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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!

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

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!

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!

 

BOOK & BLOGGING GOALS

Posted January 16, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you are not aware of what TTT is, here is the link so go ahead and check it out! This weeks topic is bookish or blogging resolutions and goals. For me, these are more so… goals because if I call it resolutions then I feel like I won’t get anything done. But, if I call them goals… it’s something I can work towards. These are in no order by the way, because if they were I’d accomplish nothing. So without further ado, here are my goals for the year!

 

  • A goal I want to accomplish is to read 25 of the books I bought last year. My 2017 backlist is absolutely wild so I want to get 25 books off of it whether I unhaul or read them. To help accomplish this I joined beat the backlist which kicks my butt into gear to get it done!
  • A goal for blogging is to stay consistent with my schedule. Last year I would make blogging schedules for the month and just… never look at it. This year I decided to dedicate a little notebook specifically for blogging and pre-writing blog posts so I can be a week ahead. So far, I have been doing pretty good!
  • A goal for reading is that I want to read books that I am truly interested in. I will admit, I do listen to the hype sometimes or I see a book cover and if it’s pretty I am like oh I need it. This year, I just want to buy and read books that I am TRULY interested in and books that I know I will read. I have a list of books I write down what I want and a list of anticipated releases for this year so, I hope I can keep up with this.
  • A goal for blogging is to work on getting reviews posted in time! Last year I kind of failed at that, so this year I am going to write a review as soon as I finish the book! I won’t be writing reviews for everything I read, but if I think it deserves a review then I will obviously review it. So far this year I’ve been doing quite good at this.
  • A goal for reading is to read more retellings! I absolutely love retellings, and because the book I am writing is a retelling so yay inspiration!
  • A goal for blogging is to make posts about my WIP. I really want to start sharing what I am writing with everyone because I absolutely love it and I want to show you all my love for this thing I am working on.
  • A goal for reading is to read more diverse books. Diverse books are incredible and I have loved everyone that I’ve read, so this year I want to read even more and support more own voices!
  • A goal I have for blogging is to read more blogs! I read like one blog, and I seriously need to change this because there are so many other bloggers out there that I admire!
  • A goal for reading is to get all of the books that I bought in 2016 off of my tbr shelf. Last year I started out with almost 70 and this year I am starting out with 7. Granted I unhauled a lot of them, but I believe that I can narrow this down to like maybe three or just accomplish this in general!
  • And my last goal is to listen to more audiobooks! I was not always a fan of audiobooks, but I’ve been listening to them a lot more and I want to try to listen to at least 3 audiobooks!

So that concludes my highly ambitious goals for the year… I will most likely check back in a few months and see if I actually get through these! Comment down below some of your goals for the year!

EVERLESS BY SARAH HOLLAND

Posted January 6, 2018 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

EVERLESS BY SARAH HOLLANDEverless by Sara Holland
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Goodreads
five-stars


Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

NOTE: I was sent this as an arc for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, thank you edelweiss for the galley.

This book as deceived me to the extreme maximum, I still cannot believe what happened…. Happened.


I’m just going to get right into this review and I promise I won’t spoil anything because this is a book that you need to go into blind and expect nothing from (or expect the best, I’m not stopping you) but this book surprised me in all of the best ways, I am seriously looking forward to the sequel.

But this is definitely one of the unique novels that I have ever read. The world, the magic system, the mythology— just everything about it was incredible. I’ll admit there were some slow points, but what made this story for me was the characters.

  • We have our main character Jules who is such a powerful heroine and you really feel for her hardships throughout the story.
  • We have Irina Gold who really surprised me with how much I liked her. I’m not saying too much about her because spoilers. But you’ll know what I mean when you meet her.
  • We have Roan who really brought light to the scenes he was in.
  • And my favorite? Liam. Broody as heck, beautiful, instant book boyfriend okay.

It was easy for me to connect to all of these characters in some form and I rooted for each of them throughout the story. Even Caro, the Queen’s handmaiden, I rooted for her too. The character growth for all of the characters who played a major part in the book was… okay, but it is the first book in a series so I’ll give it time on that.


The main thing I loved about this book was the absence of romance.

  • Yes, I guess there is some romance, depends on how you look at it.
  • Honestly, you’re going to need a magnifying glass to see the tiny ounce of romance this book has. But seriously? The romance is not there and it does not take over the plot and for once I really love that. Now I do feel like going into the second book there MIGHT be a romance, but I would be a-okay with who is probably going to get with who.

Okay so, in my opinion… there is a lot of world-building in this novel, and I know that isn’t something everyone enjoys so just that little bit of a warning. But for me? The world-building nailed it. I loved every single time they spoke about the blood irons and how Sempera came to be. I felt this was the BEST part of the story and how it ties in with the mythology and the story of the Alchemist and Sorceress (just wait okay you will live) and I can’t wait to see Sarah Holland expand the world even more in the next installment.


Now this was what surprised me the most, was that Sarah Holland is a debut author. Not that debut authors can’t write incredibly and mind you I read this as in arc I got back in September. I was truly surprised at how polished the writing was, and the grasp she has on the story and her characters. The writing flowed well, it was easy to follow… I mean I read this in a day if that tells you anything. I felt like I was right there seeing through Jules eyes the writing was that good.


Now… as I said in the beginning of this review, there is a plot point that I was deceived by and almost a month later I am still shaken by it. This was arguably the BEST PART of the book. Trust me, you will be shocked when you read this because this is something you won’t see coming.


This book is definitely something worth checking out, it is incredibly original and such a fun read, it honestly surprised me with how much I LOVED it. This book is now on my favorites shelf and I cannot wait to see what Holland has in store for us next!

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

T5W: READING GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS 2018

Posted January 3, 2018 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I have so many goals for myself this year, I might have overdone myself but…

I like to have a variety of goals for myself that I can pick and choose from. I am also linking up with top five Wednesday because the topic this week is bookish resolutions, so that is quite fitting I think. So without further ado, onto the goals.

  • The first goal I have is to read 100 books. Even though the past two years I only managed to read 60 books, I realized that I can read two books a week instead of browsing endlessly through social media or just sitting here and doing nothing. This is a big challenge so I am only setting my Goodreads goal to be 60 books. That way if I don’t manage to read 100 books, I still hit a goal.
  • The second goal and resolution are to get rid of my 2016 tbr. Like the books that I bought in 2016 and have yet to read. I think there are only seven books on that list so it’s easy to complete, or maybe I’ll unhaul them. Basically, I just want to get all the books I bought in 2016 off my tbr. Same goes for 2017 and the books I bought during that year which were… a lot. I want to get this list down to 30 which I think will be easy since I am joining beat the backlist and my goal is 25 books.
  • The third goal is to read or buy books that I am really looking forward to. I bought a ton of books this year and I also unhauled a lot because I realized I was not interested in a lot of the things I had bought. Basically, I want to only buy a book if it is in my anticipated releases, the next book in a series or one I really WANT to read. I also want to not buy an entire finished series at once before I read the first book. Granted they look aesthetically pleasing, but if I don’t like the first book then that’s just money wasted.
  • The fourth goal is to stop making monthly tbrs. I always fail at sticking to my tbr’s and I always feel disappointed in myself when I don’t read the books I said I would read during the month. So instead of doing that, I have decided to do something a little different. I am joining quite a few challenges this year and I want to make some little jars and place the title of the challenges I am joining and pick a book from that if that makes any sense.
  • And the fifth and final goal is to re-read my favorite books. I hardly re-read books and I really need to do that. I think that I am going to shoot for one of my favorites a month… I think that is doable but with all the books I want to read this year, I am setting my re-read goal at five books. If I can re-read five of my favorite books I will be the happiest.

So that is it for my bookish goals of 2018, I am SO excited for this year and I cannot wait to see what is in store.