BOOKS I RECENTLY DNF’D

by discussions, dnf'ing books, mini reviews

I am no stranger to DNF’ing books. If I am not enjoying a book and It’s not capturing my attention? I won’t finish it because I could be dedicating that time to read books I would rather enjoy than reading books that will put me to sleep. But you know…? I tried not to DNF books this year, I tried so hard and I failed obviously because this post would not exist. Life is too short to make yourself read a book you’re not enjoying.

 

FROSTBLOOD
The cover for this book is beautiful and that’s truly such a shame because the inside? So boring. I even tried to listen to this on an audiobook because I thought that yeah! I will enjoy it so much more! Yeah no, I was wrong. I was still bored and honestly almost fell asleep listening to this thing. Now it was not by any means a horrible book. I was just bored while reading it and lost interest.

 

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN

Just like the first book, this cover is also beautiful. The inside? A HOT mess. I felt truly deceived by this book and expected SO much out of this. This was marketed as a Swan Lake retelling which I don’t understand how because to me it was like special snowflake main character who is super powerful and beautiful retelling. I already have a review for this if you would like to see more of my thoughts on this.

 

NINTH CITY BURNING

I received an arc for this from bloggingforbooks so thank you to them for the book! Unfortunately… I did not enjoy this at all. This was another boring book that I just struggled to read entirely. There was a lot of detail but not in a good way, I mean if you want to make your readers interested you do not need to explain every single tiny little damn thing. Not a fan of the characters and I could not relate to them, I am not going to waste my time writing a complete review on this book.

 

So those are some books that I recently DNF’d. Do you DNF books? If so, how do you go about writing a review?

WINTERSONG BY S.JAE JONES

WINTERSONG BY S.JAE JONESWintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on February 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
Pages: 436
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

This review is a long time coming and I had meant to post it a while ago but… I haven’t really had the motivation to review. During the summer I read more than I could review the books, but you know? That’s okay. I’m not mad about it, in fact, I can’t believe I have read so many books this summer, I am SO close to completing my reading goal for the year.

ANYWAY, back to the review. I honestly did not want to finish this book. Why may you ask? Because it was such a beautiful story that I just wanted it to never end and as I got closer to the end, I took even longer to finish the book. I was in disbelief that this was her debut novel. It was seriously that good. The writing was incredible and lush, the setting was so atmospheric and dark. The characters? AMAZING.

I am going to try to do this without spoiling anyone, even though I just want to talk and talk forever about this incredible novel.

WHAT I LIKED

  • The mystery and wonder of the Goblin King. You don’t know much about him, only that he is immortal (I think, forgive me if I am wrong it’s been a few months) You wonder how he became the Goblin King or well, I did of course. I definitely think that he was the best part of the book. I absolutely LOVED his characterization and how playful he came off as. He is definitely one of those kinds of characters.
  • The importance of music. Music is a HUGE part of this book, a huge huge how can I emphasize how huge music is to this book. Now, this is my honest opinion, but I do suggest you have a love of music to get the full experience of this book? I am sorry, I don’t know how to put it into words but hopefully, you can get the gist of what I am saying.
  • Liesl’s relationship with her sister and brother: Liesl is very family oriented and you can tell how much her siblings actually mean to her. I mean half of the book is dedicated to her trying to save her sister, but she is the type of character who would do ANYTHING for her siblings.
  • The love story of Liesl and the goblin king. Another part that I absolutely lived for. I loved watching them fall for each other and you can definitely tell how much they care for each other.

WHAT I DISLIKED

  • I will admit… this was kind of slow paced. Not that it is bad or anything, but I know for some people that is a deal breaker. I would have liked for things to have happened a lot quicker but… overall it wasn’t something that really bothered me.
  • The ending. If you’ve read this book then you know and that is all I am saying.

 

Overall this was such a strong debut and a lovely book. It took mE by surprise and brought me on such a wild ride, I literally cannot wait for the sequel!

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

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

MY FALL TBR (maybe)

Hello and welcome to top 10 Tuesday! If you’re not aware what this is, it is a weekly meme hosted by brokeandthebookish, if you’d like to know more about it go ahead and check out the blog! This weeks topic is books on your Fall TBR. Which I can’t believe it is almost fall… even if we don’t really get other seasons other than Spring/Summer where I live which yes, I KNOW it is ideal for some people. Me? I like the cold, I am cold blooded.

Anyway…

I know and have seen posts where people are season readers? Like people read more contemporary in the Spring/Summer time and fantasy/other genre’s in the Fall/Winter. Me? I read fantasy year round. I live and breathe fantasy so of course, that is what my Fall TBR is consisting of. Now I doubt I will actually read all these books during the season when I make a TBR and I plan to stick with it, I usually only read one or two if I am lucky from that selection of books and then I just pick and choose whatever suits my fancy.

So here are some books that I would LIKE to read during Fall.

 

A Langauge of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I’m sure everyone has heard of this book, it is probably one of the most anticipated books OF the year. This is set in the Grisha world but not actual Grisha characters just more like the fairytales of the world. I for one am so pumped about this because I love fairytales and I can’t wait to see what Leigh has cooked up for us.

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic
The cover alone is enough to make me want to read this book. I mean, have you even seen it? The purple is striking and the flowers give me Fall vibes. This is about two sisters who have the ability to manipulate beauty and that is all I am going to say because I want to go into this one blind.

 

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Perhaps one of my biggest anticipated books that are coming out this year. This is a time traveling/historical fiction which I am absolutely LIVING  for. This is about a boy who was born outside of time meaning, his parents are from two different time periods which is just wow? How is that for a hook?

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Another book with a cover that is just oh so pretty. Even better, there is legit glitter on the cover so that should be enough to reel someone it… or me at least because I love glitter. This is about a girl who is destined for the river. Her family has been called on by the river god for countless generations, and she has yet to hear the god call her name.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This is an East Asian reimagining of the Evil Queen Legend. If you’re not familiar with that legend google is your friend. Seriously, look it up because it is SUCH a cool legend! This is about a girl named Xifeng who is destined for greatness, she is meant to be the empress, but only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
Reading the synopsis gave me serious ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ vibes. This is about a girl who is a healer who ends up getting the deadly rose plague. Unfortunately, she cannot be healed and she is destined to live her last days in isolation.  And then we have Dineas, who wants revenge against the people who captured him. I am probably not doing a great job at explaining this but the synopsis sounds so incredible. I do have an ARC of this book so I am hoping to read it before it is out in November!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The cover for this is probably one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen in my life. Then again, blue is my favorite color and just look at the cover, you’ll see for yourself. This is about magicians, of course, hence the title and it also takes place during the twenty’s.

The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore
Okay. I honestly have no idea what this book is about and this was actually a cover buy. All I know is that it is high fantasy and it sounds super fun and awesome. I really have heard nothing about this book, I was just browsing the bookstore and saw this by itself and I thought it was pretty cool.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
This is the first sentence of the synopsis ‘In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.’ And that is all it took for me to want to read it. You know what is even better? This book comes out on October 31st.

 

Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.
This book is probably one of the most anticipated of the year. There has been so much buzz going on about this book, I am literally counting down the days that it comes out. This is about fairies, FAIRIES, AND A FAE PRINCE. That’s all I need to know about this book to want to read it like, right now.

NYXIA BY SCOTT REINTGEN

NYXIA BY SCOTT REINTGENNyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1) by Scott Reintgen
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on September 12th 2017
Genres: science fiction, SFF
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

This arc was provided by NetGalley, all thoughts are MY own and this review is 100% honest.

Wow, where do I even begin with this review? How do I even introduce you to the wild ride that is Nyxia? To the adventure, the competition, the incredible characters, and the complete mystery that is Nyxia. Let me start off by saying why isn’t this book on everyone’s list? I’m not kidding you when I say this is definitely going to be on my top 15 books I read this year because it was just… I mean a month later and I am still thinking about this beautiful book. (now that this review up, it’s more like two months later) but I still feel the same.

Nyxia is told in the POV of Emmett and it takes place in space. It sort of reminded me like Hunger Games… in the way that they are NOT trying to kill each other. There is a competition that takes place which spans over the majority of the book and it all spirals to a high point which takes your breath away and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

 

PROS (reasons why you should read this)

  • An extremely likable cast of characters who are so diverse and easy to love and root for. You hear a lot of their background stories, why they are the way they are and as I said, you just start rooting for them and you want all of them to win.
  • The plot is so riveting and halfway through the book the game changes completely and it takes the whole story to a whole new level.
  • The mystery that is the substance Nyxia and why it is so special, and what it can do.
  • The idea of another civilization on a different planet was so mysterious because we don’t learn a lot about them, you are left to wonder what are these people like, what is so special about their planet. I like that they did not explore what Eden is because that just heightens my anticipation for the next book.
  • The fact that you don’t learn a lot about the corporation and while they say that they are there to do good, you just have this feeling that they are up to no good.
  • Emmett’s friendship with his room mate and Bilal was SO special to me.

CONS (going to try to do this without spoiling y’all):

  • Now there were some issues between some of the characters and I just thought that it was a little too much. I felt the other half were taking some things way too far.
  • There was something that happened with one of the characters that I was not a fan of and wished that it did not happen, but I understand why it did.
  • And the fact that I have to wait an entire year for the next book.

Overall I highly recommend that you read Nyxia if you’re looking for something with high stakes, something that will make your heart race and break your heart at the same time. AND IT IS SET IN SPACE!! What more could you ask for?

 

Nyxia comes out on September 12 which is this Tuesday, so don’t hesitate to pick it up!

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

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

This is such a fitting topic for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday since most of you (and myself) are currently enrolled in classes! So much fun right? I’m taking on a full load this semester, five psychology classes… man, this semester might be a killer. I’m not going to lie though, my teachers this semester are pretty awesome and the classes? Even more interesting. But you know what would be cooler? If there was a school taught by our favorite bookish characters, teaching us what they do best.

001. HOW TO BE A BADA**, BROODY YET BEAUTIFUL PRINCE 101
I’m sure y’all know who I am going to pick for this… my current obsession? Aldrik Solaris. If you haven’t read Air Awakens by Elise Kova, I highly suggest you do now because you are seriously missing out on some good fantasy. Aldrik is a prince, and not just any prince but the CROWNED PRINCE. He is also badass character who can take down a bunch of people by himself, he is powerful and majestic. And of course, he broods. So if you want to learn how to brood properly, this is the class for you! (Also the class for you if you want to stare at someone gorgeous for three hours)

002. HOW TO SURVIVE KNIFE WIELDING THIEVES (a.k.a Lila Bard) 
Who better to teach this than Kell Maresh from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab? He is also taking Aldrik’s class on how to brood, so if you’re curious to know why he is almost always frowning… now you know. But this beautiful soul is an expert on teaching you the basics of survival. Especially if a thief who has a love of knives finds her way into your world and makes you almost have a heart attack like 20 times in one day. 

003. HOW TO BE AN BENEVOLENT VILLAIN 
Taught by Gaius Damora from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. Okay so benevolent might be slightly the wrong word to use for his class, but that is what he insists it be called. Gaius will teach you all the ways to ruin people’s lives while pretending he is the most loved person to ever exist. I highly suggest you think twice before taking this class, it might not end well for you.

004. HOW TO BE SASSY WHEN YOU’RE IN A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION
Taught by Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Elias is an expert in sassy comebacks and he’s too hot to care. So if you had no reason to want to take this class, now you do! While being exceptionally sassy, Elias is also a badass fighter. He will give you methods to sass your way out of a situation that might not end well for you.

005. HOW TO BE THE BEST PIRATE THERE EVER WAS (besides me)
Taught by only the best PRIVATEER himself, Nikolai Lantsov the one and only. Stormhound, captain, PRINCE. He is exceptional at sailing as well as having powerful enemies. If you ever have any fear that you might be lost out at sea one day, don’t worry! Nikolai is here to give you steps on how to survive being in the middle of the ocean. Not only that, but he is also an inventor and he could perhaps teach you a few things on that side of the spectrum so… a two for one! How about that?

(btw this would totally be me during all of these classes)

So this concludes the end of the topic, honestly… this has been my favorite. I decided to take my own spin on this and absolutely love the outcome of it, I found myself chuckling while writing this, so let me know down below! Would you take any of these classes?

SEPTEMBER 2017 GOALS

I can already tell that this month is going to be an amazing month. School has started and I think I am finally on a schedule, there are so many good books that are releasing, AND I am starting to plan my book. Yes, I am writing a book. So now that school has started, I sincerely doubt that I will be able to read as much as I did this summer, but if anything I am going to aim to read four or five books. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, but at the same time… there are so many good books I NEED to read!

As usual, I am listing several books here, but I love to give myself options. The first two are books I am definitely going to be reading.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

As for blogging, I hope to actually post all the topics and reviews I want to post. I’ve even started outlining some or well… all of them, actually. So hopefully that will give me a head start as I am starting school! What books do you plan to read this month?

FIVE SERIES/TRILOGIES I AM NEVER GOING TO FINISH

So… where to even begin. I want to start with a little disclaimer because I know this can sometimes be quite controversial, but all of these opinions are my own. I have nothing against you or the people who like these series, you’re not wrong for loving these series. We love some things and we don’t love some things, it happens. Don’t be ashamed of it. So recently I did a book purge (another post for another time) which felt so incredible. And I got rid of a lot of series, but here are a few that I will not ever be finishing or don’t care for anymore.

I also do not think these authors or horrible or their writing is bad, I just either fell out of love or it wasn’t for me.

 

The Burning Sky Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
I loathed this book. It was not at all what I expected, I found it to be confusing and just not… done well. Great concept, but executed poorly. Perhaps there is someone else out there who will read these books. I will say, Sherry is a good writer and if she writes more fantasy, I’ll give it a try.

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
I am sort of neutral in my feelings towards this book. Did I hate it? No. Did I love it? No. To me, it was just boring and I could not connect to any of the characters. I even tried audiobook and while that helped me make an attempt to get into the story at least, I just… again. Could not connect with any of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Everyone and their mother has read and loved this series. This is probably one of the most hyped series out there? And I tried to love it. I did love the first book, was eh with the second and didn’t even make it 5% through the third before I put it down to read something else. After a year of these sitting on my shelf, I decided it was time to say goodbye!  Now, I love her other trilogy The Infernal Devices and will read her next one coming out which is the Last Hours I believe? I just don’t care for Clary and crew.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Such an interesting and unique spin on this classic. Danielle Paige is a really amazing author and I loved these books. So why am I not finishing this series? I never picked up the last one and there are so many other books I’d rather be reading.

Undertow by Michael Buckley
Same thing with Dorothy Must Die. Loved the first two books, and I do think that this trilogy is super underrated, I just haven’t gotten around to picking up the third book. Every time I see it on the shelf at my bookstore, I want to get it but at the same time… I just don’t care for the story or the characters anymore.

Hopefully, these books are not too controversial and I do sincerely apologize if I offend anyone but you know what? We all have our different opinions, that is what makes us wonderful human beings.

 

AUGUST 2017 WRAP UP

Gosh, how is it the end of summer already? It’s hard to believe where this year is going and to be honest, it’s hard to believe I am completely caught up with my reading goals. This summer has been such an incredible time for reading for me, I’ve read so many incredible books over the last three months, I kind of wish I could go back in time and re-read these all for the first time. I read 24 books in the span of three months and to me, that is absolutely incredible.

During the month of August, I read a total of 6 books. I finished an incredible series, I read an amazing stand-alone, and I am on my way to finishing another amazing trilogy. Needless to say, I think August has been one of my favorite reading months.

The first book I read was The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. I will definitely have a review for this coming soon, but this one honestly surprised me. It would have been perfect for fall but since I am impatient and didn’t want to wait for fall— I obviously read it now. I rated this 4.5/5 stars.

The second book I read was Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I will have a series review for this coming sometime in the near future, but I have had my eye on this for such a long time. I finally decided to pick it up because I swear it was haunting me, but all I’m gonna say is that this series is number one on my favorite books ever. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The third book I read was Fire Falling by Elise Kova.  This book was a delight and it ended on SUCH a cliffhanger, I could not even. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fourth book I read was Earth’s End by Elise Kova. This book played with my emotions and hurt me so much, Elise is brutal okay. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The fifth book I read was Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova. This one destroyed me, I cried so damn hard. I rated this 5/5 stars.

The sixth book I read was Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova. This made me so happy, it ended just the way I wanted it to end, and I rated this 5/5 stars.

So yeah, all 5 star reads practically and I do not regret rating them all five stars because they deserved it.

And yes, A Gathering of Shadows is featured here because I thought I would finish it, but I am definitely not going to get there by the end of the day.

NOW for my haul. I did not get as many books as I did last month, in fact, I got rid of more than I bought which that will be another post for another time. But I also invested in a Barnes and Noble membership card so yeah, goodbye savings!

From Barnes and Noble…

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore
The Theif by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

From Amazon…

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Earth’s End by Elise Kova
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova

From book subscription boxes…

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones
Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic

So that concludes my August wrap up! I’ve read so many books this month and got so many good books, it’s almost unbelievable!

 

BROMANCES THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE

Hello and welcome to another top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is your favorite bromances of all time. I’m not going to lie to you when I say this post was a little hard to come up with because I have so many bromances and just picking five? How could I? Now I’d like to put a little disclaimer that I do ship some of these, and some of them should have been taken advantage of in canon but we will save that for another post. So without further ado, onto the list!

001. Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall: Their bromance is probably one of my favorites. They would do anything for each other, they would die for each other. I literally cannot wait for them to reunite with each other. I just can’t.

002. Alexander and Hephaestion: Now this one is tricky, if you know the history of these two. But putting all of those aside, you can’t deny the bromance between these two. They are the ultimate bromance, they are the best. They are beautiful.

003. Rhysand/Azriel/Cassian:  Do I really need to say much about these three? Do I? Because I love the three of them together and I am sure everyone pretty much feels the same.

004. Vhalla Yarl and Fritz Charem: They are from Air Awakens if you have yet to read that series, I highly recommend that you do. But their friendship is so special and so adorable, I love these two together.

005. Nikolai Lantsov and Alina Starkov: I’m a little bitter about the outcome for these two and if you’ve read Ruin and Rising, y’all know what I am talking about. But let’s just put that aside, okay? I really did love the friendship between Nikolai and Alina, I loved all the banter and I honestly need a book with just the two of them, traveling the world.

So those are just a few of my bromances that I love, comment down below and let me know your favorite bromance!

p.s I’m featuring the Air Awakens book because y’all need to read it okay. So GOOD.

REQUIRED READING: FANTASY

So this post is a little late, but y’all know the saying. Better late than never! This weeks topic is things having to do with going back to school. Which I happen to be doing next week and I am a little sad about it but, such is life. For my topic I chose fantasy. If I were a teacher, which I always wanted to be, I would have my students read these books!

001. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
002. Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
003. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
004. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
005. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
006. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
007. Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
008.  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
009. Wintersong by S.Jae Jones
010: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

So that’s it! I know it’s a very simple post, but this was done at last minute. If you haven’t already, I definitely think you should read these books because you seriously will not regret it!