TOP TEN TUESDAY | Ten Facts About Me

Happy Tuesday everybody! Since I didn’t melt today, I thought I’d participate in TTT.

  1. I’ve been doing a lot of research into paganism.  I was indoctrinated into Catholicism as a child (and I have never been spiritual in general) so this has been a very interesting read.
  2. I really enjoy vintage shopping for my Etsy shop!  I can usually find really cute things people will like and it’s awesome.
  3. I am a glam planner.  I really like using stickers all throughout my planner and I enjoy making my own stickers.  I was actually thinking of producing a sticker shop but the market is so flooded nowadays!
  4. This year has been #projectme. I’m trying to take care of myself and change things I don’t like or have always bugged me.  I’m trying to get out there.. even if it means doing stuff by myself.  This Thursday I’m going to am music festival by myself and I’m okay with it.  I started going to the gym, I’ve started Invisalign, I cut my hair off.  The time is now, and I think that I’m finally doing me.
  5. Growing up makes me nervous.  I have always been aware of my age and the significance of it, maybe even more so than others.  When I was 11, I knew I made an adult decision that would affect my entire life.  When I was 12, I recognized that 18 was old.  When I was 18, I recognized that I was at my “old” threshold.  When I turned 20, I got a little freaked.  I miss my younger years and wish I could have stayed there.
  6. I reported someone for suspicious actions yesterday and it was pretty upsetting.  I won’t go into detail, but it was pretty emotional trying to figure out what to do.
  7. I am a firm believer that evil never wins, and I think that has transcended into my particular dislike of anti-hero books.
  8. I was never bullied until college and it was something I couldn’t escape from until I transferred schools.  It resulted in me having social anxiety, something I still struggle with to this day.
  9. Half of my generation is getting married and having (some have had!!!!) kids.  The other half is playing Pokemon Go and living with parents, suffocating from debt.
  10. Although I question the existence of God, I firmly believe that ghosts and spirits and the devil exist.  There are just some things that are utterly unexplainable and some things that should never be dabbled with.

Okay, I really tried to be as random as possible.  I hope this fills all your nosy whims ;). If you have any more questions, let me know!  I’m more than open to talk to y’all about life and whatnot n_n

TAG | The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Helllooooo everyone!  Here’s a quick post for you.  I’m still reading Mark of Cain but I’m hoping I can finish it soon and review it!  I TAG YOU ALL.


HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A BLOGGER?

About seven months now, but five if you aren’t counting my two month hiatus n_n.

AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STOP BLOGGING?

Maybe when I stop reading.  :]

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

I really like seeing different people’s perspectives.  I also love that I find out about really great books through other bloggers.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING?

Having nothing to post about!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE OR FIND PICTURES TO USE?

Honestly, I’ve seen some beautiful pictures on here.  However I don’t have time for that, hehe.

WHO IS YOUR BOOK CRUSH?

OH FUCK.

I don’t know.

Oh god.

The pressure.

Rhysand.

Maybe Valek?

No, Rhysand.

BUT ROWAN.

No, no, Rhysand.

WHAT AUTHOR WOULD YOU LOVE TO HAVE ON YOUR BLOG?

I would absolutely love to have a conversation with SJ Maas

WHAT DO YOU WEAR WHEN YOU WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Whatever I have on!  It’s always comfy though 🙂

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO PREPARE A POST?

However long necessary.  It took 2 hours for me to do a post once, and 15 minutes for another.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE BOOK BLOGGER COMMUNITY?

I love it!  It’s great seeing so many like minded individuals sharing their love of books.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ONE SHOULD DO TO GET A SUCCESSFUL BLOG?

 

Be creative.

Be friendly.

Be interactive.

THIS MONTH IN YA | July Releases (HP OBVS + others)

After skimming my TBR shelf, I quickly realized that I have very few “New Release” books.  And I feel like as a book blogger, this is a pretty big problem. Right? Right.  SO, in order to get my butt back into knowing what’s going on in the YA-world I thought I would make a new series on my blog called “This Month in YA” which will be released near the beginning of every month.

For all you contemporary lovers, I’m more of a fantasy reader but I will try to include some contemporary in my lists!

This list is obviously just books I thought sounded interesting, if I find anything new I will update!


JULY 5th

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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The Memory Book by Lara Avery

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

JULY 7th

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

JULY 12th

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Hollow City (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs

After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, but the only person who might be able to get them ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal–or as normal as a peculiar can get–the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble lurks after them… Cassandra Jean’s evocative visuals once again work seamlessly with Hollow City’s vintage photographs and Ransom Rigg’s twisting fantasy narrative to make for a wholly immersive reading experience for fans of the original novels, fans graphic novels, and fans of reading great stories alike!

JULY 19th

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Torn (Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

JULY 31st

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

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REVIEW | An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Pages: 446
Publication Year: April 28th 2015
Publicist: Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5
My Rating: 4/5

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

You know when you read a book and it just ends up being so lackluster because the author just didn’t do the storyline any justice at all? This book isn’t like that. In fact, the amount of detail and hard work that went into this novel is 100% obvious. Tahir went above and beyond what a lot of authors do nowadays and I wouldn’t be surprised if this became adapted into a movie.  An Ember in the Ashes was an action-packed fantasy novel with very few dull moments.

That’s why I’m a little confused because I liked the novel but I didn’t love it.. and I’m not really sure why.  I actually tried to avoid peoples reviews so I wouldn’t go into reading this novel completely hyped and full of expectations. The only thing I went in “knowing” was that people were raving and it had a nice cover. So there wasn’t an external influence totally destroying my perspective, but… this novel just didn’t reach the “holy balls this is amazing” part of my brain.

This novel focuses on two main characters: Laia and Elias.  Laia is determined to make up for her lack of bravery when her brother needed it most, and Elias is trapped in a commitment he desperately wants to escape from.   Both the main characters were dealing with their own demons and fighting their own battles, and slowly but surely came together for the bigger picture by the end of the novel.  In fact, the dual POV feature reminded me a lot of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (which I really enjoyed!).  Unfortunately, what Tahir failed to do with her exquisite POV writing was give me enough information to care.  The MC’s had purpose and intent but nothing really had me rooting for them, and that’s a really big let down.

Tahir has an excellent writing style for a fantasy author.  Each scene in this novel does play an integral role in the future of storyline, and I really don’t think fluff is anywhere in this novel (AWESOME).  When I had finished reading this book, An Ember in the Ashes was a standalone novel, but it looks like it’s now a trilogy.  You can pick up A Torch Against the Night on August 30th 2016.

Overall thought: MEH

TAG | The Cookie Book Tag

In case you guys didn’t know, I absolutely love baking.  I made some double chocolate chip cookies the other day and I swear it was the most delicious cookie ever.  Anyways, Beth tagged me earlier today and I just couldn’t resist doing this!

The Cookie Book Tag

Rules:

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag one to three people.

Chocolate Chip:
A classic book that you love or really enjoyed

Interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago.

I’m switching it up and bringing up one of my childhood favorites, Roald Dahl.  Known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc. He wrote some fantastic books.

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Thin Mints:
A fandom that you really want to ‘join’ and/or a hyped-up book you want to read

Your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere.

 

The fact I’m not on the Percy Jackson train partially makes me ashamed.  I read The Lighting Thief about two years ago and then never picked the next book up. #whatamidoing #readjustpriorities

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Shortbread:
An author you can’t get enough of

Seriously everyone knows my answer before I even type it.  SARAH J MAAS 5EVER.  I have read all her work and own it all too.

 


Samoas/Caramel DeLites:
An emotional rollercoaster

This cookie was hard…so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you.

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My emotions felt as hard as the Photoshop in this photo.

 


Oreos:
A book whose cover was better than the story, or vice versa, where the story was better than the cover

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray was such a disappointment to me.  I’m in the minority but I just didn’t like it :(.

 


Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties:
A book that wasn’t what you expected

Good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish.

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I see so many people talking about Sarah Dessen so I decided to take the plunge and read something by her.  Usually if I dislike a book it’s because the storyline did absolutely nothing for me but the writing is up to par.  In Dessen’s books, I dislike her writing but like the storylines.  Unfortunately, her writing is the reason I didn’t continue reading her books.

 


Snickerdoodles:
A book you may never stop re-reading/loving

 

This is a series I know I will continuously fall in love with.  It brings out the dreamer in me and it’s something I very much want to live over and over again.


Bonus:
Choose a cookie I didn’t list and make up a question!

The Hobnob.  A classic english cookie with a delicious chocolate top.

A book you can read while all cozied up.

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Probably one of my all time favorite series (IT’S CONTEMPORARY) (YES I KNOW) (YES, I KNOW) (I’M SHOCKED I READ IT TOO).  It’s just such a good storyline, I absolutely adored Charli and Adam.

 


My tags:

TAG YOURSELF IF YOU WANNA DO IT! 🙂

JULY TBR

Hi everyone!  Wowowow it’s July and it’s almost August and it’s almost Christmas! >:O.  The warm weather is going to be gone in a couple months, I can already sense it *hisses*.

This month I plan to be completely active again because something big is happening this month and I just can’t wait.  This is on everybody’s radar, but the Cursed Child screenplay by J. K. Rowling is being released at the end of this month so I am marathoning all the books (maybe movies?) before I get it on release day.  I’m not exactly sure if I’ll be reviewing the books because pretty much everyone and their mother have read them.  But I’m going to try and find a way to highlight them, because I’ve already started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the first four pages are totally different from the movie.

Fun fact: my books are so old the pages are like that old vintage-y brown that’s becoming kind of hard to read.  #lol1990sbooks #imold #waitimthatold?

WITH THAT BEING SAID, here’s my July TBR.  Obviously my editions are older, but these new Bloomsbury editions are breathtaking.

Are you planning on reading the HP books?  If not, what’s your reading goal for this month?  Let me know!  :]

June Wrap Up (SUPER MYSTERY SINCE I’VE BEEN MIA + BOOK RANT ON UF SERIES)

June was a slower reading month for me, but I did go through about 7.5 books.

I went through a couple genre phases that really didn’t play out brilliantly.  For a while I was really into urban fantasy and wanted to find a series similar to Jeaniene Frost’s Nighthuntress series (check it out the first book, Halfway to the Grave) and a few weeks later I was looking for a historical romance similar to Lisa Tawn Bergen’s River of Time series (you can see more info on the first book, Waterfall, here).

Anyways, let’s get started!


What I’ve Read

So, if you can tell from the covers above, to placate my urban fantasy whim I found out on Goodreads that J. R. Ward wrote a really popular UF series called Black Dagger Brotherhood.  You can check out the first book, Dark Lover here.  Anyways, the series looks super successful and has over 7 books thus far so you know that you’re in for a treat.  If you’ve never read urban fantasy before, know that you are likely walking into a intense sexual scenes and really tacky romances.  This series was no exception to this rule. Ever.

After the first book, I was like “Yeah, that was good” and then by the third book I was like “Yeaaaah…. Eh?” and then by the 4th-5th book I was like “Yeah…. no…..” and by the 6th-7th book I was utterly sick and tired of how fucking tacky this series was.  Like excuse my French but HOW is this series so popular?!?!?! It literally made me want to flip over my table and set my food on fire.  And it wasn’t just how whiny Ward made the characters that irked me, it was her ridiculous spelling antics too.  The main characters names were like Rhage, Phury, Zsadist, Wrath, Vishous, and it’s just like what?!  And key terminology for the series was also spelt weird and it just got so frustrating.  These MC’s are supposed to be great vampire warrior knight people and they just don’t fit the bill.. at all.  *angry sigh*

Can you tell why I didn’t write a review yet? LOL.

So two more books I read,

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I’ve been hearing about this book now for months and I thought I would finally take the plunge.  I’ve read about 1/4 of the book and I just don’t really know if I like it enough to continue?  The book has some parts in second person and it’s not a reading style I’ve ever read in a published book.  It also keeps alternating between characters/settings and it just comes off as really messy and odd.  Like I said, I’m just not sure if I like it so it was put on a back burner.
  2. Intertwine by Nichole Van.  I found this book on Goodreads after trying to find another historical romance/time travel thing.  I ended up giving this book a 3/5 stars because it was an easy read.  The series does continue but I don’t think I’ll be reading more.

What I’m Currently Reading

  1. The Mark of Cain by Lindsay Barraclough (4.07 on Goodreads).  I’m about 40 pages in and I’m interested to actually get into the plot.  There was this 30 page long prologue that was rather excessive.. but I’m sure it provided some sort of context for later on.

    Damaris lowers her voice still more. I hold my breath to catch the words: “You know, there is something about the girl, Zillah. The spirits come to her.” Damaris pauses. “I—I have heard the child whispering in the voice of another.”

    In 1567, baby Aphra is found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches. Even as an infant, her gifts in the dark craft are plain. But when her guardians succumb to an angry mob, Aphra is left to fend for herself. She is shunned and feared by everyone she encounters, except one man: the leper Long Lankin. Hounded and ostracized, the two find solace only in each other, but even this respite is doomed, and Aphra’s bitterness poisons her entire being. Afflicted with leprosy, about to be burned as a witch, she manages one final enchantment—a curse on her tormentor’s heirs.

    Now, in 1962, Cora and Mimi, the last of a cursed line, are trapped in an ancient home on a crumbling estate in deepest winter, menaced by a spirit bent on revenge.

  2. Paganism: An introduction to earth-centered religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham.  A couple of my friends from college were pagans and I finally decided to look it up and see what it was all about.  This book was highly recommended on Amazon so I’ve been reading through it.  I’m not a religious person at all, but so far I really like how earth-centered “paganism” really is.  I do have a Bachelor’s of Science degree so I’ve always been pretty skeptical of any religion that doesn’t provide me solid evidence. If you want me to make a blog post / review on this book I totally will, just let me know.  I must say that I feel like SJM drew from this religion in ACOTAR/ACOMAF and I’m kind of tempted to go back and see if I’m right.

    This book presents the basic fundamentals of Paganism. It explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magick is; and what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics. For those who are exploring their own spirituality, or who want a good book to give to non-Pagan family and friends A hands-on learning tool with magickal workings, meditations, discussion questions, and journal exercises Offers in-depth discussion of ethics and magic.

  3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.  I haven’t started reading this book yet but it has a 3.80 rating on Goodreads.

    Vika 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.


Life Updates

I don’t really have anything much to report.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on our Etsy, our website, Amazon, etc.  My foster dog from February was finally adopted in late May and like a week or two later I found fleas in my house.  So…. fuck.  It’s literally been the worst. Fleas are still not gone but I’ve finally gotten a handle on everything.  Apparently because it’s been so dry the fleas are coming out from the forest (a few feet from our house) and have just royally screwed us.  I have to clean our home every day and it takes me like 2 hours to vacuum everything, I have to lift up all the furniture and vacuum every little crevice in existence.

I’m also at a point where I’m doing okay.  Some of you oldies here know that I found out I was being cheated on in February and I am better but it still fucks with me.  Him and I are still talking, he hasn’t seen her since the day after I found out (he was only hanging out with her, apparently. Yes, I know what you’re thinking), we are NOT dating.  We will not be dating any time soon.  Truthfully, I don’t know how someone can come back from that, the trust isn’t back yet and I deserve respect.  So that’s what a lot of my time has been dedicated to… just working on myself.  I got Invisalign, I’ve been doing some self tanning, and I’ve been going to the gym about 5 times a week. I’m doing me because I deserve it.


Anyways, that’s all for now!  If any of you guys want to talk or get to know me better send me a comment or a message.  I’m more than willing to talk to y’all on Facebook or some other means.  I don’t have a twitter but I’ve thought about it.

Let me know your thoughts on my books!  Any recommendations?

Top 5 Wednesday | Settings You Want to See More Of.

Good evening, y’all!  If you didn’t see my post yesterday, my utter lack of reviews was because I would have metaphorically(?) shit on the books I read this past month.. I’ll go way more in detail tomorrow but for now I’ll do Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s post is alllll about settings I want to see more of in books, and I have QUITE a few settings I would absolutely love.  Let’s get started!


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Faerie realms

If you haven’t followed my blog for long, you might not know that I am a fantasy junkie.  Whether it be young adult, new adult, etc. I am all about it.  Like most people in my generation, I grew up with Harry Potter.  During my formative years I dreamt of spells, potions, mythical creatures, and fantastic lands where anything is possible.  I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and when I got into the “book world”, fantasy was where I felt happiest.  I loved the vampires, werewolves, magical powers, etc., but I always felt like the faerie realm was never really done justice.  The world that Sarah J. Maas has created for ACOTAR really satisfied this desire for me, but I am so waiting for more.

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Time Travel into History

You’re probably thinking “But Cat, there are soooooo many time travel books”, and I would kind of agree with you but it’s not the kind I mean.  A couple years ago I read this series by Lisa T. Bergren called River of Times (check out the first book, Waterfallhere) and it’s basically about two sisters who touch this ancient wall and travel back in time.  There’s romance and historical fiction and it’s just such a fun read.  I have tried really hard to find more books like it but haven’t really succeeded.  I recently read Intertwine by Nichole Van and it was kind of similar, but didn’t completely do it for me.

High Fantasy Assassin anything

Ohhhhh I’m still on this bandwagon and I’m probably sitting right at the front.  I want more high fantasy assassin stories with strong FEMALE characters.  I freaking loved Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study / Chronicles of Ixia series and Throne of Glass (how could you not…?).  I am just WAITING for the next strong female MC who will just knock my socks off.

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Dystopian Power Houses+Romance+Strong MC.

FYI I had no idea how to classify this, LOL.  So when I first thought of this, I realized a lot of people would think I’m referring to the fluffy Selection series by Kiera Cass, but that’s not really what I’m targeting.  I’m thinking more along the lines of The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (see my Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel) or The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa.  I REALLY enjoyed those books and I think it was because the female MC’s weren’t so fucking pathetic ~pardon my factual crudeness~.  I loved that the romances weren’t easy, I loved that tensions were high, and I loved that these women were fighting for something.  Unlikely love is a love I completely stand behind and cheer for.  There were undertones of abuse, so bear that in mind if you have triggers.

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Books that start with the MC in prison + ends up serving the Guard

Calling all  of you who have read Throne of Glass and Poison Study, you know exactly what kind of vibe I mean.  I just LOVE this setting and I so want to see it explored more.  Some of my top book series are based on the fact that two strong ass female MC’s began as criminals and became something epic.  They had shit handed to them and made everything out of nothing.


Okay, that’s it everyone!  What do you think of my choices?  Are there any that you would like to see or wouldn’t like to see?  If you did this post, send me over your link!

TAG | The Book Love Tag

JEEZ I KEEP GOING MIA AND I DON’T KNOW WHY OR HOW IT JUST HAPPENS. I’M SORRY WORDPRESS FRIENDS.  PS: Don’t think I haven’t been reading, I just really didn’t like what I read and went through this epic slump of slumps.  I hated how every book I read was just “sub par” or so redundant.

Anyways, I decided to get back into it I would do a tag called “The Book Love Tag”.  Sound good? Yep.  Inspired by the lovely Calliope the Book Goddess (check her blog out, here).


YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE

You guys know that one of the last posts I made was based on me epically fangirling over the beautiful creation that was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  If you have yet to read it, think of the Shatter Meromance but on drugs.

I’ll leave it at that, and also this snippet from A Court of Thorns and Roses,

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YOUR TOP 3 BOOK BOY/GIRLFRIENDS

I honestly am SO EAGER to see what happens between Dorian and Maven in Empire of Storms.  I kind of ship them in such an excellent way.  I also really love Juliette and Aaron from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.  Also, Will & Tessa from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

IMAGINE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE. WHO WOULD PROPOSE, AND HOW? (IF THERE’S ALREADY BEEN A PROPOSAL: WHO WOULD BE MORE INTO ORGANIZING THE WEDDING?)

I CAN’T GIVE ANYTHING AWAY (SOBS) (RUNS INTO CORNER).  If you’ve read ACOMAF you know EXACTLY what I am thinking of.

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS TIME! NAME A POPULAR PAIRING YOU CAN’T STAND.

It’s not that I couldn’t stand them at the beginning, because I could.  But I became heartbreakingly disenchanted with Tamlin and Feyre by ACOMAF.  It just wasn’t meant to be and it’s so painfully obvious.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE ROMANCE TROPE?

I really hate non-conducive love triangles.  IF the author has the talent to do one and not fuck it up I am the happiest person alive.  However, most authors really just do it because everyone else does it.  And… I hate that.

My favorite romance trope is one where the male recognizes that the female doesn’t need to be saved and just wants to be her equal.  The male understands that women can be strong and independent and they don’t need excessive hand holding.  The key here is that there’s equality in the relationship, proper character development, and trust.

DO YOU SHIP NON-CANON COUPLES OFTEN? NAME SOME IF YOU DO.

Not typically.  I almost always root for the couple the author pushes.

YOUR OPINION ON LOVE TRIANGLES. GO!

Done right? Look at ACOMAF.  Done wrong? Look pretty much everywhere else.

FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE LOVE TRIANGLE?

My favorite is honestly a jumble between anything seen in Maas’s books or Clare’s TID.  However I really hated the Clary/Jace/Simon fuckery.

SOMETIMES ROMANCE JUST ISN’T THE WAY TO GO. FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP?

I do love the friendship between Kenji and Juliette <—- I JUST TWINNED SO HARD WITH CALLIOPE LOL. Kenji&Juliette are the shit, an EXCELLENT example of a friendship in YA.  Another FANTASTIC one is the relationship between Yelena/Janco/Ari in Maria V. Snyder’s Chronicles of Ixia.  If you haven’t read that chronicle you NEED to.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SCENE WITH YOUR BOOKISH OTP?

I think this comes with my age, but anything filthy (the sexual kind) in YA.. bridging it to a NA read.  Seriously there are some STEAMY scenes coming out in fantasy books lately and it’s absolutely brilliant.

IMAGINE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE AGAIN. WHO’S MOST EXCITED ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY (EITHER IRONICALLY OR GENUINELY)?

I absolutely agree with Calliope here.. As Feyre and Rhysand are my top couple right now, I really think that Rhysand would be super excited.


Boop boop, okay that’s it for this tag.  I think I might make an update post on everything I’ve been reading?  I don’t really remember much of it because it was so boring, but I’ll see y’all tomorrow. PROMISE.

Seriously, I promise.  PS. I’m going to Comic Con/Book Con in NYC.

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

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The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Pages: 531
Published: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.17/5
My Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

The Mirror King is the second book in The Orphan Queen duology by Jodi Meadows.  To be honest, I felt pretty impartial after reading The Orphan Queen and had given it 3/5 stars.  However this book was much more interesting and I’m really glad I had decided to pick it up.  Jodi Meadows has a real talent for the high fantasy writing style, and although the book was rather slow in certain areas it ended up being a really good read.

This review has no spoilers.

Wilhelmina, our main character, does show some growth throughout the book.  She honestly is pretty childish in the first book, and I think that’s what threw me off at first.  However, she grows up in TMK and really starts to make sound decisions with sound reasonings.  Unfortunately, one thing that really irked me was how she treated the wraith boy… It was pretty shitty and really sad.  Wraith boy was pretty much like an enamored puppy and although he was all “power”, I couldn’t see a justification for Wil to treat him like absolute shit.

We explore a little bit more of the kingdoms, which is pretty nice.  One thing that always frustrated me about certain fantasy authors was that they would make up an elaborate world and not let us explore it.  To me, world building and exploring said fantasy world are vital in actually making it come to life.  Imagine hearing about Hogwarts and not actually “experiencing” it, the HP storyline would have completely combusted.  Jodi Meadows actively decided to show us some places in the kingdoms and how they function.

Magic-related plot holes are everywhere.  There is an agreement between the kingdoms that no magic is supposed to be used, but it still is… in almost every chapter..  And magic plays some huge roles throughout the book.  And now that I’m reflecting back on it I’m kind of frustrated Meadows even made this a thing, why waste our time?

Magic is expressly forbidden, so we can’t repair a factory that would 100% help the poor”

A COUPLE CHAPTERS EARLIER: “Please woo these inanimate objects into doing ____ things”.   *snap snap magic happens*
There you go!”

There is a romance, and the storyline doesn’t suffer because of it.  I really enjoyed the slow building romance in this novel because it wasn’t at the core of the storyline.  Rather, it was just an aspect that played along nicely.  We really do watch Wil become who she is destined to be, and she is never stereotypically “saved” by a male.  Wil is a strong MC who really doesn’t need a man to rescue her and that makes this so much more enjoyable.  I’m really happy Meadows didn’t fall into that ugly pit of YA bullshit.

The ending was bittersweet, and the side characters are memorable.  Each of the sacrifices, betrayals, and friendships in this series play a significant role in the series.  Although they weren’t the best they also weren’t one dimensional.  You are kept on your toes trying to figure out the motives behind many characters, and it was really enjoyable to do so.

Overall, I really did enjoy this series.   Although it wasn’t the best series ender, it wasn’t a “meh” book either.  I’m kind of bummed it’s only a duology but I think Meadows did an excellent job wrapping it up.  I could definitely see an epilogue being released just to let us see what has happened in the kingdoms.  I definitely recommend this book.

4/5 stars.