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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lust List: Spring '17 Series

Hello! Welcome to Places to Construe.  This blog is all about books and occasionally other things. I've always loved reading as a child. I appreciate books more as I get older. There's nothing like walking in a character's shoes. I love entering a world where magic is the norm or contemporary romance is just another day in a city. I am always open to reading new books and genres. There are so many books that I want to read, but I'm a student on a budget. Being on a budget means that I can't have all of these books. So, sometimes I borrow from the library. Sometimes I go over budget and other times I just lust after books. Can you blame me?

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series

My lust list has increased a lot since starting a bookgram/studygram. Have you ever seen something that didn't wake your curiosity? Have you ever seen something more times than you can count and suddenly your curiosity is awaken? As I entered the literary world of Harry Potter, I decided to step away from contemporary fiction for awhile. Then I accidently on purpose read the synopsis to the first book of a new contemporary fiction book. Then I found out it was a series. Then I read all synopses and I wanted more.

Imagine writing letters about the people you've been in love with and those letters are sent out. Imagine your love life changing and the one you never thought would actually "date" you does. So, sometime during the rest of spring or during summer, I am going to enter Lara's world and get lost in it. In case you haven't heard of these books or want to know a bit more, here you go:

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?  
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

 Are you still with me?

P.S. I Still Love You

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? 
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. 

Wait, but there's a third!

Always and Forever 

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. 
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? 

A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Besides Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. I find it refreshing when the norms are fairies, ghost, and goblins. I love when planet earth or a fictional world is now this mystical habitat for the characters. That's why I was excited when I stumble upon the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from the legends of her ancestors, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin— one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world; not to mention one of the High Lords of Prythian.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I want to know what happens between Feyre and Tamlin. Can she break the curse? Does she break the curse? Where there's a curse, there's trouble. Does trouble find her or does she find it? Who is Tamlin really? Is Tamlin really what legends say? What is this shadow? Feyre sounds like a badass with a case of stockholm syndrome and a constant battle ahead of her. Interested yet?

A Court of Mist and Fury 

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
So, does this means Feyre has powers? Is she no longer human? Plus, there's a Night Court. What's that about?

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

By now Feyre is more than a badass. She's busy saving faeries and this other world. Where did Tamlin go? Who is the invading kind? Deceit is a tricky game to play. Who get caught up? Who loses? Are you still with me? Good.

Kendra Chronicles

Have you ever watched the movie Beastly? It's absolutely one of my favorites. I found out that Beastly is actually a book turned movie after Beastly was playing in theatres, I never had the privilege to read Beastly. I actually forgot about the book. I know. It's weird. How can someone forget that one of their favorite movies is actually a book? It happens. 

Recently, I stumbled upon Beastly while looking for book inspiration on Pinterest. Again, I may be a little weird, but who cares? Anyways, Beastly showed up as one of the photos in the picture results. With a few aimless clicks, I found that Beastly wasn't just a book. It is part of a five-book series. Since I'm reading synopses today, I read the synopsis for each book. I'm ready to get lost in Kendra's world. Step aside Kyle Kingsley. You're not the only who has been cursed.

Bewitching #2

Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.

This is like a modern fairytale with a twist. A gorgeous, but evil, stepsister who who's going to be cursed. I'm only guessing? Kyle Kingsley learned that looks does't matter. It's more about substance than style. What lessons are in store for the evil, gorgeous stepsister? Does Emma get her happy every after? Afterall, some things just don't work out.

Mirrored #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.

Does anyone sense Sleeping Beauty of the twenty-first century? Or is that a stretch? Violet wishes for beauty and Celine is cursed by it. Plus, Celine has a stepmom who doesn't like competition in the beauty department. Jealous much? Or maybe just cliche. I want to know who's cursed. Kendra is always out to teach a lesson. What's the moral?

 Beheld #4

Being a powerful witch, Kendra has survived it all. Since she first beheld James over three hundred years ago, Kendra has tangled with witch hunters and wolves, helped a miller’s daughter spin straw into gold, cowered in London as German bombs fell, and lived through who knows how many shipwrecks. But her powers have limits, and immortality can be lonely. Kendra isn’t ready to stop searching for the warlock she had met centuries ago.

With the help of her magic mirror, Kendra will travel the world to reconnect with her lost love—and, of course, she can’t help but play a hand in a few more stories along the way.

Lessons and curses. Kendra is great at what she does. Does she learn her lesson along the way? It is her turn. Does she find her long lost love? After helping everyone else, she deserves it. Right?

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