Author: Jessica

BI-ANNUAL BIBLIOTHON TBR

Posted July 14, 2018 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I feel like I am the queen of saying I am going to join readathons and then I don’t do it. THIS time, I am GOING to do it. This is a readathon that I have been wanting to do for quite some time now and decided that it is finally time to do it!
I think I usually don’t go through with readathons is because they’re usually when I work every day and I have like no time, but this time I have three days off during the readathon so I should be able to get some things done! I don’t think I will be doing any of the actually like Instagram etc challenges, but I am going to do my best to complete the reading!
  • The first challenge is to read from someone else’S TBR and for this, I am going to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik because this is on everyone’s TBR this month. I have been iffy on reading this, but I’ve seen people LOVE this and apparently, it has faes? So I’m ready to give it a go!
  • The second challenge is the ‘Try a chapter take’ and for this, I read the first chapter of three books and chose to read Bring Me Their Hearts by Sarah Wolf.
  • The third is to read a book on your TBR for over a year and the book I chose for this is Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I have put this off for SO long because I am not ready but I just need to do it so I can read Bright We Burn.
  • The fourth is to read a book that will possibly be five stars and for this, I chose Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuval. I’ve heard SO many people talk about this trilogy and everyone loves it so I want to see what this is all about. And from everything people say, I think this will be a five-star read.
  • The fifth is to read and own voices book different from you and the book I chose for this is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
  • The last challenge is to read the last book you bought and since I am basing this off of the last book I bought when this challenge started, I am doubling up and choosing Spinning Silver!
So these are the books that I chose for this readathon. This challenge takes place from July 14 to July 21 so over the course of a week I am going to attempt to read 5 books in one week which I am sure that I can manage to do it.
Let me know down below if you plan on joining this readathon and what you plan to read!

THE MOST SURPRISING BOOKS I’VE READ

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

Hello and welcome to top ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is a throwback topic so that means you get to choose a topic from the past to do. The one I chose is books that surprised me because I, unfortunately, missed this topic. Lately, I have been going into books without knowing or expecting much because I feel like if I go into something with high expectations, my enjoyment will decrease. So without further ado, here are the books I read in the past year that utterly surprised me! (also quick apology for no photos, my laptop was being difficult)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: Okay, so I did have some expectations going into this because it was said to be a little mermaid retelling, but a dark one so I was expecting that. This book definitely blew me out of the water with how amazing it was. It was definitely dark and the characters I felt were very morally grey and it just… really surprised me.
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Avecedo: So I went into this with the belief that it was going to be cute and fluffy and a happy read and boy was I wrong. This book emotionally drained me. Like I was sobbing and my throat hurt after reading this. If you plan to read this, I recommend you be prepared.
  • Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda: Lately I have been in the mood for some good sci-fi and let me tell you there is some GOOD sci-fi out there right now. This is one of them and I’m a little sad that it’s not as hyped because this was terrifying and really amazing at the same time I am honestly surprised how much I loved it.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlet: I was fortunate to get this arc at yallwest and this is pitched as Pretty Little Liars and Three Dark Crowns, both of which I was not a fan of, but when I read this I was blown away at how intricate the storyline was and let me too you the ending is such a cliffhanger.
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: one of my favorite sci-fi’s out there, this book is everything. I read it as an arc and I was honestly just looking for something quick to read because I was on a roll with my 2017 reading challenge and when I finished it I was so shocked at how much I loved this.
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera: this is seriously one of the most chill fantasy books I have ever read. It is also the BASIC YA FANTASY but at the same time, it’s comforting and fun! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this and how attached to the characters I’ve become! This book was just so addicting and I low-key wanted to marathon this right away.
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber: Caraval was good and I wasn’t exactly… wowed away because I wasn’t a fan of the main character. So I went into this not really expecting much because I wasn’t sure how much of a fan I would be of Tella, but this book wowed me. It is on my favorites shelf, I loved it SO much I was quite shook with the plot twist in this.
  • Everless by Sarah Holland: I remember this getting a lot of buzz and I was stressed because it was the end of the year and I was one away from my reading challenge and needed something to read stat so I picked this up and was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I thought it was a refreshing take on what I’ve read before and the story took a pretty cool turn.
  • Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake: this book surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it to be as bloody as it was, OR as good as it was. If you haven’t read it, please do you’ll love it.
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano: similar to Ruined, I thought this would be a basic fantasy and wasn’t expecting much and wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Lo and behold, I was entirely wrong because of this book. This book?? Was AMAZING and I am highly awaiting for the sequel.
So that are a few of the books that really surprised me, let me know down below some books you were surprised by!

WHAT IS COMING OUT IN JULY

Posted July 2, 2018 by Jessica in 2018 releases / 0 Comments

There are a bunch of books coming out this month that I am super excited for (let’s see if these will be the books I will only buy this month) I seriously thought 2017 was the best year for books, but 2018 is blowing it out of the water.
Without further ado, here are the books that I am looking forward to this month!
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager 7.3
This is about a group of girls who are at Summer camp and they share a cabin, and one night four of the girls leave the cabin to never be seen again. Years later, one of the girls who didn’t leave the cabin, Emma, returns to the camp as a painting instructor. While being there, she ends up discovering a security camera that was pointed at the cabin that she stayed in and she digs deeper into what happened.
City of Lies by Sam Hawke 7.3
This wasn’t on my radar until Sam from thoughtsontomes mentioned it in her tometopple tbr and I am not sure how to describe this book other than it’s about a boy who is trained to protect the Chancellors family from danger and treachery and one day the Chancellor is poisoned and an army attacks the city. The MC and his sister have to protect the heir and the city they live in, and ancient spirits of the land are angry and they’re rising. I’m bad at explaining this, but it just sounds super good.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White 7.10
No idea what this is about since I haven’t read the second book, and this is the third book in the trilogy I don’t want to spoil myself and others. But I’m really looking forward to this!
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Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen 7.17
This is the second book in the Nyxia triad and I was lucky enough to get an arc of the first book and absolutely loved it, I also got an arc of this one and I am super excited to see what happens.
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart 7.24
This is about two sisters who live in a world where woman have no rights and they both have very different fates. One in the prison and the other in the palace. The synopsis gets a little bit more confusing, but its about fates, dangerous secrets and sisters who are trying to save each other.
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix 7.24
This is blurbed as Alien meets the Darkest Minds and it’s about a girl named Kenzie who is taken hostage by criminal teens who have super powers and they end up having to band together when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures. That is all I know about this book and that is all I want to know.
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Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton 7.31
This is about women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath and blood and these are the kinds of concepts that I LIVE for. This girl has spent her life hunting them and one day she is betrothed to a prince. During the wedding, something bad occurs and she discovers that she is one of these women that she has spent her life hunting.
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning 7.31
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
How good does that sound? This sounds like an origin story for the Sea Witch (hence the title) and I don’t want to give much away cause this sounds like something you have to go into without knowing things!
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So this is it for the books I am looking forward to for this month! Let me know down below which one of these books catches your eye!

MY MOST AMBITIOUS MONTH YET

Posted July 1, 2018 by Jessica in monthly tbr / 0 Comments

I am sitting here wondering how in the world it is already July. Like… can someone please tell me where the time is going? On the other hand, I am thrilled it is July because I am in need of some warm weather and I have some exciting things going on this month.
I actually haven’t posted a ‘goals’ post in quite some time but I promise I have been somewhat productive and have been completing my goals so without further ado, here are the things I want to complete!
This month, I am participating in two readathons and coincidentally they are running at the same time so yeah, that should be fun. I am joining the tometopple readathon hosted by thoughtsontomes and it runs from June 29 to July 12. Basically, you read books that are 500+ which sounds like a lot, but there is no set limit to how many books you have to read. Just read books that are 500 pages or more. The books I plan to read for this is:
  • Saviors Champion by Jenna Moreci
  • City of Lies by Sam Hunt
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
  • Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
I am definitely not going to read all of these within the span of a week, I am focusing more Saviors Champion, but other than that this is the list of books that I am going to choose from for this readathon if I want to read more for tometopple.
I am also joining the becausedragonsRAT which runs from July 1 to July 7 and I am DEFINITELY ambitious for this, but you know what? I’m just going to try. I am definitely not going to read all of these, but if I can at least do three of these challenges then I’ll feel accomplished.
  • Red on the Cover: What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
  • Mythology: Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
  • Strong friendship: Allied by Amy Tintera
  • Last fantasy bought: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  • Dragons: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
So I am going to attempt eight books in like a week, this is very ambitious but at least I have a lot of options.
Now for the rest of the month, I still have a lot of other books that I need and want to get to. I plan to go camping this month as well and I am most likely going to be reading the entire time, hopefully, I can get to some more of these! Because there are a ton of books I need to get to and want to get to.
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White
  • Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
  • Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter
  • Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Rientgen
  • Bring Me their Hearts by
  • Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  • Roar by Cora Cormack (need to finish)

If you thought all of that was ambitious, then you are in for a surprise because guess what! I am writing a book. I am taking part in campnanowrimo and while I am not expecting to hash out an entire novel this month, I at least want to get the majority of it finished. Another big goal I have is to actually post all of the blog posts I have planned because I haven’t been the best at doing so, I just write the post and get lazy and I need to fix that.
Let me know down below what are some books that you would like to get to!

VERY BELATED WRAP UP (can you believe June is over?)

Posted July 1, 2018 by Jessica in monthly wrap-up / 0 Comments

So… I haven’t done a wrap up in like, ages. I’ve been busy, I’ve been tired, I’ve I guess sort of been on a hiatus? Anyway, this book was a very good reading month for me. (This year actually, but I’ll get into that in my mid-year wrap up) So let’s just get into the books I read, shall we?
Since my TBR is just ridiculous, I have been making monthly TBR’s and actually somewhat sticking to them. Which is a miracle because in the past I failed at all of my TBR’s. Out of the eleven books that I listed in my journal, I read about Seven of them, which is pretty good considering I sidetracked a bit. But in total, I read about nine books which wasn’t as much as I wanted to read, nor is it as much as last month, but I’m still proud that I read quite a bit and I enjoyed basically all of these.

READ

  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber: This is hands down one of the best second books that I have ever read. It’s quite on par with A Court of Mist and Fury and Legendary was 100 times better than the first. And that plot twist!! I gave this a 5/5 stars.
  • Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube: I received this for review from sourcebooks and I was surprised by how much I liked this. Its a ghost story with an unreliable narrator and Lesbian representation. I gave this a 4/5 stars.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlet: I went into this expecting nothing and came out with so many questions. Like this book is so good?? It’s a twist of pretty little liars and three dark crowns but better than both. Also, this has Lesbian representation as well! I gave this a 5/5 stars.
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir: Well worth the almost two year wait. This book ripped my heart in half and made me feel so many things. I’ll have a review up for this soon but wow, amazing. I gave this 5/5 stars.
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera: possibly the chillest fantasy I’ve ever read. It’s so basic, but I love it? The characters are fantastic. The plot is pretty solid and it’s just super good. I rated this. 5/5 stars.
  • Avenged by Amy Tintera: Pretty solid sequel. This wasn’t on my TBR at all, but I felt the need to marathon the trilogy. I gave this a 5/5 stars.
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones: I put this off for so long and don’t even know why. This was a solid sequel, things ended the way I wanted. I gave this a 5/5 stars.
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Avecedo: Oh gosh this book surprised me. It made me cry so hard, like I couldn’t stop the tears from coming. I gave this a 5/5 stars.
  • A Little Bit of Faerie by Elaine Clayton: I’m writing a book about fae, so this research book was a necessity. I gave this 3/5 stars.
There are a few books I started in June but have yet to finish them and I hope that I can hopefully do it in July. The ones I am still working on is;
  • The Saviors Champion by Jenna Moreci
  • Roar by Cora Cormack (taking my time with this but why did i dnf it last year)
Now of course, I also got a lot of books this month. The good thing is, that most of these are arcs and from booksfortrade so I call that a success. I didn’t spend an obscenely amount of money and the books I bought? Were actually ones that I WANT to read. Basically just trying to not buy a ton of books cause I did a MAJOR unhaul this year and focusing on books I am actually interested in.

BOOKS I BOUGHT

  • Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (don’t even have nevernight but it was a signed HC on bookoutlet)
  • Avenged by Amy Tintera
  • Allied by Amy Tintera
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
  • Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
  • Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman
  • Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (finally completed my HC collection)
  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
  • Bring Me Their Hearts by Sarah Wolf
TRADES (booksfortrade is the best)
  • Queen Underneath by Stacy Filak (arc)
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (SIGNED ARC KSDJFH)
  • Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach (arc)
  • Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter (arc)
  • Smoke Thieves by Sally Green (arc)
  • Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen (arc)
  • The Window by Amelia Brunskill (arc)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (arc whatevenimexcited)

PUBLISHERS & ETC
  • Imposters by Scott Westerfield
  • Gracy and Fury by Tracy Banghard
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • What the Woods Keep by Katya de Beccera
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kremmer
  • Beneath the Citadel by Destiney Soria
  • Blind the Eyes by K.A Wiggins
Besides reading and hauling a lot, I also accomplished another thing. I outlined my novel! This might not sound like a lot to some people, but fully outlining it and being happy with it has been something I was struggling with. This time it’s fully outlined and I am so proud of it and hope that one day I can share it with you all.
This is it for my wrap up, I hope everyone had a fantastic month whether you read a lot or read a little, I hope you enjoyed what you read and have a great day!

BOOK BABBLE: TO KILL A KINGDOM

Posted June 20, 2018 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

BOOK BABBLE: TO KILL A KINGDOMTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Published by Feiwel & Friends on March 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

One of my most anticipated books of the year and oh gosh it did not disappoint. This book even made it onto my favorites of all time shelf and that’s… that’s a pretty hard shelf to get on. I will say that I am a little sad that this is a standalone novel, but I am pretty content with how everything ended. This is a pretty cool Little Mermaid retelling that I felt was completely unique (I was going to compare it to something else, but this is literally the only Little Mermaid retelling I have read) but still, I loved it!

This book was everything I wanted it to be and more and has now given me one of my favorite characters/pirates/sirens, I don’t even know, I just love these characters so much. Let’s just get into the facts of what I loved about this!

  • Elian: My precious pirate prince! He is a beaut and I live for everything he does. I loved each and every one of his chapters, and his thoughts about his future role as king. I’m not going to give any spoilers here, but I think you would all love him. He reminded me strongly of Nikolai Lantsov to be honest so yeah, tis a little hint.
  • Lira: Ahh my Siren Queen! (No spoilers here, calling her a queen because she is awesome and badass) Half of the book is told in her POV and let me tell you, she is a handful. She is badass, amazing, she is literally everything.
  • The Writing: Was actually really good. I highly preferred listening to it on audiobook though because the narrator was AMAZING. Like I can’t even explain how amazing she is, she literally made the characters come to life. So I highly suggest listening to it. Other than that, the writing was easy to follow and set me on edge (in a good way)
  • Plot: Went in different directions that I thought. I thought it was going one way and then nope! It completely took me by surprise. It’s one of those books where you think it’s going to go one way and then it completely turns.
  • Anyway, short review. Sad it’s a standalone but it’s a good one. If you’re looking for something dark and fun to read, I highly suggest you pick this up!
five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

ANTICIPATED JUNE RELEASES

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

This month is a huge month of releases for me and I am really excited for these releases. This month also contains one of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of the year, I’ve waited two years for this and I am THRILLED. Only a week and a half and I am on the edge of my seat. I need this. You’ll see what it is or you will probably guess the book because a lot of other people feel the same too. I am not going to talk about what these books are because they’re either sequels or I want to go into them blind. Also inserting the covers below each title so you can admire them as well.

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Adieh 6.5
This is the sequel to Flame in the Mist and I honestly have yet to even read the first book. But now that this is coming out, I can just marathon them both! Also look at this cover. IT’S PURPLE and my purple loving heart is so happy, I can’t wait to see this in person.

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The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen 6.5
Yeah, no idea what this book is about but the cover looks incredible so yeah, this is most likely a cover buy/cover read if that makes any sense.

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Bring me their Hearts by Sara Wolf 6.5
A book I have been anticipating for quite a while. I guess this is about a girl who is bound to a witch and serves her without question until the witch asks for the heart of a prince and she can have her own heart back (I’m assuming, that’s what I got from the synopsis) I guess this is a game of cat and mouse between the girl and the prince and the winner takes the loser’s heart. I am THRILLED for this and can’t wait to see how this turns out.

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The Last Sun by K.D Edwards 6.12
Another book I have no idea what it’s about, BUT the cover looks stunning and I’m intrigued to see what this is about?

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir 6.12
MY NEXT ANTICIPATED BOOK FOR THE YEAR. I have waited TWO years for this one and I can’t wait to see what is in store for these characters (particularly Elias) I’m very worried.

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Sometime after Midnight by L. Phillips 6.12
This is a gay retelling of Cinderella meets #Alexattarget, that is what this book was marketed as, either way, I am excited about this book, I have been anticipating it for a while so yeah, can’t wait!

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A Thousand Endings and Beginnings by Ellen Oh 6.26
This is compiled by a bunch of authors and its a bunch of reimagining of East and South Asian myths and folklore. I love books like this and I can’t wait for it!

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Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman 6.26
Okay, I’m not sure if this book is coming out this month or next month, regardless I’m putting it on here. This is the last book in this series which is one of my favorites, so I’m sad and happy to see this end and hopefully, everything works out the way I want it to! By the way, this is about Alexander the Great as a teen.

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So that is is for my anticipated June releases, let me know which June release you are anticipating the most!!

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!