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July 31, 2015

Diving into ARC August

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I am new to the book blogging community and with that I am new to the whole concept of ARCs. Until recently I didn’t have any and so when ARC August hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat was first brought up I knew that I couldn’t participate. WELL, that is not the case anymore! In the course of the last month and a half I have in my possession by either trade, giveaways, by approval on NetGalley, or borrowing I now have six ARCs to read and review. I am so excited that I get to participate in this lovely and awesome challenge!

The whole point of this challenge is to tackle your ARC TBR. Here are the rules if you feel like joining.

Rules:
The rules are very simple
• It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC
• Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC I’m not going to nit pick much
• HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation.
• Update post! I personally will do a post for each Saturday in August but that’s just me. You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic! I want to make this as easy and low pressure as possible for you.

Here are my list of ARCS:

1. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (August 18th)
2. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot (August 18th)
3. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey (September 1st)
4. Zeroes by Scott Westerfield
5. Six of Crows by Leigh Berdigo (September 29th)
6. Newts Emerald by Garth Nix (October 13th)

So, this is my challenge! I hope to finish all SIX of these books by the end of ARC August. Please pray for me because I am super busy this month with school deadlines breathing down my neck. Not to mention two little munchkins who don’t like anything taking their attention away from mommy.

July 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Characters

TOP TEN TUESDAY

Hosted by: The Broke and Bookish

 

Sorry everyone, I have been on a not purposeful hiatus this last week. My son had an illness that kept me from doing much of anything. Ah, the joys of parenthood I tell you. Well, it’s not Tuesday but I think that the best thing to do would to jump right back into Top Ten Tuesdays that are hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s prompt is to list 10 fellow bookworms that happen to be from books. So without further ado, here goes:

 

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling): I know that everyone has put Hermione and quite simply she is the easiest. But the reason that I put her there was because when the Harry Potter books where coming out I was in the 4th grade and loved to read. Hermione was one of the first bookworm-ish characters that I read about and she will always have a place in my heart because of it!

 

2.Elizabeth Bennett  (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen): If I ever was to have a role model Elizabeth would have been it. Surrounded by scorn, either by her mother because she won’t marry the first person that comes along or some of the rich family that comes to their town Elizabeth handles it all in stride. She picks up her book and just drowns out all the negativity. Love it!

 

3. Anne Shirley(Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M Montgomery): Again, this is a bookworm that I grew up reading and felt such a connection to. She had a fiery temper and ended up marrying the love of her life, all things that I can relate to even now.

 

4. Matilda Wormwood(Matilda by Roald Dahl): This again is one of my favorite books as a child. Matilda grew up in a family that didn’t understand why she liked to read. Instead of letting her families opinions change her she fought back! You go girl!

 
5. Jess Brightwell (Ink and Bone by Rachael Caine): The main protagonist in the book loves books. The kicker though is that he lives in a world where owning physical copies of books is illegal. I’m not going to go into much detail because it will spoil the book for those who haven’t read it yet, but I can say Jess and his world put a whole new spin on what it means to be a bookworm.

 

6. Diana Bishop (All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness) : This is one of my more favorite series. Diana, the main character, builds a life around books. She travels half way around the world because she fell in love with a library! Now that’s what I call serious bookworm dedication!

 

7. Tyrion Lannister (A Game of Thrones Series by George R.R Martin): Out of all the characters in this massive series that I have loved it is Tyrion. He is not only witty, drunk, a dwarf, but also the most well-read character in the book. He would rather read a book than deal with people who obviously don’t want him around. I can completely relate to this feeling.

 

8 Cath Avery  (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell): Now, I don’t usually read contemporaries but there is something about the description of Cath and her life that just drew me in. She is a bookworm that took her love of books and turned it into an art.

 
9. Meggie Folchart (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke): Oh man, this story! I loved this story as a kid and I loved the whole concept of it and the magic that was involved. Sadly, I never finished the series but Inkheart and Meggie will always have a place in my heart.

July 17, 2015

A Slow Burning Fire

 

To be honest, I haven’t read or even heard of Rachel Caine before reading Ink and Bone. That being said, I wasn’t expecting much when I started reading it because what drew me to this book was the subject matter. Who doesn’t want to read about the Great Library, a place that holds all the knowledge of the worlds? But as soon as I started reading my expectations where blown straight out of the water!

The sheer amount of world building and character depth of most of the characters introduced is phenomenal. Rachel did something that, honestly, I thought couldn’t be done. She actually made me like a dystopian/alternate history book. Not to say that there aren’t good ones out there but what makes this book so different is that the history and dystopian aspect is realistic! I found myself nodding and muttering to myself “that could have really happened…thank god it didn’t!”

The two characters that I grew to love was Jess (the main character) and his instructor Wolfe. There were many side characters, but none of them drew me in like Santi a highly skilled solider that guards the Alexandrian compound. Rachel does a great job at creating well-rounded characters that even the buttholes you want to root for!

Another well thought out aspect of this book is the sheer diversity of this book. The fact that it was so well done that the diversity did not consume the story is just brilliant. There is actual, well thought out, tension between the students that come from various places in the world.

The only aspect of the story that I did not find myself enjoying was the love between Jess and another classmate. In my humble opinion, I believe that it was rushed and it could have been slowed down a little bit more. It felt more insta-love then I would have liked. But hell, I think who he fell in love with was the wrong person in general so that might be another reason why this part bothered me.

Another aspect of the story that did not necessarily bother me because I was so well engrossed in the book was that the pace was a bit on the slow side. Again, not a problem for me, but I am just warning you. You have to want to read a slow burning book (read the book and you will get that pun).

All in all, I think that Ink and Bone has become one of my favorite top books that I’ve read in 2015. Go ahead, give it a try!

Fan-freaking-tastic!

July 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Hyped Books You’ve Never Read

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish each Tuesday. They give you a topic, and you are supposed to blog about it. This will be my first Top Ten Tuesday, but I hope to continue to do them!

 

I’m not going to lie, this one is pretty easy for me since I’ve been on a reading hiatus to end all hiatuses.  You think that you’ve been in a reading slump, try 3 years off and on! Serious, I can count the amount of books I’ve read on one hand. But, as many book bloggers can attest to the concept of “hyped” books did not become a thing until you started book blogging. Weird but it is true.  I never understood that there was a world where “regular people” got advanced copies of books and that caused certain books to be talked about *cough* Six of Crows/Truthwitch *cough*. By the time I got up to speed there where so many books and series that where hyped that I haven’t read. So, without further ado here is my list:

1. Any book written by Sarah J Maas: These books seem to be on everyone’s “most loved books” but as of right now I haven’t touched one of the books. I’m going to be involved in the mass rereading/reading that is starting July 6th.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This book has been so hyped that the hype has given this book a sequel. Now that is what I call hyped! But sadly like my Sarah J Maas books it has fallen somewhere in the middle of my TBR. I will get to it!
3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Another book that has been hyped to death in my opinion. Maybe I will pick it up when the hype dies down a bit. If that ever happens that is…

4. Any of the Divergent trilogy: So yes, I have never read any of these books. When I turned 18 I think that I had a rebellion about reading YA books anymore because I felt like what I should be reading was adult. Well, that lasted a few years and by the time that I realized the errors of my way the series had been spoiled for me.

5.  The Mortal Instruments series: Again, the same thing with the Divergent trilogy. But for this series I heard such mixed reviews along with the hype that I just lost interest in reading it. But I have to give props to any book series that gets kids reading as this series did. Literacy, it’s good for us to continuing having that!

6. 50 Shades of Grey: This isn’t a YA book, but I have heard so much praise for this book. I cheated a little because I did read the first page or two of this book but was so horrified by the writing that I didn’t want to read it for fear of what would come out of my mouth if I did.

7. A Fault in our Stars by John Green: Honestly, I haven’t read any of John Green books but instead of putting that I thought I would include just this book because it was extra hyped. I don’t know why I didn’t read this, but now that I know how it ends it will never get a chance.

8. The Lunar  series by Merissa Myers: Don’t worry folks, I have in my many years gotten a philosophy about series and that is that I wait until the last book is close to coming out and then binge read the series. Mind you, I only do this with series that sound interesting to me and I can’t not give a retelling a chance, especially one with a cyborg Cinderella!

9. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass: Again I cheat because I tried to read the first book in this series but just could not do it. The start sounded a lot like how The Hunger Games started out and I just couldn’t do it. Maybe it gets better and I will try again but probably won’t. Just chalk this one down as a fail at reading.

10.  Every Sookie Stackhouse novel after the first one: I loved the first one but as it went on I just couldn’t catch up and it just became lower and lower in my TBR until the series was over and it was spoiled for me. Moral of the story kids, don’t spoil books! It’s not nice!

July 2, 2015

Review: Dorothy Must Die by

 

When I came across Dorothy Must Die I was ecstatic! An Oz unlike any that I had ever read about before. Quickly I reserved it at my library and began reading it as soon as I got it (even though I had a huge stack of other books to read). Unfortunately, my overall feeling about this book is disappointment.

I could go into a lot of detail about what disappointed me about this book, I even rewrote this review because it was getting ridiculously long. But, my main issue with this book comes down to one thing; the first-person narrative. Here are two reasons some of the ways that the first-person narrative ruined this book.

This book had so much potential that was lost in the thoughts and information dumping via dialogue. It truly is the killer of most first-person narrative. Unless the character finds the information they have to be told it for bot them and the reader. This wastes so much time for the actual plot and character development that by the time that you are at the middle of the book you are just confused, if not asleep.

The lack of space for proper character development needed for a truly kick ass story. This story is chalk full of stereotypical actions, behaviors, and characters that it became hard to swallow sometimes. For example, Dorothy herself. I love villains that have some “oomph” to them, that you wonder why they are doing what they are doing? Could they be actually good somewhere deep deep down? Dorothy was none of those things. She was this:

 

“Instead of farm-girl cotton it was silk and chiffon. The cut was somewhere between haute couture and French hooker. The bodice nipped, tucked, and lifted. There was cleavage.
Lots of cleavage.”

 

Oh, come on now! Villainous women have to be provocatively dressed and use their sexuality like weapons right? Dorothy couldn’t have been evil if she still wore her pigtails and blue gingham jumper? Actually, I think that I would have crapped myself if I would have found that version more then this hyper-sexualized version. The only woman that didn’t have breasts flying out of their clothes was Amy, old crones, and one goth Munchkin. This is only an example of the stereotypical behavior that was shown in this book.

One thing that I did enjoy about this story was the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion and how they where pictured to be like now that Dorothy got her twisted hands on them. The Lion was especially terrifying to imagine and that was GREAT, LOVED IT.. If only Dorothy had been as scary we might had a different book.

All in all, I would say that I might read the sequels or short stories if I have time just to see if things get a little better now that the “world building” phase is done. But as for recommending this book that could be up in the air. Some people loved this book but again, it wasn’t for me.

two-half-stars