BOOK BABBLE: ASH PRINCESS

Posted May 13, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This book contains themes of abuse, torture, slavery and racism.
BOOK BABBLE: ASH PRINCESSAsh Princess by Laura Sebastian
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on April 24, 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Goodreads
two-stars
zero-flames

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

Oh goodness. Where to even start with this review. Should I beat around the bush? Be kind? Get straight to the point?

I just want to say I went into this expecting… not a lot really, but I thought it was going to be different than what I got. I thought this would be a Cinderella retelling, but um… it’s definitely not. I guess there are vague connections but for me, it’s not enough to mark it as a retelling.

When I finished this the other day, I was left with the feeling that wow… that was actually really good, I really enjoyed it— and I did enjoy it. But over the day I had some time to think about it and let it marinate in my mind and I don’t get why I liked it. Perhaps it was some of the quotes? The few pages of interest? I don’t know, but the verdict is, this book was not for me and let’s get into the reasons with the least spoilers way that I can.

  • Characters: The characters were really two dimensional to me. There was no depth to the important players, no interest, they were just bland. I found myself skimming pages when it came to certain characters cause I just could not care. And then there is Theodosia/Thora. I don’t know how to feel about her. I like her, and I don’t. To me she was the most frustrating character, I just… literally could not understand her sometimes? Half of the decisions she made was just.. ugh why!
  • The villain: It’s no secret that the Kaiser is the villain. He is… literally your typical YA villain. Power hungry, evil, whatever, no depth at all. He might be my least favorite villain ever because shoot, even Maven Calore (and I despise him) has more depth and interest than Kaiser does.
  • Writing: It was meh. I’ve read better writing and honestly, it was hard to follow along at times and I skimmed a few parts and I don’t think I’ll be reading anything else by this author because it just didn’t mesh with me.
  • Plotline: Again your typical YA fantasy plot line. TO THE T. You have your lost/banished princess, an evil has taken over the country, joins a rebellion to claim her throne. LOVE TRIANGLE. She is empowered and ready to take what’s hers. I literally see this in 75% of the books I read. I’m tired of it.
  • Love interest: I think there are like two or three love interests for the main character? I don’t know or care. You have the Prinz Soren who is so in love with our dear MC after like what, days? *que me gagging* Sure they’ve known each other for a while, but he probably cared not for her up until the middle (if you’ve read this you know what I am talking about)
    And then we have Blaise. I just imagine him as a ten year old boy. He’s uninteresting.
    I just literally could not care for either of these two.

Anyway, I’m sad this did not work out for me because I really wanted to like it. But I just can’t care about the world or the characters or the plot line. I can pretty much figure out what will happen and I won’t be picking up the second.

Also, how dare they compare this to Ember.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Worldbuilding
three-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: three-stars

BOOK BABBLE: HEART OF IRON

Posted May 5, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

BOOK BABBLE: HEART OF IRONHeart of Iron (Heart of Iron, #1) by Ashley Poston
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018
Genres: science fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

I want everyone who loves the movie, Anastasia, to read this now. Because wow it was fantastic.

Also, hi, haven’t posted a review in a hot minute and I am super behind but that’s all good. Such is life. I just want to break for a second and bring you a little change on this blog in where I am changing the way I do reviews. My previous method was just… not working out for me, so I guess we can just start calling these book babbles? Because you bet I am going to babble non-stop about this one. In short, my reviews won’t really have a set format, I’m just gonna share my thoughts, okay? Anyway, onto the review!

  • First off, I just wanna say that if you love lost princess stories, mystery, romance, and space then you will most likely love this book because it is like a mashup of all of that.
  • This is a pretty close retelling of Anastasia which I am living for, but with some twists and turns and new elements added to the story which I thought were SO cool. I mean the fact that there are spaceships is so cool.
  • We have Ana and Di who are basically Anastasia (obviously, no spoilers because if you’ve seen the movie you know) and Dimitri who is a robot. (His name is actually D09, but DI for short. Hence Dimitri) These two are the best of friends and probably smitten with each other (ahem ana)
  • Then we have Robb, my gay son. He is sincerely so precious, I love him to pieces and just. I want to hug him. He is a member of a really important family and ends up getting dragged on Ana’s adventure.
  • And now Jax whom I believe is bisexual? Regardless he is another precious bean who just needs all the love and hugs in the world (And I just want him and you know who to be happy)
  • (P.S not spoiler warning on the fact that Robb and Jax belong to the LGBTQIA+ community because sexuality is not a spoiler)
  • And there is an F/F relationship which I really wish was explored more because they are so precious together, but hopefully, they will have more scenes in book two!
  • Anyway, this book is extremely character driven, in my opinion, because the characters are what made the story for me. They are so unique in their own ways such as being headstrong, brave, ambitious and with all of those things, they are also afraid and to me, this book showed that it is okay. My favorite character was D09 and I’m not going to give any spoilers but… if you have read this, then you probably know what I mean.

 

Another thing I really loved was the writing. It was so addicting and easy to read like I just… I need to read everything by Ashley Poston because her writing is so lovable if I am making any sense.

Now I am just going to get into complete babbling because I was obsessed with how close this followed the story that we know (in terms of like the movie) I loved the changes and the new characters the author added to the original story and I just… ahh I can’t wait until the next book! I have SO many questions that need to be answered and I just really want all my favorites (which is like everyone that has a POV) to be safe and happy.

Let me know your thoughts down below if you have read this one!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

FAVORITE FIRST LINES

Posted May 2, 2018 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday / 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to top five Wednesday! I haven’t joined in on this for a really long time, but this month we get to choose our own topics from past top five Wednesday’s so I choose ‘favorite first lines’ This was super hard to come up with because usually first lines are what hook us in and I just… found it impossible to pick? Nevertheless, I managed to find five that I really loved.

  • ‘On the second sabaat of twelfth moon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.’ This is from Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor which is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Like… ever.
  • ‘Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.’ This is from Wintersong by S.Jae Jones. This whole opening chapter is incredible and beautiful and to be honest I would list the entire thing on here.
  • ‘Kell wore a very peculiar coat.’ This is from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. This made me tear up a little thinking about it because the whole trilogy is amazing and just… seriously one of the best trilogies ever and everything V.E Schwab writes is golden.
  • ‘They’re coming.‘ This is from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I actually have yet to read this, but like, just reading that line leaves me with so many questions. Like what? Who is coming? I need to know!
  • It’s the colors, then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. or at least, how I try.’ This is by The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak which is one of the most heartwrenching books I have yet to read. This book is actually narrated by death which just makes it so much cooler.

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SOOO yeah. Those are my top first lines! There are obviously tons that I wanted to list but ya know? Hard to choose! Let me know in the comments what your favorite first line is!

BOOKS I WOULD SLAY A DRAGON FOR

Posted May 1, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 10 Comments

Hello and welcome to another top ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is books I’d slay a Lion for, but I changed it to books I’d slay a dragon for because to me it just rhymes better? I don’t know, I just like the way ‘Books I’d slay a dragon for’ sounds. This list was super hard to put together because ah, there are so many books I just need right this second.

I am only listing 2018 releases, because I didn’t even think about listing 2019 releases and I’ve already compiled my list so yeah, here are the books I just need right this second.

  • The first on this list and possibly my most anticipated is War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. Yes I know this is out in like 15 days, but I have been waiting for so long and I need to know what happens. All I can say is if my favorite dies, I will be bitter.
  • The second most anticipated book is A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. This is the third book in the Ember Quartet and I have waited two years for this book. Two years. That’s a long time, but it is going to be worth it.
  • Sometime after Midnight by L. Philips. This is marketed as #AlexFromTarget meets queer Prince Charming. That is all I needed to know to have it on this list. It comes out in June, but I just.. I want it like now

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  • Contagion by Erin Bowman. I have been on such a sci-fi kick lately and this book sounds just like something that I have been really into lately. The synopsis is super hard to explain, but just look it up on Goodreads and see how amazing it sounds.
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton. This is about a girl named Mia who has spent her life hunting creatures who can manipulate bones, breath, blood and flesh. She is suddenly forced into a marriage in which after something goes wrong, she discovers she has the magic she has sworn to destroy. I just… this sounds SO amazing and I can’t wait to get to this.
  • Vengeful by V.E Schwab. I still can’t believe we are getting a sequel to Vicious (which is one of my favorite books of all time and has one of my favorite anti-heroes of all time) I am just counting down the days until I can once again be reunited to Victor.

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  • The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli. This is a companion novel to The Last Namsara which I read earlier this year and was super surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’m not going to give spoilers because you do need to read the first book before this one, but this follows a character I am intrigued to learn more about.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Strange the Dreamer is one of my favorite books of all time and I can’t wait to get to this. This is the follow up to Strange the Dreamer and I have too many questions I need answered.

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  • What if it’s Use by Becky Albertali and Adam Silvera. I can’t tell you how badly I need this book. I love both of these authors writing and their books made me cry like, a lot, so I’m intrigued to see how this one is going to go.
  • And last is Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Mass. I can’t believe it is over (hopefully) and gosh I am not ready. But I also just need this ASAP to make sure Dorian makes it. And Chaol.

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So those are the ten books I’d slay a dragon for. Let me know down below some books that you are highly anticipating!

ANOTHER MONTH OF AMBITION AND UPDATE!

Posted May 1, 2018 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hey, hows it going everyone? I promise I have not fallen off the face of the planet, the first half of the year has been incredibly busy. Nonetheless, I have still managed to already read 31 books and a lot of good things have happened in life so yeah. I’ll post an update in the mid-year… book thing people always do, but for now.

Here are the things I want to accomplish for May. I am being super ambitious and I am going to try to read 10 books. Since classes are over in like two and a half weeks, I think that is pretty feasible. I have also been pretty good at keeping to my  TBR that I gave myself since I at least read about two or three off the list instead of like zero, so here are the books I want to get to this month!

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
Warstorm by Victoria Aveyard
A Strange Hymn by Laura Thasalassa
Emperor of the Evening Stars by Laura Thasalassa
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summeriil
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

BTD this is des. my fav. look how precious.

So yeah, I don’t even know if that is ten books, but there are the books that I would like to choose from.

Besides my reading goals, I do have some more things that I hope to accomplish.

  • Since I have been pre-writing for this blog like crazy, going forward I would like to not let this blog fall behind. So since school is over in like a few weeks, I think I could keep this up. I just need to be productive.
  • I am also super behind on posting reviews so I want to catch up and share my thoughts with you all on some pretty good books.
  • The last thing that I want to do is write every day. Since the due date for my draft is due June 30, I need to get this done because I am little behind from where I want to be.

So there are my goals for the month… I really hope I can keep up with them because yeah. I just have the tendency to not be productive and scroll on my phone until I’m tired. Let me know down below what you hope to do this month!

STRANGE THE DREAMER A.K.A THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLD

Posted March 5, 2018 by Jessica in reviews / 0 Comments

STRANGE THE DREAMER A.K.A THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK IN THE WORLDStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor
on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 536
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.

Have you ever read a book that just takes you another world? That makes you feel as if you are actually IN the book right there with the characters? That makes you feel the most incredible things… well, for me? That was this book. So here is my attempt to uh, express those feelings to you.

  • The first thing I want to talk about is the writing. The writing in this book is possibly the best that I have ever read, and although I may say this book is the best thing ever blah blah blah, but this writing… THIS WRITING is purely magical, I can’t even express to you how incredible it is but I’m going to try. Laini writes in a way that just makes your heart feel so heavy in your chest with the weight of everything that is going on, and the way that the sentences are strung together creating some of my favorite quotes in the world. Like… gosh, just let me share some of it with you.“Sometimes a moment is so remarkable that it carves out a space in time and spins there, while the world rushes on around it.”This quote just gives me… SO many feelings?? This quote just hits me hard in so many ways and just makes me think about the small moments in life that we call remarkable and then brush aside and go on with our day. I do this a lot in life when something IS remarkable and I completely forget about it, but I realized I want to start appreciating the small moments in life because it should never be taken for granted.

    “You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

    I think out of all the quotes this one means the absolute world to me and is such an inspiration for me. If you did not know I am writing my own book and I have been second guessing my writing and thinking is this ok? Does this make sense? But this quote came along and made me come to realize that what the heck! Who cares?? This is my story and I can dream up anything that I want.

    “It was impossible of course, but when did that stop any dreamer from dreaming.”

    Tying into the first quote, just because it might seem impossible go for it. If you can dream it, you can do it.

    “There was a man who loved the moon, but whenever he tried to embrace her, she broke into a thousand pieces and left him drenched, and empty arms.”

    When I came upon this line, tears filled my eyes and my heart felt so full and heavy and I don’t understand why? It has no underlying message or them but just… this sentence is just beautiful and makes me feel so many things. Like it just hit me really hard and I wanted to cry.

  • So wrapping up writing, Laini Taylor is amazing, her writing is so lyrical and thought-provoking I need more from her.
  • Stories. This book thrives on stories because well, the man character of this book is a storyteller and he tells a bunch of them obviously. But I think my favorite story that Lazo tells is the one with the god-making mist. The gist of this is that the mist rolls over you and makes you into any god that you want to be… basically, you decide your own fate and when they made their own imaginary cakes into anything that they wanted and I just loved that entire scene between him and Sarai and the stories. It was everything.
  • The world. Is so different and unique?? I mean the first half of this story takes place in a library and that is what I like. And it is a lost and forgotten city titled ‘Weep’ and Lazlo actually refers to it as the Unseen City because who wants to call it weep? The last half of the book takes place in the Unseen City and the Citadel which is floating over Weep. This world was developed so beautifully and everything was well thought out.
  • The characters. Let me tell you, these characters are SO incredible. Lazlo and Sarai being my favorites because well, they are the main characters. Lazlo is a cinnamon roll who just wants to be surrounded by his books at all times. Also spoiler alert but he broke his nose by having a book fall on his face, like my precious? Sarai who has the coolest power which I won’t spoil for you and my next favorite is Minya who is a smol very angry child and so many more.
  • I think I am going to wrap up this review because this is definitely something that you need to read without knowing anything about it. I will admit the writing might be a little slow, but that is because it is something that needs to be savored and loved and cherished. This story is so heart wrenching, like… purely heart wrenching, it’s beautiful, it is stunning and it made me sob… I think harder than any other book has, ever.

A page had turned. A new story was beginning. You only had to look at Lazlo to know it would be brilliant.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

MARCH GOALS A.K.A THE MONTH OF AMBITION

Posted March 5, 2018 by Jessica in monthly tbr / 2 Comments

Can someone please tell me how in the world it is already March? Tell me where in the world this year is going! February was a whirlwind of a month, so many great things happened for me and overall I had a really good month. I am hoping that momentum carries on into March because whoa I have a lot planned.

So since I have spring break this month, I decided to join a monthly read-a-thon and hopefully push myself closer to reaching my goal of reading 100 books this year. So far I seem to be on track, so hopefully, I can maintain this momentum! I am joining the munches in March hosted by booksandmunches and this month is a bingo! I know I am not getting to all of them, but hey I can try! So here are the challenges I have books for!

  • Possible five-star rating: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Ammie Kaufman. I am not going to give a summary here because it is the last book in the trilogy but I already know I will be rating this five stars because I love this trilogy so much.
  • Book in a genre you always enjoy no matter what: obvious because I love fantasy no matter what, but the book I want to read for this is Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. This is about a girl who is a bounty hunter, but when her father gets murdered she ends up being alone. One day she is caught poaching and she is offered a deal. Catch her fathers murderer and she is free. This has been on my tbr forever and I finally bought a copy so I am hoping to get to this!
  • Book that will likely make you warm and fuzzy inside: Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa. I don’t know why I picked it, maybe because it is about fae’s and faes make me happy? Anyway, this is about a girl who also happens to be a siren with a huge problem. I honestly have no idea how to explain this book but it sounds super cool and just what my fae loving heart needs.
  • Book concerning heartbreak: Shadowsong by S. Jae Joes. Okay, I have no idea if this concerns heartbreak but I feel like it will? Also, no summary because it is a sequel!
  • Mostly Blue on the cover: Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross. I have an arc of this and I finally got a physical copy. Also, this book is popping up everywhere so I am taking that as a sign. Also, this cover is very very blue. This is about a girl who must master her passion and be chosen by a patron. Things do not go according to plan, but then a disgraced lord offers her his patronage and she is suspicious of his intent. Basically, there is a lot of political intrigues that I am here for.
  • A hyped book: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I already know this deserves all of the hype. This is about a girl who lies in the world of Orleans which is based off New Orleans. First off, A+ setting. People are for gray and damned and only with the help of a Belle, they can be made beautiful.
  • Situated in nature: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I picked this entirely because of the cover because I have the UK version which I love more than the US version. Anyway, this is about a girl named Alice (QUE Alice in Wonderland retelling maybe?) who has spend the majority of her life on the road. Her grandmother who wrote a book of fairytales dies in her estate and her and her mother go there. Her mother is stolen away and she learns that maybe there is some truth to her grandmother’s fairytales. I am bad at summaries okay.
  • Book you read in 24 hours: Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I am definitely reading this book this month because I have been dying to get back into this world. I have no idea how to explain this book, but I’ll have you know it is fantastic, it is beautiful and features one of my favorite characters/relationships of all time.
  • Book with the most beautiful cover: Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare. This cover is truly stunning like just look at it. You can’t deny the beauty and I promise it is even more beautiful in person. This is about someone who can write worlds into creation. Like um, excuse me? How unique is this? Writing worlds into creation, count me in!
  • Fairytale retelling: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I am sure everyone knows what this book is about because everyone talks about it. I am also the last person in the world who has read this book but you know what? I am making it my mission to read this book as soon as possible. Apparently, this is a beauty and the beast retelling so yeah I am sold.

A few goals I have for the month is to stay up to date with my blog. What I was trying to do was making a monthly schedule of posts I will write but when it comes to that point I lose interest in the post. So I’ve decided to pre-write maybe 5 or six posts of each category and just pick from there.

The last and major goal I have for this month is to finish my draft of my novel. Part one is already done so all I have is part two and three and then the first draft is finished. I think I can accomplish that goal since right now I am just trying to get out the bare bones of this story and then once that is done I can revise and flesh it out. I may do some posts in the future talking about my book but regardless I am super excited to share this with everyone!

So those are all my goals for the month, let me know what are some things you hope to read and accomplish!

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER BY TAMORA PIERCE

Posted February 28, 2018 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER BY TAMORA PIERCETempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1) by Tamora Pierce
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on February 6th 2018
Pages: 465
Format: ARC
Goodreads

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
Act fast! The first printing of the hardcover includes a collector’s edition poster!

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

Hey everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I have posted a review but I’ve been super busy and just haven’t found the time to sit down and write a review. I am going to insert a little disclaimer by saying ah, I did not finish this book and made it like 150 pages into the book and here are the reasons why.

  • It was boring. I did not find it interesting and nothing made me want to pick it up. I felt like I literally had to go out of my way and force myself to pick this book up. I could not connect to any of the characters and could not bring myself to like the main character Arram.
  • The writing. Please don’t bite my head off, but I find the writing to be childish. Sorry, NOT sorry. Granted perhaps these books are more so meant for younger children, but just… this was my first Tamora Pierce book and it was not a good start for me so I don’t really think that I will be picking up her other works.
  • My last reason is that I think I just missed out. I didn’t realize that this books ties into an overarching series if that makes sense? Like this book takes place in the same world as all her other books and they all tie in together and I have stated before that I have never read a Tamora Pierce book and perhaps that factored into my not liking this?

I don’t know, this book was just not for me and I am not going to rate it because it is quite unfair for me to rate something I did not finish. However, if you are a fan of Tamora Pearce, I am sure you will love this book!

 

BOOKS I COULD RE-READ FOREVER

Posted February 27, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to another top 10 Tuesday! This weeks topic is books I could re-read forever. Now I will admit that I am bad at re-reading books and I do plan to change that because there are SO many books I want to re-read including a readathon so without further ado, onto the post!
City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty
I wanted to immediately read this book right after I finished it, this book was THAT good. I love the world, the characters, the magic, this is a must-read.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Possibly my favorite contemporary I have ever read. This book is just so special and beautiful I could re-read it again.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
One of my newest favorite books. I hesitated reading this for so long because it just simply was not for me. I never really thought that it was something I’d read but I regret not reading it sooner. I never wanted to finish this book and Laini is for sure one of my auto buy authors. An update as of the 23’d of February but… I finished this and it is definitely in my top five ever written. I can’t explain the feelings that this book gave me, it just… ahh you will see more in my review.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Um, only one of my favorite… actually, MY. Favorite series ever? I am planning a re-read of this quite soon because I need more of my man Aldrik.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
This book was truly something special. This was definitely my favorite book in the trilogy because I felt like it was so magical and different and beautiful. I loved watching the relationship between Rhys and Feyre grow and Feyre heal.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
I think this is my favorite book she has written and I truly think it is the best. I am so glad she decided to make this a full-length novel. I loved seeing Chaol’s journey into healing and just his character journey overall.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Holly Black is the Queen of Fae and this was the most hyped book this year and… rightfully so. This book was perfect and it was SO good and everything I wanted it to be. I want to re-read this soon because I just… I need another fae book.

Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
This book is SO underrated. Like… seriously underrated. I see no one talking about it and people seriously need to read this book. It’s so different and unique from other fantasies I have read and it features an amazing mentor relationship that I just love!
A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
I would love to re-read every book that V.E Schwab comes out with because she is the Queen of everything. This one was definitely the favorite of my series, it made me cry so much and I want to re-read it soon.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Another fantasy series that is SO underrated. In my opinion, it is. This is also one of my top favorites and I wish more people read it. I am planning to do a re-read of this soon because the third book is coming out!
So those are a few of the books I could re-read forever, let me known down below if you have read any of these!

BOOKS I DON’T CARE ABOUT

Posted February 20, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to top ten Tuesday! I feel like I have not posted in a long time for this meme but I’ve been busy but I am back! This weeks topic is books I am no longer interested in. I am not sure if this would be controversial or not but if you see a book you like here, please don’t take offense it’s just… the book was not for me. Now without further ado, onto the books!

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
I was so excited to read this when I first bought it, and I had intended to read it right away and I just never did and now… I just really don’t care for it. The synopsis does not make me excited anymore and there are just so many other books that I want to read.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Another book I was super excited to read this because it sounded super interesting but it’s rate quite horribly on goodreads and I’ve heard nothing good about it so I’d rather spend my time reading other things.

King’s Folly by Jill Williamson
I tried reading this and it was super impossible to do because it was small font and just honestly? It’s not as interesting as the synopsis makes it sound. So uh, I’ll pass.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
I received an arc of the sequel to this and eventually bought the first book. But I never got to it and it just does not interest me anymore.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The synopsis sounds intriguing and while I love pirates, I just gotta face it. I’m never going to read this so I might as well just give it to someone who will enjoy it.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I got the entire series last year and I really wanted to read this and I am STILL kind of on the fence about it. I took it off my shelf but I think I am still iffy about it.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I started to read this but put it down because it just does not interest me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is super good but just… I don’t care to read it.

The November Girl by Lydia Kang
The synopsis sounds super cool and the cover is beautiful but I skimmed the first few pages and it is just not for me, I am not a fan of the writing at all.

So those are the books I am no longer interested in reading anymore a.k.a sitting on my unhaul shelf. Once again I apologize if any of these are your favorites, these just don’t interest me anymore and I’d rather give them to someone else who will!