Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday #298: Book titles as Crayola colors


Today's Topic: 
Book Titles That Sound Like 
They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors 


Happy Tuesday! What a fun topic we have today! I decided to go with titles that didn't actually have colors in them to make it extra difficult, and I also found color swatches to show what I had in mind. I think it's funny that most of the colors I chose are dark or muted. Honestly, it's the same as the colors I used in my house. Haha! 


The Coming Storm by Regina M. Hansen
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Inferno by Julie Kagawa
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett


Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanna Walker
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
Ashfall by Mike Mullin


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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly Recap: 4/4 - 4/10


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi, everyone! I posted this week! More than once! YAY! It has once again been a crappy few weeks. Since I posted a recap last, a lot has happened. Two weeks ago I got a call in the afternoon that a close family friend had passed away unexpectedly. Then later that day I found out my brother had been moved to the ICU after complications from a surgery the previous day that had lasted twelve hours. Knock on wood, everything has been generally okay since then. 

Over the last month I've discovered Webtoons and lost a week of reading to them. Honestly, they count though. If manga counts, webtoons count. Speaking of manga, I've been trying to find more to read through my library or Kindle Unlimited but the options are so limited! Anyone have any favorites on Hoopla or KU? I can't even deal with getting into a series that costs $7 per book and has 20+ books. How do people afford it? 


NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

   
  


THIS MONTH I READ
 
   
   
 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

(Last) Monday review of The Lost Village
The topic was disappointing sequels for Top Ten Tuesday
On Wednesday I shared my blogiversary giveaway
Thursday review of A Court of Silver Flames


UPCOMING REVIEWS



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Book Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 757
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Reviews for book 1, book 2, & book 3

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms.


Welcome to another edition of Tracy's unpopular opinions! It isn't a secret around the blog that A Court of Wings and Ruin was my least favorite of the ACOTAR series, at least until A Court of Frost and Starlight. I couldn't even finish that one. Then I tried and failed to read Crescent City. It shouldn't be a surprise then, that I was a little nervous about A Court of Silver Flames. Still, I was excited to see how Nesta and Cassian's story came together. Big yikes. 

This book picks up not too long after ACOFAS, with Nesta drinking away her sorrows and bringing home a new fae male (cringe) every night. I think we can all agree that she needed therapy, but the whole set up for this book - that Rhysand and Feyre gave her an ultimatum of either leaving Prythian or training with Cassian - was kind of gross to me. I understand the concept of tough love, but something about this didn't sit right. This really outlines one of my big issues with Silver Flames: what happened to Super Feminist Rhys? In this book he's constantly threatening women, making decisions for them, keeping secrets to protect them... This ain't it. But I digress. 

I've seen a lot of people say that this book has no plot and is all romance, but honestly I felt like the romance was lacking too. I totally bought Nesta and Cassian in Wings and Ruin, so their love story shouldn't have been a stretch, but something about the way it was written did not work for me. While I did love Cassian, Nesta continued to be a raging bitch throughout the entire book, both to Cassian and those around her. I really could not see what Cassian saw in her.

Then there was the smut. There was so much of it and it wasn't particularly well written, which is surprising because SJM did it pretty well in Mist and Fury. It seemed as if she got clearance to write an adult book and decided to cram as much sex as she possibly could into the second half (because there wasn't much in the first, which was just Nesta moping). She also seemed to think that Nesta and Cassian enjoying things a bit rough was super scandalous, when it was actually just a bit cringeworthy. Although, maybe a lot of her readers would agree based on the shock and awe I've seen over Nesta's one sentence super scandalous fantasy. :/ 

Before this review gets ridiculously long, let's jump into the speed round. I hated the plot set up with Feyre and Rhysand. It was stupid and out of character and created unnecessary drama. I hated the entire ending to the Nesta's training plot point and found it to be utterly nonsensical and required way too much suspension of disbelief. I hated that Nesta was essentially given a free pass for being such an absolutely horrible person to everyone around her. I hated that SJM brought in a paper thin villain and random new mythology that didn't need to exist. I'm also not impressed with Tamlin becoming a literal animal and no one staying to help him overcome HIS trauma. 

It may sound like I totally hated everything about this book, but I honestly didn't. I did really enjoy the treasure hunt feels I got from Silver Flames. I liked the new female characters who befriended Nesta and the further exploration of the library under the House of Wind. Seeing Nesta overcome her trauma was satisfying, although I do wish she'd given a better apology at the end. I really, really loved getting to know Cassian and his backstory better. The House itself was also a really cool addition to the story.

I know that Sarah J. Maas has it in her to write amazing stories and I just don't understand what happened here. There was obviously a lot of potential for a great story in A Court of Silver Flames. Here is an established world and established characters that we already love and I really wish she had done more with it. Instead, her writing style has completely changed from the beginning of the series and the plot has fallen to the wayside to make room for more cringeworthy sex scenes. 

Will I continue the series? Yes. But from here on out I will go into SJM books with low expectations and the understanding that nothing will top the first two. 


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Cornerfolds 7th Blogiversary Giveaway!


Somehow it has been seven years since I started this blog and honestly how? I started Cornerfolds in 2014 when I was feeling isolated and needed something to give me a purpose and it absolutely has done that. Things haven't always been wonderful, but I've always had this blog and the amazing friends I've made in this community to anchor me.

If we're being honest, the last year has been completely awful and I know that's definitely come across in my posts. Last year I didn't even make a anniversary post because it was so insane! It seems like my weekly recaps are always filled with doom and gloom (this week won't be any different, hurray!), but you amazing blogging buddies of mine have always been here when I drag myself back after whatever ridiculous thing has come my way. I just... I love you guys. Thank you for sticking with me and letting me come and go as I need to. 

That's enough moping for today though because this is a celebration of SEVEN years of blogging! Things have certainly changed around here, eh? BookTube, Bookstagram, and BookTok weren't things when I first started, for sure. No matter how things around us continue to evolve, I'll always love this community and the support I've found in it over the last seven years.


BIG HAPPENINGS

April 2020: Quarantine birthday with ACNH
July 2020: I have to say goodbye to my puppy Kovu
August 2020: My brother falls off a mountain (literally)
December 2020: Danielle becomes a regular contributor on the blog
March 2021: First vaccine dose signals a possible return to normalcy??
April 2021: Upcoming quarantine birthday with ACNH


MOST VIEWED REVIEWS

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Crave by Tracy Wolff
A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter



This year for my blogiversary I'm giving two people a chance to win one of my favorite books from the past year! These are all books I read in the last twelve months and rated 4 to 5 stars, absolutely LOVED, and would love to share with someone else! If you win and would rather have a different book in the same series, that's totally fine too (since I know a few are sequels). If you choose one that is unreleased, you will win a preorder. You can find my reviews of several of these through the navigation menu or in the search bar! This giveaway is international, but prizes may be sent via Amazon if you're in the US. 


Must be 18 or have a parent's permission to enter. No giveaway accounts. INTL. Ends 4/30/21. 
Winners will be contacted via the email within 2 days after the giveaway ends.
If winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen.
 

Top Ten Tuesday #297: Disappointing Sequels


Today's Topic: 
Disappointing Sequels I’d 
Gladly Throw Into the Ocean


Happy Tuesday! It's my favorite time again! Time for unpopular opinions. I didn't HATE all of these, but most of them were true burn them in a fire quality. I'll even continue reading some of them. I leave it to you to guess which is which. 😁 There is NOTHING worse than loving a series and being totally hyped for the next book or the spinoff, then being totally let down. Some of these don't even feel like they belong in the same series. Oh well, better luck next time.


Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson


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

Monday, March 22, 2021

Book Review: The Lost Village by Camilla Sten

Title: The Lost Village
Author: Camilla Sten
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 352
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Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…
But what if it finds them first?


When I saw that this book was being compared to The Blair Witch Project and Midsommar, I knew I had to have it! I immediately preordered but was lucky enough to receive and ARC through Goodreads giveaways. I jumped right in... and then put it down. I picked this book up off and on over about a month before finally finishing it. Brief cult mentions set in Sweden does not equal a Midsommar comp. Neither does a documentary film crew equal Blair Witch Project. Those two comparisons definitely set my expectations way too high. Despite being one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, I'm disappointed to say I did not love it. 


The Lost Village is about a documentary filmmaker Alice and her crew, who venture into an abandoned mining village to scout for an upcoming film they hope to make. The village reminded me of Roanoake at first, having suddenly been abandoned without any trace of the inhabitants. I was hoping I would be kept on the edge of my seat. Instead, the first three quarters of the story follows the group moseying around the village, one person getting a sprained ankle, and Alice maybe seeing someone twice. 

The atmosphere is plenty creepy, but nothing really happens for most of the book. I did like that I was never really sure whether the creepiness was supernatural in origin until close to the end. However... 

Spoilers
The big reveal that the other presence was an 80 year old woman who managed to blow up a van, and overpower and kill multiple 30-something-year-old adults was ridiculous. And how did she survive? There was brief mention in the epilogue about the old woman surviving off food in the village homes, but someone please explain how she had enough food to last for 60 years, leaving enough for the film crew to find food to eat once their supplies were destroyed.

I wanted so much to love this book. It did pick up in the final hundred pages and I liked the alternating timelines a lot. I did like the ending explanation for what happened to the residents. I would have honestly preferred if the whole book was set in the past and focused more on the cult aspects. I would not consider this a horror novel. There were some moments of tension and the atmosphere was unsettling, but I never found myself feeling particularly frightened. 


If you're looking for a thriller with a spooky mystery and creepy atmosphere, you'll probably love The Lost Village! If you're hoping for horror reminiscent of Blair Witch, this is not it. 



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday #296: Spring 2021 TBR


Today's Topic: 
Books On My
Spring 2021 TBR


Happy Tuesday! I love these topics every single time even though I rarely read all the books on my list. I do have most of these preordered though! I'm especially excited for the sequels here: Rule of Wolves and The Crown of Gilded Bones. I can't wait to see how both the series continue!  


Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
The Nichan Smile by C.J. Merwild
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni


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

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Weekly Recap: 3/7 - 3/13


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi, everyone! Shockingly, I have not posted this week. I have no excuse, I just haven't been feeling it. I'm trying, but I've just decided I'm not going to push myself. I've been blogging for just under seven years and I'm not going to burn myself out by making myself post when I don't feel like it. For now I guess stay tuned? I still have that SJM post I'm scared to post saved as a draft, so that may be coming soon. 

This week I decided to finally pull the trigger on art for my library. I purchased several art pieces and frames for them. Frames are up and now I'm waiting on art! I always feel like my room is finished, but then I find something else I want to change. I just want it to be warm and cozy and the perfect reading room. 

I did finally dive back into A Court of Silver Flames. I have a lot of feelings, but I'm saving them for when I get to the end (eventually). I want to check out reviews but I'm scared of spoilers! Did anyone NOT give it five stars? While I was putting off ACOSF, I was reading Manacled. Apparently it's a nearly 1000 page fanfiction, which I didn't realize going into it. It is HEAVY on trigger warnings, but it killed me and I loved it. 


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

  


THIS WEEK I READ

 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

😬


UPCOMING REVIEWS



I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Weekly Recap: 2/28 - 3/6


HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi, everyone! Can you say reading slump? I finished my reread of the Captive Prince series and literally everything was THE WORST! I couldn't even read ACOSF despite really wanting to start it the day it released. I'm currently reading three books and a fanfic and have only finished one audiobook this month. Whoops!

As you can also see, I have not blogged. I wrote a post and then unpublished it because it was an unpopular opinion and I'm scared of people. So I'll just ask here. Do you think it's strange that Rhysand's and Tamlin's traumas have gone unexplored in the ACOTAR series? Rhysand was sexually abused for 50 years and seems to be fine. Tamlin was made a villain. Discuss. 


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

    
   


THIS WEEK I READ




IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Nothing, I chickened out and deleted it.


UPCOMING REVIEWS

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