May 2018 Wrap Up

Daughter of the Pirate King
by Tricia Levenseller
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I thought I would enjoy this a lot more than I actually did, The entire book description sounded like it was right up my alley with everything that I like about fantasy and this one has pirates and sirens!
And while those elements were cool and I did enjoy it, everything else about it fell really flat for me. The writing was a little slow since there is a lot of character narration for everything. that. she. does. or. thinks. about. It got real old real quick. Also, it was very troupey and predictable. My very last complaint is that the MC is basically a red-headed version of Aelin Galathynius.

A Court of Frost and Starlight
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Alright back to the Night Court! I don’t know how I feel about this, I saw someone else describe it as a behind the scenes novel and they are so right. Yet I feel like there are some plot points that will be vital knowledge for the next book and there was nowhere else to squeeze them in so insert novella here.
I always enjoy getting a little bit more insight into the characters lives after a big event like winning a war and saving the world. I was pleased to get that in this and it felt like a bit more closure to Feyre and Rhysand’s story then ACOWAR did.

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl
by Gretchen McNeil
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know why I read this and I don’t know why I didn’t DNF it, probably because I’m trying to read 200 books this year…

Anyways the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is one of my least favorite troupes ever and the MC remakes herself into a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. It was so cringey. I haven’t cringed this hard since I read I Believe in a Thing Called Love, that was also super cringey.

The MC, Bea, is a hardcore Math Lover, looking at going to MIT, and is one of the biggest outcasts in the school. Her first BF is stolen from her by the new girl who is 100% your Manic Pixie Dream Girl (I’m just going to type MPDG for future references,) on the second day of school. Bea decides to come up with a formula to make herself and her two best friends popular and Bea is going to become a MPDG.

This was super RomCom in book form and I experienced a lot of secondhand embarrassment for Bea. I will say that this book made a great argument for why I don’t like the MPDG troupe and that’s this quote here
“Women are not on this planet exclusively to inspire men and make them happy. We have our own dreams and needs, our own shit to get done. We run companies, countries, international organizations. We’re not props, and we’re certainly not here to cater to men’s egos.”

The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was intrigued with Auri the moment we met her in The Name of the Wind, while shes kind of a MPDG, I really enjoyed her whimsical and tender outlook on the world that she lives in, I do wish I had learned why she acts this way, why does she live in the Underground?

This book is mostly Auri narrating her thoughts and kissing everything. But stars for a fun character that I feel like I don’t see in fantasy that much, whimsical writing, and a really cool setting.

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know why this wasn’t a full 5 star read for me, I enjoyed this very much and I think it’s my favorite of the Apollo series so far, there was just something missing and I cant nail down what it is that I would like to see. I mentioned in my March Wrap Up that an issue that I had with The Dark Prophecy is that Apollo had so much character development in book 1 only to have basically hit reset in book 2 and he started off as if he hadn’t learned or grown after book 1 at all. There was a bit more of that in this book as well, he did seem to recall what he’s learned about the demigods a bit faster.

Also, the pacing of this book reminds me a bit of the Heros of Olympus and how those plots were laid out. Once it felt like things were about to really get going, the book ended. I had the same feeling with House of Hades like “Okay cool now the plots really moving, now we’re getting there, oh there’s only 5 pages left…”

Wild Embers
by Nikita Gill
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was beautifully written. I loved the fairy tale retellings that she wrote out, there was a lot of girl power inspiration. This book really made me want to take on the world, it made me feel like there was someone in the corner with me. I don’t know if that makes sense but its how I feel.

Until Friday Night
by Abbie Glines
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I really thought I would like this a lot more than I actually did. I adore small town settings, they are one of my favorite book settings along with boarding schools. I live in a small town so its a bit relatable to me. I loved Maggie’s story, that girl broke my heart so many times and I was just glued to the pages of her story. West broke my heart too, I grieved for what he was going through, but I loathed his douchey alpha fuck boy logic and way of life. He treated so many girls like trash but yet there was this one special girl! Ugh, also why is that every single sweet, innocent, and naive ALWAYS smells like vanilla. Has anyone else picked up on that?

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved this! Omg, the road trip was just amazing and all the character growth was fantastic. I was glued to these pages and influenced to start planning my own road trip.

Under the Lights
by Abbie Glines
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Oh, look more douechy fuck boy bull shit. I mean these books are southern soap opera-esqe style books and I never watched any soap operas but I guess you just can’t have a soap opera setting without a bunch of douchey alpha males. *rolls eyes* these stories are just summed up with the line of “Women can’t win/damned if you do and damned if you don’t” and boom I think that sums up Willa’s entire existence.

Men Explain Things to Me
by Rebecca Solnit
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m happy I read this, it could have been better, be more inclusive of Women of Color, at the same time I would it be really relatable. I don’t know another woman who hasn’t gone through all the things that have been discussed.

Lock and Key
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book could have easily been a hundred pages shorter and the story would be about the same. So the pace was slow, and most the characters weren’t really all that likable.

The Song Rising
By Samantha Shannon
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh holy shit, this was insane! I still can’t quite sum up how I feel about this because my brain is still a little blown after finishing this. I can’t wait for the next one, I am dying to know what comes next!

Waking Gods
by Sylvain Neuvel
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t love this, I feel like the plot would go from super fast to super slow, there was no consistent pacing. And sometimes I just got bored with the story. Idk I guess I just wasn’t fully into it

Obsidian
by Jennifer L Armentrout
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

There was something about this story that was just so addicting and I realized while reading this, it has been so many years since I’ve read Twilight that it had to point out to me how similar these stories are, but this one is just so much better. There are so many similarities though.


That was is for May. My favorite of the month was Amy and Rogers Epic Detour and my least fave was Under the Lights, I’m just so tired of douchey alpha male troupes.

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March Wrap Up 2018

I had a goal this month to catch up and/or finish a couple series that I’ve been slacking on. I ended up finishing two series and caught up on three, I had hoped to finish King’s Cage and the Song Rising to bump that catch up to five but alas that just didn’t work out.

I did finish King’s Cage though but that’ll be in my April Wrap Up.


F*ck Love
by Tarryn Fisher
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I did not like this as much as I thought I would; I remember just feeling really frustrated at all of the characters and I also did not care for the ending. It didn’t have that satisfying conclusion that I was hoping for.

Ink Mage
by Victor Gischler
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While this was a very interesting idea and there was a lot that I liked about it, it didn’t live up to what it promised. I really like the morally gray characters; there really is no good or bad traits just a lot of gray areas. I will continue with the trilogy, hopefully soon.

The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what to say about this, I was so disappointed about the ending, so much build up, 5 books of build up, 2,777 pages to get to this moment. And it was over in a blink. I honestly wish the book would have been a little bit bigger so more plot points could have been flushed out a bit better?

The Trails of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love Apollo! Omg! He is so full of himself and so funny. He had loads of character development and the story moved at a good pace, all of the new characters were just great.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One
by Amanda Lovelace
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is written so beautifully and I want more now. All of these poems just spoke to my soul and my heart.

The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I can’t say much about this since it is the sequel to the Hidden Oracle but I will say I was very disappointed with Apollo, in the hidden oracle I loved how much character development he had, how much he grew in that book, then when I started this one it was like someone hit reset on him. He started off the exact same like nothing he learned from book one was important.

The Raven Boys (Reread)
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m so happy that I reread this, I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. Since I was more familiar with the characters and with Henrietta I was able to just focus on the details a little bit more and I picked up on so much more this time around! There’s no way I would have been able to continue on with the series without rereading this.

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I did not want to like Ronan, I really did not like him in The Raven Boys and I was so sure that nothing was going to change my mind. But that all changed, I don’t love Ronan but he definitely grew on me. My heart broke for him and cheered for him and wanted to smack him upside the head a couple times. He’s so complex and fleshed out.

Tower of Dawn
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 5 out of 5

My love! Easily my favorite book of the month, I also wasn’t expecting to like this, I do like Chaol and I was still on the fence about this. But I’ve heard so many amazing things about this ever since it came out and I decided that since I was going to try to catch up on series…. its time. And I am so glad. I loved everything that happened, everything involved with it. I already want to reread it.

Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard
my rating: 2 out of 5

This was such a rude change to go from my love of Tower of Dawn to this. I did not like anything that happened. Mare went from being a mildly annoying character to an absolute irritating character, her hubris was painful to get through. If there was no Mare…

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Honestly my least favorite book of the series, but it’s my favorite color! That green and those flowers! LOVE! I was mostly bored with a lot of the plot. I didn’t care for Gwenllian and Greenmantle and just struggled to get through their scenes.

The Mime Order
by Samantha Shannon
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Another fave! OMG everything that happened was just amazing. Everything moved at a great pace, the characters became even more loveable. So glad I picked this up as well. That ending was everything.

A Torch Against the Night
by Sabaa Tahir
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I picked up the audiobook and I am so glad I did! I adored Helene in this one so much more. I thought all the traveling was going to bore me but I was hooked to the pages.

The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Again I feel a little let down by this finale. I feel like there was more build up and it was a little anti-climatic to me. A little too quick and just not what I wanted.


Favorite- Tower of Dawn
Least Fave- Glass Sword


What was your favorite book you read in March?

December Wrap Up

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December was an interesting reading month for me, on one hand I’m happy with the amount of book I read in the month (15!) and I completed my Goodreads goal!

Woot Woot!

But on the other hand I feel like I could have done better, I felt a stupid kind of pressure to read a lot of books before the year ended and to finish the book I was currently reading before the stroke of midnight, please tell me I’m not alone in feeling that pressure.

In case you were wondering, I didn’t finish the book I was reading before midnight, I’ve been sick and fighting a nasty cough for the last few days. I’m finally starting to feel, slightly, better. Thank god!

I’ve probably rambled on long enough, lets get into my December wrap up!

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November Wrap Up

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I read 12 books this month, the nine pictured above and 3 ebooks. I’m really happy with that amount and with all the books that I read. Overall November was a great reading month for me and I read a lot of good books which is always nice.

Physical Books: 

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was an absolute mindf*ck! I loved every single page of that book. I actually liked it more than The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

 

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Gemina
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

THIS WAS SO GOOD! Again I think I liked book 2 more than book 1! I fell in love with Hanna and Nik right away, Hanna is everything I want in a YA heroine, she’s tough, smart, badass and able to put her feelings aside and get shit done. Love her.

p.s. Marie Lu’s illustrations are gorgeous and I hope we see more of them in book 3

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The Retribution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
my rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

What the hell happened? I was so disappointed when I finished this. I just can’t believe that was how the trilogy ended. I feel the urge to go sulk and pout again because this book did not do the first two justice.

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More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My heart hurts all over again thinking about this book. I spent a good portion of the book just so confused but once I realized what was going on I was just destroyed emotionally. That last section just killed me.

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A Million Worlds with you
by Claudia Gray
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Finally an amazing ending to a trilogy. I loved everything that happened, things that I didn’t know that I wanted to happen, happened and I was so happy. One day soon I am going to go through and binge read this whole series.

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Beauty of Darkness
by Mary E Pearson
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I finally read it and it was as wonderful as I thought it would be. I highly recommend this trilogy.

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This Girl
by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know why I thought I would like this because I didn’t like Slammed, Slammed is probably my least favorite CoHo book because I don’t care for Lakeyn and I don’t like the circumstances that took place. I especially hate Lakeyn’s temper tantrums and that happened in this one. I can’t roll my eyes hard enough at her. On the bright side I have now read everything Colleen Hoover has written and I just feel so accomplished.

Anyways this book is basically Will’s POV of Slammed, a little bit of Point of Retreat, and with little tidbits of their lives in the present time. If you like Will, Slammed, and Point of Retreat then you would like this one.

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Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This month I read my first Sarah Dessen book, I picked up Just Listen on a whim and it turned out to be just what I needed. I really liked it and I can’t wait to explore more of Sarah Dessen’s books. I have This Lullaby at home begging for my attention.

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Love and Gelato
by Jenna Evans Welch

I have been wanting to read this for a couple months now, I have always wanted to travel to Italy especially to Florence where this book takes place. Also, the main character was originally from Seattle so bonus points for mentioning my home state.

This book was straight up wonderful, I loved all the tidbits and art history facts spread throughout this book. It was cute, slightly awkward, and heart warming.


EBooks:

A Love Letter to Whiskey
by Kandi Steiner
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If you saw my WWW post then you saw that I compared this book to watching 9 months of a soap opera within 300 pages. By the end of this, I was so emotionally drained and just frustrated at the main character. No joke I was about to throw my kindle at the wall reading the last few pages. It was so frustrating.

The writing for this is spectacular, though, beautifully written with all these great whiskey facts.

Steadfast
by Sarina Bowen
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend this True North series, Griff is great, Jude is endearing, and Zach will destroy all your emotions but you will love it! Jude did break my heart, he made me cry a couple times and the rest of the story was top notch.

Keepsake
by Sarina Bowen
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If Jude broke my heart over and over then Zach straight up obliterated it. I was sobbing at points reading this but I loved him and Lark so much!

November Anticipations

All of the books that I’m anticipating for November.

As of right now, the one I’m looking forward to the most is A Million Worlds with You, yes it’s over Heartless, but if you’ve read Ten Thousand Skies Above You then you’ll understand that the ending was insane and I need book 3 right now. I have to know what happens next!


The Sun is Also a Star

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


A Million Worlds with You

Synopsis: f16_amillionworldswithyouA million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.


Blood for Blood

Synopsis: The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf.
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There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.


Heartless

17659011-_sy540_Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Of Fire and Stars

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Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


The Fate of the Tearling

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The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.


 

Which books are you looking forward to?

Also which book cover do you like the most? Mine favorite is a tie between A Million Worlds with you, come on its just gorgeous! But also I love the cover for The Sun is Also a Star, its so colorful and happy looking.

September Wrap Up

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September wasn’t the greatest month for me, I only read 8 books, and on average I read close to twice that.

Actually, I went back and read through some of my previous wrap ups and every 3rd one says something along the lines of “Gah, I had another reading slump to deal with this month.” So maybe its not me and not the month, but maybe it’s the year. 2016 has not been a good reading year for me so far. Every other month I’m slumpy :/

Despite that I am hoping to read like crazy for the next three months. I really want to complete my Goodreads challenge and my book goals for 2016, there are only three months left and I think I can do it. I am super competitive against myself and I work harder under pressure/deadlines so I think I got this!

Lets get on to the wrap up!

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