Okay listen... this book was good... I was on board with the ideas and some of the scenes were definitely cool. But✨ A Darker Shade of Rosie + Twitter ✨
Okay listen... this book was good... I was on board with the ideas and some of the scenes were definitely cool. But as far as characters go? I did NOT care about anyone other than Jace, and the only reason I liked Jace was because of his dynamic with Clary - which the ending of the book RUINED for me. Also, I liked Magnus, but he was small blip in this 485-page book. I also have to admit that the writing, and the dialogue, was kind of bad. I cringed a lot. I do not think that I will be continuing the series, unfortunately....more
[image] I’m gonna warn you guys now, this book is SMUT to the max. (Hello, it’s got boobs on the cover.) I usually don’t go for this genre honestly
I’m gonna warn you guys now, this book is SMUT to the max. (Hello, it’s got boobs on the cover.) I usually don’t go for this genre honestly… but I needed a little something different since I was in a fantasy rut, and my friend Jes was reading it with some other bloggers, and I just decided I wanted to read it, too. ✨ ...more
I am definitely no audiobook connoisseur, but over the past year, I’ve listened to more audiobooks than I’ve ever listened to in my life.
I am definitely no audiobook connoisseur, but over the past year, I’ve listened to more audiobooks than I’ve ever listened to in my life. (Okay, that’s still not many.) They’ve mostly been Harry Potter audiobooks, since I’m trying to re-read the series with my ears, but then I decided to take a chance on the Aurora Rising audiobook because someone said it was amazing. Best. Decision. Ever.
→ Each narrator brings their character to life. The number one thing that made me fall in love with the audio version of Aurora Rising was the narrators. The story is sublime in itself, but the characters are what made me love the start of this series – a ragtag assortment of misfits who bicker constantly, but end up being an amazing team – and each narrator really nailed it with the characters’ voices.
→ It was easy to listen to when I felt like I had no time. If you don’t know this about me, I work 9 hours a day with a half hour commute there and back, all to come back home with one-and-a-half year-old. Spare time is a hot commodity. ✨ (READ MORE?) ✨...more
[image] In a palace ruled by four queens (one for each quadrant of the kingdom), an assassin is taking out the queens one by one. Veiled in mystery
In a palace ruled by four queens (one for each quadrant of the kingdom), an assassin is taking out the queens one by one. Veiled in mystery and intrigue, this story of multiple POVs follows each queen leading up to her death, while also divulging the secrets each of them kept, and also follows our unsavory anti-heroine, Keralie.
The chapters of Keralie that ran parallel to that of the murdered queens were quite boring to me. Keralie was a problematic character all around for me, as she was a petty, childish thing. And when she teams up with Varin, who is her “love interest”, the interactions just made me visibly wince. It felt forced and there was no chemistry, so double whammy for me.
The queen’s chapters, however, were way more interesting because each queen kept the façade that they’re all doing what must be done to keep the kingdom, and the way they rule it, in order – yet each queen holds a massive secret that goes against everything it means to be queen in Quadara. ✨ (READ MORE?) ✨...more
Thank you NetGalley for lending me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!
→ LIKED: Claire feels there is some unspoken competition between her and her twin sister... and she's constantly losing. While she doesn't want to reveal every little aspect of her life to fans and trolls alike, she also is torn to keep her mother and sister happy. But she would much rather stay behind the scenes because Claire really enjoys coding and web design. • Enter Rafael! I found him intriguing from the get-go! Rafael's got interesting hair, he basically never has a cell phone, and he is a beast at maintaining eye contact. Plus, he's super disturbingly friendly and has the uncanny ability to fit into a school in a single day. • Rafael is non-existent on social media, and gives Claire a "blank slate," so to speak. They start to become really good friends, and they had really good chemistry. But Claire starts to really like him, but can't even begin to guess what he's thinking when they're together. • The fame and popularity drives a wedge between Claire and her sister, and when Claire uncovers some devastating news, it makes the chasm even greater.
→ RECOMMENDED FOR: If you’re looking for a book that drips with internet culture, about a girl who is dying to get her face off the grid, meanwhile falling for a guy who is perpetually offline, then you will love this book, just as I did. ...more
Thank you NetGalley for lending me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!
→ DISLIKED: It took me month to read (maybe not a crazy enough reason, but it felt like several months rather than just one) • I was so conflicted on my feelings about this book. • I wasn’t invested in the story until at least 50% through (I guess if I force myself to spend time with characters, I kinda sorta grow to like them a little bit). • I wasn’t too fond of the writing style (at the start, because like the characters, it grew on me). • All of the pronouns were super hard to pronounce, and I had no idea there was a pronunciation guide (might've been helpful in the eARC). And there were a lot of words thrown in there that meant absolutely nothing to me so I would just be reading along, having no clue about some of things that I was reading and just feeling kinda dumb (but of course I’m too lazy to Google those words, because all I wanted was for them to be explained to me in the book). So that turned me off of it for the longest time.
→ LIKED: Something that I can appreciate is how super fast we were thrown into action in the first chapter. No games were played! No bushes were beaten around! Nadya was just minding her own business with her pal Kostya, begrudgingly peeling potatoes, and then BAM! Under attack! • Sometimes alternating perspectives can be tedious and complicated (for me, the reader), but this was actually well done, and I applauded it from the start. Dual perspectives of Nadya the cleric from Kalyazin, and Serefin the High Prince and powerful blood mage of Tranavia. • Serefin, who has been in the heart of the battle between kingdoms for maybe as half as long as he’s been living, is kind of a drunk, but he’s just about the best damn blood mage there is, much to his father’s chagrin. I liked him. • I enjoyed Nadya as a character, because even though all of her truths were being tested, she still hesitated at every turn since her gods were all she knew. She didn't up and leave every moral on a whim, because that would have made me lose all respect for her. • Malachiasz was a beautiful monster, and I need more of him in my life....more
LOVED: Unreliable narrator who may possibly be descending into madness over the loss of her sisters. • Magical doorway that leads MC✨ Blog + Twitter✨
→ LOVED: Unreliable narrator who may possibly be descending into madness over the loss of her sisters. • Magical doorway that leads MC and sisters to faraway palaces where they dance the night away at extravagant balls. • Family is possibly cursed? • Gothic sea vibes. I'm here for it. • Spookiness. Undeniably eerie. But beautiful and magical at the same time. • Younger sister creepily draws gruesome portraits of her dead sisters... • Handsome stranger and love interest who might be a suspect. • Just everything about this novel was fantastic!...more
[image] Let me start off by saying that I’d never read an Amie Kaufman of Jay Kristoff book until I requested this one off of NetGalley. (Thank you
Let me start off by saying that I’d never read an Amie Kaufman of Jay Kristoff book until I requested this one off of NetGalley. (Thank you SO MUCH for letting me review this book, by the way!) I’d heard so much about them, and how they were a great writing duo, but I’d just never took action to pick up one of their books. (It was my loss, really.)
So I requested this, one, because of the stunning cover art; that purple & orange pastel combo is just beautiful in my eyes. And then, two, the description was out of this world (yes, pun intended, because it’s sci-fi). I just knew I had to read this book.
I started reading it after I finished House of Salt and Sorrows when I was halfway through my beach vacation in early April. I was so impressed by HoSaS that I wasn’t sure if another book could top it right away. Wrong. I dived into Aurora Rising, flinging myself into the awesome galaxy-building and loving the rag-tag band of characters and what they all brought to squad #312. ✨ (READ MORE?) ✨...more
[image] When there’s an attack on her library, Elisabeth – our brave library apprentice – attempts to intervene, but only digs herself in a hole
When there’s an attack on her library, Elisabeth – our brave library apprentice – attempts to intervene, but only digs herself in a hole when she’s blamed for the escape of a powerful grimoire. Seeking help from Nathaniel Thorn, a sorcerer, and his demonic servant Silas, they find themselves in the midst of a century-long conspiracy that threatens the Great Libraries, and ultimately, the world. They attempt to seek the truth together, but everything Elisabeth knows about sorcerers and demons will be challenged, and maybe being a future warden of the library is no longer the only thing there is to live for.
I emerged from the last page of this book with a broken heart. Some books can just truly suck you in, and at the end, they spit you back out into reality, and you just feel super lost and melancholy.
I was so impressed by the world this author created, with its magical libraries full of sentient grimoires, broody banter, and devilishly handsome sorcerers and their softy demon servants. ...more
[image] LIKED: Gah, the writing was incredible, but if you read Cait’s blog, Paper Fury, you’ll know what a great writer she is. I just love reading
→ LIKED: Gah, the writing was incredible, but if you read Cait’s blog, Paper Fury, you’ll know what a great writer she is. I just love reading her blog, because her quirkiness explodes off the page, and you can just tell how much she likes what she does. • She compares Beck, the main character, to a burnt marshmallow. Love. • All of the characters were captivating and unique in their own, special way. I adored Beck’s little sister, even though she had underlying issues shaped by her mother’s behavior, and even though I despised Beck’s mom, she felt real. A real, albeit hateful, character who you really wanted to root for when it came to development, but just let you down every single time she took out her anger and frustration on her kids. • The pacing was perfect. It didn’t drag or go too fast for me.
→ DISLIKED: Is it fair to knock off a star because the length was unsatisfactory? Cait, make your books longer! • I’m kidding Cait, I appreciate you. • I wish the ending felt a little bit bigger. The climax didn’t feel earth-shattering, which is the only reason I couldn’t give it 5 glowing stars.
→ LIKED: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. • I love everything about Laini Taylor. • READ THIS BOOK! • This book is wrought with dreamers and gods and ghosts and monsters, and heavier things like prejudice and racism and deep-rooted hate (and also some insta-love, but for all the nay-sayers, trust me when I say this was the best kind of insta-love). • Poetic writing, fantasy, dreaminess.
→ DISLIKED: Besides crying because the sequel is so far away??? Nothing....more
LIKED: I thought it was pretty cool how the story was narrated by a ghost. (And not just any ghost, but the ghost✨ A Darker Shade of Rosie + Twitter ✨
→ LIKED: I thought it was pretty cool how the story was narrated by a ghost. (And not just any ghost, but the ghost of Jacob Grimm.) • There was an air of mystery to the story. Children were disappearing, and a heavy sense of foreboding crept in the book until a good dose of action happened around 60%.
→ DISLIKED: The pacing was slow. A lot of things had to be planted for the action to take place around 60%, but there were many times when I wished something would just HAPPEN. • The main character seemed a bit dull, and I found myself liking the supporting character, Ginger, much more....more