Sunday, June 24, 2018

Weekly Recap: 6/17 - 6/23


TRACY'S HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! I don't have much to report this week because I'M AT ALA! I've spent the day with Christina from Books & Prejudice and Amber from Du Livre (both are in my sidebar), wandering the exhibit halls, eating lots of food, and doing a Killers & Thrillers Ghost Tour of the French Quarter. I do have lots of new books, but I'm saving them for my ALA haul later this week!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

Stay tuned!


THIS WEEK I READ

 



CHELCIE'S HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hello everyone!  I hope y’all had a great week!  Mine was okay. I worked a ton, but didn’t have too much time to do much else. I so cannot wait for my family vacation in a week!  Then I can just sit back and relax a bit lol. Either way, I’ve got one more hard week of work left and then I’m off to the Adirondacks!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

 


THIS WEEK I READ




IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The topic was my Summer TBR for Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday audiobook review of Paranormalcy
On Thursday Chelcie talked about bookish things that make her mad
Friday book review of The Glittering Court
On Saturday I wondered how often I read my TBR list


UPCOMING REVIEWS

 


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, June 23, 2018

How often do I actually read the books on my TBR list?

Multiple times a year, usually at the start of each season, I make a TBR list. In fact, I posted one just this Tuesday! That post got me thinking: how often do I actually follow through and read the books I add to these lists? I went back through old posts and randomly selected one from each of the years I've been blogging. The covers with an X are the ones I did NOT get around to reading!


2014 TBR BOOKS READ: 7/10


Not to shabby! I actually have read most of the books on this list! To be fair, my reading world was much smaller back in my first year of blogging, so there weren't a ton to choose from (as far as I knew). Still, I'm impressed with myself!


2015 TBR BOOKS READ: 9/10


Definitely way better than I'd expected! I really felt like I never read any of the books on my TBR, but I'm actually impressing myself. Of course, one of these was also on the 2014 list and I don't remember which year I read it.


2016 TBR BOOKS READ: 6/10


Still not terrible, but not great either. Still, it's more than 50%! I guess it's not surprising that the ones I didn't read were contemporary YA, or at least not fantasy books.


2017 TBR BOOKS READ: 5/10


And here we are, at 50% read, which is honestly still a bit better than I was expecting, but it's pretty embarrassing! This is the problem with being in the know about so many amazing books being published! There's just too much to read!


2018 TBR BOOKS READ: 5/10


Only 50% again, but I'm cutting myself some slack on this one since it has only been three months since I made this TBR list. I'm also halfway through three of these since I've had a bit of a problem getting sucked into a some of them. 



Overall, I actually did way better on this than I thought I had! Every time I put together a TBR I feel like there's no way I'm actually going to read most of them. I definitely see the difference between the first two years and the third being that I just found SO MUCH more to read! And I'm thinking that the reason I've done better in the past two years than the one before is that I've gotten a bit better at knowing what I'll enjoy. Maybe. Or maybe it's just luck! 

How good are you about reading what you put on your TBR? Do you tend to skip over things you thought you wanted to read, but have changed your mind about? Do you get overwhelmed with choices? And very importantly, are there any I've skipped over that you think I'd love? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Title: The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
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Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

To be upfront and honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It had its good moments and bad moments, but I did like reading it. It read very generically. We get a high society girl wanting a new life and a boy who helps her get that.

This book started out with so much promise. I was excited to see what new life was awaiting for the main character as she ran. I got nervous when she was almost caught, but then the events started to get blander and blander as the book went on. This book went from The Selection to Gold Rush and confused the crud out of me.

There were so many plot holes and loose ends left in this book it almost reminded me of a block of Swiss cheese. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on and why it happened and why the characters didn’t even reflect on the event that happened. I’m not sure if the next book will fill in these weird holes, but I’m almost not sure if I want to read it for fear of more plot holes everywhere.

I was kinda bummed with the romance in this book. It was lackluster and boring. I can’t even remember the love interest’s name he was that forgettable of a character. You think there would be something special that sets him apart from all of the other male attention the main character gets. Plus his “big secret” really was a flop and almost non existent once they were in the new world.

And one thing I realized after I finished this book is a lot of people consider this a fantasy, but there is no magic, mythology, or anything remotely supernatural. This book is more of an alternate history or dystopian novel.

I honestly wished this book was better. I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy and Soundless. Yet this book fell quite short of them. And like I said earlier, I’m not sure if I will even continue this series at all.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bookish things that make me mad

Because I’m in a little bit of a grumpy mood I figured I would discuss some of the things about books that make me mad! Without further ado...


NON-MATCHING COVERS

I absolutely hate when publishers do this!  I don’t care if the series has taken years to come out or if they want to do a cover change after the last book, it is never a good idea. I love when all of my books match and look pretty on my shelf, and they can’t be that way if publishers keep changing the covers on us.


WAY TOO MANY EDITIONS

Now don’t get me wrong, I love having a couple editions of my favorite book on my shelves, but when they make 4+ different editions with different special content then it’s a bit excessive (Lord of Shadows I’m looking at you.).  It really just gets to be a money grab at that point. I’ve had a few books that I wanted to get all of them for the special content, but there was no way I could with my budget.


WAITING A YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK

I know this really can’t be helped, but I want my series right away. I’m a binge reader so I like to have the complete series before I even start it so that way I don’t have to wait. But with being a blogger I’ve gotten a ton of ARCs to read and I have to wait even longer for the next book to come out after I read the ARC. I wish it took a lot less time, but I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long for the next book.


WHEN YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER DIES

I have lost so many favorite characters to the author’s pen. I’m still bitter over a bunch of their horrible deaths. I get that there are some needed deaths to make other characters grow, but, dang, does it hurt. There have been many tears shed and will be more as long as I keep reading books.



ANTI-CLIMACTIC ENDINGS

I can’t stand when you get to the end of a book and then flip back through pages because you think some may be missing. I’ve read a great number of books that just ended so abruptly-and not even with a good cliffhanger-that I had to check to see if I missed something. I love it when a story wraps up nice and neat, but I can’t stand loose ends especially if it is the last book in a series.



What bookish things make you mad?
Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Audiobook Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)
Author: Kiersten White

Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 335
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Discover the first book in a sparkling paranormal romance trilogy from Kiersten White, #1 New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken.

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through supernatural glamours.

She’s also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

For fans of Teen Wolf, Buffy, and Supernatural, this New York Times bestseller is a witty, fresh, and downright fun read that will capture your heart.

Kiersten White's And I Darken series is one of my absolute favorite series of all time, but I hadn't read any of her earlier work until now. I picked up Paranormalcy because it was available at my library and I loved the comparisons to Buffy and Supernatural. I dived in hoping that it would be as addictive a series as And I Darken, but alas.

Evie is the heroine of this story, and it becomes apparent immediately upon meeting her that she is very heavily based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is equal parts badass, girly, and rebellious, and I didn't hate her, but I couldn't bring myself to love her either. Like Buffy, she is one of a kind with powers that are expected to help bring peace on earth, but also just wants to be a normal teenager. When Evie meets Lend, she thinks he might be her chance at some normal teen interaction. She immediately starts falling for him and... eh.

The romance between Lend and Evie, while cute, was just kind of off to me. This is possibly because Evie seems so concerned with how hot he is and whether he's holding her hand because he likes her or not, all while the world is crumbling around her. Although she seems to have great reasons for questioning the authority around her, I had a really tough time accepting her attitude. I couldn't deal with her whining about prom while people were literally dying. Lend was a fascinating character, but my favorite character was Reth, by far.

I guess you could say Lend and Reth are the Angel and Spike of this series. Both are supernatural creatures, although one is good and one is kind of maybe bad. I thought that Reth was an infinitely more exciting character, although I was frustrated with how he constantly spoke in riddles, then got angry with Evie for not deciphering them. Overall, I didn't love any of the characters in this book, but Reth is the best of them.

Unlike a lot of my favorite YA series from the 2000s, I feel like Paranormalcy is definitely dated. It fits right in with a lot of other paranormal romance books, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but isn't really my thing. I do love a few books about faeries, but the mashup of faeries, shapeshifters, vampires, and other mythical creatures really took me back to the last decade. If that's something you enjoy, maybe you'd like this book more than I did.

The story itself was definitely unique and I did like the mystery surrounding the Initiative Agency and Buffy's Evie's place within it. I love the idea of a secret organization saving the world from the baddies! But nothing about it really stood out as super unique. Again, maybe if I'd read this when it was published, I would have felt differently. It's entirely possible that I've just read too many books to appreciate this for what it was when it was published.

Overall, I didn't hate Paranormalcy, but I certainly didn't love it. It's fair to say that Kiersten White has grown drastically in every possible way as an author between the time this book was published and when And I Darken came out. I sadly will not be continuing this series, but I will be giving her one more try with Chaos of Stars, and I will definitely read anything she writes in the future!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #192: Summer TBR


Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Books I Hope To
Read This Summer

Since I'm super lame and never, ever go swimming at the beach or at a pool, I decided to make this week's post my Summer TBR! These are the top ten summer publications I'm hoping to read soon!


A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
The Glass Butterfly by A.G. Howards
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows



Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.