October 2020 Wrap Up

I’m baaacccckkkk with the only post that you seem to get from me nowadays. It’s not that I don’t have reviews written. I do! I’m just terrible at actually typing them up into something that is coherent and then posting them. I need an assistant who’ll take my handwritten sticky note reviews and will put them together for me. That would be nice.

I did really well this month reading wise! So I’m extremely proud of myself. I read a total of 8 books and the majority of them have quickly become new favorites of mine.

Without further ado here are all the books I read in October!

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: ★★★★

This was such a fun read for October and I’m so glad I read it in the spooky month. I listened to the audiobook and while the beginning was a little slow, it picked up eventually and soon I was falling in love with the characters. I need the second book ASAP.

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: ★★★★

This book was so good and I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it!!! It’s such an intense and amazing fantasy. The second book comes out soon and I can’t wait to dive into it.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: ★★★

I really wanted to like this book and I did, just not as much as I had hoped to. I still want to continue with rest of the series and I’m hoping that as I continue reading I’ll like it more!

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September 2020 Wrap Up

Guess who’s back again with the only consistent post they write?? If you guessed me then you’re absolutely right!

Monthly wrap up posts are so easy to write and they don’t take me that long which is why I keep writing them every month even if I don’t post anything in between them.

I am in the middle of writing my review of The Burning God though and I do want to have that out before the book comes out next month. I have about half of it written which is honestly how all my book reviews are right now.

Onto the books I read in the month of September!

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott: ★★★

First up is a book from my childhood that I wanted to reread. This was sweet and cute. It brought back a lot of memories of how much I loved to read as a child. I’m definitely going to continue with the series.

Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)

Jade War by Fonda Lee: ★★★★

I love this series so much and I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the last book to come out. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and the last 100 pages of the book were so intense I almost started crying.

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Review: The Poppy War

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


This book is a whirlwind of emotions that left me feeling all types of ways. I read this book back in May and I still think about it sometimes. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that I gave it three stars. Three stars for me still means that I enjoyed it. I think this book was a great primer into adult fantasy for me and I can’t wait to continue exploring the genre.

Before I start my review, I do want to say that this book has a lot of trigger and content warnings.

Self-harm – Suicide – Violent rape – Sexual assault – Murder – Massacres – Brutalization – Mutilation – Torture – Substance abuse – Abuse – Emotional abuse – Physical abuse – Relationship abuse – Human experimentation – Chemical warfare – Genocide

This is a very dark book and if that is something you can’t read about then maybe don’t pick up this book.

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Down The TBR Hole #1

I’ve seen a couple people do this and thought I would do it as well. I currently have 90 books on my Goodreads to-read. Hopefully I can cut some out.

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

Let’s get started!

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

#1 The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I actually own the whole series and I’ve wanted to read it for a while. I do want to eventually read all my unread books on my shelf and this is one of them.

Keep


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

#2 A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

Another series in which I have all the books. I have heard only good things about this series and I know Schwab is a great writer so I’m definitely going to get to this eventually.

Keep


An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

#3 An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is also a series that I have heard great things about so I most likely will also want to eventually read this.

Keep


The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)

#4 The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

After reading the synopsis I don’t know if I want to read this book anymore. I do own it but I think for now I’m going to remove it and potentially maybe add it back later.

Go


The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

#5 The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

I definitely want to read this especially after reading the synopsis. I have heard mixed reviews about the book and author but I’m willing to give it a try.

Keep

Well that’s it for today. I did end up keeping a majority of the books but that’s ok. I knew that I wasn’t going to get rid of the ones that I already own since I knew I wanted to read them when I bought them.

How many books are on your guys’ TBR?

February 2019 Wrap Up

I successfully read more this month than I did last month and I’m very proud of myself for it. Even with school and work getting in the way I managed to read/listen to three books this month! One more than last month! Hopefully as the year goes on I’ll be able to read more books each month.

Nightblood (Frostblood Saga, #3)

Nightblood by Elly Blake: ★★★★

This is the final book in the Nightblood Saga and it was a good ending to the series. I didn’t like it as much as the second book which is definitely my favorite but overall Nightblood was still enjoyable. I’ll have a more detailed review up eventually.

The Fever King (Feverwake, #1)

The Fever King by Victoria Lee: ★★★★

I got to read this book early due to the fact that it was part of Amazon’s First Reads program for this month. I’ll talk more about the program in my review for this book when I get to writing and posting it. However this book was so intriguing, there was so much that happened. It was a mix of urban fantasy and political intrigue which I really liked.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Renegades by Marissa Meyer: ★★★★

This is the first audiobook I listened to ever and I really enjoyed the narrators for the book. I think the narration was done really well and it’s a huge part of why I enjoyed the book. I didn’t love this book as much as I love Meyer’s other series but it was still enjoyable. More to come in my review whenever I get to it.

I don’t know if I’m going to post a March TBR only because I don’t really plan what books I want to read. I just kind of go with the flow and hope that I get to read something. Also don’t you love that I haven’t written reviews for any of these books yet. I’ll get to them eventually! I swear!

Audiobooks: are they worth it?

Recently I read a blog post over at seeliepages where she talked about her first experience with audiobooks. Now I’ve also been wanting to get into listening to audiobooks but I didn’t like the idea of not holding a physical book in my hands and seeing the words that the author wrote. However I also don’t have a lot of time to be sitting down and reading, which is why I’m interested in audiobooks.

I drive a lot. I drive to school, to both my jobs and in total I probably spent at least three hours a week driving, which means I could be using those three hours a week to read, which is where audiobooks come in. I decided to go ahead and use the free 30 day trial that audible has to see if I would like listening to audiobooks.

I know that Libby and Overdrive have audiobooks and I could borrow them through my library but the waitlist for the books I wanted were weeks long, so hence I decided to just try audible. I got two credits or books for my 30 day trial and for the first one I decided to listen to Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

I ended up really enjoying the book overall but by the end of it I wished that I had a physical copy of it in my hand.

Pros:

  • Audiobooks are very convenient. I could listen to it wherever I wanted since I had it on my phone. I listened to it while working, walking to and from class and most importantly while driving.
  • The narrators for Renegades were amazing and I think they were a big part of why I had enjoyed it so much.
  • Visualization; hearing someone else read the words helped me visualize everything much more easily.

Cons:

  • I ended up getting distracted a lot by things going on around me and having to rewind a bunch of times.
  • I missed having an actual book in my hands as well as seeing the words in front of me.
  • I missed being able to track pages read in Goodreads as it isn’t really compatible with audiobooks.
  • They’re expensive. Audible is 14.95 a month and you only get one book and the company pretty much has a monopoly on all books so unless you want to outright buy it, you’ll have trouble finding it elsewhere.

I think overall I enjoyed listening to the audiobook but I don’t know if I want to keep up with it. I like buying books and they are much more easier to access and obtain than audiobooks. Having the audiobook experience was definitely something I’m grateful for but I’m going to stick to physical copies from now on.

Do you guys listen to audiobooks? And if so do you like them?

January 2019 Wrap Up

I read exactly two books this month which wasn’t exactly my goal. I wanted to read a book every week but once school started back up that went out the window. I’m ready to read more in February though and I have a plan set in place to keep reading even if I get busy with work and school.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black: ★★★★★

I loved this book so much. It was everything I expected and more to be honest. The characters were my favorite thing about this book and how each one of them grew and developed to stand on their own. I have a more in depth review coming hopefully sometime soon.

Puddin'

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy: ★★★

I enjoyed this book. There were a bunch of things that I didn’t really like but for the most part overall it was an enjoyable read that left me feeling light and happy. If you want to see more of my thoughts on this book head on to my review of it here.

Well that’s it for my January wrap up. I know I’m posting this a little bit later than I should but I wanted to get it out there before I forgot and it was already the end of February. I should have a February TBR up either tomorrow or the day after. And I hope that this month I read more books than I did in January.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have many books that I’m excited about this year but here are the ones that are coming out between January – June.

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)
May 7th 2019

Another sci fi series written by Amie and Jay??? Sign me the fuck up. I can’t wait for this one and hope it’s just as good as The Illuminae Files which I know it will be.

Sorcery of Thorns
June 4th 2019

This book just really appeals to me with the promise of sabotage, sorcery and most importantly libraries! There’s also the fact that the cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sucker for pretty covers.

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Review: Fireblood

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, #2)

Title: Fireblood
Author: Elly Blake
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.


Before I start this review, I just want to say this is another book that I read last year that I didn’t get around to reviewing in time but you know it’s whatever.

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Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)

Title: Daughter of the Siren Queen
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publication Date: February 28th 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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.


I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.

Hi there guys I read this book last year but I’m only getting around to writing the review now. I’m just a lazy person who takes a while to write well thought out reviews. If I didn’t take this long I would have reviews that just say: wow this book is great. Everyone read it. Ok bye.

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