Books to Read in Pairs Tag

They say the best things come in pairs and books are no exception. I saw this tag over on Thrice Reads blog and it looked like a lot of fun. In this tag, you take 5-10 pairs of books that you think to compliment each other. This seems like a great way to avoid a book hangover or if you’re in the mood for a book of a similar feel. So here is the Books to Read in Pairs Tag. weaselytwinsRead More »

To DNF or not To DNF: Series Edition

When asked to describe my reading style the most accurate representation would be obsessive or very committed. Once I start a book I have to finish it whether I’m into it or not. I always hold out hope that no matter how badly (for me) it begins or seems to be going I have to keep reading just in case it manages to redeem itself. Basically, DNFing books are not my strong book. I very rarely truly DNF books usually I stop reading them and come back to them sometime later and grit my teeth and finish them. But today’s topic is not DNFing books but rather series.

If you thought DNFing books are hard for me series is a thousand times harder. The problem that I had with lone books is compounded. Instead of just thinking the book will get better I remain convinced that the series might get better as the books go on, usually, that is not the case. And that is how I get stuck in book slumps. I have a hard time letting it go even as I lose interest in a series. There are other instances in which I really liked the first book but the second or third one just puts me off but I keep reading just in case it gets better but usually it doesn’t and that means I wasted my time reading something I pressure myself into reading rather than wanting to because I’m interested in.

And that brings me to this question, Is this just a me thing or do you guys have trouble letting go of the potential to a series even though you’re not really interested in it anymore? 

Happy Reading!

Summer Solstice Recommendations

  • The summer solstice begins tonight at approx 11:24, and then the longest day of the year shall begin. Just like I have for the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox I thought it would be fun to create a recommendation list tailored to the length of the days. Depending on wherever you are in the world, the summer solstice will commence soon (or it already has) and it will be the longest day of the year, in some places like in Alaska you’ll have close to 24 hours of sunlight and in other places like Texas (me!) you’ll have 14 hours of sunlight. Since we’ll all have the greatest amount of sunlight hours you’ll need equally large books (500+)  pages to read. So now that it’s the summer solstice here are some large book that should be able to keep you occupied, and hopefully, you’ll be able to put a dent in these books during the day.sunlight 

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

We are now halfway through the year so now is the best time to step back and look at what we’ve accomplished in the past six months and what better way to do that than with a tag. I’ve seen quite a few people do this tag both in the blogosphere as well as on Booktube and it seemed like a lot of fun so here is the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

I can never name just one book, but some of the best books I’ve read so far this year are Lord of Shadows, A Court Of Wings And Ruin, A Conjuring Of Light and the Wise Mans Fear.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

The best sequels I’ve read this are without a doubt Lord of shadows and the wise man’s fear, both were phenomenal books and 10/10 would recommend everyone read.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

I really, really, really want to read Windwitch but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I haven’t been in the right mood to read it but I definitely want to get to it this year.

Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas and Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan are the ones I’m most anticipating. Both Maas and Riordan are on my all time favorite author list and I’m hotly anticipating both of their upcoming releases.

Biggest surprise?

I was really excited to read Daughter of the Pirate King, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it turned out to be. I can’t wait to read the sequel next year and return to this pirate filled world.  piratelife

Biggest disappointment?

Mercy Falls by Patricia Briggs has such high ratings and so many people love this series but I just couldn’t get into it.

 

Favorite new author?

I read Michael J Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations series earlier this year and more recently Age of Myth and I love all of his books. He has definitely become a new favorite author of mine and I look forward to reading all his new and old books.

Newest fictional crush?

While I loved a lot of the books I read this year I sadly have not found a new fictional crush but I shall keep searching and hopefully, I’ll find a crush-worthy character later on in the yearsearching.gif

Newest favorite character?

Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King is a badass redhead who knows her way around weapons and is extremely clever, you don’t want to get on her bad side.

A book that made you cry?

If you read Lord of Shadows and didn’t shed at least a couple tears, that is a true feat of amazingness. That book broke me and it was so emotional especially the ending.

A Book that made you happy?

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was such a fun book to read, there were plenty of lol moments in the book and a good romance always makes me happy.

Favorite book to movie adaptation this year?

I haven’t really watched all that many movies this year let alone adaptations but I would have to say Beauty and the Beast was a great film. I mean it is a fairy tale so I think it falls under the scope of a book adaptation and it was super fun.

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Favorite review you’ve written?

I would have to say my ACOWAR review because I had been anticipating it for so long and I just wanted to get my feelings for the book out there and see what other people thought as well.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

They say a picture worth a thousand words so I’ll let the cover speak for itself.

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What books do you need to read by the end of this year?

I definitely want to read The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Black Prism, Windwitch, Traitor to the Throne and Wintersong before the year is out, hopefully along with many others as well.

How has your bookish year been going so far? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

 

Age of Myth Review

age of mythTitle: Age of Myth

Author: Michael J Sullivan

Release date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: Del Rey

Page Count: 396

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever.

Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.

Overall Thoughts:

If you want a good epic fantasy, look no further since that’s exactly what this book is. Filled with magic and unforeseeable twists and turns this book had me hooked from the beginning. I’ve read some of Sullivan’s previous work but this is by far my favorite. There were so many points of views and so many things happened thought the book but I was never lost or confused. If anything I was more entranced with this entire world.

Plot:

The book opens with Raithe and his father trespassing on Fhrey, and when they’re apprehended Raithe ends up killing a god and that’s where everything begins. The book moved at a steady pace, nothing ever moved too slowly or fast and there wasn’t any info dumping. There were plenty of fight scenes and moments that I didn’t see coming. At the beginning of every chapter was a little excerpt from the Book of Brin, and it was cool to see how that played out through events that unfolded. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend everyone read it.

Characters:

Suri: She was my favorite character, she was so odd and fun to be around yet had the heaviest burden of trying to stop their impending doom.

Persephone: Out of all the characters Persephone was the strongest, even after her husband and child’s death she made sure to look out for everyone in her clan although she was no longer their leader and put herself at risk for them.

Raithe: All Raithe did was avenge his father’s death and kill a god, yet it was that action that put all the events into motion.

Have you read this? What were your thoughts? Let’s Discuss!

 

 

 

 

Netflix and Books: A Recommendation

I’ve watched a lot of TV over the past couple weeks…and when is say a lot, I really mean it. I’ve completely caught up on two shows, started and finished another one and am on the third season of another show I recently started. Suffice it to say, I’ve spent quite a bit of time staring at a screen over the past weeks. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like so I thought a good way to put these hours spent on Netflix to good use would be to recommend some new books as well as Netflix shows.

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Lord of Shadows Review

lord of shadowsTitle: Lord of Shadows

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Page Count: 699

Rating: 5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Summer TBR + Goals

It’s been 5 days since my summer vacation started and I don’t know the date. Not so surprisingly this isn’t a rare occurrence. If there’s one thing the school year is good for it’s for forcing me to know what day it is but when it comes to summer all the days just blur with one another. But now that it’s summer there is infinitely more time to read! Rather than doing TBR for the next few months I thought it would be easier to just set some ambiguous semi-concrete goals for the things I want to achieve this summer. Read More »