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SOME THOUGHTS

Wow! This is the first time that I’ve posted a wrap up since June of last year!! I just can’t believe that. I’m trying to post more regularly now and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to support the blog. It’s been two years since I started it and I’m still filled with joy every time someone likes a post or leaves a comment. You are all amazing!!!


BOOKS HAULED


BOOKS READ

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler | ♥♥♥
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | ♥♥♥♥♥
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman | ♥♥♥♥
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda| ♥♥♥♥♥
Nocturne by Kat Ross | ♥♥♥♥½


February TBR


POSTS

Reviews:

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One · Between the Blade and the Heart · 27 Hours

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday

Other:

Currently Reading Book Tag · Book Titles Tag · Must Have Books

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: Books I Can’t Believe I Read. I picked these books because while I read them from cover to cover, I really should’t have. Sometimes you just need to realize that not all books are for you and it’s alright to put them aside. I kept of soldiering through and all it did was make me dislike these books even more. Ugh!

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?

Cover Reveal: True Storm by L.E. Sterling

I am so excited to be part of the True Storm cover reveal! I have loved these series and am so sad to see it end. It’s so unique and there’s nothing quite like it. If you haven’t read the first two books yet, then what are you waiting for?!?!


The Cover:

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True Storm by L.E. Sterling
Release date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genres: Young adult, science fiction
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If you can’t beat them, change them…


About the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Must Have Books: February Edition

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These are the books that I can’t wait to read in February! I really shouldn’t buy them, but I just can’t help myself. Just look at those covers!


344992161. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller: Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

231978372. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

366932733. Solis by Kat Ross: Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s a traitor within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.

345069123. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?


What are some of your must have books in February? Have you been lucky enough to read any of these already? What were your thoughts? ❤

Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Release date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, science fiction
Format: eBook

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Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

I’ve been trying to write this review for a while and have given up more times than I can remember. 1) I’ve been finding it difficult to get back into writing reviews 2) I’m conflicted about this book and 3) I feel like other bloggers can write about the things that bothered me better than I ever could. So, I totally encourage you to read reviews written by Aimal and Fadwa as they tackle issues with race, representation and colonization.

I was really excited about this book! The hype of Twitter was in overdrive and it sounded totally awesome…queer teens in space? Yes, please! So, when I finally picked it up after my long reading break I was super pumped but ended up being very disappointed.

The writing was well done…everything flowed, it featured unique characters, and had solid pacing but something felt off. Much of the story is about how in the future humans are beginning to colonize the moon but have not realized that the native inhabitants are asleep underground. This sets off a bloody conflict between the human colonizers and the chimera indigenous inhabitants. What bothered me was how the chimera didn’t get a say in how the story was being told. EVERYTHING comes from the perspectives of the human invaders. I don’t know if the author intended this to happen but it read as if we were supposed to feel bad for the human characters and their struggles with letting go of their long held prejudices. Now, the book doesn’t ever come out and say that the way the human characters treat the colonized population is right, but it doesn’t fully condemn it either.

I have other concerns about the world as well. The story is supposed to take place in the future in a time when humans are discriminated against due to race or sexual orientation, where there is only one human language, blah, blah, blah. But it really didn’t feel like the future to me at all. The teens in the book sound like the teens I teach everyday. Words from languages apparently not used anymore, references to movies and the slang from today stood out as odd. Also, with the whole lack of prejudice and discrimination (which would be amazing) being long gone from society I feel like the book missed out on some important topics that could have been discussed. It also just seems unrealistic. Maybe it was because the book sounded like it was still taking place in 2017? I don’t even know.

One thing that the book did do well was how it represented the queer community. Just to break it down a tiny bit, there is a bisexual, pansexual, transgender and asexual characters. One character is also deaf which is not something I have seen a lot in YA sci-fi books. All of the characters were briefly described as being PoC but this was an area kind of skimmed over in the book. A lot more could have been explored but wasn’t. Almost all of the characters had their own POV and I applaud the author for making them each have their own unique voice. Sometimes with multiple POVs things can get confusing and messy but not here!

NOTE: I have seen how many ace reviewers have been hurt by the rep in the book. I encourage you to read this review which explains the issues with the book’s ace representation.

So….27 Hours was not the book that I thought it was going to be. I has a lot of problematic aspects that I just couldn’t get over. I know for a fact that I won’t be reading the sequel or investing anymore time into this series.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. I had to refer to Goodreads for this one! I remember the titles and covers but for the life of me can’t say what happened in the story. Then again, I read most of these books years ago when I was obsessed with historical fiction.

Which books have you liked but can’t remember much about?

Book Titles Tag

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I recently saw this tag on Book Princess Blog and knew I had to do it. I love book covers and tags that involve them are so much fun! The tag was originally created by Rachel Reads and Books and Looks. Be sure to check them all out!


1. Title That’s the Story of Your Life

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2. Title That Describes Your Perfect Weekend

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3. Title of an Adventure That You Would Like to Go On

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I would have loved to be a detective during this time period. I’m obsessed with the Jack the Ripper case!

4. Title You Want to Name Your Child

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5. Title of Your Ideal Job

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Again, I would have loved to be a detective during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Of course, being female would have made that difficult but…

6. Title of a Place That You’d Like to Visit

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I’ve been to Skye but I want to go back. My heart aches for it. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful.

7. Title of Your Love Life

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8. Questions You Ask Yourself

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9. Title of a Kingdom You’d Like to Rule or Name

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Ravka has to be the fantasy world that has most captured my attention. I can’t get enough of it!

10. Title You’d Name Your Band

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11. What is Your Current Mood?

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12. What is Your Favourite Colour?

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This shade of blue is absolutely gorgeous!

13. How Do You Feel About 2018 So Far?

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14. Where Do You Want to Travel?

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Anywhere with a beach please!

15. What Are Your Summer Plans?

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I won’t be traveling this summer like I usually do…

16. What Are Your 2018 Goals?

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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this tag posted on A Bookish Bi‘s blog and thought it would be fun to do! It was originally created by BookTuber Charly Reynhorse. Onto the tag….

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually only read 1 book at a time but sometimes I’ll mix in a comic or poetry book to mix it up.

2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book?

It’s really all about how I’m feeling at the time. But I need to have finished a complete chapter in the book before I move on to something else. I can’t stop mid-way through a chapter. It drives me crazy!

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

Nope, not unless I somehow misplace it while reading. Also, I read a lot on my Kindle so I don’t really have to worry about that!

4. Where do you keep the book you’re currently reading?

It’s usually on my bedside table because I do a lot of my reading at night before I go to bed.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

During the week, usually at night just before bedtime. On the weeks it’s usually when I wake up with a cup of coffee.

6. How long do you typically read for in one go?

Hmmm….maybe 30 minutes or a hour. It really depends on the book and how interested I am in reading it.

7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I take the dust jackets off because I’m afraid of damaging them.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

I usually read sitting up with a bunch of pillows around me…it’s so nice and cozy!

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

No, not unless I’m traveling and then I really want it with me to help pass the time. I tried bringing a book to work with me to read during my break but I ended up catching up on grading instead.

10. How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

All of the time! It’s too much honestly….but I just can’t stop myself!

11. Who would you like to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone because I wasn’t actually tagged to do this. So….if you haven’t done this and would like to, consider yourself tagged! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

  1. Post more frequently on the blog. Whether it be reviews, wrap-ups or a meme I really do need to post more consistently.
  2. Try to read around 100 books. This past year was the first time I failed in that goal in 5 years. Right now, my Goodreads goal is 50 books but that’s just me aiming low.
  3. Continue to read more diverse books!
  4. Read more poetry! The past two years have reignited my love for the genre and I really want to explore more of what it has to offer.
  5. Read more of the books that I have sitting on my shelves instead of buying more. I think many of us have this issue but right now it just makes me feel so sad. Those poor lonely and forgotten about books!
  6. Finishing constructing my reading nook in our library. I have this amazing plan but haven’t actually put it into action. I did move some book to the area so that’s a start!
  7. Explore more New Adult books because every book I picked up from the genre last year was so much fun!
  8. Dedicate sometime each day to read. I haven’t been doing this since last August and I miss that “me time” that I used to have. Reading is so relaxing, a break from everything else I have to worry about during the day and definitely good for dealing with stress and anxiety.
  9. Try to be more active within the bookish community…participating in Twitter chats, commenting and visiting other blogs, etc.
  10. Read more in Spanish. I have tons of YA books in Spanish to read in order to practice and improve my vocabulary but I always take the easiest route which is to read in English. I really need to make more of an effort to increase my language skills.

What are some of your bookish resolutions for this year?

Mini Reviews: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One & Between the Blade and the Heart

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

34518216The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Release date: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry
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The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Amanda Lovelace has done it again! This collection of poetry was amazingly well written…I felt so many emotions while reading it. I teared up, I got angry, I felt shattered and then inspired. The collection, much like her previous one, touches on a variety of topics, including feminism, violence against women, rape, self-love and abusive relationships. Her words have so much power, each one carefully chosen and formatted for effect. I’m always amazed at how much she can say when only using a limited number of words. I can’t properly describe how reading this book made me feel. I simply don’t have the words.

I know this is a collection that I’ll come back to again and again. It’s a stunning companion to her debut and now that it’s part of a series…well I can’t wait for what Ms Lovelace will release next! This is most definitely, without a single doubt, a poetry book that everyone needs to read!


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

34964846Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking 

Release date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook

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Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

This book was such a surprise! It was fast paced, very entertaining and full of action. I read through it so quickly…it was such a change from the author’s other books which I found to have pacing and dialogue issues.

The story is a blend of Norse and Scandinavian mythologies and cultures. It revolves around valkyries, which I thought was pretty cool. The lead character, Malin, was not my favourite, but my indifference towards her wasn’t enough to turn me off from reading. I guess my main issue was that she was so self-centered and cold. The secondary characters really stood out to me. They were so much fun and full of attitude! Attitude is an excellent word to describe the world. I actually thought going in that it was be kind of a fantasy world only but instead it’s a mix of our world and this other one with mythical creatures, immortals, etc. Everyone is so badass, tattooed and grungy.

Overall, I thought that the book was a solid start to a new series. It’s ending left me with enough questions to have me looking forward to reading the sequel. Yes, it has some flaws with characterization, but I’m hoping Malin will develop and move forward in the next book. So, if you are a fan of the author’s past books or would like to read a story that’s fast paced and interesting, then this is the book for you!