Book Review: Corpse and Crown

Book Title: Corpse and Crown

Book Author: Alisa Kwitney

Book Publisher: Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Would I Recommend:  Yes! 

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Hello Dear Book Friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start! 🙂  I haven’t published a book review in over month and it seems like I almost forgot how! >_< Anyway, I’m back on track and ready to tell you about this book!

I decided to request this from Net Galley mainly because of the title, Corpse and Crown.  The title was very eye-catching for me (lol, pun intended) because if there’s anything similar to zombies involved, I’m all for it! Also, it has a historical fiction setting which I’ve been really into reading a lot more of, here lately. And fortunately and I was approved! 🙂

This is an Oliver Twist retelling with a bit of Frankenstein incorporated and it is so different than what I expected! I thought it was AWESOME.

This book is actually the second in the Cadaver and Queen Series.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until too late, however, you CAN read it as a stand-alone book.  Corpse and Crown happen to tell the story of different characters set in the same world as the first book.

Let me just say that this book was so much CUTER than the title sounds! I absolutely adored the main character, Aggie, as she reminded me a lot of Audrey Rose from Stalking Jack the Ripper. Also, I love this girl’s boldness so so much.

The Artful Dodger quickly became my favorite person. Though the queen was very, very close. I just wish the story would have told me more about this character and how she really felt. If I’d read the first book, this might have (probably) made more sense to me!

This story had me really intrigued by the Bio Mechanical aspect, more than I thought I would be, and I found myself wanting to know more about it – which is pretty unusual for me.  I really enjoyed where the author was going with this story, though I felt it could have a bit more detail involved.  I STILL enjoyed it, regardless.

The writing style was FANTASTIC, and I had a very hard time putting this book down so I could go to sleep.  I really wanted to know what was going to happen, and the plot twists were put in all the right places!

So overall, I really, really enjoyed this book.  I plan on reading the first book (hopefully soon), so I can find out more about the Queen now that I’ve read this one! The characters were well written, the style of writing was great and I highly recommend that you read this! (Though you might want to read Cadaver and Queen first, so you have more info going into the second book!)

I was provided this e-arc by the publisher, Harlequin Teen/Inkyard Press through Net Galley.  All opinions expressed in this review are all my own. 

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:  Corpse and Crown
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here:Alisa Kwitney

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December Wrap Up and January TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know I sufficiently stuffed my face with all kinds of delicious foods over the past few weeks – not gonna lie, it was totally worth it! Anyway, now that it’s over, I’m back in book world! 🙂

I completed my December TBR, which was only TWO books but I’m still patting myself on the back for finishing it.

  1. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I listened to this on audiobook and oh my goodness it does not disappoint! I absolutely, loved catching up on Juliette, Warner, Adam, and Kenji! And the cliffhanger ending had me like !!!
  2. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney. This e-arc book was super cute and I loved everyone second of it. (It’s an Oliver Twist retelling) The review will be coming soon as it releases next month!

So, onto my January TBR.

I was only going to read 4 books this month, but I have pretty high ambitions, though I suspect I’ll only end up reading 3 or 4 because that’s how I roll, lol. >_<

  1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. I’m super excited to read the next installment of the DC icons. I’ve read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and it was so good. (Also, how fun is it that all these books are written by different authors?!) I’ve yet to read Wildcard and Warcross by Marie Lu, but I really enjoyed The Young Elites series and Prodigy series.bat
  2. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I can’t wait to read this. I got this e-arc from the publisher through Netgalley. It sounds really interesting to me because it’s a murder mystery/historical fiction book. And it happens to be set in Paris! It just sounds amazing.
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. Apparently I’ve had this on my shelves for about a year, and haven’t read it yet. It’s a historical fiction (I had no idea!) set in England and Hungary. It’s got mixed reviews, but I’m totally looking forward so see what it has to bring to the table.brr
  4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m attempting to read books off my shelf this year that I’ve yet to read. Apparently, this one has magic (always a fun thing to look forward to), assassins, an evil queen and a princess who has to save them all. I can’t wait to dive into this one!qott
  5. Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa. Although I said I’m trying to read books off my shelf, I got this one from the library. I’ve already started reading this one and I’m loving it! I actually want to get back to it right now! I’m about 90 pages in and it’s fantastic!sotf

 

And there you have it!  My TBR consists these of 5 books and hopefully I’ll get to them all before the end of the month! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2018

So, if you’ve been following my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I did this back in July, with my top  5 books of the first half of the year. Some of these books will probably be the same, but there’s some new ones too!

  1.  Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe and Thunderhead are absolutely amazing books, full of originality and exciting plot twists.  This series tops the list, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one! 

2. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one.  It has dragons and an exciting plot line! 

3.  Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I loved this book so much and after that cliffhanger I am begging for more! 

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I never knew this was a hilarious, sarcastic book.  I loved it a lot. 

5. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

You people told me I would LOVE this book you were NOT wrong. This is the BEST high fantasy book I’ve read to date. I’ve actually started reading the Well of Ascension already even though I hadn’t planned on it. 

6. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

This book was a great historical fiction.  I love the mix of magic and history intertwined. 

7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The protagonist of this book is witty, and funny and not afraid to stab someone without feeling guilty.  I loved it so so much. 

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell was amazing in the book, but Lila really stole the show in the rest of the series.  I don’t really mind, it was a fantastic read anyway. 

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in 2017, otherwise it would be on list. But Crooked Kingdom still made the list and I am reeling from the amazingness (I’ve officially deemed this a word) of this series, so much that I’m re-reading it. (And I never re-read a book, so that’s saying something there.)

10. Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

I have been waiting for this books for YEARS!  Tamora Pierce’s books are just so epic tht that they are always worth the wait.  Also, so much information bundled into this book that you’ll want to know about. 

And there you have it!  My top 10 favorite books I read in 2018! As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

Book Review: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Title: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Author: Mimi Matthews

Book Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Page Count: 175 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Hello Book Friends!  It’s just another Monday closer to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited for the holidays coming up! 🙂 And since Christmas IS coming up soon I was in the mood to read something for the upcoming holiday! Those HALLMARK movies just never set the right tone for me to feel like I get the whole story, so I wanted to READ something Christmasy. When I saw that this one was also a HISTORICAL FICTION book, I requested this one, immediately. It’s not a YA novel like I typically read, but sometimes I need a break from those!

I’m so glad I did.  This story was ADORABLE.  Not gonna lie, it’s a straight up fluffy cute romance novel.  Not something I’d pick up to read every day, but something that I enjoy once in a while.  And this one was perfect.

I love how it starts out.  The two main characters don’t understand each other at all, and sets the tone for the whole story.  But it’s so much FUN! The story was well-written, and it was another fast-paced book I’ve read recently.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so short, – I didn’t realize it was a novella, (my bad) but for this type of story there was no reason to drag anything out.  You learn a lot about the characters in such a short amount of time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I recommend it to anyone looking for a simple sweet romance with a historical fiction edge to it and taking place during a nice Christmas setting.   I loved the main characters, (some of the side characters not so much, but they kind of remind me people I know in real life so there’s that! ;)) and the overall plot and the simplicity of it all.

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:  A Holiday by Gaslight
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Mimi Matthews

2018 August Wrap Up and September TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having an amazing day!

It’s already that time for a wrap up, yet I thought I just wrote my August TBR?! Where did my month go? It came and went so fast! 🙂 Anyway, here it is! If you just want to see my September TBR just keep scrolling!

I don’t know if ya’ll know this, but I also have a bookstagram account over @erinreadsthebooks! Feel free to stop by and say hi! 🙂

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WRAP UP!

Books I read that were actually on my TBR pile:

1. The Cruel Prince

 

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I couldn’t obtain a more recent pic since I’d already returned it to the Library.

 

(I updated my August TBR post a couple days after I posted it, because this E-book appeared on my kindle from the library and limited to how much time I had before it needed to be returned.)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Cruel Prince

2. This Savage Song

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: This Savage Song

3. The Crown’s Game

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Crown’s Game

4. Mistborn

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Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here: Book Review: Mistborn

Books on the TBR pile I didn’t get to:

1. Fangirl

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Unfortunately this one didn’t happen this month.  I just couldn’t get into this contemporary mood this month.  However, I will be re-adding it to a future TBR, but not September.  If I do that all I’m going to do is keep pushing it forward each month and end up not reading it at all! :/

2. Sky in the Deep

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I didn’t get around to reading this one either. I should have started this one before I invested so much time into Mistborn. After reading Mistborn, I didn’t think I’d be willing to read anything that wasn’t up to it’s standards. Again, I’ll re-add this one to a future TBR and trying again.

Books I read that weren’t on my TBR that I read anyway:

1. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Volume 3)

Yes, I count manga as books – especially since they tell a story.

This is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto.  It follows the main character Boruto, the son of Naruto Uzamaki as he grows up in the ninja ‘verse.

It took me twenty minutes to read and unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before I returned it to the library.

If you want to find out more about this series, you can check it out on wikipedia here: Boruto

2. Blood Water Paint

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This was an impulse read, actually on the last day of August.  I was going to actually add it to my TBR pile for September, but I started reading it and found it too be intriguing to be put down.

So, overall I read 6 in total –  4 out of my TBR, and 2 at random.  It’s only the first month, so I’m going to have another TBR pile for September, as you can see below!

September TBR

I’ve added 7 books to my TBR book this month! 🙂  Here’s the list!

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I believe this is something of a fairy tale re-telling and who doesn’t enjoy those? Ok, well maybe you don’t, but I do and I’m kinda obsessed with them! Also, I think I heard something about dragons too?! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, you either LOVE it or you HATE it. We’ll see which way I lean towards when I’m done reading it (hopefully in September!).

 

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

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Ok, so I’ve like started this twice already, and ended up getting distracted with other things such as library books that were due and I had to read before they were returned.  This is a book I actually own, and I am settling down this month to read it.  Besides I hear it’s really good and the third book was just released this year.😊

 

3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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I’m not sure if this is middle grade or YA, but I’ve always been meaning to try it out to see if I like it.  Besides since it’s almost AUTUMN, I can read this because Halloween’s just around corner, yes? And it seems like something I would enjoy.

4. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Reclaiming Kingdoms, Princesses who fight back, and a little bit of darkness – count me in.  It seems to have a lot of good reviews, so I’m looking forward to it!

 

5. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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Another Fairy Tale re-telling! I’m pretty much sold on those words at this point but again I’ve heard mixed reviews so we will will see!

 

6. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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More dragons in this one! (More magic words that make me stop and want to immediately read!)

 

7. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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The cover reminds me of something really contemporary, so I never would have picked it up otherwise – if I hadn’t heard that it is really funny. So, it’s hopefully more of a lighthearted read that I’m looking forward to reading this month!

 

 

There you have it!  My wrap up and September TBR! Let me know what you thought about these in the comments below!  As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Book Review: This Savage Song

Book Title: This Savage Song

Book Author: V.E. Schwab

Page Count: 469

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

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Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!

If you haven’t been keeping up with me, you’ll not have noticed that I’ve made a TBR list for August!  And I’m sticking to it!  This might actually become a habit. I mean, who am I anymore really?  🙂 Anyway, out of six books, I’ve already read three. And it’s August 5th.  Am I really going to get through my monthly TBR in two weeks?  I haven’t read that many books in a week at all this year? What is happening?

This was my second (or maybe third) attempt to read this book.  When I first attempted to read this book, I thought maybe it was a contemporary?  And after reading it all the way through I STILL feel like I’ve finished some contemporary story.  Maybe because it has to do with contemporary themes? I’d add more to that statement to emphasize my point but I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll just stop at that.

It’s written from two perspectives, Kate and August.  I really enjoyed August’s character a lot.  I wish I’d read a lot more about him.  And the monsters in the story were a fantastic idea, but I think they should have been much more in depth characters than they were. The writing style was lovely, and I flew past all the pages rather quickly.  I thought the story was quite slow all  through parts one and two, but the action picks up at the beginning of part three and through the rest of the story.

I think there was a lot of unnecessary information in it when it came to the location of places, but that could have been just me. And the plot was meh.  I think there was a lot of opportunity to make this a FANTASTIC story, but it just wasn’t there. Also, I couldn’t relate to characters very much and side characters had hardly any depth at all! I was disappointed with that one very much.

Although, I didn’t relate much, I did appreciate the attention to detail that was put into the story, such as having a panic attack.  I could see and “hear” the person’s thoughts through these words. I thought that was a nice touch to the story.

So, overall it wasn’t a favorite book for me.  It had the potential to be an EVEN BETTER book, but the plot was lacking. It was really slow going in the beginning for me.   I really enjoyed the writing though, so it was an enjoyable read.  I didn’t like Kate so much as I loved August’s character, though they both were lacking in depth, as well as all the side characters! Like I said it felt very contemporary…ish in my opinion.  I understood the direction the characters were going in, but none of it gave me ALL THE FEELS I needed to make me cry over it.  It’s not GREAT, but it’s not BAD either. I liked it well enough that I’ll probably pick up the second one to see where it goes. These are just my opinions though, you might LOVE it.

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: This Savage Song
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: V.E. Schwab

 

 

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