This will make me not want to read a book!

Posted April 25, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

Last weeks post was things that will make me want to read a book and this weeks post is the opposite. There are plenty things that will make me not want to read a book so without further ado, onto my thoughts!

001. LOVE TRIANGLES

I am very partial with love triangles. I don’t hate them, I just am not the biggest fan. Like why are they necessary, especially when they add absolutely nothing to the story?

002. REVIEWS

I typically read reviews before I buy a book to see what people thought about it. Now I know to take these reviews with a grain of salt, but if a reviewer I highly trust disliked a book there is a good chance that I will too.

003. UGLY COVERS

Yeah I know, this is horrible to say. But I do find it hard to want to buy a book that has an ugly cover. Or you know, if the cover has absolutely nothing in common with the book.

004. OVERLY CLICHED

If it is overly cliche’d I am definitely not going to read it. I find a lot of cliche’s to be quite boring and I am not about reading boring books.

005. THE SYNOPSIS

Honestly, if the synopsis already gives away everything that happens in the book, than what is the reason for even reading it?

006. VAMPIRES

I have yet to find a really good and unique vampire story and I just honestly won’t read a book if there is vampires in it. Probably because I am just not into it anymore!

007. DIVERSITY

Diversity is so important. And especially now in the book community and in our world, we need it now more than ever. If I hear about a book being racist or harmful I will not pick it up what so ever. It’s not something I am willing to support. Also if a book has incredibly harmful rep, I will not read it either.

 

Well, those are some of the things that will make me not want to pick up a book! Do you agree with any of these?

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This will make me read a book immediately!

Posted April 18, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 2 Comments

Aye, I’m Jess and I sometimes complain about tropes that irritate me while secretly enjoying them. Anyway hello and welcome to another edition of top 10 tuesday! This weeks topic is things in a book that will make me want to instantly read it.

001. PRINCES

If there is a prince in the book and if he is a love interest, you bet that I will be reading that book! Better yet if he has powers (a.k.a Dorian Havilliard and Cal Calore) I will want to read it even more.

002. RECOMMENDATIONS

I watch a lot of booktube and that is where I do get the majority of book recs as well as bookstagram. If I see one of my favorites constantly rave about it or just say that the enjoyed it in general, I am more likely to pick it up based on their thoughts!

003. THE COVER

If the cover is absolutely stunning or aesthetically pleasing to my eyes, I am more likely to buy it.

004. AN AUTHOR HYPES IT

If my favorite author reads and rates the book five stars, I am most definitely going to pick it up. Because hey, if my favorite writer loved this book, I will too!

005. RETELLINGS

If the book is classified as a retelling. I have a need for retellings right now and I want to read any and all of them.

006. ROMANCE

I do like romances. I even like it more when it’s a romance that lasts between two characters throughout the entire series!

007. VILLAINS! 

I love me a good villain. Especially when a villain is morally gray.

Alright well, this topic was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I had a lot of ideas but when I sit down to write this post it just did not happen. What are some things that will make you read a book instantly?

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

Posted April 2, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) by Elly Blake
on January 10th 2017
Pages: 376
Goodreads
two-stars

The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

I won’t lie to you, alright? I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really wanted to love it. But honestly? I struggled to read this book, you guys. Struggled hardcore. Before going into it, I already know that it would be cliche and full of tropes and I was in the mood to read that kind of story. Also, this review is spoiler free!

You got your special snowflake main character who is a fire blood and who is of course, stronger than anyone else. You got your broody potential love interest who was honestly the broodiest that I have ever read about and it wasn’t in an enjoyable way. Next, we have the side characters; father figure, maybe father figure number two, and that one character who is there to make the main characters life miserable. This cast of characters was one of the big reasons I did not enjoy this book. They were boring and I found them to be flat, I could not connect with them at all and I just… did not care for them.

There was one instance where I did connect with the character because in one scene a fire breaks out and it spreads to a library and she tries to save the books like my hero.

Also just let me share this quote okay. “Go pick up your weapon, right now.” He said through clenched teeth. This quote was incredibly ridiculous you guys, oh my gosh don’t even get me started on it.

The plot is not entirely original. You have the special snowflake hellbent on vengeance and wanting to kill the evil king. You have a love interest and yes there is a love interest because this book is literally your standard Young Adult fantasy. I didn’t find anything unique about the plot or anything that stood out. But hey, if you want to read a cliche and a book filled with tropes, then I recommend this one.

This is probably the one part I liked about the book. The author did an incredible job with the world building and I am so glad that she gave background on how Fireblood’s and Frostblood’s came to be. The backstory was my personal favorite part because it was so intriguing and a little creepy! Unfortunately, this was not enough to save this series for me.

So that’s my little review for Frostblood. I do recommend this book if you are into stories like this and want to read something with tropes. Unfortunately for me I did not enjoy it and will most likely not be continuing on with the series.

two-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
one-star
Writing
four-stars
Worldbuilding
one-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: two-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • FLIGHTS OF FANTASY 2017
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Owlcrate Unboxing: March 2017

Posted April 1, 2017 by Jessica in UNBOXINGS, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I definitely meant to start doing this at the beginning of the year, but we are now into March and well welcome to my first owlcrate unboxing! For those of you who don’t know, owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that caters to book lovers and the young adult genre. The box is 29.99 a month plus shipping, and you get a new release and other fun bookish items!

This months theme was Sailors, ships and seas featuring everything nautical! So without further ado, onto the unboxing!

the first thing is this super cute washi tape from simplyguilded. I was so excited to see this in here because I am all about planners right now and decorating them!

This beautiful compass necklace from the geeky caulderon. I highly recommend this shop for amazing geeky jewelry!

This adorable octopus notepad from boygirlparty!

This beautiful tea towel is from kitchstudios! I have no idea what I will use this for as of yet, I might just pin it on my wall!

A little promotional postcard for The Song of the Current which comes out on July 1, 2017!

One of the things I love about owlcrate is that in each box they have a letter from the author!

There is also a signed bookplate and tattoo to go along with the book!

And finally, the book! The book for this month is Daughter of the Pirate King. I honestly would not have picked this up on my own, but now that I have read the synopsis, I am excited to read this!

The theme for April is head over heels! This will include a contemporary book which I… do not read contemporary but apparently it’s getting rave reviews so I am willing to give this one a try!

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Recommendation Friday

Posted March 31, 2017 by Jessica in recommended reads, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

So I was initially going to do a post recommending my favorite books for a certain genre, but I realized all I read is fantasy and not enough of other genre’s to do a recommendation post like the ones you see on booktube. So I’ve decided to do a rec post every Friday of a book that I really love.

So the first book that I am recommending is the Witchlanders series by Susan Dennard. I cannot express how good this series is and how underrated it is.

I’ll admit that the world is a little different and a little difficult to understand but guys, just stick with it because the in the second book, everything explodes! Not really, but hopefully you know what I mean. Anyway down below are just some aspects of the series that I think are incredible and yes I am sorry there are spoilers.

Romance is on the back burner.
Yes there is SLIGHT romance in this series but that is not the main point of this series. There is no insta-love or any love triangles or any of that stuff people don’t like. In fact in the second book there is no romance at all which in my opinion is quite rare in fantasy or at least with the fantasy books that I have read.

It is focused on friendships
The biggest part or well, the most important thing about this series is the friendships. The relationships between each character are so important and essential to the series. You have an amazing friendship between Safiya and Isuelt which is arguably the best part of the series and the friendship between Merik and Cam. I’m sure these pairs would die for each other and do everything to protect one another.

Amazing brother/sister development
This series does have the classic sibling rivalry/jealousy that you typically see in YA fantasy when it comes to royalty. But instead of the second child being jealous of the first, it is the other way around. This probably doesn’t make sense but when you read the second book you will see for yourself!

A disabled character.
A character becomes disabled and the author does it so fantastically without it becoming ableism. I’m not going to say much here because if I did, I could completely spoil it!

A trans character
There is a trans character in this book and they are one of my favorite characters. Y’all just read to see it for yourself!

No villains.
Shocking right? A fantasy series without villains! I forget what the author had said about this but I think it was more on the fact that everyone is bad in their own way?

This series DOES have some similarities to Throne of Glass, but I honestly like it a lot better than I liked Throne of Glass!

So yes, I highly recommend people to read this amazing series!

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April Goals 2017

Posted March 29, 2017 by Jessica in monthly tbr, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

It literally feels just like yesterday that I posted my goals for March. Like what is going on here? The time is flying by like crazy and I am oddly okay with that. I also only have a month and a half until school is out and I am so excited because I can finally read more!

Objectives for this month:

Read proposed books on TBR.
Hopefully read one book a week.
Write a review for every book I read. (I do want to start doing more reviews for other than just new releases)

My TBR is once again a little ambitious, but I am a mood reader and this gives me a good selection of books to choose from!

The Stranger and the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (re-read)
Kings Folly by Jill Williamson
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I also have some arcs that are due soon and I HOPE to get to them this month. If I can, the arcs I plan to read are:

Descendants by Rae Else which is out on April 12.
Crown of Ice by Vicki L Weavil which is out May 9
A Face like Glass by Francis Hardringe which is out May 9

So yep. A very ambitious tbr. But I was quite lazy last month and I feel like if I read instead of just sitting here and doing nothing, I could put a decent dent in my TBR! This is also the last month of school and it will be busy and I know that I won’t read all of these books this month but… I hope to at least get to four or five of them and this is the list that I plan to read from unless I pick up some ebooks!

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Authors I am dying to meet!

Posted March 28, 2017 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday / 0 Comments

The theme of this weeks TOP 10 is authors I am just dying to meet! This list was super hard to compile into ten authors because there are SO many I want to meet. Also it is going to be YALLWEST soon and I was supposed to go last year, but I forgot to request the weekend off, so maybe this year I will be able to meet some of the authors on this list! Also some of these authors, I have yet to read their books but they seem like lovely people!

001. SABAA TAHIR author of An Ember in the Ashes series. I would die if I met her ok.

002. RENEE AHDIEH author of The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

003. VICTORIA AVEYARD author of The Red Queen series

004. SARAH J MAAS author of Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR trilogy

005. LEIGH BARDUGO author of Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology

006. KEIRSTEN WHITE author of The Conquerors Saga

007. ANGIE THOMAS author of the Hate U Give

008. SUSAN DENNARD author of the Witchlanders series.

009. MARIE LU author of Legend and Young Elites trilogies.

010. TAHEREH MAFI author of Shatter me trilogy

011. VICTORIA SCHWAB author of a lot of amazing books. I know this is cheating okay, I know. But I love her books and her writing. I couldn’t help it.

So those are some of the authors I want to meet and as I said some of them will be at YALLWEST and fingers crossed that I can meet them! Who are you favorite authors and who would you like to meet?

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Posted March 25, 2017 by Jessica in reviews, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

King’s Cage by Victoria AveyardKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen on February 7th 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
one-half-flames

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

So I went into this book thinking that I would absolutely hate it. That I would skim chapters and only read the ones concerning my favorite which is Cal of course. I was so wrong. This book went in so many directions that I didn’t even expect. This review will probably make zero sense because it is just me rambling but I need to get my jumbled thoughts out!

In my opinion, this book was the best of the series by far. The writing improved ten fold, the worldbuilding was fantastic and just you go girl, you go.

CHARACTERS

This book is told from three different point of views. We get Mare of course as well as Cameron, and Evangeline. It was so refreshing to see the world through someone else’s eyes and not just Mare’s, but also how other characters are viewed or how certain events are thought of. I thought Mare grew as a person and I’m pretty sure she is cemented in my favorite female characters and I don’t get how people dislike her but that is their opinion. She grew stronger and more resilient, but toward the end of the book she sort of regained her old self back outside of the little lightening girl.

Cameron was such a fresh breath of air and I lived for her chapters. Evangeline was also incredible and it was great to see she was not just the standard ‘bitchy’ character who had a gripe with the main character (I never thought that of course)… although we do get why she was not a fan of Mare in the first place, which I thought was pretty sweet. I am not going to talk about Cal because I will ramble and rave about how beautiful he was in this book. I do want to talk about Maven… and I thank the author that she portrayed him exactly as I felt he should be portrayed. There was no excusing his horrible actions or any poor me syndromes or maybe his mother controlled his every move and made him do every bad thing, like no he was responsible for his own actions.

PLOT + WRITING

The plot went in directions that I definitely did not expect it to go, and the stakes are definitely high for the last book. There were a few times I felt the book was a little slow, but it was filled with political intrigue so I didn’t really mind it that much. I am definitely a little nervous for the last book because some of the things that happened were killer. Also as I stated earlier the writing is so much better than the previous books. I feel like the author has a good grasp on the characters and what she wants to happen.

WORLD BUILDING

Thank heavens that there is more world building and we got to see beyond Norta. Even though there was a lot more world building in this book than Red Queen and Glass Sword, I actually would like to know more about the world before, like maybe a novella would clear up a lot of questions that I have.

So there is my non cohesive review of King’s Cage. I am beyond excited for the last book and I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

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

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES
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A to Z bookish survey

Posted March 23, 2017 by Jessica in book tags, top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now because it looks like so much fun to do. So basically for every letter of the alphabet there is a question and there are 26 questions. Without further ado, lets get onto it! Also I am not too sure on who the original creator is so if you know, please tell me!

AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM
Probably Sarah J Maas. She just has so many books out and she has so many more coming out.

BEST SEQUAL EVER
This is a three way tie between A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! I can’t choose just one, I loved all of them.

CURRENTLY READING
I can never just read one book at once and I like having a choice of what I can read and well, I am a mood reader. But at the moment I am reading Frostblood by Elly Blake, King’s Folly by Jill Williamson, and Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi… I am actually trying to listen to this on audiobook, but I haven’t really had the time to finish it!

DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING
I will drink whatever while I am reading but, I highly prefer to drink either coffee or tea while I am reading!

E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK
I used to be so against e-readers! But lately I’ve sort of gotten back into it. Sometimes it’s just so much easier to read on my kindle app on my phone if I am waiting in line or something and I don’t have a physical book with me or can’t carry it.

FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL
Cal Calore from Red Queen. In fact, I would still date him now! But I just love Cal so much, you guys have no idea.

GLAD TO HAVE GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I hestitated on reading it but, I am so glad I did because I got introduced to such an amazing author!

HIDDEN GEMS
Susan Dennard! I read Truthwitch last year and it was incredible and she is just such a wonderful author and creates such a beautiful world!

IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE
Well, before 2015 I stopped reading as much as I did before and honestly did not collect a lot of books. But I picked up Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and that book got me back into reading and turned me into the reader I am now! If it wasn’t for that book, then I don’t think I would be here blogging or have a bookstagram or have as many books as I do now. So I’m forever grateful for that book.

JUST FINISHED
Caraval by Stephanie Garber and hopefully by the time this post is up, I will have Frostblood by Elly Blake finished as well!

KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ
It is not to say I won’t ever read them, but I generally do not read contemporary or anything that doesn’t have an element of fantasy to it. This isn’t to say that I won’t ever read the genre!

LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ
This year? Probably Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I haven’t read anything that is too long as of yet this year.

MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. After that book I barely read for the next two months because I just could not stop thinking about the book it was that incredible! I’m a little bummed we have to wait until 2018 for the third book, but I know it will be well worth it and I can’t wait to see what Sabaa has in store for us!

NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN
As of now, two. One well is medium sized and my other one is large. It’s hard to fit all of my books onto them but I somehow manage! I plan to get new shelves soon so they can match and I can have plenty room!

ONE BOOK YOU’VE READ MULTIPLE TIMES
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was obsessed with the book when I read it in eight grade!

PREFERRED PLACE TO READ
I can read anywhere, but I definitely prefer to read on my bed surrounded by pillows and blankets!

QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOK
“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your viens. When the world owed you nothing, and you demanded something of it anyway.” This is from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and this is probably my favorite quote of the series!

READING REGRET
I don’t think I have one just yet.

SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL THE BOOKS ARE OUT)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I am debating on if I should finish this honestly), Dorothy must die series by Danielle Paige (also debating on if I should finish this)

THREE OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS
The Song of Achilles by Marissa Meyer, Vicious by V.E Schwab and An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir.

UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL
I am not sure what this means exactly but I guess I’ll talk about my bookish merch? I will buy merch for whatever series I am obssessed with and the characters that I love!

VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman! I absolutely LOVE this series! It’s a historical fantasy about Alexander the Great and it is so good! I am highly anticipating this book!

WORST BOOKISH HABIT
Buying the entire series before I read the first book. Because sometimes I end up not even liking the book and then I regret the fact that I bought the entire series because I spent money on something I hated. So yeah, I need to fix this habit but it’s hard to.

X MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP OF YOUR SHELF, PICK 27TH
Currently, the 27th book on my shelf is The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

YOUR LATEST BOOKISH PURCHASE
Well I bought quite a few bookish… things. Books I just bought are Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Wintersong by S. Jae Jones. I also bought two candles from themugglelibrary and a uh, Rhysand letter from bookified.

ZZZ SNATCHER: BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY TOO LATE
So many! I can’t even write an appropriate answer to this!

So that is the end of the tag and if you are reading this, you’re tagged!

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Angsty Romances!

Posted March 22, 2017 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

This is top five Wednesday and the topic for this week is angsty romances. Gosh this is SUCH  cliche sometimes, but I am a huge sucker for a good angsty romance. There is just something about them that I hate to love and just… can’t stay away from. Some of these are canon, some aren’t— yet, I am not giving spoilers. Some of these are just characters I ship together and think that they would have SO much angst.

001. Cal Calore and Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am a huge advocate for this ship like… I am one of those who shipped them from book one. But they have so many differences and it’s not just because of their blood and their status, but their ideals are wildly different. I mean I think they could work, but there would be so much angst.

002. Magnus Damora and Cleo Bellos from Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This ship is chalk full of angst. The lead up to the start of their relationship is was rocky enough and even though they are now together the angst is still there, still going strong. But sometimes I just wish they could be happy because they deserve it okay?

003. Elias Veturius and Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I am the only one who ships these two. I just absolutely love the idea of them together Also don’t get me wrong, I do ship Elias and Laia. I just feel like these two would be great together but there would be so much angst because they are so different from one another.

This post is relatively short and these are honestly all of the angsty romances that I could think of off the top of my head!

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