Friday, 18 August 2017

JULY '17 WRAP-UP



So, it's the end of the month and that means another wrap-up!

I am very proud of my reading this month because I got a lot of reading done. I have been in California for most of this month visiting my grandparents and taking a break from a lot of stuff.

I did go to Disneyland and I will write a whole post about it when I can. It was so much fun. We went for two days and I love it there so much.

I did participate in campnanowrimo but I did not get to my goal. I am upset about that but I will continue to work on it as much as I can anyways.

Join my book club: here.

 Anyways...

Time to talk about the books I read this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS




The first physical book I read was Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. I wrote a whole review on this book but in short I loved it. There were so many movie references and quotes and I loved the plot and the characters. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The second physical book I read was Courage to Soar by Simone Biles. I love Simone Biles and I think she's such a role model for girls and just everyone. I loved reading about her story and seeing everything through her eyes. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The third physical book I read was Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I went into this with very high expectations and this book unfortunantly did not meet them. I found this book a little boring though I loved the fact that it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I rated it 3 Crowns.



The fourth physical book I read was The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile but I never got around to finding it until this summer. This book gave a firm nod to Sherlock Holmes but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.  I rated this book 3.5 Crowns. 

The fifth physical book I read was The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond. This was really good and I have seen it quite a few times but have never decided to actually pick it up and read it. It was set in World War II and it was so good because it was about girls actually getting to be bada*s. There is also no romance in this one which was so refreshing. I rated this book 4 Crowns. 

The sixth physical book I read was Ten by Gretchen McNeil. I have also seen this book around a few times and I finally picked it up. Yes, it was scary if you were wondering. I loved the suspense and the characters and I thought it was actually really creepy. It is based off of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

 

The seventh physical book I read was Unfiltered by Lily Collins. I really enjoyed her very personal autobiography. I really like Lily Collins and this book made me like her even more. She talks a lot about her eating disorder, relationships [both romantic and friends and family], and insecurities. I really liked this book. I rated it 5 Crowns. 

The eighth physical book I read was Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown. This was another historical YA book. This was very good and had a bit of a mystery element to it. This is another book which has bada*s women/girls. It is set in World War I. I rated it 4 Crowns. 

The ninth physical book I read was Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno Garcia. This was dark. I didn't really expect it to be super dark but it was.  I am going to be doing a full review of this because I have quite a bit to say about it.  I had had it on my want to read list for a long time and I am excited to have finally gotten to read it. I rated it 4 Crowns. 



The tenth physical book I read was A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. I loved The Star-Touched Queen so much and when I heard about this being another book in the series, it was zooming onto my to read list. I loved this book a lot. Vikram and Gauri were both excellent main characters. Gauri was strong and independent and a queen. Vikram was a prince who didn't really know what he was doing.  I did a full review of this which I will link later in this post.  I rated this one 5 Crowns. 

The eleventh physical book I read was The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova. I have wanted to read an Elise Kova book for awhile and I have never gotten around to it but I was not disappointed. I love Elise's writing and I love how she develops her plotlines and her characters which perfectly coincide. I am going to be doing a full review on this soon so stay tuned. I rated this one 5 Crowns as well. 

The twelfth physical book I read was Lock and Key The Initiation by Ridley Pearson. This book is something that seemed really unique and cute. I really enjoy Ridley Pearson's books and this one was good but not as good as his Kingdom Keepers series. I did enjoy the point of view and the characters but at times the plot line was a tad confusing. I rated it 3.5 Crowns. 


The thirteenth physical book I read was Vicarious by Paula Stokes. This is another book that I have been wanting to pick up for awhile and never got around to it. I really liked it. I liked the concept and Paula Stokes dealt with real life issues very well in this book. I will be doing a full review on this one as well and I rated it 5 Crowns

The fourteenth physical book I read was The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg. I saw this in Barnes and Noble a couple months ago and I really wanted to read it. Then I got it in California from the library and I am so happy that I read this. I loved the main characters who were a lot different from any other characters I've read about. I rated it 3.5 Crowns. 


AUDIOBOOKS READ

NONE


ARC'S READ


NONE

REVIEWS IN MARCH: 






MUSIC MONDAY:

NONE

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 

NONE

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY: 

NONE


WEEKLY WRAP-UP:






DISCUSSIONS/OTHER:



FAVORITE COVER OF THE MONTH:



NEW FICTIONAL BAE'S: 

Porter Roth from Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Maxwell from Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Domingo from Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Vikram from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Cvareh from The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Jesse from Vicarious by Paula Stokes


TV SHOWS I WATCHED THIS MONTH:

 



MOVIES I WATCHED THIS MONTH:




CHALLENGE UPDATES:

2017 New Release Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. These Ruthless Deeds
4. It Started with Goodbye
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
7. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
8. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
9. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
10. By Your Side by Kasie West
11. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
12. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
13. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
14. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
15. Unfiltered by Lily Collins
16. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
17. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
18. The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg


NetGalley Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. These Ruthless Deeds
4. It Started with Goodbye
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Series Ender: 

1. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi 

Debut Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. It Started with Goodbye 
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Retellings Reading Challenge: 

1. Ash by Malinda Lo
2. Wanted by Betsy Schow
3. Heartless by Melissa Meyer
4. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Beat the Backlist Challenge:

1. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston 
2. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
3. Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
5. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
6. Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
7. Ash by Malinda Lo
8. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
11. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
12. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
13. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
14. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
15. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
16. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
17. City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
18. Little Black Dresses, Little Black Lies by Laura Stampler
19. Nemesis by Anna Banks
20. The 100 by Kass Morgan
21. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
22. HP and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
23. Joyride by Anna Banks
24. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
25. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
26. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
27. The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud


Flights of Fantasy Challenge: 

1. FrostBlood by Elly Blake
2. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
3. Ash by Malinda Lo
4. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
5. Wanted by Betsy Schow
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
7. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
9. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
10. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
11. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
12. Nemesis by Anna Banks
13. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
14. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
15. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
16. HP and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
17. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Diverse Reads 2017:

1. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3. Ash by Malinda Lo
4. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
5. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
6. Joyride by Anna Banks
7. Geekerella by Ashley Poston



WHAT BOOKS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:




 





NEW BLOG FINDS

NONE

SONGS ON REPEAT


Believer - Imagine Dragons

Fetish - Selena Gomez

Julia Michaels Album

Descendants 2 Album

Parlay - Pirates of the Caribbean

 BOOKS I WANT TO READ NEXT MONTH







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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekly Recap: 7/24 - 7/30


I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

I haven't really done anything interesting over the past week. I am still in California but I was sick this past week so I couldn't do much except read. I read so many books this week and I am really happy about that.

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:





Library: 




Received for Review: 




In Case You Missed It

NONE this week!


This Week I Read
  
  
 




This Week I Watched





Next Week I'm Reading






Upcoming Reviews






Upcoming Posts



Monday: 10 Reasons Why You Should Read The Star-Touched Queen Duology

Tuesday:  The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova Book Review

Wednesday: TBD

Thursday: TBD

Friday: NONE

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap






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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Choksha Review

This is a spoiler free review.




A Crown of Wishes
Written by Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mythology/Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 369
Source: Library
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 13 and up!


Summary:

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…


She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire. 
Review:

If you follow my blog, then you probably remember when I raved about The Star-Touched Queen sometime last summer. I was so excited for this book to come out but then when it did come out it took me until now to find it and read it. I am so glad that I read it when I did though because I got to fully focus on it and enjoy it. This duology has become one of my favorites of all time and I am going to be recommending it to people all the time.

COVER

The cover of this book is so beautiful and simple. I love how Gauri is on a horse which shows her adventurous side. Her dress is also gorgeous and I love how magical the whole cover is.

WORLD-BUILDING

The world-building is as usual beautifully done. All the descriptions are so vivid and lyrical that you feel like you are there.

Then there are the characters.

GAURI

Gauri is a queen who has had her throne taken away from her but she still acts like the queen that she really is. She shows lots of strength and independence throughout the book which shows how bada*s she is. She is also very handy with a weapon and intimidates Vikram a lot [my ship]. She is very serious and knows what she wants and how to get it, without letting She is also a very smart heroine and she shows how beauty doesn't define her.

VIKRAM

Vikram was the best male character for this book. He is hilarious and is called the "fox prince" because he is sly and smart. Unlike Gauri, he is not good with a weapon and has to use his smarts in order to get himself out of unfortunate situations. He is handsome which is mentioned a couple of times. I really enjoyed his character because he was different from a lot of male characters/love interests.

FRIENDSHIP/FAMILY

Gauri has a very interesting relationship with her family. One of her brothers tried to intimidate her, poison her and eliminate her because he saw her as a threat to his throne even though he was not helping the kingdom at all by being in power. He saw her as a threat because she was obviously a better ruler.

PLOT

I really enjoyed the whole plot which reminded me a lot of Caraval by Stephanie Garber with the whole magical game thing. I liked the whole magical game concept and even though that is used a lot lately, it was shown in a new way. I liked how there were a lot of characters that were used in order to make the story a lot more interesting and move forward.
ROMANCE

This was hate-to-love at it's best. Gauri wants to kill/use Vikram for half the time and she is constantly intimidating him. Vikram is also using her in order to get what he wants but somehow they come together. And the tension is very visible.

WRITING

I love her writing because it is so beautiful and lyrical. The quotes are also really pretty and you can easily find quotes that are meaningful and read well.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I love Roshani Chokshi's writing and plots. Her characters are three dimensional and everything neatly ties up. I love this series and A Crown of Wishes is the perfect second installment because it follows different characters but is in the same world.

Quotes from the Book:

"Existence is the gift. Life is a choice."

“In that moment, he looked like mischief and midnight, like a temptation that always slipped away too fast and left you at once relieved and disappointed.” 

“Love is like Death without the guarantee of its arrival. Love may not come for you, but when it does it will be just as swift and ruthless as Death and just as blind to your protestations. And just as Death will end one life and leave you with another, so will Love.” 






My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh Review

This is a spoiler free review.






Ivory and Bone
Written by Julie Eshbaugh
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 371
Source: Library
Places to Get this Book: Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository

Recommended Age: 13 and up!


Summary:

A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.


As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along. 

Review:

I have been wanting to read this for awhile but I never bothered to check it out from the library or purchase it myself. The whole premise, a Pride and Prejudice retelling in prehistoric times, was just too good to pass up. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with what I actually got.

COVER

I actually really like the cover. It perfectly represents a main point in the book and accurately references the title.

WORLD-BUILDING

This book is set in prehistoric times where people lived in small clans and traveled where their food went. There's a lot of information about their clans and how they live. At some times it feels like there is too much of an information dump which gets annoying and a little stressful.

Then there are the characters.

There were a lot of characters in this book so I am only going to talk about/address the main two.

KOL

I enjoyed Kol as a character though he wasn't complicated enough and mostly only cared about finding a wife. I get that in this time period [the prehistoric time] that the need to keep the family going was important but there had to be more thought as to how they themselves were going to survive and we didn't get much of that. I did enjoy Kol as a narrator as he was quiet and serious but still had a uniqueness about him.

MYA

I liked Mya because she was a character that I expected to see in this time period. She was fierce and independent. She also was very loyal to her clan and her family which was probably something that was needed in this time period. Mya was also very strong and a good hunter which seemed a little bit unique for a female in the prehistoric times but I did learn that females often helped with hunting and didn't just spend their time preparing the meals. I actually liked Mya more than Kol.

FRIENDSHIP/FAMILY

Family is a large part of this book. Kol has a rather large family with a lot of brothers and his family is very important to him. Mya also really cares about her family which is why she is constantly respecting her brother's wishes.

PLOT

I admit that the plot was very slow and there were times when I actually considered giving up with this book. Most of the time Kol was trying to find a mate and that just really annoyed me. I wanted there to be more action. Thankfully it sped up later on which was a blessing.

During the reading of this book I figured out that this was a Pride and Prejudice retelling that was switched around so Kol was Elizabeth Bennett and his family were the Bennett's instead of Mya and her family. Mya was Darcy and her sister was Bingley. I really liked this Pride and Prejudice retelling which was a lot different from the original but still fun.

ROMANCE

The romance was a major slow-burn but then again it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling so it was naturally going to be a slow-burn. Mya was like ice because she was not at all interested in Kol while he was a little bit obsessed with her. They make a very interesting match so when she finally thaws, it's so worth the wait.

WRITING

The writing was very interesting as it is sort of told in 2nd person. Kol is talking to Mya the entire time by using "you" whenever he is talking about her. This was a new type of writing for me and it annoyed me a lot for most of the book, but a lot of people really liked it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This was such an interesting and unique book but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wished I did. I did like the whole Pride and Prejudice concept though which was cool. If you want something different then you should check out this book.

Quotes from the Book:

“It's odd, I think, how the thing you love most in a person can also be the thing you sometimes wish you could change” 

“Some people can see things with their hearts. Others need to see them with their eyes.” 






My Rating: 3 out of 5 Crowns

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Weekly Recap: 7/17 - 7/23


I have decided to start doing a weekly post called weekly recap where I update you on my life, reading and watching. Plus any posts I have done or will do.

In the past week, I went to Disneyland for two days with my dad and sister [only my sister and I actually went into the park]. It was so much fun [as usual] but unfortunately I also caught a cold and am still recovering, which is why I've been so absent on here lately.

I have read a lot which I am happy about. My Goodreads challenge is moving along! As of today, I am 77% of the way through!!

Now, let's get into recapping.


New Books

Purchased:





Library: 





Received for Review: 




In Case You Missed It

NONE this week!

This Week I Read
  
  





This Week I Watched





Next Week I'm Reading






Upcoming Reviews


 



Upcoming Posts



Monday: NONE

Tuesday:  NONE

Wednesday: Weekly Recap + Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh Book Review

Thursday: TBD

Friday: TBD

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: Weekly Recap






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