Wishlist Wednesday

From our wonderful friends at Pen to Paper comes the first of my Wishlist Wednesdays. This weekly book-related blog hop was started by Dani at Pen to Paper and each week those who participate share one book that they desperately want to add to their bookshelf. I’m sure if you’re reading this blog then you definitely have quite a few titles you would like to add to your bookshelves. Sadly the book I’ve decided to write about doesn’t actually come out til May so I have quite a long wait til I can add this title to my shelves.

The Crown's GameVika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. 

I love everything Russian culture related and this sounds super action packed. I am curious to see how it all pans out because it looks like it’s the first one in a series which makes me super excited. Hopefully, once it does hit shelves it will hold me over until the second title from Sabaa Tahir’s new book comes out (if you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes please close this post and go to the bookstore now, you will thank me).

So that covers my first ever post. Please stay tuned for more memes and book reviews in the next few days.




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Top Ten Tuesday

Description: 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!

This week we were given a freebie Ten to choose anything Valentine’s Day related so I’m going to pick my ten favorite book couples (in no particular order)

1. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley

I think their relationship is wonderful (more so in the books than the film). I love the way it evolved organically and how you got to see them grown not only as a couple but as individuals.

2. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger 

How could I mention Harry and Ginny and not talk about Ron and Hermione. I don’t remember when I really started to root for them as a couple (probably around book 4) but they were my favorite will they or won’t they couple. I really got nervous for them when Ron started dating Lavender but our favorite red-head and bookworm finally worked their feelings out for one another at the end of the series.

3.  Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet

This is the total swoon worthy couple. I loved their dislike at the beginning of the novel and couldn’t imagine them getting together but once they fought through their pride and prejudice they ended up being one of the greatest literary couples.

4. Susannah and Jesse 

The Mediator series was probably one of the first books that really introduced me to swoon worthy boys as a teen. And I am so excited that we have another book in this series coming out this year that (the first one in an adult line of the series) which is great because now I have another reason to reread this series.

5. Katniss and Peeta

I was on team Peeta since the moment we met him and even more so after learning about the whole bread incidence. I loved how he stood by Katniss even when she was unsure of her feelings and I was so happy when they both made it out alive and together.

6. Heathcliff and Catherine 

Even though this is one couple that didn’t work out I love their story and still get upset that they didn’t make it together (although there are hints that their children do make a relationship work so I guess I can be happy about that).

7. Gatsby and Daisy 

To be honest I am not a fan of this book but I did love the Gatsby and Daisy affair. I actually hated Daisy immensely but I did love the times where they were together and so clearly in love.

8. Kitty and Levin

I read Anna Karenina in high school and totally fell in love with Russian literature right then and there. My favorite character was Kitty she was so sweet and so real and I loved how she rejected his proposal the first time but then they gave it another shot and their love was reconciled.

 9. Jamie and Landon

This couple is the ultimate sad story. What starts off as simple tutoring sessions soon grows into a passionate love but because this is Nicholas Sparks they’re love has a sad tear inducing ending.

10. Buttercup and Wesley

Not only are they one of my favorite literary couples they are also one of my favorite movie couples. They went through so much to be with one another and you never doubted their love.

So, there you have it my ten favorite literary couples. Who are some of your favorite couples? Let me know in the comment section. And if you participated in this week’s Valentine’s theme post a link in the comments.




Musing Monday

This week MizB over at A Daily Rhythm asks:

What would you say is the best children’s book you’ve ever read?

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This is a toughie but I’m gonna have to go with the first book that popped into my head:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I just love this book and the amazing world I was lucky enough to grow up with. I was super late to the Potter bandwagon, I didn’t jump on until the 3rd one had just been released. But then I bought all of them in the course of a weekend and suffered major heartache knowing that number 4 would not be out for quite some time. I love Harry, Ron and Hermione and the rest of the gang that gets introduced in the 7 book long epic series. The first one will forever have a special place in my heart.

So fellow book nerds what would you say is the best kids book you ever read?



Cover Lust Friday

   Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Pick a cover that stands out to you, add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun with it and share the love for our favorite covers. This awesome meme comes to us from Alice Reeds.

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.


I choose this cover because I love the unexpected mix of teal and red and the dark blue cover. And I like the series of small drawings scattered throughout the cover as opposed to the seamless quality of most covers (especially those in ya). I also love the typography of the title because it looks like it could be someone’s handwriting.

What cover are you lusting for this week? 



What’s Next?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll know its very hard to choose your next read – particularly when you have a review/reading pile as big as your bed… or head.

With that thought in mind, What’s Next was born. What’s Next will be a weekly feature here on Icey Books, and you can participate!

Here’s how it works (for those of you who want to participate):
-Every Thursday, starting tomorrow, select three-five books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can’t decide which one to read first.

-Post the cover, and if you want, the synopsis or even a random line from the book, for each of your selections.

-At the end of your post, ask readers to vote on which one you should read next!

Alrighty. friends here are some titles I wanna read but I need some help deciding which to go with, so thank you in advance for your help! 


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

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.

22328546This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Salt to the Sea.jpgWinter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.

So, what should I read next? 

Head over to Icey Books to help more bloggers (or get some help yourself) deciding what to read next.



WWW Wedesnday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on . Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading:  I am a good deal into The Selection by Kiera Cass and definitely enjoying it. I really like America even though some readers find her to be snobbish I don’t really get that impression of her. And Maxon is totally swoon-worthy so what’s not to like? I am also reading Never Never by Brianna Shrum but this is proving to be kind of a difficult story to get through. It reads very much like Middle Grade, well at least the beginning does. Plus I’m not finding any character I really like or am drawn to. Both Hook and Peter are a bit aggrevating in their own unique ways. TBH, I’m not sure that I am going to finish this one. I might bring it back to the library.

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Recently Finished:  I recently finished Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between although you guys already knew that because my review for that is also posted (in case you’re interested you can find it Here). The other read that I’ve just finished is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I’ll have a full review for that up on Friday but let me tell you I just adore Audrey and her crazy family.


Up Next:  I am really hoping to get my hands on a copy of Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass. I am currently out on a short-term disability so money is tight but I’m hoping my library has a copy I can take out. If I can find that my plan is to look for another title off

Review: Finding Audrey

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Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella 
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: June 9 2015  
Source: Soft cover Arc 
Available in Hardcover Here
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Edit: I’ve decided to include this review in Jera’s Jamboree Talk of the Town meme. So if you’ve found your way here through that link, welcome and I hope you enjoy the blog.
     I don’t think there are enough wonderful things I can say about this book. The characters were all super fleshed out and really likable. Audrey was an awesome MC probably one of my favorites in a long time. I think it was really smart for Sophie to give us the inside look at Audrey considering this is a book that deals with mental illness. I really enjoyed reading along while Audrey worked on breaking through her anxiety. I know a lot of readers are fearful that it’s all because of Linus but I think everyone that Audrey had in her life played a helping hand in her recovery. Plus when you deal with something as tough as anxiety you have to want to recover for yourself. I found myself rooting for Audrey and her whole family. I really loved her mom she was hysterical and wanted nothing but good for her family even if she went about it in all the wrong ways. Her brother Frank was a riot and definitely way more multi-layered than I expected. I definitely give the character development 5 stars!!! 
     The writing was fun and very descriptive. I loved that we weren’t told what or how a character acted but instead we were shown. There’s a part where Audrey talks about Linus’ smile that I just love that she compares it to a slice of an orange. For me it paints such a unique picture of what his smile must look like. And there’s an amazing part where Audrey talks about her recovery I love it so much I just have to share it here:
“Life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upward.”
Even for someone who doesn’t have a mental illness I think this is something we all hope for. So for this part I gotta give another 5 stars!!
Theme wise this book looks at a lot of things, mental illness, family dynamics, bullying, first romance. I would like to see more books deal with mental wellness I think it’s such an important topic to look at and to help break down the stigma of mental illness. I appreciated that the delicate topic was handled so gracefully and realistically. I love the way Kinsella portrayed Audrey’s family and how they really enjoyed being with one another. I think so many teens feel it’s uncool to have fun with your family but it certainly doesn’t have to be (although I guess we can’t all have cool families like Audrey). For thematic purposes I would give Audrey 5 stars!!
There wasn’t much of a world to build since this is a pretty standard fiction read with no fantasy element. Much of the book takes places in Audrey’s house and I think Sophie does a good job laying out how the house is set up and where Audrey goes (she even has her own room apart from her bedroom that she spends time in.)
I give this book 5 stars!!I think there’s a lot you can get out of this book and I definitely think even if Audrey herself isn’t your favorite character there’s a rather large cast and your bound to favor one of them. This is Sophie’s first foray into YA and I definitely hope she does some more titles. I will certainly be reading them.
Do you know any titles that deal with mental illness in a positive portrayal? Have you read any other Sophie Kinsella titles?
Til my next review

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out. This awesome meme from MizB is brought to us by her blog A Daily Rhythm

My two teaser sentences come from a book who’s review should be up by the end of the week, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This book is amazing and I’m going to encourage you to pick it up before I even post my full review. Trust me you will not regret this purchase. Without further ado:

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


In the ideal scenario, I don’t have a lizard brain. Everything is easy.

I know these are probably the two shortest sentences I could have chosen but as someone who also suffers from really bad anxiety I think these two sentences go through everyone’s mind who suffers from mental illness. Stay tunes for my review at the end of the week (sorry not sorry to make you wait 😀 )

Who’s Your YA Boyfriend?

I thought today might be a fun day to do something a little different. Not a review and not a meme but still definitely book related. I want to encourage everyone to head over to Pop Sugar and find out Who is Your YA Boyfriend?

I love doing these quizzes even though I never end up with who I thought I would get. TO help kick things off I’ll post who my YA bf is:

Edward Cullen

You’ve got a flair for the dramatic and can be hot and cold depending on the day. You love the idea of an epic romance, and you need someone like Edward Cullen to play his part in your story. If Twilight is any proof, then you’ve found the guy to do it. You’re cool with being the center of attention (you kind of love it), yet despite the ups and downs of your relationships, you tend to make pretty much everyone fall in love with you by just being yourself. What’s your secret?

This result makes me chuckle immensely because I have never read or seen any of the Twilight saga. I’m kind of ok with it though because I do like Robert so I’ll take it. In case you’re wondering I was hoping for Peeta I love the boy with the bread.

So go on take the quiz (you know you want to) and let me know who your bf is



Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye

Title: Hello, GOodbye and Everything In Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy Books
Publication Date: September 2015
Source: Hardcover
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
    I have never read anything by this author and I don’t typically read romance books they’re just not my thing. I received this as an ARC through the store I work at but it just kind of sat on my shelf for a while. I read a few pages of it earlier in the month but it didn’t really tug at my heartstrings but I think that was more to do with me not being in the right mood for this type of story than the writing itself. So I picked up again the other night and finished it.
     The two main characters Clare and Aiden are likable enough I much preferred Aiden to Clare she was not super believable to me. I felt like the author was trying to make her into a Rory Gilmore character and just trying too hard to make her something she’s not. Plus it made it hard for me to imagine why someone so outgoing and voracious as Aiden would have been drawn to her but I guess it fits the opposite attracts idea. There were two minor characters who had an interesting storyline that I would have liked to hear more about and they would be Clare’s best friend Stella and Aiden’s best friend Scotty. They almost felt more interesting and realistic. Overall, for the characters I would give this book  3 stars. 
     The writing was nothing spectacular there wasn’t a strong voice. I felt like the story was coming more from Clare’s point of view but she wasn’t the narrator. It was a third person narrator but they had a lot more insight into Clare’s head than into Aiden’s. I did like the layout of the story as they visited the places that meant something to their relationship that was cool because we got some insight on how they got to this point. Overall, I though the layout of the story was fun and sweet so I give this part of the book 4 stars.
     This book doesn’t tackle too much in themes or world building so I can’t really give a rating there. Overall, it’s a really unique look at a high school relationship and how to decide if the relationship should continue or end when going into college. I think a lot of people would like the characters even if they’re a little too cutsey or romantic (their relationship definitely played out like a chick lit rom-com). Plus I think the minor characters add a lot of flavor to the cast and I actually probably would have liked their story a little more.
     In general I neither loved or disliked this book so I’m going to give it 3 stars. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Sarah Dessen or Jenny Haan. I don’t know if I would pick something else up by this author but if I’m in the mood for a light romantic read again I would probably gravitate towards this author.
Have you read this or anything else by this author? Is there a genre you don’t read too often?