Posted in 2016

Reader Problems Book Tag


Hey everybody, I’m here with another Tag! I have no idea who created this tag, but if you do please let me know so that I can give credit, anyway I can across this tag over at The Book Nut so go check them out!

 

  1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I usually just look at my bookcase and see what pops out to me, or I’ll be scrolling through goodreads. But It really goes by how I’m feeling at the time.

  1. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

Put it down, life is way to short to waste time on something you’re not enjoying.

  1. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

This is so bad, but if I’m behind on my challenge I just change it to a lower number that suits me.  So no, I don’t try to catch up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  1. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I honestly don’t care that much. But why can’t they wait until the series is over to change the covers?

  1. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

No one. I just look at good reviews and wonder how they could ever like that book.

  1. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

This actually happened to me last semester while I was reading before class. I was reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and one of the stories made me burst into to tears, unexpectedly. I was too sad to care about anything else. Also In high school we were reading the Scarlet Ibis, and I cried my eyes out in the middle of class I literally couldn’t keep it in, and then I cried while I walked home. I Just dry my tears and keep it pushing, and stop thinking about it.

  1. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Probably not. I’ll skim it, but that’s about it. I honestly only reread a book if it’s a favorite of mine.

  1. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I say no.

  1. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I stop reading, and just wait until I get in the mood to read. If I don’t feel like reading I’m not going to force myself.

  1. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

None, I haven’t bought books in so long. I own an unprecedented amount of books it’s crazy.

  1. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It depends on my mood, but they probably sit there until I get a break or something.

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Posted in 2016, February

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

DNF

I tried, I really really tried to read this book. I had such a hard time following the characters and the different meanings of the words. It just kind of fell flat for me and I ended up not finishing. I am saddened because I had heard such great things about this book and was truly excited to start it:-(

I will not give up on Ms. Schwab’s writing however, I have more books in my arsenal and am hoping that I have the same experience with her as I did with Rainbow Rowell. I read one book and disliked it but read another and ended up loving it!!!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

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Posted in 2016

Review: Bluets by Maggie Nelson


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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color…

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

My Thoughts:

It took me forever to read this book. It took me almost a year to finish this book, and it’s tiny. It’s only 95 pages but to me It read and felt as if I was reading a book that was well over a thousand pages, and that’s a good thing! This book gave me so many things to consider, to love, to learn, to understand and relate to! It was an experience.  A weird, sad, relatable, thought provoking experience and I enjoyed every single second of it. I wish I could forget everything about this book, just so I could I have that experience again.

It’s safe to say that I will never look at the color blue the same way again. Honestly, I will probably happen across a blue object and wonder what this color means to someone else. This is definitely a book about blue; you will come across the history of blue and hear about other people’s experience with blue. But It’s not just about the color of blue.  It’s about pain, sadness, loss, regret, happiness. ’s not so much about blue the color, but blue the feeling.

This book is a raw & obsessive look about falling in love with the color blue, and that might sound weird, but if you read this book you might just fall in love with blue yourself.

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Posted in 2016, Book Tours, February

Blog Tour: Wintersong By S. Jae-Jones w/Excerpt


WintersongWintersong by S. Jae-Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! This book!!! The Feels!!

I have to say that my body went through every emotion while reading this book! I started off as nervous and by the end, I was crying!

I really loved this story line! Elisabeth is the oldest daughter of a poor family whom always is looking out for everyone else but herself. She helped her brother become a violin prodigy and basically gave up on the one person whom she had always had an attraction to her sister to marry. She feels lonely and like the ugly duckling of her family. One day she meets The Goblin King and she still fights to save her sister. But he is not all that he appears to be.

My favorite character was Constanze, Elisabeth’s crazy grandmother! She always talked in riddles and the family just entertained her craziness as long as it was convenient. She was a hoot!

The ending…ugh! Get your tissues ready cuz this one will leave you crying:-( I felt for Elisabeth and Aric. I am not sure if this is a stand alone but I am really hoping that we will get to see more of these characters in the future!!

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy! It was superb! Definitely 5 stars!!

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Excerpt

Overture

      Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.
     Her grand mother had told her to beware the wolves that prowled in the wood, but the little girl knew the little boy was not dangerous, even if he was the king of the goblins.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not won der at how he knew her name.
     Oh, she replied, but I am too young to marry.
     Then I will wait, the little boy said. I will wait as long as you remember.
     And the little girl laughed as she danced with the Goblin King, the little boy who was always just a little older, a little out of reach.
     As the seasons turned and the years passed, the little girl grew older but the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, yet still ran to the forest to meet her old friend in the grove. Their games were different now, truth and forfeit and challenges and dares.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not yet understand his question was not part of a game.
     Oh, she replied, but you have not yet won my hand.
     Then I will win, the little boy said. I will win until you surrender.
     And the little girl laughed as she played against the Goblin King, losing every hand and every round.
     Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went into the woods to see her old friend.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the Goblin King asked.
     But the little girl did not reply.
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Posted in 2016

Reading Habits Book Tag


Hello everyone!

I came across this tag and thought it would be fun to do! This tag was originally created by TheBookJazz you can check out her video here, but I personally saw it over at Dreamland Book Blog and you can see her post here

 

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My room. I literally can’t read anywhere else in my house or I will get distracted by everything and everyone.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark, definitely. My bookmark collection is extensive and beautiful. I’m obsessed with them.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you
have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can just stop reading. I don’t really care about where I stop.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Nope.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Only when i’m at school. I will listen to music while a read, so I don’t get distracted by other people’s conversations

6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I usually read by moods, and if one book reaches a point I don’t like I will pick up a different one.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer to read at home, so i can be cozy.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
silently in my head, unless I read a passage that I really like it makes me laugh then I have to read it out loud.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Only if i’m bored with the book. But sometimes I like to read the last page of the book before I actually start it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Keep the spines new. Unless it’s a Mass Market Paperback, then I have to crack the spines

11. Do you write in your books?
Yes! I tab, write, highlight, circle. I do everything, to me it’s a sure fire sign that a book is well loved.

12. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
In the evening, and maybe right when I wake up before I get out of bed.

13. What is your best setting to read in?
In my bed, surrounded by a mountain of blankets.

14. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
Depends. Sometime i’m like I have to read the book before I watch, but it doesn’t happen. Sometimes I read because I watched the movie or TV show.

15. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
These days it’s E-book. I’m addicted to my Kindle right now. But physical books will always have a place in my personal library. 

16. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I make faces. It’s why I almost always read at home.

17. Do book series have to match?
ideally, yes. in actuality i’m going to get whatever I cheaper.

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Posted in 2016, Review

Review: I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben


I Was A BitchI Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from the author and I am very glad that I was selected to review! I love the idea of any amnesia story because there is this excitement around being able to start over and meet people again for the very first time. Also, you may be a changed person which is what “kind of” happened with this book.

I enjoyed the POV of Lacey and really liked how the book had started off in the hospital. I also enjoyed piecing everything back together. It was like a unique puzzle just waiting to be finished! And every time you thought that you had all the pieces, another piece was hidden and was thrown out at you and you had to start all over again.

Finn was some seriously hot stuff! I really enjoyed him and loved the times that he and Lacey shared. He really seemed to have his act together and I liked that Lacey could really be herself around him.

I have to say that there were a few times that I was internally screaming and wandering what the heck she was doing??? She had two guys and it seemed like her mind had already been made up but she tended to always string the other one along!

The pacing seemed a bit slow but that totally could just have been me since I just wanted to get to the happy ending of the book:) Thanks to Ms. Ruben for the copy! I adored every minute of it!

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Posted in 2016

Review: The Flash, Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice


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Joshua Williamson & Carmine Di Giandomenico

Paperback, Trade, 219 pages
January 24th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West!

From up and coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightening Strikes Twice!

Collecting: The Flash: Rebirth, 1-8

My Thoughts:

It was pretty good, I liked it.

It was a great trade for new readers, I was a little confused about the two Wally West’s because I didn’t read the previous run, so I don’t know young Wally’s origin. But other than that it was fine, and I really think fans of the show will enjoy this, it feels pretty similar.

The storyline was interesting, and enjoyable. There was a lot of moving parts, that came together in the end and I really liked that.

The twist though wasn’t surprising, like at all. But that didn’t lessen the quality of the story, at least for me. It was entertaining to watch Barry deal with the surprise. I also like watching Barry deal and figure things as a member of law enforcement.

Iris was pretty badass in this trade, definitely not a damsel. Her relationship with young Wally West was my favorite. They love each other so much, and Wally looks up to her and its endearing. Meena & Wally were sweet too. This trade focuses a lot on personal relationships.

I always kind of think of Barry as a Boy Scout. He’s good and sweet, and carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He want to do everything, and save everybody and then beats himself up when he can’t. This in the beginning of the trade was endearing, by the end I was a bit annoyed. Also the repetition in this book drove me insane. The word speed appears at least a 200 hundred times in this trade, and I got tired of reading “My names Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man alive”.

Overall it was a good trade, with an interesting plot, and great artwork. Perfect for new readers & fans of the show.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning


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Dan Abnett & Brad Walker

Paperback, Trade, 192 pages

Published January 11th 2017 by DC Comics

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in the surface world, he’s a hero and an outcast.

In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to finally choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!

Collecting: Aquaman 1-7, Rebirth

 

My Thoughts:

Before I get into this review I have to first say: I’ve never read anything about Aquaman. This is my first occurence with Arthur Curry, and I wasn’t disappointed.

With DC rebooted their universe, this is the perfect starting point for new readers. The first issue in the trade does a great job of explaining who Arthur Curry is, his world, his place on land and in sea, and It’s done in a very interesting way which made me even more excited to jump into the storyline.

This trade was action packed and intriguing. The Trade starts with Aquaman trying to bring both of his worlds together, land and sea. With this endeavor he faces opposition on both sides. The people on earth think he is dangerous and foolish at the same time, while the people of Atlantis want nothing to do with the air-breathers. What I like most about this trade was seeing the opposing sides and watching as Aquaman tried to make everything work. He was willing to do anything to bring the people of Atlantis and the people of land together, and it was amazing to watch as it all unfolded.

I think the main reason why I loved this book so much was Mera. I have to say the beginning of the book was slow, it was interesting, but it was pretty slow. So when the action started to unfold I was glad, and extremely happy to see that Mera was at the forefront of it all. That woman is strong, fierce, an amazing warrior, and she will do anything for Arthur. I thought the relationship between Mera and Arthur was amazing, it was even funny at times, and they work so well with each other.

What else made this book a hit, at least in my opinion was Black Manta. Getting his side of the story was personally my favorite part. Watching as he pursued his vengeance against Arthur was entertaining, but seeing why he wants to defeat Aquaman was shocking to me. I’m new to Aquaman and comics in general, so it changed my opinion of Aquaman. Also, Black Manta is pretty badass, and I truly love his personality and I’m so stoked to see where his story arc goes.

Being new to Aquaman I was very impressed with this trade. I thought the storyline was entertaining and intriguing, the artwork was beautiful, and the characters were vibrant. For old fans I don’t how this would stack up, but I say give it chance!

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Posted in 2016

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 176 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

After the stunning events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?

Along with all-star illustrators Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis) and Patrick Gleason (Robin: Son of Batman), best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi brings you Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman!

Collecting: Superman 1-6, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I went into this trade blind. I knew absolutely nothing. With the universe being rebooted, I thought this would be a good time to jump on board.

After a little background that i found a little bit confusing (probably because I didn’t read the previous run) we jump right into the storyline following Superman, Lois, and Jon as they navigate through life on the farm and Jon’s developing powers. I found the family dynamic really cute, and something I really wasn’t expecting. It was actually pretty relatable, and very realistic which I actually enjoyed. It was really sweet Clark, Lois, and Jon interact.

The problem I had with this trade was that the plot was forgettable. Honestly, probably won’t even remember what it was about next week. It was forgettable, flat, and frankly uninteresting. It was action packed but, I just didn’t care. I kept checking my progress because I just wanted it to be over.

One thing I really did like in this trade was Lois. I typically don’t like Lois, but this one was kickass! Don’t mess with the baby bear, when mama bear is around!

Also, the Hellbat suit? Freaking AWESOME!

Also, the artwork was fantastic and colorful. It went perfectly with the storyline.

It’s sweet and packed with action, but it just wasn’t for me. I would still recommend to anyone who is a Superman fan, it’s an interesting transition worth checking out. Though I wasn’t a fan of this trade, I’m still interested to how this plays out.

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Posted in 2016

Happy New Year!!


Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!!

I am so sorry that I have not been able to update recently. Work has been kicking my butt and I am sooo busy! I will hopefully slow down within the next week or two and then I can get back to my regular schedule. I have been reading so please do not fret! My most recent read is the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. GOOD READ!!!

Have a great day!

Muah!

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