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!

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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

 

Book Review: The Last Namsara

Book Title: The Last Namsara

Book Author: Kristen Ciccarelli

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 a great Monday! 🙂

A while back I picked up this book at my local library, where I get most of my books before I purchase them when I can afford them. I mean, who wants to buy a book and then be really disappointed for paying all that money for a book you dislike?! Amirite? 🙂

Anyway, my library displays all the new YA books on certain shelves and this one caught my attention because the cover looked amazing.  Naturally, I picked it up and was sold the second I saw the word “dragon.” I love dragons, what can I say?

I don’t know why, but I kept putting this book off for months.  I renewed it several times, until I decided to put this on my TBR for September and I AM SO GLAD I DID! I really regret not reading it sooner!  It was AMAZING.

The story was set at a fast pace, and I couldn’t put the book down for ANYTHING. It was just that good! The writing style was fantastic, too and made it easy for me to rush through it!

The main character, Asha, is fantastic.  She is a hardcore warrior, independent, strong, and FUN to read about. She’s someone I’d want as my best friend.  She’s got a lot of growth and development in this book and that is what makes the story. The side characters are also really strong, opinionated people, and I absolutely loved them all.  Also, there’s romance, because what’s a little YA without some.  It’s not a very strong one, compared to other books but still, it was ADORABLE! Not all fantasy books have to have such strong ones. And the evil characters were as evil as evil characters can be.

I loved the world-building with the DRAGONS (I loved them so much!), and how stories and myths worked in this world. Some of the plots twists took me by surprise! I didn’t see them coming AT ALL!

So, overall I thought that this book was WONDERFUL.  I thought the fast pace made for an adventure that I couldn’t put down. The writing style made it easy for me to read.  The world building was creative and new and super fun to read about.  The main character is AWESOME, as well as the side characters! Also, some awesome plot twists that got me good! I hope there’s a sequel, because I am so looking forward to 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:  The Last Namsara
And if you want to find out more about this author you check can it out here: Kristen Ciccarelli

 

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 Call

Book Title: The Call

Book Author: Peadar Ó Guilín

Page Count: 312

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

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Hello, Book Friends! I hope y’all are having a magical day!

I ended up picking this book up at a book sale, because I remembered hearing about how scary it was! If you don’t know this about me yet, I’ll let you in on a secret.  I love zombie novels and reading books that are meant to be terrifying, but not if it’s too horrifically graphic.  So, from what I heard and the from the synopsis on the back of the book it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

It was a very interesting concept and story line.  Contrary to what others have said, I thought the writing style was good.  It is a dark story line, which I also enjoyed reading. I thought that it took a while to get to the action – maybe halfway through the book – before the action took place.  And to be honest, although it is interesting, the story line is quite strange. There’s quite a bit of swear words too, which I thought was not entirely necessary.

For the most part, I really enjoyed it.  It was easy to get through and actually didn’t take me long to read, at all.  I think that there could have been more world building in the Grey Land side, too, but I enjoyed learning about the protagonist and how she was preparing for the event. It wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it could of been, but that’s just me. I think it was a little bit hyped up, and I set my expectations a bit high but I thought it was good nonetheless. 🙂

And you can tell that it’s not a standalone book by the way it ends, so there’s a second book in the series that I need to add to my TBR pile as soon as possible, because I really need to find out what happens next!

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: The Call
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Peadar Ó Guilín

Book Review: The Orphan’s Wish

Book Title: The Orphan’s Wish

Book Author: Melanie Dickerson

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes

 

Hello Book Friends! I hope today has been an amazing one for you!  It was a little dull and cloudy today and that made for perfect reading weather to finish this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.  

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I must say that I have not read any of this authors others books in this collection, so therefore I cannot compare.  How dare I not have read them yet. 🙂 It is a part of the Hagenheim collection and no you do NOT have to read them in order to understand this story!

Why did I decided to grab this book? Well, I read the premise and it seemed really interesting (besides it’s an ALADDIN RETELLING!)!  I haven’t read very many Aladdin retellings (or A Thousand Nights) yet.  Maybe one – The Wrath and the Dawn Duology.  Also, the cover seemed really pretty and that also drew me towards picking it out.

Anyways, I was captivated throughout the first few chapters in the book.  Aladdin’s experiences in his homeland and reading about his experiences and journeys traveling to a new land was really neat to read about.

Unfortunately, there was no Jasmine in this story (though there is a love interest that’s really interesting to read about), but there is an Abu.  *cue squealing here*

This book was definitely a different take on the retelling than what I expected, and it had a lot of different plot twists!  I was not expecting some of them, let me tell you.  The plot seemed a little slower than I was anticipating and I believe there was some over explaining of certain things, but I still really enjoyed reading it!

I enjoyed how the story incorporated feelings.  Like feelings of self-doubt, and feelings of sadness, and loneliness.  And then having to deal with these feelings and sort them out, though some of them seemed to be a bit exaggerated. I did not enjoy the love triangle (if you could call it that), however.

Overall, I thought this was a nice relaxing read.  It has romance, it has hardships, and it has some adventurous parts too, as well as being a different twist on a fairy tale retelling!

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:  The Orphan’s Wish
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Melanie Dickerson

 

 

Book Review: My Name is Victoria

Book Title: My Name is Victoria

Book Author: Lucy Worsley

Page Count: 384

Publisher:  Candlewick Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

Hello Book Friends!  I hope today is a magical one for you! Can you believe that spring is finally here!  I certainly can’t and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Well, I could if it would get WARM.  I think I’ve seen more snow in the month of March than February!  Get it together, weather!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I currently don’t have a photo to represent this book, I’m so sorry please forgive me.  I will share my popcorn with you to make up for it, if you’d like. (You should feel extra special, because the sharing of my popcorn isn’t something I do like ever) 😛

What made me request a copy of this book?  Well, first of all the cover on Net Galley was pretty, so that attracted me to  it. (The US Edition). Secondly,  I’ve been meaning to try to read more historical fiction pieces since reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and Jackaby.  I’ve suddenly found myself wanting to read a LOT more of them.

So, I planned to find some to put onto my ever growing TBR list because who doesn’t need a huge pile of books sitting in the corner of the room waiting to be read.  I think it’s going to be my new addiction.  That I DO NOT need, but still. It’s just another reason for me to keep loving books.

I really enjoyed reading another historical fiction piece.  I think they are quickly becoming my new favorite! I thought this book was adorable! I loved the protagonist in the book and felt like I could relate a little to her character. Also, this book was an easy way to learn about some of the history behind these characters. And, I enjoyed the fact that a lot of information was based on true historical facts!

The beginning of the book starts off a little slow, but quickly picks up during the second half of the book where exciting things start to happen. You follow the story of Miss V. Conroy, whose father has brought her to befriend the future Queen Victoria. It was neat to read about what may have happened before Victoria was crowned Queen.

I really enjoyed reading about Victoria from Miss V’s perspect, and read about Miss V and Victoria’s development of such a strong friendship.  Also, it was made more fun by reading about their polar opposite personalities.  It’s a story that test’s Miss V’s loyalties over and over again and it was nice to read a story where the girls aren’t at each other’s throats all the time!

The writing style was really pleasant and it didn’t take me long at all to read because I was immersed in wanting to know what happened next.  And the the plots twists of the story were really interesting too!  And I was not disappointed with the ending of the book either.  I sort of predicted the ending, but I thought it was a nice way to wrap up the story. 🙂

I think that this book is suitable for its intended target, and I would definitely recommend this book people who love historical fiction too! I really enjoyed reading this book! I definitely want to add this book to my historical fiction collection.

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: My Name is Victoria
And if you want to find out more about this author you check it out here: Lucy Worsley