Book Review: Shadow of the Fox

Book Title: Shadow of the Fox

Book Author: Julie Kagawa

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend: YES! 

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

After a month hiatus from my local library,  I went and visited last week. (I racked up a hefty fine over the holidays because I had SO MANY books out even though I was only four days late.  I didn’t want another one so soon so I took a short break, but I’ve returned, finally.)

I’ve seen Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa on bookstagram lately, so when I saw it at the library I decided to give it a go.  I LOVED her Iron Fey series.  Not so much the Talon Series, and I haven’t even attempted the Immortal Series yet. (I’d love to know if any of you’ve read it though, and what you thought of the series!)

I’m SUPER HAPPY I decided to check this book out! 😍 The synopsis sounded amazing, and so I decided to dive right into as the FIRST book to read on my 2019 TBR pile.  Even though I made up my mind about only reading 4 books a month which I already planned out, I just couldn’t RESIST reading this one.

It was AMAZING!  I must say that this is my favorite book of hers that I’ve read so far and I loved EVERY minute of it! It involves Japanese folklore (which I love learning about!) – specifically a kitsune (a.k.a. fox or fox spirit) as well as other yokai (supernatural spirits, demons, and monsters, etc.), ninja, samurai, and ronin!   This book had my past anime and manga loving-self squealing with delight! 😍 (Also my dear anime friends – does this not have an Inuyasha vibe to it? Because I keep picturing it!)

It’s written mainly from two, but sometimes three point of views and I’ve read that in so many books lately I sort of expect it these days! 🙂

I absolutely ADORED the two main characters, Yumeko and Tatsumi, SO SO VERY MUCH! They were very well-written fleshed out-characters.  There is a lot of character development and set-up, and it is all so very cute! Also, there are a lot of character introductions and the pacing is done extremely well.  I loved the side characters and villains too!

Needless to say, I loved the fantasy world-building and thought it was done fabulously.  I was immediately immersed in this world.  Some might say the story is a bit slow, but I disagree. I’ve read books in this type of setting that were much, much slower.  I thought this one was set at a good pace, and I wasn’t bored for a second! I thought that there was plenty of action throughout the book and a lot of risk-taking on everyone’s part. Everything is super-exciting and fun to read.

And again, there’s a cliffhanger!!!!! Aaah! I want the next book in my hands asap!

So, overall I absolutely LOVED this book so much I have the heart eyes and all. 😍😍 It’s going to be a difficult reading year, because all the books I read in the future now need to live up to this standard! I loved the world building, the characters, the pacing, the action, the plot, and pretty much everything else about the book!  I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Japanese folklore or culture, and anime and manga fans. And people who like fantasy. (Basically everyone, because I loved this okay?)

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:  Shadow of the Fox
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Julia Kagawa

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6 Awesome Gifts for the Book Lover and Self Proclaimed Geek in your Life

Hello, Book Friends!  I hope you all have sufficiently stuffed yourselves with Thanksgiving dinner over the past few weeks.  I know I sure did!

It’s been a whirlwind since October, and even though I’m not THAT worried, I’ve been lagging behind on a lot of things because everything is happening at once and I can’t keep up.  The good news is that I managed to get a lot of writing done (over 60,000 words) on my novel for NaNoWriMo, and it has finally ended!  The bad news is both my sister and her husband are having some serious health issues (for completely different things) and my sister had to be hospitalized.  We’re still waiting on the results on some of her tests, but it has to do with her heart and she’s been in there for a couple of days.  It’s been a very busy and unsettling time for our household. And………

CHRISTMAS is coming! So, I gathered up a list of of bookish and geeky items, (because us book fanatics are also fans of other things)!

(Also, I made a post about some bookish gifts last year if you need some more ideas. 8 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Reader in Your Life)

Without further ado…

 

1. Bookish/Geeky Jewelry 

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How stinkin’ cute is this? I bought this necklace as a birthday gift for my best friend who’s a huge Harry Potter fan, both the books and the movies!  I think it’s adorable, and doesn’t stand out too much, so it can go with just about everything! I bought it at Kohl’s on Black Friday for $15. She’s gonna love it!

2. Book Sleeves

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I mentioned these in last years post, but they’re still cute and still awesome. What better way to carry a book around to protect it?  I love to sew, but I STILL haven’t sat down and made myself some cute little booksleeves.  This butterfly fabric that I picked up is super cute, so I might make one out of these. Though there are PLENTY of people who make and sell ones that are ADORABLE that I might end up buying one for myself!

3. Bookish and Fandom Mugs 

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I also, mentioned these last year, but who couldn’t go wrong with these types of mugs? They’re super cute and fun to collect!  Besides, what book lover doesn’t drink either tea, hot cocoa, or coffee (or all three)? That last one is me. My friends got me this Harry Potter one off of Etsy as a gift a few years ago, and I love using it to this day. Just a word of caution, you might want check and see if it’s dishwasher or microwavable safe before gifting!

4. Bookish and Fandom T-shirts and other Clothing

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What way for the book lover an geek in your life to celebrate their favorite fandom/book than with an article of clothing?  Who knows, they might find some other fans out in public just like them and become fast friends. Or just buy one for yourself. You know you better than anyone.

I have worn Star Wars Shirts, Doctor Who, Marvel, and Disney.  Even ones with sarcastic sayings.  SO MANY random people have commented on my shirts! I’m not the type to even notice what people are wearing when I’m out, but other people WILL look at your clothing.

It’s not just shirts thought. My friend also got me this awesome Beauty and the Beast scarf, because she knows it’s my favorite Disney movie.  (It’s her’s too, which makes it even more fun!) It’s CUTE and goes really well with my gray pea coat. It’s so full of color and awesomeness that it even matches my red coat!

5. Bookish and Fandom Household Items

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I love gifting people things that I know they’ll use like CUTE towels.  My best friend (the same one that loves Harry Potter) is also a huge Star Wars fan.  Over the years I have purchased many Star Wars kitchen items such as measuring cups and glassware, which I bought from Thinkgeek.com.  You should check them out if you’re looking for fandom stuff, they’ve got some awesome items.

But THIS year, I bought her this adorable BB-8 handtowel an some cute washcloths from KOHLS.  I’m slowly decorating her whole house with Star Wars items, and I don’t think she’s caught on.  I don’t think she’d mind though, it’s so awesome!

6.    Bookish, Fandom, or Randomly Fun Socks

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Over the past few years, FUN socks have become a thing in our family.  Especially ones like these REALLY cute kitten ones!  We have two cats and these are just a fun stocking stuffer that everyone will have a good laugh over.  I know they’ll wear them too. Besides, they would also make such fun bookstagram photos too! 🙂

 

And there you have it, my list of Christmas Ideas for the Book Lover/Fandom Geek in your Life! 🙂 As, always, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday!  October went by so fast for me and although I had a few weeks of not reading, I think I did pretty well!

Here’s a list of the books I read:

  1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I loved how different this story was!
  2. Changeling by Molly Harper – I absolutely adored this one, review to come later!
  3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This has dragons and I loved them!
  4. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – this was 900 some pages, so technically counts as two books right?
  5. Escaping from Houdini – This was my most anticipated book of the year, so I wasn’t going to miss out on this for anything! Kingdom of Ash was my second most anticipated book of the year! 🙂

And there’s my wrap up for October!

Kingdom of Ash and Escaping from Houdini were not on the list when I typed up my October TBR, because I had no idea when I was going to get my hands on a copy of them – I just happenedd to get them both from the library in October!

I didn’t get to read Furyborn and The Falconer because the other two unlisted books were of more importance – I have to return them soon.  I’m going to move them to my November list.

Also, I needed to return Uprooted to the library so I DNF’d (did not finish) it for now.  I may get back to on a later TBR list, but not anytime soon.

November is such a busy and exciting time of the year in my household.  We look forward to seeing family and eating good food and it’s time consuming! So, I’ve decided to only add 4 books to the list this month!

November TBR

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews – This is e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve most graciously been given the opportunity to review.  It’s November, so I’m totally in the right mind-frame for CHRISTMAS! It’s have a large family so we start our Christmas shopping way early.  This book’s release date is November 13th! Also, I don’t think this is YA, but Adult Fiction.  I do like to read Adult books occasionally. 🙂

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2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes – This is also another e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve kindly been given to review!  I’ve never had an arc that doesn’t release until many months later, but THIS doesn’t come out until MAY 2019.  Also, this is the same author of Fawkes, which I absolutely loved and highly recommend,  so I’m super excited to jump into this one! (Also, I’ve no picture yet of this one!)

 

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I didn’t get to this one last month, but it’s in my library’s e-arcs and I plan to request it again. Also, this is the month of E-books apparently!

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4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Again, I didn’t get to read this one last month, but I really want to jump into this one as soon as possible.  It’s about Fae!

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And there you have it! My TBR for November!  (I can’t believe I’m saying this, there’s only one more month in the year after this!)

Also, NaNoWriMo is going on this month!  I’ve written just over 10,000 words! I hand write most of the time, and I spent a long, long time on Sunday typing up my words, so I could get a good count! I know there will be a few days this week that I won’t be able to write much, so I tried to write as much as possible between now and then!

As always, thanks for reading!

Book Review: Sea Witch

Book Title: Sea Witch 

Book Author: Sarah Henning

Page Count: 368 Pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

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

I’ve been a bit inactive for a couple of weeks, but that was due to illness!  It was difficult to even pick up a book and read, but I’m much better now, and able to focus on words.  I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t abandoned this or intentionally ignored any of your comments! I will be getting to those too! 🙂

With that being said, I just wanted to mention that NaNoWriMo begins THIS WEEK! I’m  internally screaming here because I am so not prepared for this. I’m still catching up with a few things but there’s two more full days of  October left – so hopefully I can get prepared before Thursday! My posts next month might be more geared towards my writing for NaNoWriMo than book reviews, so be prepared for that.

Have you seen the cover of SEA WITCH?  It’s such a beautiful cover.  That combined with the fact that it’s a fairy-tale retelling, made it very appealing to me. (I’ve been reading like one or two a month!) Not to mention it’s another Little Mermaid one, and I was sold.  I picked it up from library a couple days before I read it! 🙂

It wasn’t what I expected, but it happened to be a good thing!  I really enjoyed the main character Evie.  I must admit the side characters were a bit flat, and to be honest I didn’t really care about them much.  So the main character, and the villan’s story were all I happened to care about.

For a fantasy story, it starts off a bit slow, but I was still invested in reading it. All the good stuff happens at the end, but the story was well-written.  I couldn’t put it down because of the writing, and then towards the middle of the book things start to really pick up. There was some magic in the story too, but I didn’t feel like it was as strong as it could have been.

There were historical aspects to this story that made it really INTRIGUING to read. I enjoy when authors incorporate that sort of things into their stories.

Also, the ending was GREAT.  Things didn’t pan out the way I’d expected it to, but I ENJOYED how it went down. And it had some pretty good plot twists. It was very creatively thought out! 🙂

Overall I really enjoyed it.  I liked Evie, the main character and I wanted to find out more about her story, and what happened with her friend.  The side characters weren’t as good as they could have been, but the story was well-written.  I was hooked because of that, and things finally started to pick up to point where I didn’t want to put it down.  I liked how history was intertwined with the story.  I thought it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little mermaid re-telling.

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:  Sea Witch
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Sarah Henning

 

September Wrap Up & October TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a great first day of October!   I can’t believe it’s the end of another month already. I feel like I just started on my September TBR, but I’m looking forward to cooler weather in October!

WRAP UP

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Books On My TBR

1.  My Lady Jane – Hilarious and cute, more fantasy than historical fiction!

2.  Skulduggery Pleasant – This was as awesome as I thought it would be!

3.  Ash Princess – Amazing! It was everything my fantasy heart asked for!

4. The Last Namsara – Absolutely loved it, this was my favorite read of the month! 🙂

(I have reviews posted of the first three books!  The Last Namsara should be out next week!)

Books On My TBR I Did NOT Read

5.  Spindle Fire – I tried to read this, but I had a hard time with the different style of writing.

6.  An Ember in the Ashes – I was unfortunately not able to get to this one.

7.  Uprooted – I am in the middle of this one, so it’s not a complete failure.  Also, I’m adding it to next month’s TBR!

 

October TBR

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1. Sea Witch – by Sarah Henning  – A Little Mermaid re-telling! I enjoy a good retelling and I’m excited to read one about mermaids instead of sirens! Also, it’s fantasy so it looks like it will be awesome!

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2. Changeling – by Molly Harper – This is a Kindle ARC Provided by the publisher through NetGalley. From the synopsis, it seems to have a bit of a Harry Potter theme going on.  Magic and learning at an institute and trying to fit in. I can’t wait to read this! 🙂

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3. The Shadow Queen – by C.J. Redwine – I have been meaning to get this book for years!  I finally decided to get to it because a new book (the 4th one I think) is coming out in 2019!  I believe you can read it as a stand alone, but I wanted to catch up with everything else that was happening in that realm. It’s also a fairytale retelling series!

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4. Furyborn – by Claire Legrand – I think I unintentionally went with a theme that involves princes, magic, fairytale retellings.  While this one isn’t a retelling it certainly involves magic and princes, and also has a female lead. I cannot wait to read this!

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5. The Falconer – by Elizabeth May – Oh wait.  I picked up another book about Fae without realizing it! And of course it takes place in Scotland! 🙂 Also, I had no idea that this book has been out for a while, but from what I hear it’s excellent! 🙂

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6. Uprooted – by Naomi Novak – I’ve added this to list because I am currently reading this from last month.  It’s a slow read for me, so I’m going to put this on the back burner and get to the other ones first.  It’s a fairy tale re-telling and I’m enjoying it so far!

And that’s my wrap up and TBR!  Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

Book Review: Ash Princess

Book Title: Ash Princess

Book Author: Laura Sebastian

Page Count: 432

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend:  YES! 

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having an amazing start to the week! 🙂

Ash Princess has been on my radar for many months! Not only did the title of the book grab my attention but so did the cover. (It’s so pretty!)  It’s a fantasy novel, has princesses and evil kings, and what else could I want, lol. 😂 So naturally, I picked it up from the library.  MONTHS AGO.  Like in June. I checked out like fifty books from the library that day, so that is probably why I haven’t gotten to it until now. I have renewed it like five times already because I am a library renewing master! 😂

I am slightly regretful that I didn’t read it SOONER.😣  I absolutely ADORED the main character.  She’s in a precarious situation, and she has to make decisions based on what she thinks is right.   She’s got trust issues, and has every right to be. She remembers the way things were. Life is HARD!

Her relationships with people were totally relatable.  She faces tons of difficulty and she keeps her wit about her. This book is quite dark, but I love those kind of those things! >_<

The love triangle was a bit overdone (most of them are these days, though so I didn’t really have a problem with that).  Also, I was rooting for both pairings!  That rarely happens to me.  There were bits here and there of the story that were predictable but that’s to be expected. It is a fantasy book after all! 🙂 The side characters were awesome and I loved each of them.

In this book the villain was so evil and I really enjoyed that aspect of it.  (The fact that he’s really cruel NOT the actual horrible and terrible deeds that he did.) I’m glad that he wasn’t slightly somewhat good and just needed to see the errors of his ways, kind of villain.  He’s ruthless, cunning and conniving.

The magic in this book seemed a bit weak compared to others and I honestly think the book could have done without it, but who knows.  After the events of the first book, (which is a cliffhanger because authors love to keep antagonizing their readers this way,) maybe the second one will change my mind.

Overall, I really ENJOYED it.  I loved the all the characters, I related with the main character somewhat, loved her determination, and the evil villain was truly evil. The love triangle was FUN to read about.  The writing style flowed really well and it was an easy read.  I can’t wait to find out what happens in the book!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  Ash Princess
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here:  Laura Sebastian

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant

Book Title: Skulduggery Pleasant

Book Author: Derek Landy

Page Count: 392 Pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

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I’ve been hearing about this book for the past several years and always mentally made a note that I’d eventually put it on paper as a book that I wanted to eventually check out. However, my memory is no longer a good trustworthy thing, and we are no longer on good terms because of it. It needed mattered, because this book was only published in the states a few months ago, which I did not know but still. The memory of that note resurfaced when I saw this book at a thrift shop and purchased it, and brought it home with me. The book always happened to be in my line of sight and I thought that it would be a good idea to add it to my TBR for September.  Which I did.

First of all – I love the main character, Stephanie.  She’s easy to relate to, she’s smart, she’s witty and she’s dying for a new adventure like the rest of us are.  Basically, she’s all of us.  I love that the setting is taking place in Ireland, and you can definitely tell that from the way Stephanie and Skulduggery interact.

The sarcasm from Skulduggery was AWESOME.  I practically lived for seeing what would come out of his mouth next! The side characters were and villans were FUN and hilarious too! Even if they were a little evil.

Also, the world building and magic were pretty awesome too! I can see how this is setting up for the next books in the series – WHICH I WANT this instant.

So, overall this book was FANTASTIC!  I loved the main characters, as well as the side characters!  They were all amazing!  There was so much WIT and SARCASM that I couldn’t put the book down, because you know I live for it! The magic and the worldbuilding were all so much FUN! I can’t wait to fund out what happens next!

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: Skulduggery Pleasant
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Derek Landy