Top Five Wednesday! | Worst Love Interests

Yes, I’m making a post.  I took a mental day yesterday and just tried to understand the new truths in my life.  It fucking blows, my heart hurts, I didn’t eat for probably 30 hours.  I just needed a day, I’m sorry I didn’t keep up with anyones posts.  Thank you for the love and kind messages.  I really just.. don’t know.  I feel like an idiot, and I feel betrayed. So freaking betrayed..

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes. This weeks theme is “Worst Love Interests”.


 

1. Devlen from the Glass series by Maria V. Snyder

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Addicted to blood magic. Murderer. Torturer. Kidnapper. Manipulator.

2. Violet from Haven by Kristi Cook

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Just… no.

3. Harper Price from Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Seriously I hated this book, and the heroine AND love interest just grated my gears so much. Ugh.

4. Bethany from Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

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Seriously cringe worthy. Oh my god it was cringeworthy.

5. Shade from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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THE. WORST. He’s a freaking SHADOW.


 

Okay guys this is it.  Honestly 3/5 of these are MC’s, so the fact they’re such terrible love interests makes it worse.  Their significant others were more digestible than they were. Any who, I need to go eat.  Have a good day everybody.

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Guys my day just hit rock bottom.

i just found out I was being unremorsefully (is that a word?) cheated on by the new chick tagging my ex in a status on Facebook.

Over three years believing in something he never believed in.

im completely shattered. I don’t really feel like reading. I don’t feel like reading at all. Ever.

Summing up Sunday! Feb 15 – 21 (+ Thoughts on Richelle Mead’s new book, & Falling Kingdoms Fan-Ship RANT)

Happy Sunday everybody!  Sorry I’ve been a little MIA this weekend.  I got my new foster dog today!  He’s a chihuahua named Joey, but he’s really sick. :(.  He’s heart worm positive and he might have kennel cough.  I have a feeling a lot of my time is going to be spent trying to help him get better.

This week was devoted to reading some pretty big books. So let’s get started! :]


 

Books

  1. Endure by Sara Larson (book #3 in the series).
  2. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (see my review here!)
  3. Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes
  4. A sneak peek of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Thoughts so far on the Falling Kingdoms series: Okay guys, so you may have noticed I DID NOT do a review for Gathering Darkness.  My reason is pretty simple: My review would be the exact same as my last review of Rebel Spring.  Honestly?  The these two books are almost exactly the same.  And I want to address the fan favorite Marcus+Cleo shipment: As nice as it may seem, I REALLY don’t think it will ever happen.  Like seriously I almost don’t ship them because any friendly progression they make is so SLIM. Idk guys idk, that ship doesn’t look like it’s going to sail.  They are two stubborn ass characters.

Thoughts on Richelle Mead The Glittering CourtHmmm…. I wasn’t that impressed.  NetGalley has a sneak peek (150 pages) of it and it fell pretty flat.  The main character was really stuck up and annoying (I NEVER call characters annoying).  The “love interest” was honestly sketchy AF and nothing really ever happens until the last 20 pages of the preview.  I don’t think I would buy it, I would wait and get it from a library.

ANYWAYS

I just started reading:

I really want to read:

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It’s just been really nagging me.  I just want to read some sweet, tacky, paranormal romance.  Argh, do you guys have any suggestions?

That’s all bookish thoughts and summaries for now.  Have a good week everyone :]

 

 

Tag: Three Days, Three Quotes #2 & #3

DERRRRP.  Guys I totally forgot to do Day 2 of this tag yesterday.  To be honest I was really anxious because I had scheduled my first aerial yoga class for this morning and I was planning out my clothes/when to get up/directions/oh my.  If you HAVEN’T heard of aerial yoga – check it out.  It was selectively challenging (?), meaning some things were really intense and some were pretty easy.

I’ve been tagged by a couple people, but the latest to do so was the lovely Beth.  thank you everyone!  I’m sorry I didn’t write down who tagged me / when I was tagged 😥.

PS. Still give this lady some credit for the beautiful image she made for the tag.  #yougogirl #myphotoshopexploded


 

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

 

Day #2: From the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater

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Day #3: From The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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I TAG…

Angela @ Pooled Ink

Jenna @ Reading With Jenna

Nikki AND Amy (or one of you, maybe both because yolo) @ Every Book You Need To Read And More

This is Another Story – guys READ HER FREAKING ABOUT ME.  It is honestly moving.

Meg @ Magic of Books

 

Book Traveling Thursday! | A Book That Made Me Ugly Cry

Whaddup guys? #BTT is a weekly bookish meme created by by Danielle’s Book Blog and TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. This Goodreads page will tell you exactly what you need to know in order to participate!  This week’s Book Traveling Thursday has a really interesting semi embarrassing theme: “Crying is not always bad. Choose a book that made you ugly cry“.

HAHA CAN I REALLY ADMIT THIS THOUGH? *puts on a brave face*

It is 100% a tie between two books:

Unless you’re new to my blog, everyone and their mother probably knows how much I love Throne of Glass by SJM.  But Assassin’s Blade shredded my soul. Why? One word: Sam.  That love story had a tragic, heart wrenching, soul twisting ending.

Next, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Holy. Shit.  This freaking book is SOB WORTHY, it is the saddest book in life.  Ugh.  I previewed the book in Barnes & Noble on release day and had to buy the book and leave because I was about to start crying in the middle of the store.  Yup, it’s that sad.

Anyways, I hope I get to hear your guys sob stories of ugly crying because these books idd it for me.

TOODLES!

-Cat

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Pages: 506
Published: October 6th 2009
Publisher: Hyperion

Synopsis:

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

I’ve sat here for a solid 5 minutes trying to figure out what to say.  Ummm.  Okay.

Look, I would like to say that I have read a pretty steady amount of YA fantasy books, so I’m no stranger to world building – or even the necessity of it.  But Chima has some serious, serious need to either cut down FLUFF or separate the extreme world building from the actual plot.  To me, this book should have been a pre-series novella, you know what I mean?  Something akin to The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard, or even The Prince by Kiera Cass.  The entire book was just CONSTANT (boring!) world building.  And that wouldn’t have been too bad, except the book was 506 pages.

Let me repeat,

506 PAGES!!!!!!

Five. hundred. and. six. pages.

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Like legit the extreme world building / information excess lack of anything happening made me want to give up at exactly 102 pages in.  It’s just so boring.  Oh my god.  NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENS.  I read the entire book only to finally find out why I should care about the 1000 year old demon king legend in the last 30 pages. Plot twist: you can already guess the entire book by the second chapter. AKA page 20 of 506 pages.  It just completely blows my mind that this book is this long with 0 necessity.

The first chapter is completely overwhelming.  Chima just name-drops and place-drops every single god damn mythical noun she came up with and gives us 0 explanation.  Instead she chooses to explain them all throughout the entire novel, which was really frustrating.  I would have really preferred a character list (with relationships to one another) and a glossary, as we have seen in Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms series.

Another thing that really irks me is this part of the synopsis:  “The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.”  

Hans and Raisa don’t even meet until 50% of the book is over (seriously!!) and they only interact with one another for 3-4 chapters then go their separate ways.  Like legit what is this “fanning the flames”?? NO FANNING OF THE FLAMES EVER HAPPENED. Those chapters with them interacting actually transformed these ONE DIMENSIONAL characters into something remotely interesting.  And although their chapters were the most interesting, they were also really off, because their personalities / characters are completely different when they meet.  It’s so strange and pretty disappointing.  If Chima had spent more time with these two together, this book would have been a winner.

I’m also 100% convinced that Chima took inspiration from Pocahontas because Grandmother Willow was totally in this book.

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“Good afternoon, Elena Cennestre. Welcome,” Raisa said, using the clan word for Mother.  She opened her eyes. “How did you find me?”

“This is a very old place, lytling,” Elena said, her caramel face crinkling into a smile that framed the green eyes of the seer. “It is one of the few places in the Vale with power.  You will have need of it.”

Raise considered this. At Demonai she’d learned not to ask every question that came to mind, knowing some things would be understood in their own time.

“I’m worried, Grandmother,” Raisa said. “The way ahead seems clear enough, but I’m not sure it’s the right way.”

“In the Spirits, we find our way by sun and stars and other landmarks,” Elena said.  “They tell us if we are on the right road, and keep us out of trouble.” (p. 172)

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I hope you see it because damn I read it and this was all I envisioned.

Character POVs change inside chapters with no warning.  A lot of the time you’re reading someone’s perspective for pages, and then suddenly you would be reading it in another POV in the next paragraph.  Yancey did something like this in The 5th Wave but he did it at the start of every chapter.  I actually think I preferred Chima doing it compared to him because her writing makes it flow easier.  It doesn’t trip you much as much as it did in Yanceys book.

I honestly don’t really know what else to say, I feel like I was completely robbed by reading this book.  I saw some other reviews say that this is just building up to an actual plot in the second book.  But honestly?  I don’t think it should work like that.  Like this wasn’t a skimpy little book, it’s a HUGE book where NOTHING happens, and it’s just a build up for the next book??? NO!  It just makes me cringe because you can clearly see how much work Chima put into the story, but damn it just didn’t work.

i don’t want you to think that I abhorred this book, because I didn’t, I just didn’t appreciate the length of it.  I did like how much thought she put into the story, I also liked the inventive ways she ties certain characters together.  I don’t know if I’ll read the next book, if I do it’s going to be a tester read (~100 pages) because I can’t deal with this again.

My rating: a very weak 3/5 stars.

Tag: Three Days, Three Quotes #1

I’ve been tagged by a couple people, but the latest to do so was the lovely Beth.  thank you everyone!  I’m sorry I didn’t write down who tagged me / when I was tagged :'(.

PS. Give this lady some credit for the beautiful image she made for the tag.  I’m using it with FULL BOW-DOWN-WORTHY CREDIT. #yougogirl #myphotoshopexploded

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

 

From the Shatter Me series:

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I tag…

Alyssa @ Alyssa Is Reading

Chloe @ Paint and Butterflies Books

Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek

Top 5 Wednesday! | Best Suggested Books

So I just realized I joined this meme ages ago and completely forgot about it? #howdoesthishappen #mybad

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey on the Youtubes.  This weeks theme is “Best Suggested Books You Loved (books recommended to you)”.


 

1. The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa

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Guys, I praise this book FOR DAYS.  I LOVED it!  Seriously a 4.5-5/5 stars for me.  Such a freaking awesome book and Thalassa isn’t big yet.  She seems so kind when reached out to.

In the future, the world is at war. 

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. 

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

2. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Definitely like a New Adult/Supernatural/Urban Fantasy book.  It’s pretty vulgar in some areas.  Best for mature audiences.  The sex scenes are very detailed.  It’s really good, big series too.

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

3. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Okay it took me ages to read this book.  So many people recommended it and I just kept avoiding it until I learned the movie was coming out.  (I still haven’t seen the movie….).  It’s a really good read.  I need to continue on with the series though.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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No surprise here if you’ve been around for awhile, but I do not read contemporary.  If I do it’s on a blue moon and a sacrifice is being held by the fae. That’s how rare it is.  Everything was recommending this book, so I read it after months of avoiding it…. And I really enjoyed it.  It honest to God is a “becoming a teenager” kind of book.  Short and sweet.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Abdieh

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Recommended by Booktube!  This was a really good read, I loved how it was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.  It takes a while to grow on you, though.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Book Haul #1 | Choose What I Should Review!

Heeeellloooo everyone!

I went to the library today and picked up my next batch of books to read.  I just recently got a library card after months of being too nervous/whatever to go get one – thank you college for my social anxiety.  I just got the balls one day last week, and I am so glad I did.  I’m trying to get out of the habit of reading books on my iPad because I read for hours at a time and I don’t want to seem so absorbed in technology, ya know?  Sometimes it’s healthier to not stare at a screen for hours on end.

Anyways, they didn’t have everything I was looking for but there are all books that have been on my TBR for days, months, and perhaps years.  You can expect reviews on some of these.  If you want me to review a specific one let me know!

  1. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  2. Talon by Julie Kagawa
  3. Endure (Defy #3) by Sara Larson
  4. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
  5. Soundless by Richelle Mead
  6. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs You Want to Turn Into Books

Ahhh… is it “Into” or “into” when it’s in a title? #struggles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Each Tuesday there is a new theme, this week was “Songs you want to turn into books”

Let’s get started!


 

1. Hello by Adele

Okay, okay.  I know this a total cheese song, but wouldn’t it make an awesome book?  I feel as though it would have some really sad feel.  Maybe something akin to a really sad  Nicholas Sparks book but in epilogue format – so like 20 years later when everyone is still miserable.

2. Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich

For all of you who love indie/acoustic music.  This song is just so perfect.  A book about adventure.

3. What the Water Gave Me by Florence and the Machine

THIS SONG IS PERFECTION.  Also “No Light, No Light” by her would be an awesome book too.  I think of this like a mermaid/merman themed book.

4. Demons by Imagine Dragons

My top song ever by Imagine Dragons.  This would be about someone reclaiming their rightful place on the throne.  So maybe something like Cleo from Falling Kingdoms, The Orphan Queen, etc.

5. Dirty Paws by Of Mountains and Men

This would be like a YA paranormal book with werewolves.  Probably something like Shiver by Stiefvater.

6. Secrets by OneRepublic

Obviously a person with secrets. #nospoilers

7. Just Give Me a Reason by Pink

My all time, ALL TIME, favorite song.  ANGST EVERYWHERE!!

8. Ignorance by Paramore

Imagine something exactly like The Young Elites / Rose Society by Marie Lu.  Or badass scenes like Aelin/Rowan/any-fight-scene-ever in TOG

9. Stop This Song by Paramore

10. Pillow Talk by Wild Child

Likely a story about a girl and boy who were falling in love but he/she ends up dying.  Probably a Gayle Foreman misery vibe.  Actually, completely like a Gayle Foreman book.


Okay, that’s it!  I feel like this TTT was just to get music suggestions.  Just Give Me a Reason and Pillow Talk resonate the most with me.  I would 100% pay for those books.  Le sigh.  They always touch my heart in a way that most songs don’t.