Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Book Title: The Cruel Prince

Book Author: Holly Black 

Page Count: 370

Rating: 3 out 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope y’all are having a wonderful start to the week!

I’ve been hearing about this book for MONTHS now, ever since it’s release date back in early January.  It has been hyped up and loved and squealed about since then.  It’s now August 3rd and I finally got a copy of it in my hands.  If you read my updated sixth book on my August TBR pile, you will understand the reasons it took me a while to get a copy of this.

I’m typically one of those people who will buy a book AFTER I check it out of the library, you know?  I don’t want to spend a LOT of money on a book I thought was maybe so-so.  Though, if it’s cheap enough, I will splurge on something  much even if I don’t know anything about it.

Anyway, I finally got to download this on my kindle this week, and I read it immediately because its a library e-book and I wanted to finish reading it before I must return it.  I’d almost forgotten I’d requested it!

Normally I don’t intentionally jump into books knowing they’re about faeries, I just accidentally stumble across them and they happen to be Faerie related in the end. ( I’m looking at you, Throne of Glass series.)  However, I DID jump into this one knowing that it had to do with Fae and I’ve stumbled across enough other books to learn a lot about the Faerie worlds, so I wanted to see how this one compared.

As I said in my My August TBR!, I was a little skeptical about reading this one because I am not a fan of others works by this author.  I’m not saying she’s a bad author, I’m just saying that she’s not my style.  You however, may love her works! But it’s been years since I last read something by this author and this has been hyped up so much.

The writing style didn’t bother me as much as it had before so I enjoyed that aspect of it. It was a pretty easy and well written read for me. The plot was intriguing and I liked how the main character wasn’t special in any way – just human like the rest of us. One thing I love about this story (that I’ve also seen in more recently released books so its like a trend now) is that the protagonist can be vicious.  She’s not the villian, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants or needs.  I enjoy reading those stories very much.  Another thing that I enjoyed was that there were some very intriguing plot twists that I didn’t see coming. 🙂

I didn’t feel there was much character depth to the antagonists in the story and although their were smaller evil characters that caused the main character to suffer, I didn’t feel that the main antagonist was all that evil in the end. Also, the relationships in this story seemed underdeveloped and I couldn’t relate to main character all that well because of it. Also, I had so many questions at the end of the book that probably could have been answered in this book!

Overall, I thought it was an okay story.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it.  I enjoyed certain aspects of it, like the story itself and the creative plots twist. I loved the protagonist’s strong female character and how determined she was to have things her way.  But I didn’t feel that the characters were all that relatable in any way.  While I did understand why certain characters did the things they do, they weren’t all that enjoyable to read about. In the end, it just wasn’t really a book for me, but I would still recommend it to those who enjoy reading about faeries.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Cruel Prince
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Holly Black

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Book Review: The Crown’s Game

Book Title: The Crown’s Game

Book Author: Evelyn Skye

Page Count: 399 Pages

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

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Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a magical Monday!

Last month I decided to check this book out of the library in early July, and I’ve had it in my possession ever since. I would have read it sooner, but things happened and July got super extremely busy for me! The reason I picked this book is because I bought the second book in the series at a book sale, but of course I can’t read it unless I’ve read the first one! (Well, I can but you know what I mean! :))  Last week I posted my TBR for August, and I’d decided to put this book on it. The synopsis just sounded really cool and I was really intrigued to know what would happen next! I ended up choosing this one first out of all the books in my pile.

I believe I said it has Danger, Romance, Magic and Death in my TBR blog post.  Why yes, yes it does.  Though technically it only had one kingdom. What I loved most about this book was probably the world building/ Russia-verse.   It was amazingly well written, right down to food.  It made me want to go the bakery immediately! 🙂

There are three main characters in this story, though it really only felt like two main characters. I loved them both though as they were fun FIERY characters with a lot of heart and determination!

I thought the story was much CUTER than I expected it to be, and loved how the magic differed from any other story I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed the writing style too, as it didn’t take me long to get through the story at all! There were a few places in the story where it might be considered a bit of slow read, but I was pretty okay with the pacing of the story.

I would have liked to know more about certain side characters in the story, but maybe it’s all revealed in Book 2 or something like that. I might have to make a TBR month for reading all the sequels and continuations of stories of I’ve been reading lately! 🙂

So overall, I thought the book was incredibly cute with a tiny bit of viciousness, the world building was fantastic, the characters were fiesty and fun, and story was well-written! I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book! I highly recommend this for anyone who loves danger, romance, magic and death! (See, what I did there! 😉 )

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Crown’s Game
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Evelyn Skye

 

 

My August TBR!

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Hello Book Friends!

I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous Monday!  August is shaping up to be a much busier month than I planned on, so I have decided to challenge myself and set up a TBR set of books for month of August.  I have to pencil in time to read this month, or it just isn’t going to happen. *gasp* I know, right? (I’ve usually read before bed, but I’ve been falling asleep before I get that chance!) My problem with having an already picked out selection is that I’m a mood reader.  Which means I have to be in the mood to read these books! I’ve selected five books (edit: now currently six because I forgot I requested this book months ago from the library and it just appeared on my kindle reader) that I’m in the mood to read today, so we’ll see how it goes the rest of the month! I know it’s not much, but I can at least count on reading a book a week this way! >_<

  1. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

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I bought this book about a year ago, and I did attempt to read it once.  It seemed liked it was a contemporary style book (even though I know it’s not), so I never got past the first few pages, and until now I haven’t been in the mood to read it again.  However, I did read her Darker Shade of Magic series and loved them.  Like a lot.  So, I’m definitely willing to give this book a try again.  Plus, one of the main character’s name is August, so what better month to read this book?  Also, it’s about monsters and I like reading these kind of books so what’s stopping me now? Besides have you seen how gorgeous the cover is too? 🙂

2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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This book has been highly recommended to me, every time I barely even mention it.  I’ve only heard great things about this, and it’s probably right up my alley.  I think the fact that it has around six hundred and some pages is what’s been keeping me from reading it.  It’s the first book in a trilogy.  My other problem is that I usually have a harder time trying to read mass market paperback books.  I’m sure that once I get into the story I’ll have no problem.  Hopefully it isn’t hyped up too much and is amazing as everyone says! *fingerscrossed* Also, I’ve seem a comment or two comparing it to Six of Crows, so we’ll see? It’s considered a high epic fantasy, so I’ve expectations for that aspect too! (Does it help that I’m listening to Epic Score music right now?) 🙂

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This one is a contemporary style book, and it’s not my normal style. I am challenging myself to read a couple of these this each year.  Trying to be more well-read I guess! 🙂 Anyway, I’ve only heard fantastic things about this one and it’s about being a fangirl and introvertedness, so it may possibly be somewhat relatable to my life. Awesome.  I also have Carry On, so if I really like it and I can read this one too!

4. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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This library book has a plastic film over making it nearly impossible to get shot that wasn’t blurry!

Danger. Magic. Kingdoms. Wicked stuff. Forbidden Romance. Royalty. Death. All of my favorite things combined into one book.  I actually checked this book out of the library because I have the second one and really want to read it! And I’m totally a sucker for these kind of books because they’re so action packed and full of rebelling!  And the cover looks so amazing too!

5. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Ok, so a book about a female viking?  How awesome does that sound?  I choose this book because I saw it all over bookstagram earlier this year! I’ve read exciting books about pirates and mermaids (which were amazing by the way) and now I get to read about vikings! I don’t know if their will be dragons but that’s how I think of vikings now.  (I blame the How to Train your Dragon movie for this one!) Even if there aren’t, I’m sure this story will be filled with lots of action and adventure and I love that. And once again, another book where I think the cover is awesome!

(Edit: I have added a sixth book, due to the fact it has a time on limit on how long I can check it out for!)

6. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Ok, so I hadn’t planned on adding this one yet if you hadn’t noticed already.  I requested this book from the library MONTHS ago, and I was 28th in line for the book.  Also the libraries in my county don’t have a physical copy of this book in stock! (They also don’t have Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi which I’m pretty bummed about! They don’t even have an e-copy either which I’m very surprised about because they’re pretty good about getting popular books?)Anyway, I had no idea when I would get this book! But today (August 2nd), is the day and it automatically returns to the library in fourteen days.  And yes, I’ve already started reading.  I chose this book because so many people seem to really enjoy this book and can’t wait for the next one already?!  I’m a little skeptical of how I’ll like it because um, I wasn’t a fan of her prior  works. I am willing to give this a try because I’ve heard a ton of people rave about. Regardless, I’m gonna test it out and see if it’s worth the hype. It’s pretty good so far, though I’m only three chapters in! 🙂

So, there you have it.  These are the books I plan on attempting to read in the month of August.  Let me know what you thought about these books in the comment section below! Thanks for reading! 🙂

My Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2018 So Far

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having a great start to the week!  I can’t believe another one is here already, but here we are.  Since it’s July already I’d thought I share with you some of my TOP favorite books that I’ve read this year in any order.  They didn’t necessarily release this year, but I read them in the first half of 2018.  With that being said…let’s get started! 🙂

 

  1. Crooked Kingdom
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I’d also add this one, but I read this in 2017!

 

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This series was probably the best heist series I’ve ever read.  (It’s probably the only one I’ve read so far!) 🙂  I thought that these two books were INCREDIBLE.  And that’s pretty good coming from me, because I didn’t actually LOVE the Grisha series.  Though, I would recommend that you read the Grisha series first, as there are some references to it that will make a lot more sense.  It’s not NECESSARY to do so, you can still read them all by themselves and enjoy it just fine. And another thing, it took me THREE times to get into Six of Crows because I wasn’t a fan of the FIRST chapter.  The second chapter gets much BETTER  in my personal opinion.  However, I couldn’t put Crooked Kingdom down once I had my hands on it!  (I have heard that Mistborn is similar, but I haven’t read that one yet, so I can’t compare…yet.  Gasp, I know – I’m getting there! :))

2. Daughter of the Pirate King

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Hello there, book about Pirates.  I’ve watched all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and loved every single one so when I saw this book at the library one day, I knew I just had to read it.  And it was getting a lot of attention on bookstagram which made me want to read it even more.  Not to mention it’s from a female perspective!  Count me in!  I read it and loved every second of it!  It has fantastic witty banter which is what I live for to be honest, and was so much FUN to read about!  I was laughing about 90% of the time, which is practically the whole story!

3. Thunderhead

 

 

Ok, so I wrote Thunderhead because it was the most recent book out so far in the series, but Scythe was amazing too.  I’d heard so many fantastic things about it, and besides did you notice how cool the covers look?  I love the Grim Reaper look on the covers.  Dear publishers – please don’t do a cover change for the next book okay?  It doesn’t NEED one! This utopian story ended up being a much cuter and more in depth story than I expected and all of the plot twists had me on EDGE.  And wow, so much is going on, and that horrible cliffhanger at the end of Thunderhead has me dying for the next one! Soon please!

4. Tempests and Slaughter

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I KNEW about this book a LONG LONG time ago.  About ten years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to Tamora Pierce’s books.  They were her absolute favorites and she handed them to me so we could squeal together about the magicalness of these books.  And they are exactly that – magical.  I read the Tortall series first – My friend handed me them in order – Alanna, Daine, Kel,  and Aly series. I know they have official series names, but this is what I call them.  My friends favorite is the Kel series, and mine is Aly’s – (a.k.a the Trickster Series). NUMAIR – which Tempests and Slaughter is about comes from Tortall. He isn’t called Numair in this book though, he hasn’t obtained that name yet!

Tamora Pierce also has another series called the Circle of Magic which is a quartet series, followed by the Circle Opens (another quartet), and the Circle Reforged (a trilogy which hadn’t been released when I read the other ones long ago.)  She also published the Beka Cooper trilogy around this time – my second favorite in the entire series and I highly recommend it!

This was a long round about way of saying that a Numair series was mentioned before the Beka Cooper series was published so I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long long time!  I was so excited to finally get a change to read about his upbringing! He is a very beloved character in the Tortall series and I can’t wait to see what the next books will be like! 🙂

I loved learning about the different types of people in this book. Numair comes from a uniquely different place than his adult peers and its neat to see where he comes from.  Also, the Daine Series (The Immortals) is where you will read about him as an adult, and I definitely suggest that you read that series before reading Tempests and Slaughter. Although its not necessary that you do, but I think you will have a deeper appreciation for Numair going into the book like I did.

5. A Darker Shade of Magic

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This book was a fantastic read and I love books about Traveling to new worlds.  Also, the world building was great and the two main characters, Kell and Lila, are fantastic.  There are a ton of plot twists in this series. I actually loved the entire series and all the characters were super amazing – including the villians!  I loved the world building in this story and it was a really FUN fantasy magical read!

And there you have it, my top 5 favorite books of 2018, so far!  We’re only a little over halfway through the year and my top favorite books might be different by the end of the year! As always, Happy Reading!

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Book Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Book Author: Alexandra Christo

Page Count: 352

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Would I Recommend:  YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

I heard a lot of good things about this book and the synopsis sounded super EXCITING.  So I decided to give it a try by picking it up at the library.  Which I did WEEKS ago.  Along with a lot of REALLY popular books right now.  I’ve been so consumed with work and everything else that I must get done that I have had to renew ALL of these books at least TWICE. 🙂  Though after reading this book the question on my mind is WHY DID I NOT SACRIFICE SLEEP TO READ THIS?

Also, the COVER art looks awesome too, so there’s that, too!

I absolute ADORED the main character, Lira!  She’s vicious, sassy, sarcastic and smart and I envy her so much!  I LOVED this book so so much.  It reminded me a lot of the book Daughter of the Pirate King which was equally as AMAZING!  Pirates and Royalty – what else could I want?!  It was similar to the little mermaid retelling, but I’ve never read the original Little Mermaid story, so I don’t have anything to compare it to except the Disney movie version!

Also, I loved that it’s written from two points of view – Lira, and her enemy – Elian.  I loved EACH of their personalities. Did I mention how SAVAGE, Lira is?  Because she is, and it’s great. Also, LOTS and LOTS of witty banter made for such an enjoyable read.  And the writing was fantastic and flowed extremely well! Also, the world-building was ABSOLUTELY amazing.  I loved all the locations that were described in such a way that I felt like I was right there with them! I really want to go to these places. I could NOT put this book down!  I was really really sad when I finished the story because it was over.  So sad.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that is this story is dark, but I’m used to reading about assassins and zombies.  Compared to what I’m used, it’s not as dark as I’d thought it would be.

So, overall I really really enjoyed this book!  I thought it was a fantastic fantasy story that was super fun!  I loved ALL the characters, the writing, and the world building!  I highly recommend this to everyone who loves fantasy!

Anyways, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  To Kill a Kingdom
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Alexandra Christo

Book Review: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Book Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

Book Author: Lisa Jensen

Page Count: 352

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: Unfortunately, No.  😦

 

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My Kindle E-Reader

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a magical day!  I can’t believe we’re already into the second week of July! 🙂

I actually got approved of this e-arc by Candlewick Press through Net Galley (in exchange for an honest review) months ago.  I’ve been meaning to get around to this one, but after already reading a couple other re-tellings I needed to take a break from it! So, a couple weeks ago I finally decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and read it, because Beauty and Beast is my favorite! Honestly it’s Disney’s fault because the movie is what makes me fall in love with it.

Anyway, the book cover is pretty too, so you can check that out whenever you get a chance. 🙂

I read the original version of Beauty and the Beast sometime last year.  And I must say that I found the ending to be a little weird and NOT because it deviated from the movie. Just strange to me, and I wasn’t fond of it.  However, that impacts my perception of this book.

I didn’t have a problem with the writing style, and the beginning of the story seems almost historical fiction…ish.  So I enjoyed that aspect of it.  The main character was likable and fun to read about until…

I try not to spoil things in these reviews, but I feel that I must inform you that there is a sexual assault scene early on in the story.  It really caught me off guard, but it pretty much sets the tone for the entire first half of the book.  Which kinda put me in a depressing mood as I tried to finish it.

The synopsis made me think that the characters would learn and grow and reflect on their behavior and they didn’t.  That made me feel like there was no character development.  Also, I think there were parts of the story that just keep dragging on and I skimmed through those parts because I found it to be boring.

I really enjoyed the way the enchantment spell (a.k.a. curse) worked and I thought it was interesting, but I thought it would have been nicer to read about other “enchanted” perspectives too. I liked how the author drew the parts of the original story into the book in the second half of the story.

Overall, this wasn’t my cup of tea. It wasn’t what I was expecting. There were some good things I liked about it and others not so much.  I think it should have a more mature rating than YA or at least a warning about it. It’s not something I want to recommend for younger teenagers who love YA, because of this scene.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Lisa Jensen

Book Review: The Thousandth Floor

Book Title:  The Thousandth Floor

Book Author: Katharine McGee

Page Count: 448 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: Yes

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope y’all are having a great week!  I bought this book at a book sale a few months back since it was only a buck!  I was noticing this book a few times at my local library, so I finally decided to give it a try!

At first when I looked at it, I thought maybe it might be a dystopian/fantasy with a little bit of murder mystery involved.  That wasn’t really the case.  It’s more like a futuristic contemporary novel. Which are kinda not my thing. But what the heck, I decided to continue on with it anyway .

I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.  My feelings toward this book are kinda of in the middle.  I thought the writing style was done really well, and I enjoyed reading the story from different point of views.  I liked most of the characters as well.  There were also some plot twists I didn’t see coming. 🙂

It is very reminiscent of the shows, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.  I am not a fan of either of them as they contained too much drama but I personally felt that the book was a more toned down version of the dramas.  There was a lot of profanity, but I think that comes with the territory of these kind of stories.

The major thing I didn’t like was the main character’s romance.  It was very… uncomfortable to read about, and I kept hoping that nothing would come of it.  There were other romances which I did enjoy for the most part, just not that one.

Also, there was much drug usage among these teenagers and I feel that the story only portrayed that the kids took them. The negative effects of taking the drugs were not visible here and I feel that it was probably something that should have been put into the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.  It’s more like a guilty pleasure type read, if I’m in the mood for some gossipy drama.  And the ending of the first book made me WANT to read the next book, so I’ve already started that one!

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  The Thousandth Floor
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Katharine McGee