Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello! Its Tuesday again and that means its time for Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish! This weeks topic is simply your Fall TBR! I don't tend to make TBRs simply because I never stick to them but there are some books that I 100% plan to read this Fall!

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.
I have been anticipating this one all year! And it finally came out today and yes, I have already started it! Literally cleared my reading schedule for it! I loved the first book and if you'd know more about that, my review is here!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic2. The Language Of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
This is my second most anticipated book of the year! I mean its based in the Grisha world and Leigh keeps teasing that a character from the first trilogy makes a cameo... I cant even!! One more Week!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

3, 4, and 5. The rest of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.
I adored the first book, The Raven Boys and I can't wait to finish the series! I plan to marathon read the other three books in October cause they give just that perfect amount of spookiness that I'll be craving!

The Night Circus6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
This book I'm not to sure about yet! I wanna try and read it this Fall but i'm not sure yet! If not, maybe during winter!

7. At least one Sarah J. Maas book!
I've never read one of her books and I'd like to give it a try! Theres a lot of hype so we'll see how it goes!

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

8. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
I have been curious about this one for some time! I hear its a hard read but I'd still really like to give it a go!

Vicious (Villains, #1)9. Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
I read A Darker Shade of Magic by Schwab last week and honestly wasn't impressed. I have heard that more people find this book better so I hope I like it! I mean, its about villains so it should be right up my alley!

10. I wanna re-read a book!
I haven't re-read any books this year (more like the last couple years) and I'd really like too! I haven't decided which one yet! I just know its gonna be a favorite!

So that is my list and here's to hoping that I stick with it! What books are on your fall TBRs!!?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello! I'm back this week for TTT! I missed last week's but am ready for this one! Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and you can check out there blog for upcoming topics! This weeks topic is Books that you had a hard time getting into! I'm gonna cut my list in have and first list the ones I ended up not liking and the other half as the ones I ended up loving!

Did not like. 

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

1. City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. It took me forever to get into this book and I actually don't even remember if I ended up finishing it... I remember some of what happens but most of it is a blur.

Looking for Alaska

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
It took me about two months to finally get through this book! And at the end, I was left so unsatisfied and just disappointed!

Eleanor & Park3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Another one that took me over two months to finish! It was so slow and underwhelming!

Tell Me Lies

4. Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Cruise. 
I loved the first book I read by her but this one was incredibly boring and the main character started making bad choices that I just couldn't understand! I actually ended up DNFing it!

We Were Liars

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
I wrote a review on this one here... I cant even remember how long it took me push through this one. I just remember it being a long time...

Ended Up Loving

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)

6. Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
I  adore this series but the first book was a little hard to get into! 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater.
I actually just finished this book and I loved it! However when I first started it, I did have a little trouble wanting to read it! I might have been in a book slump though!

The Beast Is an Animal

8. The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle Van Arsdale.
This book in general is kind of slow and didn't have much action to it so that might have been why it took me so long to get into but I ended up loving it in the end!

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

9. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.
Another book that had a slow pace but again, by the time I finished it, I loved it!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Believe it or not, I struggled a bit when I first began reading this beauty! It might have been that I was hesistant to start it in the first place because of my love for The Grisha Trilogy! It took me a little longer than I expected but oh boy, did I love it when it was done!

And that's my list! What are some books that gave you all a hard time!?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

And its time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This feature is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is back to school freebie! I chose to be nostalgic and think back to my top ten favorite books I read while I was in high school!

Twilight (Twilight, #1)1. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.
Lets just get the obvious out of the way. I think we can agree that about 90% of high school girls in 2008 were obsessed with twilight! And I was on of them and I'm anything but ashamed! I was obsessed!

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
I loved this book with all my heart! I think I reread it about 4 times in freshman year!

Low Red Moon

3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin.
I remember this being such an enjoyable book! and the cover is so pretty and shiny...

The Silmarillion

4. and 5. The Hobbit and The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien.
My love for Lord of The Rings has always been strong!

Unwind (Unwind, #1)

6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
I did a book report on this one as a senior and it was the first time I was actually excited to do my homework.


7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
It was one of favorites while I was in high school!

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
My first fantasy book and its really what started my love for the genre!

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

9. Stolen by Lucy Christopher.
This one really made an impact in me when I was a teen. I remember all of my friends and I passed it around and discussed it for months.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This was and still is one of my most treasured trilogies! I read this for the first time in junior year and I couldn't believe how amazing it was! This was the first series I was ever really obsessed with! It made me think about things that I'd never really pondered and I loved that!

So that's my list! I enjoyed going down memory lane and I kinda wanna reread some! So what list did you come up with?!

Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm (Shadow and Bone, #2)
Siege and Storm
Leigh Bardugo

Hardcover, 435 pages

Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Company

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. 

Oh lord, I don't know how to properly write this review. Basically, just prepare for a mess!

Plot: The pace of this book starts out really fast! I honestly thought that we'd have to wait a bit for some action but we were thrown into it pretty quickly! However, the middle is a bit slow. I enjoyed it cause I just love being in the grisha world so I'd take anything really! I honestly enjoyed this book so much! I, once again, didn't see any of the plot twists coming and I just loved that!

Characters: We had a couple new characters introduced in this book and I really enjoyed them! I knew we were gonna be introduced to Nikolai in this one and I can now understand why everyone loves him! He really grew on me and I loved his epic one liners! I especially loved it when he would piss off Mal! I lived for those moments!  And I really liked that some of the characters from the first book came more into there own in this one, like Zoya and David! And I enjoyed Alina's struggle with power. She had some pretty bad ass moments and mass respect to her for them!

At its best:  The Darkling came back a bigger bad ass than before and I still swooned! He's still my favorite part of this trilogy! Nothing beats him! I really wish there had been more of him this book! I missed him...

At its worst: The only problem I had with this book was all the Alina/Mal drama. If I didn't hate Mal before, he sure took care of that in this book! He was so whiny and selfish! And the way he would bring Alina down drove me insane! It was bad enough that I even started hating Alina because of him! Really though, there were moments when I rolled my eyes so hard I went dizzy! They were an absolute menace!

Read again: Oh hell yeah

Continue series: Series=Done

Final thoughts: My heart could not handle this book! I think I actually shed tears at the end from the adrenaline! I was that shook! Seriously, that ending is what makes the whole book! After reading this one, I knew that the next and final book was gonna destroy me! I can't stop obsessing! I just can't!

Rating:5/5 Stars!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: Shadow And Bone

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)Shadow and Bone
Leigh Bardugo
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Company

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

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

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

I went in to this book not expecting much and good lord was I pleasantly surprised!

Plot: So interesting and Entertaining! I found the plot had a lot of tropes we see in a lot of YA which, honestly didn't bug me. I loved the pace of the story, everything moved along pretty quickly. There are some parts of the book that were slow but they were with purpose. Honestly I loved all of it though! I loved that every time I thought I knew what was I gonna happen next, I'd be completely wrong! I'm usually right and I loved being wrong! I found the Grisha universe to be mesmerizing! The world Bardugo built is so wonderful and I just wanna know more!

Characters: I really enjoyed almost all of the characters! Alina, the main protagonist is okay. I didn't love her to be honest, but I didn't hate her either. I did however love her friend Genya! She was precious! The only character that I didn't like was Mal. He was just so plain and boring to me! There were somethings I liked about him but just not enough to over power his dullness.

At its best: I'm not even gonna pretend to be subtle about it. The Darkling is the best thing about this book and probably the series too. I am in love with him.
   He is everything. He's complex and mysterious and smart and powerful. Just everything! And When the truth about him is revealed...
The obsession has rooted itself deep my friends, I'm more than ok with it!

At its worst: As I mentioned above, the book has some tropes we see a lot of in other ya books. I found the mean girl to be unnecessary. We didn't need the girl on girl hate. And if you're wondering if Alina has brown hair and is considered too thin and unattractive, yes, all of the above. And also, Mal and Alina together aren't so great either. They were just meh and I wasn't invested in them as a couple.

Read again: Absolutely! And soon!

Continue series: Already have...

Final thoughts: I seriously loved it! I read it in one sitting and have been thinking about it ever since! I wanna know more! I wanna know everything! Give me the Darkling's history! Ravka's history! Its a knew favorite!

Rating: 6/5 stars! (because its a new fav!)

Review: The Beast is an Animal

The Beast Is an AnimalThe Beast is an Animal
Peternelle Van Arsdale
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

Plot: I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It has a folklore feel to it and I found that kind of soothing. The pace is slow but I didn't find that I minded to much! I've never read a book about soul eaters so I don't really have much to compare to but I found it a decent story!

Characters: I really liked the main protagonist Alys. You get to watch her grow up and become a brave young women. She goes through a lot and struggles with the reality of what she is and over all, was a very nice character to read through.

At its best: The way the book is written was my favorite thing. That and also the way the story has a "The Village" feel to it. Also, there were some scenes that managed to pull my heartstrings. They made me get really emotional!

At its worst: The ending was anti-climatic in my opinion. I wish they're had been more to it!

Read again: I'm not sure. Maybe one day.

Continue series: Not a series! A stand alone!

Final thoughts: It was a good read! I had a good time reading it! Its stuck with me enough that I sometimes still think about it! If you like that folklore feel to your stories then you'll like this one!

Rating: 3.5/5 stars