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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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So. I. Did. A. Thing.

I finally read ACOTAR! Omg. I liked it so much more than ToG! What do you guys think?

So fantasy, romance, craziness, wow. This was a very fun read! It follows Feyre who lives with her father and sisters. They are poor and struggle to get by. One day, while hunting, Feyre kills a wolf. Only…it isn’t a wolf. It’s a fae. Tamlin is a fae lord who lives beyond the wall where the humans reside. His land is Prythian. Prythian is a forbidden area to humans and is riddled with danger to any who cross. Tamlin comes knocking on Feyre’s door demanding payment for the loss of the wolf. He claims the wolf was a friend of his. A fae. Feyre is given the options to die or to go with Tamlin and live out her days in Prythian and atone for the wolf’s death. The meat of the story takes place in these strange lands among the fae. Feyre lives with Tamlin at his home in the Spring Court. He is the master of this land. Feyre discovers things aren’t always as they seem and as she learns more about the mysterious far and gets closer to the kind but damaged Tamlin, she must decide if love is enough to save a world that is in danger of destruction.

I give this book a 4/5 stars! I enjoyed the storyline more so than book 1 of Throne of Glass. I like Feyre way more than Celaena. I am going to eventually read both of these series to see what all the hype is. I hope its worth it!

Happy Reading!

 

Got the job!

Well I got the job so now I can fully discuss it with no issue. I work with a company called Vipkid and I teaching Chinese children how to speak English. The children range in their English speaking abilities from zero English to a good basic understanding of it. How do we teach with the barrier? Do I speak Chinese? You may be wondering this. I teach using hand gestures, props, PowerPoint slides and lots of repetition. I don’t speak Chinese at all and the student must speak only English in class. We have great fun and at times it is difficult but I love it. The best part? I work from home on my own schedule! I’m a stay at home mom so it’s great to be able to continue with my current routine for my children. Anywho, if anyone is interested, let me know. I can walk you through the process. The requirements are a Bachelors degree in any field and some experience with children. You don’t have to have taught them so if you babysat or tutored. Anything. We leave tomorrow for the beach and I’m hoping to get some reading done…we will see. I hope to add more book reviews soon. Don’t give up on me yet. Just trying to get used to the schedule now. Since we are 12 hours time difference from where I live to Beijing, my work schedule tales place during night or early morning hours. Anywho, I’m off to rest before early classes and hopefully beautiful ocean waves!

Thrift store find and recently readings!

I received an ARC of “The Map That Leads to You” from St. Martin’s Press and cannot wait to start it. I am going in blindly and not even looking up what it’s about. From what I can see, it looks like a romance. It is set to release on 6-13-17.

And then the Game of Thrones graphic novel was a Goodwill find for $10! It’s at BN for $25. I’m excited about it as I’m a huge GoT can and the artwork is stellar from what I saw when I skimmed it. I am not currently reading as much and I hate that but I have a job prospect that I am hoping pans out and I’ve been devoting so much time to the process that there hasn’t been much time left for reading. Hoping that changes soon though because we will be heading to the beach on the 19th and I will be reading to my heart’s content. 😗

I’m also currently reading Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull(sequel series to Fablehaven which is bae❤) and ACOTAR by Sarah J. Mass which I like better than Throne of Glass so far.

Thats all I got for this post. 🤗Any suggestions for good beach reads?

Death Jars of Broams Eld by Jennifer Cano

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Death Jars of Broams Eld by Jennifer Cano is such a fantastic story. This is a sequel to Hinges of Broams Eld. I adored this book and found it to have a memorable cast. It’s full of magic and fun. The story takes place the following year after Livy’s first year at Broams Eld. Basically, the story is about humans and elves going to school in a magical realm. It is similar to the Harry Potter books in that there is a special school with magical training available to school tu dents so they can honestly their skills and become stronger in their fieldaily of study. I don’t want to give much away considering it is book 2, but trust me if you love fantasy, it’s worth it!

Livy is returning for her second year at Broams Eld, a school where students go to learn about magic. Some of the students are Terran or human like her and some are Elven and already live there. This year, Livy’s twin, Hugh joins her. They take classes that involve cool subjects like Shimmersinging and even study ancient runes. I can’t give away much more without spoiling it but it’s such a fun read.

I was gratefully given a copy of this book by the author herself and while I greatly appreciated this, I want to make it known that my opinions are not influenced because of this. I give it a 4/5 and eagerly await a book 3!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

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Yup. Finally. FINALLY. I really read it. I have had this book since release date and just got around to it.

Caraval is such an interesting book. The story is about two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella, who live with their cruel father and dream of leaving their home and finally escaping from his clutches. Scarlett writes letters to a mysterious man named Legend asking him to visit. Legend is the head of a performance group who perform once a year. The audience is a part of the show and there is to be a winner who will receive a prize. Upon escaping with the help of a mysterious guy, the sisters become separated and it turns out one of them has been kidnapped by none other than Legend. The book repeatedly mentions that Caraval is a game and everything that happens is simply part of the show. However, the tale cautions that it is possible to become caught up in what’s real and what isn’t.

Garber weaves a fun, mysterious, and dark tale about romance, illusion, and magic. It is a captivating tale and I felt on the edge of my seat the entire time. I could not out this book down and felt totally enmeshed in the lives of the characters. I was dying to see how it ended and I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say I hope there is a sequel!

I loved this story and the only thing I was sort of hung up on was the romance bits..Maybe I was not in the mood for it and just wanted the mystery and magic. Or maybe I’m tired of YA books having so much romance in them. I give the book a 4/5 and will be rereading it later this year because it was so good.

Happy reading guys!

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova is my most recent read. I really am not sure that I can save I loved it or even liked it but there is something in this story that I found very intriguing. It took me a few days to read it and St times I felt like I was having to force myself to read it but I really wanted to see how it ended up so I continued on.

Basically, the story is about a young woman named Alexandra who has traveled to Bulgaria in the hopes of healing after her brother’s death. She soon meets a family that is getting into a taxi and she accidentally keeps one of their belongings. It turns out that the belonging is actually an urn..full of someone’s ashes. She is upset to learn this and she meets a taxi driver who joins her on a journey to return the urn to the family. The only information the two have is the name of the deceased man in the urn, Stefan Lazarov. It is an intriguing tale woven in two time periods that delves into the pain of loss and the hope of tomorrow. I enjoyed it but I still feel kind of weird about it. Like something was missing. Because I actually felt the pull to stick it out and finish, I will give it a 3/5.

This book was sent to me from NetGalley as an ARC and while I’m always grateful to receive books, I always want to point out that my opinions are still my own and are in no way influenced. This book was released on April 11th so give it a try!

March Wrap-Up and April TBR

So I didn’t get many books read this month but the ones I did read were excellent! I finished 4 this month. I reviewed all but The Handmaid’s Tale. I am waiting until I can actually do it justice because it was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Anywho, in March I read:

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love (amazing!)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (good!)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood(fantastic!)

Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick (great!)

So that’s what I got to in March. For April, I have begun :

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Enemy Within by Scott Burn

I plan to also read:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber(I know..what is taking me so long to get to this one lol?)

Death Jars of Broams Eld by Jennifer Cano

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This may change but for now this is what I’m going to read. I feel the need to point out that I don’t tend to stick to my tbr list 100%..if I find a book that gets my attention that I want to read at that moment and it’s not on my tbr, I am going to read it just because I feel like it so we shall see what happens in April.

Thanks for reading!

Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick

 

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I just finished reading The Heir of Illaria by Dyan Chick and it was such a good read!

I really really loved the main character, Winona. I thought she was such a good character and enjoyed reading about her. When the first twist happens and we learn more about Wilona, the story really takes off. This happens fairly early on so it’s exciting because the story is great and interesting and action packed from the start.

Wilona’s character encounters other characters throughout the story. One of those is a female named Saffron. Saffron is a fun character as she protects Wilona and helps her adjust to the changes that take place in the story. There is also a character named Max who is leader of a group called the Ravens. They are a rebel group who oppose the color rent king and seek to dethrone him and put one of their own on the throne. It’s interesting how he so woven into the story.

I loved Dyan Chick’s style of writing. She really does a good job of keeping the reader entertained. I read this book pretty quickly and was fully invested in finding out what happened.

I feel like this book is hard to review without spoiling the story so I suggest that if you like YA fantasy, just dive in. It’s not too heavy on romance but there is a romantic side to it. There is action, a little mystery and magic in it. It is the first in a new series and is independently published so definitely worth a look. I am rating it a 4.5/5.

It was released January 23, 2017 and I received a copy of this book directly from the author, Dyan Chick. I will definitely be looking out for the sequel!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Alright so I have finally finished this book and while I thought it was okay, it was hard to get through.

 

I liked the cover of the book. I also liked the style of Rin Chupeco’s writing and I really liked Tea, the main character. I felt like the story wasn’t bad but for some reason,  it was lacking and I just couldn’t get sucked in. I wanted to. I mean the blurb…wow.

It says:

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

What?! That made me want to just dive in and never come up for air. And it made me think that I would feel like I couldn’t get enough and devour the story in a sitting. But that did not happen. Not even close. I enjoyed the whole story behind the dark Asha and the daeva and the characters were fine too but certain things about the story irked me. One, the alternating time in the chapters. They appeared to be going back and forth in time from when Tea was training and then to when she was a full fledged bone witch. I don’t know about anyone else but it was a bit confusing for me. Then the huas. Oh my gosh. Chupeco felt the need to describe what each Asha was wearing with the most detail and it kind of took away from the story because of the emphasis on the clothes. I know the has have magic stitched into the fabric but I don’t know why I needed to hear every color and design for every single person wearing them. The whole part with Tea’s brother in the beginning was weird but I thought it was cool that he was arisen and would be her companion despite not being a living person. That was gnarly. Since she’s a necromancer basically, of course having an undead sidekick sounds cool. However, Fox wasn’t really badass like I hoped he would be. He was just ok. Most of the characters were just ok. I give the story a 3/5 and that is because the ending was actually interesting and the pace really picked up. I saw that alot of people dnf’d this book or just took forever to read it. It has been two weeks and this book was a thorn in my side and I’m just glad it’s over. To be honest, I’m confused because I feel like I didn’t like it but I did. Lol. I would be willing to read a sequel but I wouldn’t be at the edge of my seat for it. Great premise for a story but it was not well executed.

Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this review before it is released and for no charge. My opinions are my own though.

Stuck in a reading slump?

Getting out of a reading slump!

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So I’m really struggling this month with reading and feel like I’m not making much progress at all. In an effort to not only help myself but others as well, I thought I would make a blog post about this topic. Hopefully I will work my way out of my current situation.

1. Stop reading and start watching!

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, cable
Detach from reading completely and just put your time and energy into a tv show. I keep hearing this is good and I have done this in the past and it has helped me out. By focusing on a tv show.l, your mind gets a break and it’s kind of like coming up for air. After a season or two of a new favorite show, you can revisit reading and you should now be out of the book slump.

2. Read a book outside of your typical genre!

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You usually read YA? Read a contemporary or a historical fiction. Maybe a memoir? Browse books that you probably wouldn’t ever read. This can help because broadening your reading preference can not only help you out of your slump but can also open you up to new books.
3. Try a book with short stories!

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A short book can definitely help you out of a slump by giving you a short, sweet story to read in a short, sweet time period. 🙂 I know when I finish a book, it makes me feel really good.
4. drop the book you are reading and pick up something else!

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Just stop what you are reading. Put it down and pick something else. Simple huh? I know that by doing this you can just take a break from that book that has you in a slump and come back to it later. Or not.
5. close your eyes and randomly pick a new book from your tbr or bookshelf

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Picking a new book from your tbr or shelf is a great way to dig out of the slump. A brand new read can really get you out of it.

So that’s it guys. Hope I helped someone. Hope I helped myself because I’m currently in a slump which explains the lack of reviews lately.

Happy reading!