, but several major loose ends get tied up, making a nice segue into the final book, Sentinel. (More…)

So that’s it for the first two months of 2015. I’ve already surpassed my goal, and based on my stack of books yet to be read, I’ll end the year way over my initial pledge. Check back in May to find out what books I’ve read during the months of March and April. Until then… happy reading!

@Angelized_1st

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2015 Flights of Fantasy Update: January & February

Posted March 8, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

I decided to take part in the 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, because I thought it would be cool to read more fantasy novels. Especially after spending the last three years concentrating on historical fiction. I never knew how much fantasy I was actually reading until this year. Apparently, fantasy is already my main reading genre. LOL! While I was initially looking for fantasy books to read for the challenge, I began to read books on my TBR Pile, and began to notice that they happened to be fantasy novels. So, I’ve already surpassed my pledge of 15 fantasy novels by nine books! Here’s my list of books I’ve read in the months of January and February:

splintered-book-cover1) Splintered by A. G. Howard 

I liked this unique re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. The world Howard created felt fresh and new, instead of a re-telling of a place we already know. Alyssa is a heroine worth rooting for in that she is strong, and appears to know who she is. Like many YA novels, there is a love triangle, however it reads more realistic than others in this genre. Alyssa has history with both of her love interests (Jeb & Morpheus) that bring many complications to the story. Instead of the usual love-at-first sight romance that permeates most YA novels, the fact Alyssa has strong ties to her to beaux allows the reader to focus more on the adventure, instead of wondering why she’s instantly smitten with both boys. (More…)

174491972) Unhinged by A. G. Howard

While I adored Howard’s re-imagining of Wonderland in the first novel, setting the second book in the “real world” was a nice twist. In Unhinged, Alyssa struggled between adapting to being back in her “real” life as Jeb’s girlfriend, and with her mother back home, and the call to return to Wonderland. When Alyssa failed to act on her dreams of a Wonderland in peril, Morpheus arrives to disrupt her normal teenaged existence. Watching Alyssa struggle with having to share her father with her mother, and butting heads with the woman she’s wanted to have a relationship with for so long grounded the story, and made Alyssa relatable.  (More…)

ensnared3) Ensnared by A. G. Howard

In her third installment, A. G. Howard wraps up her Splintered series with the action packed conclusion, Ensnared. In the third novel, Alyssa and her father journey to the looking-glass world, AnyElsewhere, to save Jeb, Morpheus, and her mother after the disastrous prom. I loved Alyssa’s father finally getting a chance to get in on the action, because the two had such a wonderful relationship in the other two novels. Thomas is a pretty cool guy, and it was nice seeing him move a way from being a parent, towards Alyssa’s partner in crime. I also loved learning more about their family history, which helped weave new threads of mystery in this third installment. (More…)

4 & 5) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll51n+G5YL60Lmzi.lfebbhox.225x225-75

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting. (More…)

The-Scorpio-Races6) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Author Maggie Stiefvater excels at setting the scene for the titular Scorpio Races. The story is told from dueling viewpoints of race champion Sean Kendrick and newbie Puck Connolly. Each of them have a reason they need to win the race, yet develop a relationship that is at odds with their goal. Puck and Sean are great characters that make it hard to root for only one of them. Puck is a fierce, smart, strong heroine, while Sean is the strong silent type. At first it seems they have nothing in common, but as the book progresses we learn they are more alike than either of them (and us) could have guessed. Their relationship builds slowly over the course of the story, and while they are taken with each other from the onset, their story doesn’t feel forced. (More…)

7, 8, & 9) The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater81+BKHTfjmL._SL1500_81NO8nM+SuL._SL1500_9780545682787_p0_v1_s260x420

Author Maggie Stiefvater has crafted a spell-binding paranormal romance, that reads like a dream you don’t want to awake from. Told from the dual perspectives of Grace, a girl drawn to the wolves who live in the woods behind her home, and Sam, a boy living in two distinct worlds. Unlike many “love at first sight” teen romances, this story differs in that the pair develop an unusual relationship through the years prior to their first face-to-face meeting. Unlike those other romances, Grace and Sam’s desperate bid to find a way to be together feels earned, and is easy to accept. (More…)

CinderGive10) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What I liked most about Marissa Meyer’s retelling of the fairy tale, Cinderella, is that she set the story in the future, and made the heroine a cyborg. This science fiction aspect of this classic story made it read as a brand new story. Cinder is a strong character, even if she has been forced to live in a subordinate situation to that of her family. She is opinionated and brave. The next thing I liked about this story is how Cinder meets the prince. Yes, there’s a ball in the story, but I loved how Meyer built up Cinder’s relationship with the prince so it wasn’t your typical teen love at first sight story. Finally, I loved how the story ended. (More…)

Scarlet-Marissa-Meyer-667x102411) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Marisa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles returns with Scarlet. Meyer’s retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, gets spun on its head when Red (“Scarlet”) sets out to unravel the mystery of her grandmother’s disappearance. Along the way she meets Wolf, a street fighter, who may be tied to Grandmother’s disappearance. Tough and quiet, Scarlet must decide if Wolf can be trusted, or if he’s a villain out to “disappear” her, too. (More…)

Cress12) Cress by Marissa Meyer

What I liked most about this book was how Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne worked together to create a plot to overthrow Levana. This gave the book the feel of a crime caper novel. Actually, it kind of reminded me of that film The Italian Job, but in a dystopian future. Both Cinder and Scarlet are tough cookies, so it was refreshing to see how different Cress was in comparison. She’s wicked smart, but very innocent and naive. Her relationship with Thorne was really cute, and allowed her character to grow up a bit by the events that take place in the book’s climax. I also loved how all the little side stories were tied up to make way for the final showdown that will inevitably take place in Winter, the final book in the series. (More…)

ruby-circle13) The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Author Richelle Mead brings her Bloodlines series, a spin-off of the popular The Vampire Academy series, too a close with The Ruby Circle. The arrival of this book was bittersweet, to be honest. I was excited for a new book, but sad to see the series end. However, Mead reveals in the acknowledgements that fans may not have seen the last of these beloved characters. Hmm… (More…)

fairestcover14) Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Author Marissa Meyer gives fans of The Lunar Chronicles a behind-the-scenes look at the evil Queen Levana. Despite showing what made Levana who she’s become, Meyer still manages to keep Levana an unsympathetic character. Whether or not this was her intent, I appreciated this. Too many times authors try to rehabilitate villains to make the them more relatable to readers. This can go over well, or it can declaw a perfectly good villain and turn them into a joke. Instead of becoming relatable, Levana is shown to be an even bigger villain than I ever thought possible in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. (More…)

15) Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout (No Review)

3D halfbood16) Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

After reading author Jennifer Armentrout’s LUX series last fall, I was hooked on her writing. Armentrout delivers fast-paced stories that hook you from the very first sentence, and don’t let go of your attention until her stories end. It was like that with LUX, and I can tell the Covenant series will be the same. (More…)

Fire flower17) Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

While the similarities between Armentrout’s Covenant series and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series continue to persist, they aren’t as blatant as in the first book. In Pure, Seth and Aiden begin vying for Alex’s affections. Though Aiden took a step back in order to protect Alex’s future, that doesn’t mean he’s jumping for joy at her newfound closeness with Seth. Seth, meanwhile, is hoping Alex will give in to fate and chose to be with him. Both guys are likable, and at this point I wouldn’t care much which one she choses. While completely different, they’re both pretty great guys. (More…)

deity218) Deity  by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really enjoyed how conflicted Alex seemed in this one. As her Awakening began to get closer, Alex’s fear of what was about to befall her began to cause a bit of friction with the people in her life. With her and Aiden acting a bit awkward with each other, I liked her growing closeness with Seth. However, that didn’t sway me from loving Alex and Aiden together. (More…)

19) Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout (No Review)

apollyon120) Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

OMFG!! That pretty much sums up my feeling about Apollyon, despite the fact it’s basically a filler book. Yet somehow author Jennifer L. Armentrout managed to infuse a lot of story into the book. Sure there was loads of hot, drool-worthy Aiden/Alex love scenes, but several major loose ends get tied up, making a nice segue into the final book, Sentinel. (More…)

So that’s it for the first two months of 2015. I’ve already surpassed my goal, and based on my stack of books yet to be read, I’ll end the year way over my initial pledge. Check back in May to find out what books I’ve read during the months of March and April. Until then… happy reading!

@Angelized_1st

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