Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Down the TBR Hole #14


Hi everyone! It has been awhile since I've done one of these posts, but with yesterday's Top Ten and my ever growing TBR list, it seems like it's time to clear a few out. I hope.

The Down the TBR Hole meme was started by Lost In a Story and it is the most perfect tool for cleaning off shelves that I've come across. Here's how it works:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

THE BOOKS


EDGE OF END BY SUREN FANT

I don't remember how I found this book, but I know why I added it after reading the synopsis again. It sounds AMAZING. But it has less than great reviews and the people who liked it describe it as "insightful." This is now what I'm looking for in a horror book. I don't need lessons on what the meaning of life is in this kind of read. VERDICT: PASS



THE WITCH HUNTER BY VIRGINIA BOECKER

I'm sure I added this as a result of a Goodreads giveaway, but never got around to actually getting a copy. Witches really aren't my thing, to be honest, although it does sound interesting. Has anyone read this? Is it worth keeping? VERDICT: UNSURE



MAGONIA BY MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY

This one DEFINITELY got me with the pretty cover. I remember a lot of hype for this book when it was published followed by a lot of lackluster reviews. There are just too many amazing YA fantasy books out there that I really want to read. I think I'm going to have to wait on this one. VERDICT: PASS



THE RULES BY NANCY HOLDER & DEBBIE VIGUIE

I feel pretty sure that Jessica from A Great Read loved this book and that's why it has survived on my list for so long. This book sounds right up my alley and I'm definitely going to get to it eventually. VERDICT: KEEP



DOLL BONES BY HOLLY BLACK

I picked up this book back before I knew who Holly Black even was. It sounds super creepy and I HATE dolls. But it's also middle grade which seems to be more miss than hit for me. VERDICT: PASS



Do you rely on reviews when you're picking your next read?
Do you prefer books with a deeper meaning to them?
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #243: Anticipated July - December Releases


Today's Topic: 
Most Anticipated Releases
of the Second Half of 2019

Happy Tuesday! This is my favorite kind of topic! It's the easiest and the one that seems the most helpful because I find out about tons of new books I hadn't heard of yet. I'll only be including books I haven't had the chance to read, although I highly recommend checking out House of Salt and Sorrows and Wilder Girls


A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys



Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
The Institute by Stephen King
Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee



Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Weekly Recap: 6/9 - 6/15



HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! This has been a bit of a stressful week and honestly I'm just glad it's over. :/ I did get a little reading done and discovered some really wild graphic novels. I've also continued to do a ton of trades and clear out my shelves in anticipation of ALA... which is under a week away! I can't believe it's here and I can't wait! I finally saw Aladdin this week and I have a lot of conflicting feelings. I'll talk about it more this week on the blog, but I definitely still don't know if I actually liked it or not! If you've seen it, did you love it?


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

   


THIS WEEK I READ

  


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

On Monday I did the Do I Have That Book? tag
The topic was unpopular opinions for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday ARC review of Sorcery of Thorns


UPCOMING REVIEWS

(I'm finally going to review it for real.)


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Thursday, June 13, 2019

ARC Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 456
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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. 

I've been curious about Margaret Rogerson's books since I saw the gorgeous cover of An Enchantment of Ravens. People told me how slow it was and that I'd probably have difficulty getting into it, so I never gave it a try. If Sorcery of Thorns is any indication, I am going to LOVE An Enchantment of Ravens (I've already acquired a copy). This book is everything!

Elisabeth has grown up in a Great Library, the only home she's ever known. This isn't just any library though - the books are alive and can even turn into monsters when provoked. After Elisabeth takes action against one of these monstrous tomes, she finds herself taken to the capital to stand trial for a crime she didn't commit and her only ally is a sorcerer she's been raised to distrust.

I loved everything about this book and the characters in it! Elisabeth is such a relatable protagonist and I really enjoyed following along as her prejudices against sorcerers and demons were challenged. Her entire world was turned upside down and I could definitely relate to Elisabeth trying to understand what to do next in a world she didn't understand anymore.

Nathaniel Thorn was also a wonderful character. The sorcerers in this book are recognizable but different enough from the norm to be really interesting. I loved learning more about him and the way his power worked. Speaking of his power, Silas was one of the best secondary characters I've ever read! He was a perfect blend of frightening and loveable and I would absolutely love another book all about him.

Of course, there's romance in this book and the relationship between Elisabeth and Nathaniel was ridiculously adorable and I couldn't get enough of it! It was a true slow burn romance and was full of humor and sass, but in the absolute right amount. If you've read many of my reviews, you'll know I despise characters who are non-stop snark, but Margaret Rogerson struck the perfect balance.

Apart from the characters, the world of Sorcery of Thorns is incredible! I was utterly mesmerized by this unique, magical world. The atmosphere pulled me in from page one and I have the worst book hangover from having to leave. It felt dark and magical and I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it.

I've already touched on how much I loved this story, but I feel like I can't say much more without spoilers! It wasn't non-stop action, but I felt that the pacing was fine. I was honestly a bit worried that I wouldn't love this book for awhile there. It took me quite a bit longer to read than normal, but it may have just been the mood I was in. Still, I loved every single page, despite taking extra long to get through them.

Sorcery of Thorns is unique and the characters are some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I cannot wait to dive into An Enchantment of Ravens and will definitely pick up whatever this author writes next!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #242: Unpopular opinions


Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions 

Happy Tuesday! I'm excited about this week's topic because I love sharing unpopular opinions! I'm not sure how unpopular most of these are, but here they are anyway!

  1. I don't really want to go to BEA. It sounds SO hectic and stressful!
  2. I know the ending of Allegiant sucked, but I still love the series. 
  3. Why do special editions of books in series that are still being published exist? 
  4. The Maze Runner movie was better than the book.
  5. The Grisha Trilogy is INFINITELY better than Six of Crows.
  6. Deckled edges are more annoying than cute. 
  7. Daughter of Smoke and bone was... boring. 
  8. I really don't care for fanart endpages. They feel cheap somehow?? 
  9. The Handmaid's Tale book was bad. The show is much better done. 
  10. Constantly snarky characters are the worst. No one talks like that. 


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

Monday, June 10, 2019

Do I have that book? tag


Happy Monday, bookworms! Today I'm doing a tag that I found over at Erica Robyn Reads. This tag was originally created on Booktube by Keeping Tabs. I loved scavenger hunts as a teenager, but didn't get to participate in nearly enough of them. I'm super excited to do one in my own home library! I won't be tagging people at the end, so tag yourself if you want to play!


THE RULES

Time yourself trying to find each prompt on your shelf.
Try and beat the time of the person who challenged you.
Don’t forget to tag your challenger and the original creator.


THE HUNT

> Do you have a book with deckled edges?
To many to count! The first one that comes to mind is The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd.

> Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FIYAH.

> Do you have a book based on another fictional story?
Like a retelling? I have a ton of them! Some favorites are And I Darken, Splintered, and Cruel Beauty.

> Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

> Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

> Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?
The Crimson Peak novelization.

> Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?
Locke & Key by Joe Hill (Joseph King).

> Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

> Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?
Stain by A.G. Howard.

> Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?
You by Caroline Kepnes.

> Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)
Nightmares! by Jason Segel (of How I Met Your Mother fame) and Kirsten Miller.

> Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?
Timekeeper by Tara Sim

> Do you have a poetry book?
Is there anyone who doesn't have a complete Edgar Allan Poe? That's the only poetry I own.

> Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which I have not read yet.

> Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?
Not a single one.

> Do you have a book of short stories?
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, Star-Touched Stories, and Language of Thorns to name a few.

> Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. 509 pages.

> Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?
Harry Potter, Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Lightning Thief, Wuthering Heights.

> Do you have a graphic novel?
Quite a few! Some of my favorites are the Buffy comics and Locke & Key.

> Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?
The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.


MY SCAVENGER HUNT RESULTS

I had books to fill every question except one. I feel like I did a pretty good job! This took me just over 20 minutes to complete, which isn't horrible but I didn't beat the time of the person I stole the tag from! Oh well, better luck next time.