Top Ten Tuesday #10: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Today’s issue: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Gemina ♛ Aerie ♛ The Midnight Star ♛ Replica ♛ A Gathering of Shadows ♛ Paper and Fire ♛ The Hidden Oracle

What are the 2016 releases that you didn’t yet read?

2016 Wrap Up & Statistics Survey

Statistics Survey

Happy New Year, everyone! In 2016 I have read a total of 33 books out of my 30 books challenge. I’m so glad with the number, and I’m planning to step my game up in 2016. This is my second post about a yearly Wrap Up post in survey which was originally created by Andi @ Andi’s ABCs and Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide.

This survey is all about the facts and details behind what I read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. These statistics are all the books that I read in 2016 (not books necessarily published in 2016).

Let’s get to it!

Read More »

Christmas and Books: Combining me and my mother’s passion

Christmas has always been a very festive holiday in my family. My mom has this huge obsession of collecting Christmas tree, decoration, and fairy lamps—basically everything out there that says Christmas—each year.We would spend night and day to decorate every space in our house. Literally. You won’t go from one room to another without a single space un-decorated with each room different color themed, that was all organize by the Mother.

I can not lie to say that it wasn’t contagious at all, in fact this year I had decided to build my own kind of Christmas Tree. And knowing how I love hoarding books, here is my chance to combine the two together so I made a Book Christmas Tree.

thebookvenom Christmas Tree


May Wrap Up & June TBR

original WRAP UP

books I readA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The Revenge Playbook (review to come)
Dream on by Kerstin Gier (review to come)
The Last Star by Rick Yancey

book of the month




favourite quote

You’d think a common enemy would have forced us to set aside our differences and band together against the escalating threat. We turned away the stranger, the outsider, the unrecognized face. Rick Yancey — The Last Star

2016 Reading Challenge: 10/50 books


The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de La Cruz
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
And I Darken by Kiersten White

Review: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

16131489 Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Published: May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
read in: May, 2016
Series: The 5th Wave #3

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

young adult • dystopia • science fiction • romance

“Life is a circle bound to fear. The fear of the predator. The fear of the prey. Without fear, life would not exist.”

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

read my review of The 5th Wave #1 by Rick Yancey
read my review of The 5th Wave #2 by Rick Yancey


Reading the first two books was a very exciting journey which Yancey had written beautifully mysterious. But this third book though, was an entirely different thing. If you had been following my review of the first two books, you will know that the series had certain ups and downs along with some minor flaws.

Read More »

Cover Characteristic #13: Only the Back of People

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).(Hosted by Sugar & Snark)

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Only the Back of People




Title: A Night Divided
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Published: August 25th 2015 by Scholastic

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?


Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: August 18th 2015 by Dial Books

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.


Title: Charms
Author: Amanda Rae Munoz
Published: September 11th 2015 by Amanda Rae

This isn’t the story of a shattered girl who meets a broken boy and together they fix each other and live happily ever after.
This is a story of the girl you went to school with. A story about the boy you know from down the block.

It’s beautiful and messy. It’s happy and devestating. It’s blissful and soul crushing. But it’s their story and it’s real.

The quiet girl with the wild hair has captured Javier’s attention for so long. He isn’t about to let another day go by without at least knowing her name. The timing is bad, the circumstances less than ideal but he just wants to say hello and see her smile up close and then he will let her go. He has to let her go. What he doesn’t know is that there is no way he can walk away after meeting her.

Selfishly he pursues her and begins a beautiful love affair knowing that there is only one way it can all end. Javier is keeping a secret that is just as devastating to him as it would be to her. Abigail knows there is something he is hiding but for once in her life she defies her logic and pushes her worries to the back burner. She wants to stay blissfully happy and ignorant to reality.

As much as he tries he can only keep his secret for so long. Once Abigail knows the heart shattering truth can she stay with him and accept their fate or does she have to protect herself and walk away from the most epic love she has ever known?


Title: Illusionarium
Author: Heather Dixon
Published: May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow

What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.



Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen

Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.


Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Autor: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
read in: May, 2016
Series: Court of Thorns and Roses #2

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

new adult • romance • fantasy • fairy tale

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”

read my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 by Sarah J. Maas

Read More »

Cover Characteristic #13: Moon

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).(Hosted by Sugar & Snark)

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Moon




Title: Kin of Kings
Author: B. T. Narro

The first great war of Ovira is over and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact, it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen’s dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year. But little does Basen know that his determination will put him at the center of a war even bloodier than the one he’d barely managed to avoid.


Title: 13 Days of Midnight
Author: Leo Hunt
Published: August 25th 2015 by Candlewick Press

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes and a locked copy of The Book of Eight, Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer. Meanwhile, the increasingly belligerent Host mutinies, possesses Luke’s mother, and forces him out of his own house.

Halloween, the night when ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. With the help of school outcast Elza Moss, who knows a bit about ghosts herself, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest.

And if you thought it was going to be easy, you’d be dead wrong.


Title: Dove Arising
Author: Karen Bao
Published: February 24th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Series: Dove Chronicles #1

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble…

Suspenseful, intelligent, and hauntingly prescient, Dove Arising stands on the shoulders of our greatest tales of the future to tell a story that is all too relevant today.


Title: Scarlet Steele and The Lowlands
Author: A. Scott
Published: February 10th 2015 by A. Scott

When young thief Scarlett Steel is suddenly attacked by a creature of metal and flesh she is saved by a mysterious group of warriors called the Wachens. Soon Scarlett is swept away on an adventure to an underground city known as Hollow’s Creek, where she discovers her past and learns about her connection to the evil Cyborg Master, Ikeis—a connection feared by the High Council. She must learn to control her impulses towards the curious blue crystals, the only source of power in the Lowlands—and forbidden to women. She sets out on a quest, deep in the danger-filled underground world in search of her kidnapped friend Draven.

Along the way she must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil, face the unimaginable and sacrifice all—risk her own life to save another.



Title: My Diary from the Edge of the World
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published: November 3rd 2015 by Aladdin

Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

Top Ten Tuesday #9: 2015 Releases I Meant to Get To But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Today’s issue: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Get To But Didn’t

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams The Fixer Six of Crows Wolf by Wolf The Heart of Betrayal The Sword of Summer Need Maybe in Another Life Uprooted Silver in The Blood

What are the 2015 releases that you didn’t yet read?

Cover Characteristic #12: Mirror(s)

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).(Hosted by Sugar & Snark)

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Mirror(s)




Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: April 15th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?


Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand
Published: February 10th 2015 by Harper Teen

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.


Title: Mirrored
Author: Alex Flinn
Published: September 15th 2015 by Harper Teen

Series: Kendra Chronicles #3

Mirror, mirror in my hand…

Beauty is the key to everything. At least, that’s how it seems to Violet—ugly, bullied, and lonely. To be beautiful, in her eyes, is to have power and love. And when Kendra, the witch, teaches Violet how to use magic, she may finally get what she wants.

For Celine, beautiful since birth, her looks have been a hindrance. She discovers that beauty is also a threat—especially to her stepmother, Violet, who doesn’t want anyone sharing the attention she worked so hard to get and who will do anything to be the fairest of them all.

But beauty isn’t only skin deep and love isn’t based on looks alone. And though Violet and Celine may seem to be completely opposite, their lives are almost… mirrored.


Title: Spelled
Author: Betsy Schow
Published: June 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.



Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.