Waiting on Wednesday #13 | How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.



Title: How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Paranormal

Pages: 368
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

The first reason this book caught my attention was the title; it’s really cool and it left me quite intrigued the first time I heard it. After that, I found out what the book was about and I was even more interested; I really like that it has to do with history and particulary the Salem Trials which I find fascinating. I can’t wait to read it; I know a lot of people that has arcs of this but they haven’t read it yet and I haven’t read any reviews, so I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited! 

Are you excited for this book? What are you Waiting on Wednesday? Let me your link, so I can visit and comment back!

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Let’s Put Music to the Book: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski



Let’s Put Music to the Book is a new feature here at Bookish Wanderess, where I share playlists for books I love. The first post of this feature was dedicted to a Playlist for  A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This post is dedicated to a playlist of The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime and The Winner’s Kiss)


I Found by Amber Run
“And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be

Right in front of me, talk some sense to me” 

This reminds me of the relationship between Kestrel and Arin, especially that first line. He was her slave and she was from the empire that took everything from his people, they weren’t suppost to love each other but they did. 


Oceans by Seafret 

It feels like there’s oceans
Between me and you once again
We hide our emotions
Under the surface and tryin’ to pretend
But it feels like there’s oceans
Between you and me”

This reminds me of the time Kestrel and Arin spent together in the emperator’s castle. They were hiding what they felt for each other, especially Kestrel, but it was still there under the surface. 


Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware 

“Say you love me to my face
I need it more than your embrace
Just say you want me, that’s all it takes
Heart’s getting torn from your mistakes
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If you don’t wanna try,
But all that I’ve been thinking of
Is maybe that you might
Baby it looks as though we’re running out of words to say
And love’s floating away” 

Again, I feel like this song can be related to the time when Kestrel and Arin were in the emperator’s castle.  I feel like Arin would sing it to Kestrel, because it reminds me of the position he was in,  he just wanted to know that what they had was real.

Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
“Ah, there’s some aces up your sleeve
Have you no idea that you’re in deep
I dreamt about you nearly every night this week
How many secrets can you keep?
‘Cause there’s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow
When I play it on repeat
Until I fall asleep”

I also feel like this song is from Arin’s point of view. The ‘aces up your sleeve’ part and the ‘how many secrets can you keep?’ part remind me of Kestrel and the ‘there’s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow’ part makes me think of both of them. 

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde 

“It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world”

This song makes me think about the the end of The Winner’s Curse, especially, about  the decision Kestrel had to make.


Be There by Seafret 

“There’s no air around me, when we get this close but there’s no where I want to go.
You keep it a secret if you feel the same and leave me dying to know.”

AGAIN! This reminds me of The Winner’s Crime when Arin wasn’t sure how Kestrel felt and if it any of what they had was real. 

Glory and Gore by Lorde 

“Delicate in every way but one (the swordplay)
God knows we like archaic kinds of fun (the old way)
Chance is the only game I play with, baby
We let our battles choose us” 

This song reminds me of the war strategy and the battles. The first two lines that I choose remind me of Arin and the last two remind me of Kestrel. 



Do you make playlists for the books you read? Do you post them in your blog? Let me know in the comments! 

Series Review: The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

 

Title: The Winner’s Curse / The Winner’s Crime/ The Winner’s Kiss

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Published by:  Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 2014, 2015 & 2016

Genre: YA, fantasy

Pages: 355, 416 & 484

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I have been hearing about this series for a long time, but I didn’t really feel that I wanted to read it until the last book was released, because around that time everyone started to talk about how amazing it was and about the last book being a great conclusion to the series. As someone who is always scared that the last book of a series is gonna suck, knowing that it had a good ending definitely was the last push to read this. Anyway, I decided to read this as part of the TBR Takedown readathon and I quickly realised that it was gonna be a highly entertaining and fast read.

I want to begin by saying that for me it’s strange calling this a fantasy series, because there wasn’t really a magic system and I feel that’s such an important part of  the fantasy genre. But at the same time, there was a belive system that was really interesting and unique even if it wasn’t explored that much in the books. What I’m trying to say is that this felt more like a historical fiction series set in an alternative universe, because it had elements of greek and roman culture but it was set in another world.

Before reading this book, I knew that slavery was gonna play an important part in the story and I was really worried about how it was gonna be addressed; the fact is that Arin was Kestrel’s slave and I was worried about how the relationship between them (the main characters) was gonna be handled. At the end, I think it was done really well, because there was always an underlining tension because he was/ he had been her slave and I think it would have been easy to put that aside and pretend like he had forgave and forget, but Marie Rutkoski didn’t do that. It was something that was addressed the entire book, it wasn’t about blaming or not blaming, it was about recognizing that it shaped their relationship.

What else can I say about their relationship? Well, even if I really liked them together I have to recognize that there were times when there was A LOT of angst and pining. I got really frustrated, particularly in book 2, because there was so much drama that could have been avoided if only they had communicated just a little bit. On the other hand, I think what was great about the two main characters is that they were complex and interesting when they were separeted from each other and  having those type of characters in a book is always great, but it was more impressive to see how the individual characteristics made the dynamic between them so engaging. Also, I think the characters as well as the relationships between them evolved so much from one book to the next and that made this series even better.

Another thing that made this a fascinating series was the fact that the world expanded from one book to the next. The first book focused on a kingdom that was part of the empire, the second book focused on how the empire worked and  who ruled it, and the third book showed a kingdom outside the empire that was in a war against it. The fact that there was a constant world building defenitely kept me captivated.  Something else that I think it’s important to mention is that there was a lot of political intrigue and war strategy throughout the series; the stakes for all the plans and schemes kept getting higher and higher. This aspect of the series made it more trilling and gripping, nonetheless, there was a point in book 3 were I have to recognize that I felt like it was too much war strategy and battles, and it dragged a little bit.

At the end, I would recommend this to someone who likes YA fantasy, but wants something a little different in the sense that it doesn’t have magic and it focuses mainly on strategy. Also, someone who enjoys really character driven stories.

 

Ratings: 4,5- 4,1- 4,2 stars

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it?

Let’s Put Music to the Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I think I have never said this before on the blog, but I love making playlists for books. It’s one of my favorite things, I scroll through what feels like hundreds of songs to find the right ones. I’m realy picky! I decided I’m gonna start sharing those playlist here on the blog and it’s gonna be a new feature called Let’s Put Music to the Book. I hope you enjoy it!


Wolves Without Teeth by Of Monsters and Men 
“And I run from wolves
Breathing heavily
At my feet
And I run from wolves
Tearing into me
Without teeth” 
Because Feyra ran from Tamlin and from how toxic their relationship became. The ‘tearing into me without teeth’ for me is about how there was emotional abuse more than physical.
Of The Night by Bastille
“This is the rhythm of the night
The night, oh, yeah
The rhythm of the night
This is the rhythm of my life
My life, oh, yeah
The rhythm of my life
Won’t you teach me how to love and learn?
There’ll be nothing left for me to yearn
Think of me and burn and let me hold your hand
Oh, yeah-ah-eh”
This song reminds me of the scene where they all dance during the Starfall part of the book. Also, about the scene where it was just Rhys and Feyre during Starfall. 

Night Time by The XX 
“You mean that much to me
And it’s hard to show
Gets hectic inside of me
When you go
Can I confess these things
To you
Well I don’t know
Embedded in my chest
And it
Hurts to hold”
Feyre went to the Night Court because of the bargain and Rhys took her back to the Spring Court because she wanted to, even if he saw she wasn’t well there. He couldn’t explain, it wasn’t the moment to tell her the truth and this part of the song reminds me of that. Also, it kind of reminds me of Azriel and Mor. 
Cold by Rae Morris Ft Fryars
“And I won’t ever change my mind
‘Cause I’m so tired of being your love
‘Cause you’ve gone cold
Cut me and my blood runs
Cut me and my blood runs cold for you”
“(You fell for my charm and my affection)
I fell for you, I fell for you
(I fell for a taste of your complexion)
I fell for you, I fell for you
(You fell for my undivided attention)
But it didn’t last
But it didn’t last long”


This reminds me of the relationship betwen Tamlin and Feyre at the beginning of the book, especially, ‘(You fell for my undivided attention) But it didn’t last, But it didn’t last long’

Love Out of Lust by Lykke Li
“We will live longer than I will
We will be better than I was
We can cross rivers with our will
We can do better than I can
So dance while you can
Dance cause you must
Love out of lust
Dance while you can”

This just reminds me of Rhys and Feyre… and maybe a bit about Cassian and Nesta. 
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
“Cause you’re a sky
Cause you’re a sky full of stars
I want to die in your arms, arms
Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m going to give you my heart”
Again, this reminds me of Rhys and Feyre. Everything reminds me of Rhys and Feyre, ok? 
Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin 
“Those wild eyes
A psychedelic silhouette
I never meant to fall for you but I
Was buried underneath and
All that I could see was white
My salvation
You are the snowstorm
I’m purified
The darkest fairytale
In the dead of night”

And here we go again… Rhys and Feyre. 

Favorite LGBTQ Couples | Bookish List

I have been talking a lot about my favorite couples these last few weeks (Favorite Secundary Couples and My OTP’s of 2016), it’s just that I love bookish lists and it seems couples have been on my mind for some reason. At the beggining I wasn’t sure why, but as I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that I’m probably missing my  boyfriend, because we are doing long distance for the summer (kind of! ) since I’m visiting my family in my hometown. It’s likely you don’t care about this, but it just seem interesting to me how real life affects the things we choose to blog about (or at least  it does for me). 

In that sense, I want to talk about something else. I wrote this post a few days before the Orlando shooting, but I felt I couldn’t post this after what happen without mentioning that the need and the importance of this type of post has only been reinforced by this act of violence. The reason for posting this is the same before and after the shooting. I want to spreed respect, love, and understanding. I hope to accomplish that at least in a small way. 

Here are some of my favorite LGBTQ couples: 
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Adam and Ronan (The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater) 

I have talked about them in so many posts by now that it’s probably annoying by now, but I can’t help it. They were perfect in The Raven King; I loved the way the relationship between them unfolded. All their scenes were so cute and captivating; they were  adorable together and they grew so much as characters through out the series. I just ship them a lot, ok?! 


Aristotle and Dante (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Alejandro Alire Saenz)

I’m just gonna say one thing, when I first read this book I was obssesed with the last scene between them. It was so cute and touching. I don’t know how many times I re-read that scene when I finished the book, but it was a lot of times. They were adorable together and especially Dante was so sweet. 

Emi and Ava ( Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour) 

Recently, I realised I had not read books were the LGBTQ characters were two girls and it was such and I knew inmediately that I had to change that. This book had been on my tbr for a realy long time, so I picked it up. I loved the way their relationship developed throughout the book and it was a really fun slow burning romance. 



Alec and Magnus ( The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare) 
I never really shipped this couples throughout the TMI series, I liked them, but that was it. It wasn’t until I read about them in some of the stories in the Bane Chronicles that I started to really ship them. After reading the story about them in one of the stories of Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy, I’m all on board with this ship. 



Neil and Andrew (All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic) 

These two are very complex characters, but they worked really well as a couple. I loved the way their relationship developed and I loved the reaction of the rest of the team when they started to suspect that they were dating. 


Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you like any of this couples? Tell me about your favorite LGBTQ couples in the comments, I would love to know!