Thursday, March 12, 2015

GOALS: Week of March 14, 2015

     Hello fellows!

     I know it's not even the end of the week yet, but it's been quite a while since I've posted a weekly goals post.

     So here it is:

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Released: November 6, 2012
Number of Pages: 513
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date Released: January 28, 2014
Number of Pages: 352
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Released: September 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 387
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Title: Three Words, Eight Letters, Say It and I'm Yours
Author: Jade Margarette Pitogo
Publisher: Summit Publishing Co.
Date Released: 2011
Number of Pages: 204
Chanel Courtney Chua has it all! She’s pretty, rich, and very much in love with her childhood sweetheart and boyfriend. But her happy world soon crumbles when her boyfriend cheazts on her and leaves, her best friend turns against her and their family business falls close to bankruptcy.

Throughout all this, only Kean, the cool and seemingly broody heartthrob, never leaves her side. But how will they end up together if fate seems hell-bent on keeping them apart? Will saying those “three words, eight letters” be enough to get them through the crazy mess called life?

Title: 548 Heartbeats
Author: Jessamine Verzosa
Publisher: Summit Publishing Co.
Date Released: November 19, 2013
Number of Pages: 232
How many heartbeats does it take until two hearts start beating as one?

Xeira Anderson’s heart has been beating secretly for Kyle Solomon since second year high school, but he doesn’t know she exists until he strikes an unlikely conversation with her. She feels like all her dreams are coming true when they actually end up becoming friends.

Things are looking up, but Xeira soon finds out how friendship can get complicated when tangled up with love. First, she has to deal with Chris, a guy friend who’s in love with her, then she has to cope with her feelings for Kyle – who’s in love with someone else!

Will Xei ever get her heart’s desire? Or will her heart learn to beat for Chris instead?

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Date Released: June 5, 2012
Number of Pages: 368
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

*and the other two books in the series (Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising)*

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Released: January 3, 2012
Number of Pages: 390
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

*and the other three books in the series (Scarlet, Cress, Fairest)*

     Haha, 12 books for a weekly goal? Funny one, Mia.

     With all my homework and busy life, I probably won't get through all of this, but it's a good thing to dream, right? Despite the rest of the list, the first four books are mandatory to have read, because those are my currently-reading books. If I haven't finished those books until next-next week, I would be highly disappointed in myself. Please be reminded, these are my goals of the week, not necessarily what I will read. So don't hold me responsible if all of these books are still to be read by the end of next week.

     That's all for my post, and remember: you should be a tree; they have awesome afterlives.

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