2016 Reading Challenge Wrap Ups Pt. 1

It’s December! That means it’s the time of the year where all the reading challenges for the year are coming to an end! Bittersweet, for sure since I know I failed at some but that’s okay, I still have some time to complete some and have completed some really good ones this year and it has been a lot of fun. Here are the current list of 2016 reading challenges that I have completed! (You can click their respective graphics to visit the original challenge sign up posts!)

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The first challenge I completed is the What’s in a Name 2016 reading challenge. This one was so much fun and the goal of it was to match book titles with a required topic. Please see below for the topics and the corresponding book that fulfilled it. You can click on any of the links to visit the review!

A country (try not to use ‘Africa’!) : America’s First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray
An item of clothing: Bossypants by Tina Fey
An item of furniture: Table for Five by Susan Wiggs
A profession: The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack
A month of the year: November 9 by Colleen Hoover
A title with the word ‘tree’ in it: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

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The second challenge I completed was the 2016 Full House Reading Challenge. This is the second time that I have participated and this one is always a blast. The goal for this challenge was to get a full house on a bingo card, participants were to read a book matching a topic in each box on the card. Once all boxes were completed then the participant achieved a Full House. The books and their reviews are listed below.

Full House Challenge Final 2016

Full House Challenge Grid 2016

Southernmost by Sarah Sadler (Author you wish was better known) 
The Other Widow
by Susan Crawford (Published in 2016)
The Fate of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen (Book from a series you love) 
The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne (Had Laugh out loud moments)
Immurement
 by Norma Hinkens (Debut Novel)
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is cool too) by Nora McInerny Purmort (Thought Provoking Book)
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb (Book Club Worthy)
Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter by Nina Norstrom (Color word in title)
Synthesis: Legion of Stateside Delusions by T.C. Koury (Author with the same surname as
yours)
Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman (You didn’t want to put it down)
Brave New Weed by Joe Dolce (Way out of comfort zone)
Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy (family relationship in title)
Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes (Book you bought)
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Setting begins with  B: Brooklyn)
Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revengby Ovidia Yu (Author outside own country: Singapore)
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot (Self Challenge: read more contemporary romance)
The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years by Rheta Grimsley Johnson (Memoir)
The Quest for Merlin (Magimakía Book One) by Rafael Lovato (the First in a Series)
Abducted by Roger Rapel (You’d like to change the cover)
The Takers by Amanda Bigler (Dominant color on cover: Red)
After Alice by Gregory McGuire (New author to you)
What the Waves Know by Tamara Valentine (Would make a good movie)
X-men: The Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont(Author), Jo Duffy(Author), and John Byrne(Illustrator)  (library book)
Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley (Published 2015)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (been on TBR Forever)

contemp-romance-challenge-button-2016-sm_zpszhqwfajvThe third challenge I have completed is the Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge. The goal for this challenge was to read as many contemporary romances as you can. In the past I haven’t read nearly as many as I would like so I consider myself pretty new to the genre. I didn’t read as much as I thought I would but I did complete the level that I originally signed up for which was 1st base: read 1-5 books. I ended up making it to 2nd base which was to read 6-10 books. I ended up with 7 and I don’t anticipate finishing any new ones in the remainder of 2016. The books I read are below!

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot
Southernmost by Sarah Sadler
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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3890The last challenge that I have CURRENTLY completed is the 2016 Goodreads challenge which is more of a self challenge where you set the amount of books you want to read at the beginning of the year and strive to meet it. I need to update my sidebar but I ended up reading 100/100 books this year!

And that is it for right now! I had tons of fun trying to meet these challenges. It’s crunch time on the other challenges and although I know I am not going to meet them all, I am okay with that because I had so much fun reading for them this year. I anticipate realistically finishing 3 more challenges so a part 2 of the reading challenge wrap up post will be coming! I hope all of you are experiencing success in meeting your reading challenges. I tend to be super optimistic about them going into the year and I admit, I’m addicted and can’t wait for the 2017 challenges. I think I’m doing like 14 because I’m a glutton for punishment. Anyway, happy reading everyone!!

 

Broken Angels (Eve of Light #1) by Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Broken AngelsTitle: Broken Angels written by Harambee K. Grey – Sun
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by HyperVerse Books
Page count: 308
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 2/5 – It was okay
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #37

Promiscuous sex becomes dangerous when a new STD known as the “White Fire Virus” begins infecting lovers. The virus infests it’s victims with parasites that either outright kill their victim or lay dormant within the victim but feed off of light when it shines on the victims skin. This reaction to light also causes the victims to have super human powers like increased strength, ability to manipulate light, etc.

Darryl and Robert, two men who are infected with the white fire virus, are partners in an organization that operates to find missing children. They are on track to breaking a big case and finding an infected teenage girl that they have been looking for when it all takes a turn in a direction neither of them would expect.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review!

When I read the description of Broken Angels I was pretty excited to start it. I had never really read a book with philosophical elements mixed in with fantasy/adventure other than the Golden Compass so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I was open to something new.

I thought the premise of the story was interesting and different. It’s not like anything I have ever read before which was a good thing because the story wasn’t predictable at all. Albeit interesting, I thought it was okay. I was interested in the book when it started but I literally got lost somewhere in the pages of it. I really felt like there was so much happening or involved in the story that it just lost me. I couldn’t ever really get back into it which is why it took me so long to read it. I don’t know if maybe it’s because philosophical type fiction is just not my thing but I will have to try more in this subgenre in order to really get a feel for it and decide whether I like it.

I think it would have been a much different book without all the philosophical stuff and I would have liked it more. I thought everything about the virus was really interesting and how Darryl is trying to atone for his sexual past by sort of brainwashing people into not being promiscuous or continuing to search for love. I feel that part of the story was something I was really interested in as well as their work of finding missing children.

I think the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I love the contrast of the blue and pink against the white, it’s beautiful and is what initially drew me to it.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy novels that incorporate some sort of philosophical twist you may enjoy this one! I gave it a two out of five stars which for me, means that I thought it was okay…this is a good thing, it means I didn’t think it was awful but I didn’t really “like it” or “love it”. I just felt like it was an okay read.

Book Review – Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hamstead

Title: Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh written by Katie Hamstead
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Published by Curiosity Quills Press
Page count: 250
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #31

When the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten receives a message from Aten that a Hebrew woman will bear him a son to be heir to his throne, he sends his most trusted commander to Thebes in search of the perfect Hebrew woman. When it looks like one of her younger sisters are favored by the guards, headstrong and educated Naomi offers herself in place of her sister convincing the guards that she is the better choice for the Pharaoh.

When she reaches Amarna, the seat of the Pharaoah’s home, Naomi is stripped of her Hebrew and is renamed as Kiya, Queen of Egypt. With her wit, loving heart, and strength she easily becomes one of the Pharaoh’s most beloved and treasured wives much to the dismay and jealousy of his first wife Nefertiti. As Kiya becomes closer to the Pharaoah and beloved of almost everyone, Nefertiti will stop at nothing to thwart Kiya’s reputation with their husband and the plans for her to produce the heir. Soon Kiya finds herself not only struggling to preserve her life against Nefertiti’s endless scheming and threats but also to be true to her husband when she finds herself falling in love with a Hebrew guard, and preserve her identity as Naomi, the Hebrew princess whose faith in the one God endures.

I received Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved his book. I always find pieces of historical fiction really interesting and this book was nothing short of EXTREMELY interesting. I’ve always been hugely fascinated by anything having to do with Ancient Egypt so you can imagine my excitement about the opportunity to read this book!

I adored Kiya as a character. I feel like the author made me fall in love with her from the very beginning of the story. We experience the story in the first person so it was easy to feel like I was experiencing the story through Kiya’s eyes so of course I felt fear when she felt it, I felt joy when she felt it and my stomach knotted when something terrible happened to her. It was really easy to be really invested in this story. That made it really hard to put this book down, that and the fact that the story itself is written really well.

There is a lot of intrigue and drama throughout the book…things that Kiya (Naomi) struggles with daily. I find her inner struggles to be the most interesting topics throughout the story. It’s interesting to see her struggle to keep in touch with Naomi when everything in her environment pressures her to be Kiya, the Queen, the intended mother of the heir. It was interesting to see her struggle with staying true to her faith and her culture which she amazingly manages to do despite all the things that are stacked against her. She is such a strong and inspiring character.

I truly felt for her in regards to the budding romance we see between her and the guard Malachai. Although I won’t say too much on this because I don’t want to give anything away about specific things that happen in the book, my heart just burst because of their situation and the tenderness you can tell is between them. It gives you hope for her future but you can tell that future is still a very long way off if it ever comes at all.

I really liked seeing her journey as a character. The Naomi we meet at the beginning of the story seemed like a child to me, which judging from the time period she sort of was even though it mentions that she is older than usual marrying age…which I would imagine to be pretty young at the time. The Naomi we see at the end of the story stands in stark contrast to the Naomi we were introduced to…she of course has borne children but she is also wiser, stronger and has known more heartache.

The story sort of ends with a cliffhanger that makes me think that this is going to be a series…I actually skipped on over to the writer’s blog in order to see if I could find any details on that and yes!!! This is going to be a trilogy and the next book is going to be coming out in October. How excited am I for a second book in this series? Super excited, can’t wait! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of this story and more from this author!

If you are a fan of historical fiction or just young adult novels in general I would heartily recommend reading this book! It is a fantastic read and you won’t be able to put it down! I think it’s a light read in the fact that it goes by so fast because you won’t want to stop reading once you start!

Book Review: Data Runner (ARC) – Sam A. Patel

Title: Data Runner written by Sam A. Patel
Genre: YA Fiction – Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #28

Seventeen year old Jack Nills lives in a society where information has a price. The internet is no longer a public domain but is owned by corporations and information has a value. When his father incurs a pretty hefty gambling debt, faced with no other options Jack decides to enter into the dangerous occupation of becoming a Data Runner – information couriers that receive and deliver often highly sensitive information between corporations. When data runners start to turn up dead it is obvious that a piece of highly valued sensitive information is being couriered and Jack along with fellow data runners must be extra vigilant in their efforts to transit information and keep their lives in the process.

I received an ARC of Data Runner from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the synopsis of Data Runner, I was immediately intrigued and the book cover reinforced my interest that much more. In the past I haven’t read many cyberpunk books (if any) but I love anything Sci-Fi and have always wanted to venture more into this genre and I must say that I am hooked, not only to the genre but definitely to this series.

I absolutely loved reading Data Runner. I love it when an author has the ability to not only tell a great story but to give us a great experience while doing it. Reading Data Runner was an AWESOME experience. This is such a fun book! This story is action packed and the great thing about it is that the action NEVER stops. The action literally starts on page one all the way down to the very last page. I felt like I was on a nonstop roller coaster ride that kept jerking me in my seat and making my heart beat fast and my breath catch in my throat or like I was in a really intense, fast car chase through a very trafficky downtown where we have to bob and weave vehicles. So fun!

Data Runner is the author’s first book and I am stunned…I’m just stunned. I thought it was really well written…usually in ebooks (or physical books even) you get these random typos that sort of impede your reading experience but I never had to worry about that with this book so that left my reading experience just really seamless. I also haven’t read too many books that have a male lead, especially YA books (although this is my second in a week) so I wasn’t sure if I would identify with the main character but I loved it.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour  was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I think the premise of this book is really interesting with the corporations running pretty much everything and information being sold and whatnot. The profession of an information courier itself is highly interesting to me especially since I’m studying to be a Librarian. The idea that information can be owned and therefore sold, is just so interesting and it’s just a really interesting and fun concept in this book.

Lastly, I love the cover to this book!! I really like how he is jumping through the 1’s and the 0’s (literally the “information”). So cool! It definitely drew my eye to it!

I gave Data Runner what I feel is a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this series. I will be on the lookout for book two! I definitely recommend this to fans of YA dystopian novels or Sci-Fi fans. This book I have to say sits side by side with Enders Game on my list of favorite Sci-Fi novels now. It is being published on June 25th (this month, yay!) and you can preorder it through the author’s site (http://samapatel.com/preorder-data-runner-now/). Happy reading everyone and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

Book Review: Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Title: Ghost Planet written by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Published by Tom Doherty Associates LLC (Tor Science Fiction)
Page count: 257
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles Nook HD+)
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #23

Needing an escape, Elizabeth has accepted a new position on the planet, Ardagh 1. Ardagh 1, whose atmosphere models itself after Earth is inhabited by the colonists and their “ghosts”. The colonists are human immigrants from Earth that are trying to populate Ardagh 1 and the ghosts are the alien natives of the planet whom have attached to humans which has in turn weakened them so that they are dependent on us. Much research is being put into the relationship between the humans and the ghosts but research that is mostly in favor of humans taking over the planet and ridding themselves of the ghosts. Under the “Ghost Protocol” which was pioneered by Elizabeth’s new boss, Murphy, the colonists are forbidden to interact with the Ghosts that basically shadow them throughout their daily lives. The ghosts cannot travel past a certain distance of their host without experiencing some pretty painful repercussions.

At Elizabeth’s first meeting with her new boss she is immediately drawn to him and his intriguing blue eyes…a sense of familiarity overwhelming her. As they become acquainted and shamelessly flirt each other up, Elizabeth and Murphy discover something about her that changes their work and personal relationship, as well as ultimately culminating in their efforts to amend the rift between humans and the ghosts.

This was an interesting book!

I actually read this book because it was the April pick for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club (which I have discovered fairly recently!) This is a book club ran by Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Kiala Kazabee, and Veronica Belmont who are all just super awesome. Needless to say I am super addicted to all things Vaginal Fantasy Book Club related at the moment and the next hang out is on April 30th (I believe!) so I wanted to read the book they were reading and be prepared. The books being read in this book club are romance books but romance books that have strong stories to them as well which I really really like…so far I’ve seen them read Historical Romances, Paranormal Romances, Erotica, etc. Anyway check it out! Sorry about that sidebar!

I have to say that I really like the cover to this book. I love that it’s this very ethereal color green which seems sort of like an alien like color and it also fits in nicely with the story and the plants in the story (I will say no more on that!) I really like how it shows Murphy on the top of the cover and then Elizabeth on the lower part of the cover in what looks like a reflection of him…except its her. I think this fits so perfectly to the whole colonist/ghost relationship we have going on in this book.

I really liked the world the author has built for us in this book. I think the story itself is really interesting and creative. I love the sci-fi feel of this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. In the past I haven’t read a lot of romance books but I am really trying to fit some into my reading list this year. What I really liked about this book is that it certainly does have its pretty strong romantic element to it but it has this really strong sci-fi story that is really just a treat to read, it really is. I loved the romantic story of this book too. They are like the two most unlikely people to fall for each other and when things are just stacking up against them I just found myself just wanting them to be together. It was frustrating for Elizabeth and also frustrating for me lol. There is quite a bit of storybuilding in this book so if you’re looking for a romance, it takes a bit for the romance to actually build up. I felt a personal connection with the character and I think this may be from the way the story was written or just because I really liked Elizabeth’s character. As I was reading it I was thinking that the story was paced pretty slow but looking back and putting the book and the story back into perspective I really like the way the story  unfolded.

I definitely could not put this book down…my poor husband would try to talk to me sometimes and I was just too engrossed in this book to listen most of the time lol but he understood, when my nose is in a book there’s pretty much no getting it out until I’ve at least finished the chapter I’m reading. I loved this book and I really wanted to give it five stars but the only reason I didn’t is because the book did leave me with questions that were unanswered, which would make sense to me if it was a series but I don’t believe it is going to be. I wish it were though because I would totally read the next one lol. I can’t wait to read more of the author’s books though. I cruised on over to her website and it looks like she is sticking to the sci-fi genre which is fine by me!

Blog Tour Book Review: Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1) by Stephanie Parent

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Welcome to my stop on the Forty Days blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1)

by Stephanie Parent

Release Date: 02/10/13

125 pages

Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!

Goodreads Reading Challenge #22

 Summary from Goodreads:

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

 …until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

 With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

 FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

 Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

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Review: I received a copy of Forty Days for the Review Only Blog Tour of Forty Days so I am SUPER excited to share it with you! Thank you to Stephanie Plant and YA Bound for allowing me to take part in this tour!

This book was really interesting for me…I was initially excited to read this book because I had never read an imaginative fiction version of the Noah’s Ark story although I’ve encountered it many times in religious studies courses and in reading it in the bible. I really like that this story wasn’t told from Noah’s perspective but from his granddaughter’s perspective. I think I’ve always been curious about how Noah’s family may have felt about the situation and having to be cooped up in this ark with all these terrifying animals. It was really, really interesting! I think this book is very different in terms of subject matter and it’s really creative with the Noah story, something we are all so familiar with but may not have explored too much. If you’ve ever been curious about digging deeper into the Noah’s ark story, or curious about what his family went through or even what Noah himself went through, definitely read this book! I love that this book is so personal, I felt like I was right there with Neima experiencing this story.

I hadn’t read a YA book in about a month so it was really refreshing to read this book! At 125 pages this book is a super light read, I finished it in a day, plus I just didn’t want to put it down. I had to know what happened next and where the story was going. I just really love this fresh, new take on such an age old story! I really liked, also how apparent it was that the author did alot of research on the area, the time period and the customs of the people who lived during this time. It’s interesting to see the gender roles at play and getting to catch a glimpse at which animals they were able to get into the ark. I think it’s realistic in the sense that of course Noah had not seen the rest of the world so it was impossible for him  to have gotten each and every single animal species onto that ark but he did get what would have been known to them at the time. It is definitely apparent that this book took careful thought and planning and I can always appreciate that mix of history with fiction. It makes books that much more exciting and I think this book is filled with excitement, especially seeing what the family has to go through in the time frame in which we glimpse their lives in the ark.

There were a couple of different things in the book that really surprised me but I won’t spoil it for you. There is a romance in this story that I am really interested in seeing unfold and issues that Neima is struggling with in regards to her family and the end of the world as she knows it that I think will be interesting to see develop in the later books. I can’t wait to see where this story goes, I will definitely be looking out for the next book! The best thing about this book is that it covers only a short time period so we have a good ways to go of story! I recommend giving Forty Days a read, like I said it is a light, interesting read and I think fans of YA books will enjoy it like I did!

Don’t forget to add this to your Goodreads TBR list!!

 

About the Author
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Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

 

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

Title: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice #1) written by George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy
Published by Bantam Books
Page count: 807 (there is also an appendix at the back of the book which comes in handy with remembering characters and their lineage and remembering which houses they belong to which is vastly important!)
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!!!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #18

It seems that the long summer is coming to an end and Winter is coming…will the seven kingdoms be prepared for it?

After the unfortunate and suspicious death of the hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell is named as Hand of the King, by his long time friend and “brother” King Robert Baratheon himself. Ned (Eddard Stark) is obligated to leave his family in his home in the North at Winterfell and travel to King’s Landing with the King to handle the affairs of the kingdom (which basically means to rule the Kingdom while the king sleeps his way through every brothel and parties).

Strange things are going on around the seven kingdoms of Westeros that haven’t been witnessed for so long because of the persistence of the long summer. Older residents of the kingdom are convinced that summer is coming to an end and the kingdom is in for a rude awaking in, what all the signs point to will be a most savage winter akin to none other experienced before.

The sudden death of the King places the kingdoms into what could only be described as chaos and the Game of Thrones begins. Who will come out the winner and claim the seat of Iron once and for all? I guess we will just have to see!

I seriously can’t even begin to explain how much I love this book. This is one of those most epic of fantasy books that I have now shelved among my top favorite fantasy series in the company of books like Bradley’s Mists of Avalon and Douglasses Starman series. My reading of this series has been a long time coming and I am so happy to have finally embarked on what promises to be an amazing journey. As of today, I have read just this first book and am currently reading the second book in this series so stay tuned for the review of the second book once I finish it. It quite literally took me forever to read this one because of trying to find snippets of reading time between school and work. I’ve been putting in a ton of overtime and the semester is starting to wind down (translation: the semester is ending so I have a ton of school work!).  I don’t know if I will reach my goal of 100 books in 2013 but I certainly will try. The girth of the GOT books are daunting as they are all above 800 pages and the average book boasts 200-300 but I promise you it is such a treat and I don’t even care that reading this set me back a few books because its amazingly awesome!

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. The storytelling is superb and the story itself is awesome! There is alot of different angles to the story going on here. Every chapter is told to us from a different character, all of whom play very different but essential roles in the story and have very different perspectives on events that transpire which makes for a super interesting and super intriguing story.

This book has everything I could ever want in a read. It has danger, adventure, romance, sexyness, intrigue, betrayal, wonder, fear…just everything. If you have not picked up this series, I urge you to check it out…especially if you are a fan of the fantasy genre. It will not disappoint. If you don’t have the time then I recommend watching the television series at least. I rarely find that television shows or movies can come close to their literary counterparts but this is not the case with the Game of Thrones. It is amazingly close to the story albeit the books have way more content and way much more of a treat but Martin is the executive producer of the show so it has definitely translated wonderfully onto the small screen (which I am so happy about!). 5 out of 5 for this book, Game of Thrones…I love you! I swear that if I ever decide to have children I am naming my daughter Arya…or Kahlan (pronounced Kaylin) from The Sword of Truth series.