Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ARC Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Title: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400
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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

Wicked Saints was by far my most anticipated debut of 2019! I was SO excited when I managed to get an early copy that I immediately dived in and was sucked right into the fast paced world. Of course, there wasn't even a synopsis for this book when I started reading it, I just knew that it sounded deliciously dark and a few people said I'd love it since I ship the Darkling and Alina. Well, now that it's over I have a lot of feelings, so buckle up.

Nadya is the MC of this story and she's a cleric and can speak to the gods. Unlike most clerics though, Nadya can speak to ALL of the gods. You might say she's not like other girls... The story begins with Nadya's monastery under attack by Prince Serefin, a blood mage from a neighboring country. She goes on the run and bumps into Malachiasz and his group of rebels. From there it's the Malachiasz show.

Malachiasz is the dark, mysterious monster boy who you've definitely heard about if you follow Emily A. Duncan on Twitter. He has secrets and is super dangerous, but of course Nadya chooses to trust him and he becomes her love interest. Despite what you might think there is no love triangle, at least not in this book. Malachiasz is the true main character of this book, with Nadya being relegated to his love interest. That isn't to say their romance isn't interesting because it is. It just wasn't what I'd hoped for. Instead of being strong and powerful, Nadya becomes pretty useless as long as she's around him. She was fine, he was fine. They just weren't as amazing as I wanted them to be.

The world of Wicked Saints has great potential and it's definitely heavy on the atmosphere, but I just wanted more. Even after reading the entire book I never felt like I was in a magic filled Russian-inspired world. I honestly couldn't tell you anything about this world other than there are some gods, some crumbling cathedrals, and snow. The magic system also had the potential to be amazing. I definitely found the blood magic to be an interesting take and I really liked the exploration between the ties between religion and Nadya's magic. I just wish it had all been a bit better explained.

The story, while fascinating, was very oddly paced. The beginning jumped right into the action, which I loved, and the ending was really fast-paced (to the point of being confusing), but the bulk of this book dragged. There were some twists and turns, but much of the plot is sacrificed to make way for the romantic subplot. One thing I did love about Wicked Saints were the darker elements of the story. Although Malachiasz is clearly modeled after a certain other popular dark character, I did enjoy the uniqueness the author brought to the story with his particular dark secret. Honestly, if I continue the series it will be for this alone.

But now let's dive into my real issue with this book. It has been described again and again as being similar to the Grisha Trilogy, but I would go a step further and call it Grisha-inspired. It almost reads like fanfiction by someone who wanted Alina and the Darkling to end up together and decided to write their own book to make it happen. But this is not the Darkling and Nadya is definitely not Alina (although there is a sun saint named Alena in Wicked Saints). It is so blatant that it was honestly difficult to read this without comparing the two.

I wanted to love this book SO MUCH! Going in I expected dark fantasy and it was, but there just wasn't enough there. Wicked Saints does have some unique elements that interested me, but I didn't like the way so much of the plot was pushed aside in favor of the forbidden romance. I might continue with book two just to see what happens with Malachiasz, but I really don't know at this point.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #231: Spring TBR


Today's Topic: 
Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Hi everyone! I guess it's that time of year again. These topics are always my favorite because they're SO easy! There are always a million books on my TBR, so it's not too terribly difficult to google the dates of Spring this year and pick out ten. Honestly, I probably won't get to all of these (I hardly ever actually stick to lists), but I'm definitely going to be reading at least a few. 



The Beholder by Anna Bright
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Romanov by Nadine Brandes



Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal


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

Monday, March 18, 2019

A very spoilery King of Scars discussion


Happy Monday, book nerds! Today I want to do something a little different and discuss a book I've already reviewed. Why, you ask? Well, because the initial shock of the ending has worn off a bit and I've been thinking more and more about this book and whether I love it as much as I thought I did.

I can say straight away that the ending of King of Scars took it up at least one full star. Before that I was thinking it would possibly be a solid four star read, then THAT ENDING happened and I was so excited about it that I immediately changed it to five. If you've already read this book or don't mind spoilers, keep reading. Otherwise, turn back now! There will be spoilers for the Grisha Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and King of Scars!


You are very welcome for Tom Hiddleston's lovely face.

Okay, so. Let's talk. I have a lot of feelings that I didn't mention in my initial review because, like I said, the hype was so real over the ending. Here goes nothing.



THE NINA CHAPTERS

First thing's first. It seems like EVERYONE has an opinion on Nina being included in this book. In my review I said that I would've been happy without them, but they were fine. Now that I'm thinking about it more, I'm really not sure what the point of including them was other than to bring in the Six of Crows audience. There does seem to be something of a tie to Nikolai because she's working for him somehow, but it seemed like such a convoluted way to bring her into Nikolai's story. The more I've thought on this, the more I'm convinced that Nikolai, Sturmhond, our favorite privateer prince deserved better than to split his book with another character from another series and I am no longer okay with it. I don't hate Nina, but I wish she'd been given her own book or maybe been mentioned briefly instead of taking up half the book.


THE ROMANCE (?) 

Where even was it? I've seen people talking about Nikolai and Zoya and what a great couple they are, but like. What? We've made it through a 528 page book and we have to wait even LONGER for our dear, beloved Nikolai to get a romantic arc? It's obvious that's where it's heading, but I really wish there'd been a bit more of it here. To be completely honest, though, I would have preferred a romantic storyline with a completely new character instead of Zoya. It's nothing personal against Zoya, I just feel like something new might have been more exciting.


DARKLING PSA

This and the last point are what really sparked this post. I'm starting to feel like half the point of this book was to drive home that the Darkling was Bad with a capital B. In Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo wrote a wonderfully complex character who was sympathetic and mysterious and easy to love in the way one loves a tortured villain. People shipped him and Alina HARD and a lot of us were pretty upset about how her romance ended up. Of course we all know that the Darkling was a villain. Obviously. But we love him and, I don't know, maybe she wasn't expecting that? It's really confusing to me that after spending the original trilogy making so many people love him, she spent this entire book driving home that we should hate him. I don't like it. :/


THE TIMELINE 

Maybe it's because these books were written so far apart, but I had a HARD time figuring out where exactly we were this story happened on the timeline. I had the same issue with Six of Crows. It feels like a completely different world than the Grisha Trilogy and I had a really difficult time believing it was supposed to take place very shortly after. Then we start this book and Matthias has only JUST died? But Alina is basically a fairytale and everyone acts like she never existed. But it was just a few years ago that she saved everyone?? I'm so confused. After some digging I think this story happens maybe three years after the trilogy, but honestly, I don't know.


THE JOURNEY

Hm. So the other half of King of Scars, apart from Nina and her adventures, consists of Nikolai and Zoya on a journey with a Darkling cult member to rid Nikolai of his monster, which has been gaining strength. It is an interesting enough plot, for sure, but it gets a little weird. Saints exist in the trilogy, but here they end up in an in between world and do a Karate Kid training montage with some saints so that Nikolai can summon the monster and kill it. Like I said, it was interesting, but bizarre, and also seemed to take quite a long time but also not realistically long enough. Am I making sense?? Like, in pages I wish it hadn't taken so long, but in book time it seemed kind of off in the timeline (again).


THE ENDING

Okay, this ties into the Darkling PSA throughout the book and I have a lot of feelings. On the one hand, I was SO EXCITED that the Darkling was back! YES! This is what I was hoping would happen when the book was announced! But. BUT. What is the point of his return? It's very, very unlikely that my sweet Darkling is going to get a redemption arc and Leigh just spent 500+ pages reminding us what a terrible, awful, despicable villain he is, just to bring him back. Is the entire point of this series for the Darkling to come back, be even more evil to remind us how EVIL he is, then die again? Like? Why though?


In conclusion, I don't know how to feel about this book now that I've thought about it at length. What was the whole point of it in the end? I'm just... a little sad to realize that this really wasn't a five star read for me. I'd love to hear your thoughts on all of this! Please share what you think in the comments!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Weekly Recap: 3/10 - 3/16


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! This week has been incredibly busy and has made for a slow blogging week. My baby puppy is still doing well (hurray!) but my old girl has been sick for the past couple days, so I have been very occupied with her. She may or may not be making a trip to the vet on Monday. In bookish news, I read House of Salt and Sorrows. Guys. READ IT if you have a copy and preorder if you don't! I'm also taking a break from Crossroads of Twilight to read Ash Princess because, well, the former is MASSIVE and well known to be the worst in the series. If I can just make it through, I know the rest of the series will be worth it! I am currently very into weird, dark fantasy and retellings so please, PLEASE drop your recs in the comments!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

Nothing new this week!


THIS WEEK I READ



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The topic was standalones that need sequels for Top Ten Tuesday
On Wednesday I talked about my Caraval/Legendary reread
Friday audiobook review of Fangirl


UPCOMING REVIEWS

 


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, March 15, 2019

Audiobook Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl 
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 438
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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I feel like I've said this quite a bit lately, but I rarely read contemporary fiction, especially YA contemporary. I mainly picked this up because A) everyone I've ever met in my life has told me to read it, and B) I knew that fake Harry Potter fanfic was a supposed huge part of it.

The first thing that's worth pointing out is that, while this is labeled as YA, Cath is actually in college. I know that's in the synopsis, but I somehow completely missed it. Even though I'm way past college, I felt like I was able to relate to Cath a lot more than when I read contemporary fiction about high school students. I really liked Cath because she was such an introvert. I've seen people say that they didn't like how she was written because introverts don't completely avoid social situations, but I'm an introvert and that's basically me, so... I liked her.

In addition to Cath, her twin sister Wren, roommate Reagan, and her not-boyfriend Levi. While I did really enjoy them all, I think I loved Levi the best (maybe not surprisingly). I found Reagan to be a bit one dimensional, but I did like that she helped pull Cath out of her comfort zone. The romance was cute and, while there was a tiny hint of a love triangle, I'm happy to say it didn't last very long.

I'm shocked to say that one of my biggest issues with Fangirl was, well, the fangirl herself. I loved Cath, but I was honestly annoyed by the whole fanfiction plot. I went into this book expecting to love Simon Snow and hate the college bits, but it was the exact opposite. There wasn't enough of Simon Snow for me to care about him so he seemed to be wasting pages when he did show up. I was also really confused by the inclusion of Harry Potter in this world. How do these two nearly identical stories exist together?

Something else that surprised me about this book was that there wasn't much of a plot. There was no real issue for Cath to solve other than exist at college for a semester. She went to classes, went to parties, hung out with guys, ate lunch, called her dad... I mean, I've basically done all of this too. I'm used to my books presenting some kind of unusual situation, or at least one I've never found myself in, so it was weird to read a book about a college student meandering through a semester of school.

Fangirl really wasn't what I expected it to be at all and I ended up disliking the part I expected to love, but I still really enjoyed it. I really doubt I'll read any of Rainbow Rowell's other books, though. I still am not a fan of contemporary fiction, but this wasn't a bad one to take a detour with.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

I reread Caraval and Legendary and here's how it went


So. I do not do rereads. I've reread are the first few in the Harry Potter series and a couple of the Chronicles of Narnia. I also reread Twilight a couple years ago and HATED it. There are just so many books that I want to read for the first time that it's hard for me to justify reading something that I've already read. BUT it actually went really well and I was surprised! I finished both in a week (which is kind of fast for me???) and loved every minute of it! To commemorate this occasion, I'd like to share some of my observations and experiences.


  • I am THE perfect person to reread books. I forget details a week after I read a book (or watch a movie) so almost everything is just as surprising the second time! I literally forgot almost every single reveal. 
  • That being said, I don't forget huge events and I definitely remembered who Legend was. It was super interesting reading back through both books knowing who Legend was all along. I especially loved seeing him interacting and weaving his half truths to keep his identity concealed. 
  • I completely did not remember that all of Caraval took place inside of a house. 
  • Legend. Why have I been thinking that he wore black all the time? He wears blue.
  • I usually hate when a series changes main characters between books, but Stephanie Garber is a wizard. While reading Caraval I couldn't remember why I liked Tella more, but while reading Legendary I couldn't remember why I liked Scarlett so much. 
  • I feel like I remember a time when it was uncertain whether Caraval was meant as a standalone, but how?? Reading it a second time, it's so obvious that it was always meant to be a first in a series. I may not have made it had there not been a second one written. 
  • Speaking of the second book, SCARLETT WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? No spoilers, but I don't like it. 
  • And Jacks... I can't wait to see what comes of him. I definitely hope he plays a big part in Finale. (I have literally already forgotten how Legendary ended... again.) 
  • SO many scents I can use for new candles from book one! In book two, she takes to describing scents as random things that don't have smells. 
  • There's something oddly comforting about rereading a book that you already know you adore.

I will probably be back sometime soonish with a fancast because I am 100% refusing to believe that this will never be a movie trilogy. I am so excited for Finale I can hardly contain myself! Especially seeing the ARCs starting to go out. I also think that this may lead to more rereads. The Hunger Games is one that I would especially like to get back around to sometime soon.


Do you reread books? Why or why not?
What is a favorite you'd like to read again soon?
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #230: Standalones that need sequels


Today's Topic: 
Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Hi everyone! So this week I learned that I hardly ever read standalone books and, when I do, they often end in a way that doesn't leave any possibility of a book two. Because they all die. But here are five books that I'd love to see a sequel to, no matter what that looks like! I have heard that Call Me By Your Name is possibly getting a sequel and there will definitely be a second movie, so yay!



Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stain by A.G. Howard
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Weekly Recap: 3/3 - 3/9


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! This week has been (you guessed it!) busy! As you may know, I run a bookish candle business. It's so challenging at times, but so much fun! This week I was busy getting boxes packed since I decided to bring monthly boxes back and it was SO much fun! In other news, I decided to reread Caraval and Legendary and am not regretting my decision. Obviously I LOVED them just as much this time as last, but Finale doesn't come out for two more months so now I'm dying. :) This week I'll be posting my review of Fangirl (for real this time) and instead of a second review I'll be talking about my reread. It's something I do so rarely, I feel like I need to talk about it!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

  


THIS WEEK I READ

 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The topic was characters I wouldn't want to trade with for Top Ten Tuesday
On Wednesday I went back down the TBR hole
Friday audiobook review of Grim Lovelies
I watched more horror for Saturday Screen Time


UPCOMING REVIEWS



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #30: Shockingly, more horror


Happy Saturday, everyone! Over the past week I have found an amazing website called Just Watch! I have no idea if it's brand new or if I just didn't know it existed, but it's amazing. If it could be merged with Letterboxd it would be perfect. This one allows you to look up a movie or show and see everywhere it's available to stream. You can browse based on what streaming services you have. Maybe not surprisingly, I used this to find lots of new horror movies that I can't wait to watch!


THIS WEEK IN SCREEN TIME


Phoenix Forgotten - I've been intrigued by the Phoenix Lights for as long as I've known about them. I also happen to love found footage movies! Phoenix Forgotten has been on my watchlist forever, but I hadn't been able to find it anywhere for free until now. It's quite a weird movie, told in a series of flashbacks as shown through a documentary being made by the sister of a boy who went missing. Honestly, I don't think the current day documentary storyline was needed at all and it would have been a much better, much less boring movie without it. I was intrigued with the missing/abducted brother's storyline, but I do wish more had been explained and that the documentary hadn't been completely left hanging at the end. (2.5/5 stars)

Resolution - A couple weeks ago I watched The Endless after seeing that it was made by the same guy who directed Annihilation. I really enjoyed that and knew I needed to watch Resolution since it was in the same universe. What I can confidently say is that you will enjoy Resolution more if you've never seen The Endless, since the latter answers a lot of questions. Even knowing what is really going on, though, Resolution was a super tense, super weird thriller that I'm definitely glad I watched. I do wish more had been explained about the origins of whatever was happening, but I'm definitely intrigued and will be watching Spring next! (3/5 stars)

Channel Zero: Candle Cove - I stumbled across Channel Zero on Shudder this week having no idea what it was. I almost didn't watch it because the poster Shudder chose is awful, but the description made it sound almost like Black Mirror and I decided to give it a chance. What this actually is is a horror anthology show based on creepypasta and it was SO good! I'm so glad that I'd never read the Candle Cove creepypasta and had no idea what was going on. Each story/season is just six episodes which really seems like the perfect length for this kind of show. This story is so creepy and unsettling, I absolutely adored it. I can't wait to see which story they've chosen for season two! (4.5/5 stars)




What is your favorite genre to watch?
What is your favorite horror movie/show?
Let me know in the comments!



Friday, March 8, 2019

Audiobook Review: Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

Title: Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 376
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Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price. 

Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter trilogy was one of my early YA reads and I absolutely fell in love with it! When I picked up her second series, The Cage, I was... underwhelmed. I read all three books to give it as much of a chance as possible, but I just HATED it. When I saw Grim Lovelies, I was very, very hesitantly optimistic. I actually traded for an ARC and never read it because I was so scared of hating it. Recently I saw it on my library's audiobook app and finally decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did!

Anouk is a Beastie. Although she is seventeen years old as far as the world is concerned, she has only been a human for a year. Previously she was an animal, but she doesn't know what kind (and she has no desire to know). Mada Vittora changed her to her current form and Anouk has been serving her ever since, although she dreams of going out into the world of the Pretties.

Anouk grew on me as the book went on. She begins very naive (obviously), but grows into herself as the story continues. While rightfully scared of the world she's never been in, she's also brave and selfless and sweet. Thankfully, she does a LOT of growing as a character and I loved how confident she was by the end of the story.

Mada Vittora also has other Beasties, Luc, Cricket, Beau, and Hunter Black. Each of these characters is distinct and important and I honestly loved them all, even Luc who is absent at the beginning. I thought Beau, the romantic interest, was mostly okay. He was definitely a bit overprotective of Anouk in the beginning, but he also grew on me by the end. The romance did leave me wanting a bit, but I feel like it'll be even better in the next book. Oh, and there's a not-quite love triangle that's completely ridiculous and done in the best possible way!

But of course we have to talk about the story! There's magic and romance and mystery and adventure, all wrapped up in a Parisian package that I was really surprised I enjoyed. This kind of fantasy is not usually something I'd go for, but I loved the mythology and the world building. Megan Shepherd has created a magical world and magic system that's super unique and endlessly fascinating! There are SO many more magical things aside from the Beasties! There's also a constant feeling of urgency, which makes this a quick read and one you will be dying to know the ending of.

Speaking of endings, this is not a standalone novel and I am now absolutely dying to see what happens next in Anouk's story! I really wasn't sure how she'd be able to wrap it up and yes, there is a cliffhanger, but Shepherd pulled it off and I am now totally invested in Anouk's story. If you're looking for a new fantasy with an amazing, unique magical world and great characters, I definitely recommend giving Grim Lovelies a try!


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Down the TBR Hole #12 & Shelf Purge Giveaway


Hi everyone! Welcome to another round of Down the TBR Hole, in which I attempt to delete some books from my poor, sad Goodreads TBR. The other day I looked and it had crept back up to 400. Whoops! I'm also including a giveaway today!

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


PLEASE REMAIN CALM BY COURTNEY SUMMERS

I read This is Not a Test years ago and LOVED it so much! I never read novellas, but I was dying to know more about what was going on in this world. But at 96 pages, I've never known if it's worth reading. Is it dumb that I have a harder time committing to shorter books? Still, I'm going to keep this one and possibly read it after a reread of book one. VERDICT: KEEP



AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY BY KIM NEWMAN

I very distinctly remember seeing this book in my university bookstore and thinking it looked good enough to add to my list. But also... it's not really the kind of book I enjoy?? I mean, I love horror, but this one has more of a literary fiction vibe. Why did I add this? Did I think it would make me look smarter than what I usually read? All I know is the reviews aren't great and I probably won't ever get around to it. VERDICT: PASS



LANDRY PARK BY BETHANY HAGEN

Landry Park caught my eye with its pitch of Downton Abbey meets The Selection. Those are two of my favorite things and I'm always looking for a good dystopian read! I'm not sure why I still haven't read this. Maybe because I just haven't seen much feedback from my friends. I think I need help with this. Have any of you read it? Is it worth keeping? VERDICT: UNDECIDED



WILDWOOD BY COLIN MELOY

The Wildwood series books are SO PRETTY! But also they're SO LONG! These are supposed to be children's books, right? So why are they all 500+ pages? Is half of it pictures? I've been on the fence about this one since I first spotted it on a bookstore shelf. After browsing some friends' reviews, I think I may just need to give this series the boot. I don't know that I'll ever get around to these. VERDICT: PASS



THE TERROR BY DAN SIMMONS

This is another one I've avoided because it's over four million pages long. Still, this sounds right up my alley and I do want to get around to it one day! I know that there's also a show and there's a very (very) good chance I'll end up seeing that first or instead. VERDICT: PASS



GIVEAWAY

Today in addition to clearing out my TBR list, I'm also clearing some books from my physical shelves! I'm giving away two sets of three ARCs each to two winners, for a total of six ARCs from the following list. Two winners will be chosen and the first winner to respond will have first dibs. Random swag will also be included! 
You can enter other March giveaways at the March of Books Giveaway Hop!

Must be 18 or have a parent's permission to enter. Ends 3/31/19.
Winners will be contacted via the email within 1 day after the giveaway ends.
If winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen.


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Do you read novellas?
Do you watch the TV show or read the book first?
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #229: Characters I wouldn't want to trade with


Today's Topic: 
Characters I Definitely Would NOT
Like To Switch Places With

Hi everyone! I know this week we're supposed to be talking about characters we would like to trade places with, but... I read a lot of fantasy and horror, so pretty much everyone's life sucks and I can't think of many I'd want to trade with. Maybe at the end if they get a happily ever after? Instead, here are ten I definitely WOULDN'T want to trade with, at least until the very end of their books (maybe). 


Rhysand | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Tris | Allegiant by Veronica Roth (sorry...)
Laia | An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Nikolai | King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Radu | Now I Rise by Kiersten White



Robie | The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Ivy | Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Literally anyone | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Vincent | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Kestrel | The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Weekly Recap: 2/24 - 3/2


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi everyone! It has been another crazy busy week in my house, but a super productive one! I dropped off a ridiculous amount of orders at the post office this week and forgot to print out the bulk order form (or whatever it's called). I'm sure the mail lady hates me. :) This week I decided to do my first reread of 2019. In preparation for Finale, I'm hoping to reread both Caraval and Legendary. I RARELY reread, but the mood struck! I've actually been able to get a decent amount of reading done lately and I really enjoyed everything I read this week for a change. In TV news, I've finally decided to push through Twin Peaks. I've tried watching SO many times, but it's so weird! Since everyone says it's worth pushing through to the end, I'm determined to do it. Have you seen the whole thing?


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

  


THIS WEEK I READ

  


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Monday ARC review of Last of Her Name
The topic was magical worlds I'd like to visit for Top Ten Tuesday
On Thursday I discussed sad endings
On Friday I posted the first retellings challenge link-up
Saturday DNF review of Forbidden


UPCOMING REVIEWS

 


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!