Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas



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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
 


My Review:

I'm not completely sure what my true feelings are about this novel, I had an extremely hard time reading it. That may have been my own personal state at the time or just the massive length of it and the pacing that through me off. And I was kind of thrown off by the sexuality in the novel, it could have been toned down a lot, espically for a teen novel. 

I was not a huge fan of some of the characterization changes, mainly with Tamlin, and how he became a huge dick in this novel.

I still like Feyre as a main character but it would have been interesting to see others POVS, like Tamlin or Lucien. However, I did enjoy learning more about Rhys and meeting various new and interesting characters and the focus on other parts of the world. 

The ending was interesting, the cliffhanger was one of the main reasons why I'm coming back to this series.

I'm still going to go ahead and read the next novel in the series, and hope that I enjoy that one more.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley


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Summary from Goodreads:

In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book s watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather s WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley s frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty."

My Review:

I have yet to find a graphic novel/memoir that is as deep and touching as this one.

At parts it was hard to read because of the deep questions Lucy was covering, like death and memory loss but in the end it was a learning experience.

Lucy tells the journey she took on a cruise with her grandparents but also weaves in things about them like her grandfather's memoirs about his time in WW2.

I recommend checking out her memoirs, at times they are funny but also deep and personal reads.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five

Waiting on Wednesday # 103



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Summary from Goodreads:

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

My Notes:

This sound incredible, I want to come out now. :(

Wishlist Wednesday # 103



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.


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Summary from Goodreads:

No one is unbreakable.

All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.

She’s given an ultimatum: shape up or step aside.

Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data. Maggie agrees, but has no intention of keeping her promise or ever seeing him again. That night Alex shows up at her Family estate with copies of confidential Family files and a shocking revelation—the kidney is for him.

The Vickers aren’t willing to let Alex out of their sight, so he moves onto their estate and Maggie is assigned to be his keeper. A task she resents and he enjoys making as challenging as possible. But procuring black market organs is becoming increasingly difficult, and as Alex’s health declines, she’s surprised to find herself falling for him.

Like it or not, Maggie must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both.

My Notes:

I enjoyed the first book and cannot wait to jump back into this great retelling.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I've Never Read #93


Review: Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13) by Jim Butcher


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Summary from Goodreads:

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends—and his own soul—Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

My Review:

Thanks to my kindle I was able to jump right into the next Dresden novel and I'm glad that I did.

The whole plot of the book was really interesting, Harry solving his murder from the grave, and it renewed my love for the series once again. :)

The only downside was the lack of characters, I wanted more Mouse, Murphy and others. However, I did get a good dose of Harry and Molly's story was really good.

The cliffhangers keep getting better with each novel! This one was pretty interesting and it gets the reader ready for book 14.

I recommend checking out this series if you enjoy humor, wizards, and good characters.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #109

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Books I Read Last Week:

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor (5 Stars)
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (3.5 Stars)
Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen #6) by Joanne Fluke (3 Stars)
Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) by K.A. Tucker (3 Stars)
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Number of Pages: 1,926




Currently Reading:

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Review: Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3) by Kelley Armstrong


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Summary from Goodreads:

In a world at war, who can you trust?

The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril—at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar’s life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favor.

But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances are. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them…

In this breathtaking final book in her epic trilogy the Age of Legends, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong blends fantasy, action, and romance to give readers the unforgettable ending they’ve been waiting for.
 

My Review:

I was worried that the author would bring in a love triangle but thankfully that did not happen, there was actually a boy/girl friendship without romance which something you do not tend to see in YA.

I loved the main characters, Moria and Ashlyn (and was glad that Ashlyn played a bigger part in this novel) and the side ones, Tyrus, Ronan, and Gavril plus the animals. :)

The ending was okay, I liked how the relationships ended up but I wanted a bit more action or magical elements.

I recommend checking out this series for the great characters and world building.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out Of Five

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Review: An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley


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Summary from Goodreads:

Midnight picnics at the Eiffel Tower; wine tastings paired with blowgun lessons; and romance in caf├ęs, cemeteries, and at the Brandenberg Gate--these are just some of New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley's experiences on her 2011 European book tour. An Age of License is both a graphic travelogue and a journal of her trip abroad. Fans of Knisley's food-focused autobiography (French MilkRelish) savor her mouth-watering drawings and descriptions of culinary delights, seasons with cute cat cameos. But An Age of License is not all kittens and raclette crepes: Knisley's account of her adventures is colored by anxieties about her life and career, depicted with fearlessness, relatability, and honesty, making An Age of Licensean Eat, Pray, Love for the Girls generation.

My Review:

Yet another great comic memoir from Lucy Kinsley, and sadly I now only have one more comic from her to go, French Milk.

I was not as invested in this one compared to her others but it still was a great and fun read. It was interesting to read about her travels but I would have liked more about the food or sights of the cities.

However, I did love her art style and this one was a quicker read.

I recommend checking out all of her graphic novel memoirs! :)

My Rating:

Four Stars

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #101

Stacking The Shelves

Reviews:

An Age of License: A Travelogue: Review
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen: Review
Mila 2.0: Review
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride: Review
The Last Anniversary: Review
Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories (Twelve Stories): Review


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next/This Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 30

Games:



Books:
And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)

by Kiersten White 

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Graphic Novel Review: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley


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Summary from Goodreads:

A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

My Review:

Thanks to this comic and a booktuber I found the awesome new genre of comic memoirs and now I'm working through all of Knisley's comics and moving on to others.

I really enjoyed the format of the comic, it seemed more like a novel with depth and great story instead of just a graphic novel, it took longer to read but in this case it was a good thing.

It was interesting because it was centered on the love of food instead of just on making it.

But I would not read this if you are hungry, the food looks so good and it has fun recipes throughout it.

I recommend checking out this comic about food and life with great artwork.


My Rating:

Five Stars

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza


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Summary from Goodreads:

Pitched as a "Bourne Identity"-type sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl who discovers that she is a Mobile Intel Life-like Android, an experiment in artificial intelligence created by the U.S. government, and her scientist mother, who kidnapped her when she was found to have human emotions.

My Review:

I've been slowly reading this novel for the last month or so (and it has been on my kindle for years), it was not bad I just did not want to read it quickly and the pacing was not the best.

The plot was okay but it could have been quicker, it had a few plot elements and not very much information about the android aspect, and it was around 470 pages with very little plot development. 

However, despite the lack of plot I still enjoyed and connected with the main character Mila and I'm interested in the reading the second novel. 

I recommend checking out the series if you enjoy light science fiction.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 102



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

My Notes:
I'm planning on giving this one another chance because of all the love for it.

Waiting on Wednesday # 102



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.



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A romantic seven-day cruise is the perfect start to bakery owner Hannah Swensen’s marriage. However, with a murder mystery heating up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, it seems the newlywed’s homecoming won’t be as sweet as she anticipated . . .

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah’s eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother’s neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town . . . and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play? As Hannah peels through countless suspects and some new troubles of her own, solving this crime—and living to tell about it—might prove trickier than mixing up the ultimate banana cream pie . . .
 

Release Date: Feb 28th, 2017

My Notes:

I adore this series and love the fact that is still going strong :)

Graphic Novel Review: Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley


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Summary from Goodreads:

A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion.

My Review:

I only just started getting into graphic memoirs but now I'm ready to devour them all! And Knisley is a great example of the genre, she is both funny and gives great life lessons.

Her point of view on wedding planning, and the feminist aspect she brought to it was really appealing

The only thing that I did not like was the length/the amount of content on the page because it took me a long time for me to get through it.

I recommend checking out these graphic memoirs, funny and informative!

My Rating:

Four Stars