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Why I’m Terrified to Read Another Cassandra Clare Book

Cassanadra Clare is one of the most popular YA authors out there today and it seems like everyone is reading her books whenever they come out. I used to be one of those people too. I would always rush to Barnes and Noble to get her collector’s editions as soon as they came out and would despair that she didn’t come to where I lived for signings. And when she did, I chucked my $30 at the opportunity and screeched. I was always so pumped for her books and ready for anything new she might put out, and then City of Heavenly Fire happened.

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My *Very* Disappointing Barnes and Noble YA Book Club Experience

A few months ago, Barnes and Noble announced that they would be hosting a monthly YA book club over the summer featuring three debut novels: Again, But Better in June, We Hunt the Flame in July, and Wilder Girls in August. When this was announced I was super pumped because it included ABB which I had been wanting to read, but also more importantly because I had hoped that I would be able to find more bookish people my age in my new home. The key words in that last sentence were had hoped and I’m about to explain why.

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Liebster Award!

Hey all, so sorry it’s been so long! School is taking up most of my time right now and while I am able to get some reading done, I don’t have a ton of time to write in depth reviews. Things are getting super busy soon so it may be a little bit before things get busier on the blog.  Anyway, I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

The Rules.

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

My Answers

What is your favourite book, or if that’s too hard, your favourite author?

I don’t really have a favorite of either so I’ll just go with a list! I love Brandon Sanderson, Kiera Cass, Sara Shepard, J.A. Souders, Jennifer E. Smith, and Colleen Hoover.

Is there a  country have you always wanted to visit, if so what is it?

England! I really want to go to London and also to see the palaces!

What’s you favourite thing to do?

Reading, of course!

When did you start your blog, and are you ever going to abandon it?

December 2015. I hope to grow the blog, not abandon it!

Do you play an instrument?

I used to play the guitar and recorder.

What’s your favourite Social Media site?

Instagram and Goodreads!

What’s your favourite animal, and do you have a pet?

Cats are what I’ve been with my whole life (I have three right now!) but I’ve always wanted a dog!

Can you speak multiple languages, if you can what languages are they?

I can speak English, Spanish (not all that fluently though XD), and a teensy bit of French and Russian.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The community and books!

Which is your favourite season?

Summer, I love warm weather!

Have you ever written a book/story, and what’s called?

Yes, but I don’t remember what I called it.

My Questions for my Nominees!

  1. Favorite book?
  2. Favorite genre?
  3. Favorite place to read?
  4. Plot you’ve always wanted written but isn’t published?
  5. Favorite bookish memory?
  6. Longest book you’ve read?
  7. What are your “turn away” tropes?
  8. When did you start blogging and why?
  9. What was your first ARC? (If you have not gotten one yet, what is one you really want?)
  10. Hardback, paperback, eBook, or a combo?

My Nominees!

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Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this book from the very beginning. I’ve never had good luck with classics anytime I’ve ever read one. So, they usually end up with one star and I’ve had to read them for a class. This one was just another classic I did not enjoy.

I didn’t understand that this one was fiction within fiction until my teacher told our class it was because I was already so lost and bored with it, I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. I switched to the audiobook because the font was so small in my hard copy that I couldn’t focus on one line. I also found the Kindle edition for free so that helped a lot as well. I honestly couldn’t have cared less about Hester’s story, I just wanted for it to be over with. I just wanted Hester to take off the dang letter and leave New England so I didn’t have to read it anymore.

This book was not great, it was boring as heck.

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Review: Locked

Locked
Locked by Parker Witter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I don’t 100% hate it and it was interesting at a few points but so much of it was really weird and off-putting to me. I expected some romance that would develop and maybe the magic would be some sort of Harry Potter-ish thing but what I got was not really any of that. I got some weird romance between two teenagers that had them (view spoiler) after what felt like 4 or 5 days while the female character still had a boyfriend. Then I got some random tribal magic system??? I think that’s what made the book the most un-enjoyable for me.

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Review: The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a little rough in the beginning but it ended up being really good. I think this one really hit its’ stride when Celaena began to settle into the Silent Assassin community. This Celaena felt more like the one I know from the main series books and I think that was a big part of why I enjoyed this one as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ilias and the partial relationship he had with Celaena or the random market scene but other than that, I really liked this one. Once I hit the stride in this one, I actually finished it pretty fast which was surprising considering how much trouble I have had getting into and sticking with books lately. Definitely the best one in this collection so far.

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Review: The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this one but the PoV switch led to several problems for me. The switch was the main reason it took me so dang long to read and get into this one. It also just made it feel so different from Maas’ other books. I mean all of the books in Assassin’s Blade feel so off and different but this one especially. It was told mostly in a new character, Yrene’s, point of view. Celaena does have some PoV but it’s few and far between and even that feels so off from what it usually sounds like. So we were stuck with a random character’s PoV for 96% of the novel and that wasn’t working all that well for me.

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Freeks Blog Tour (Review!)

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Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Page Count: 400 pages

Rating: Undecided

 *I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and this has in no way affected my review.*

Review:

I was approached to participate in this blog tour because I got an ARC of another of Amanda’s books through NetGalley a while back. I was kinda freaking out because a major publisher had emailed me and asked me to participate in a blog tour so I signed up for this tour for that and also because I thought why not broaden my horizons of the books I read?

 

The beginning of this one was really rough because it starts with a sort of road trip montage. Mara is part of a traveling circus of gifted performers along with her mother and her mom’s boyfriend. The book starts out with an ominous prologue with a monster chasing someone, setting up the overall problem in the book. This overall problem though isn’t even dealt with ‘til after the 10% mark and a bunch of travelling circus day-to-day actions. Up to the 10% mark, it’s road trip and party with strangers time. The party was where I actually started to get into the book and not glance and skip around the book.

 

However, once you get to about the 10% mark, it’s back to circus stuff and that really didn’t interest me and I just couldn’t connect or get a real good sense of the characters in these parts.

That’s what I think problem #1 was for me. Problem #2 was the genre. Supernatural type books are a hit-or-miss genre for me. Sometimes they are super amazing and I love them (Clockwork Angel series, etc.) or they are like this one and just don’t reel me in. After 10%, there’s a lot of talk about those who work in the circus, what they do, and their lives. I just never really got into any of the characters so these parts were extremely rough for me. Problem #3 was the pacing. For me it just felt really slow and the scenes with actions just didn’t seem all that great.

 

But don’t let that deter you. This is a different book that feels like Scream Queens season 2 meets a traveling circus, I know some people love supernatural books and I think if you are really into that genre, this might be for you.


Happy Reading!

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Review: Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath

Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath
Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath by C.J. Quinn

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

*I graciously received an audiobook copy from the author and a paperback from the publisher. This has in no way affected my review.*

**I have chosen not to star this review due to conflict on how to do so.

A while back, I received an email from a publicity company I had previously worked with asking me if I was interested in receiving a copy of this book. It was marketed for fans of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia and it didn’t sound all that bad. So I accepted and began a journey with this book.

The summary of this one makes it sound like a super exciting adventure to save Earth and actually kind of draws me in. But reading this book was less exciting. I started the audiobook in the midst of me writing a bunch of school papers and had it playing it the background while I worked. The first little while was fine and although I wasn’t too interested, I kept going because I wanted to give it a chance. It begins with just kind of an everyday thing revolving around four brothers who lost their mom and their scientist dad. Around 12%, I kind of gave up because it totally changed. Right around this point it begins a strong “save the environment” vibe. The Queen/mom starts talking about how people went from fires to furnaces, etc. and how it’s harming Earth. Now, I do care about the Earth and understand that we need to clean up our act to help preserve it but this was a little too much for me.

From the beginning, I never really had a strong connection or cared for any of the characters. I think that’s another thing that contributed to my “meh” feeling about this book. I think part of it is that the characters are much younger than I am and compared to what I normally read in the YA/NA genre. It’s hard to get into the character’s shoes when they are way smaller than yours. Being 7 (I think that’s how old they are in this book, I never really got a clear understanding) feels like such a long time ago and it’s hard to relate to characters when you can hardly remember what it feels like to be that age. The book also tends to focus more overall on the “saving the Earth” thing than anything else like character development and building up a reader/character connection. The connection provided for the reader to the world is much more strong but I just wasn’t into the world so it didn’t really connect for me.

I think it all boiled down to my lost connection to the Middle Grade genre. My disconnect left me unable to connect to the characters or get involved in the plot/world. I haven’t read MG in a while and I guess that that’s probably why: I just don’t connect to it anymore.

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