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The prompt this week is Blogger
This is how I feel when I’m required to write a review Lol
After reading it over:
It’s so hard to write reviews especially if I LOVED the book. Why can’t I just fjdahfujeh my way through a review and have everyone know exactly what I mean??
My thanks to Tiction and Nehal for doing these posts they’re so fun! 🙂
Well November went by as wonky as every other month this year. Will there ever be a time I don’t feel like I’ve been stuck inside a dishwasher than jammed into a light socket, over and over again? I mean at some point this pull and warp of time is going to go back to background noise, yes??
Through the mess I did manage to find time to read not as much as the last two months but reading any amount these days is a win.
Stain by A.G. Howards
Rating: 5 out of 5.
I started the month off right! This was fantastic in every way. I haven’t read anything by this author and I didn’t really know what to expect from this story. I was pleasantly surprised! If you love fairytales but want that originality this is for you. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a great fairytale like story and I just need more. All the characters were distinct and interesting. I honestly can’t recommend this enough!
Over the Moon: novelization by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Rating: 3 out of 5.
I must confess I haven’t seen the movie. I just haven’t been in a place to want to watch anything so instead I picked up the novelization. Now, I bet the movie is 100x better and is better format for this story because it really doesn’t work here. It’s just the movie in a novel format as appose to a book being written and flushing out bits of the story which would have honestly made this better. That being said this story is wonderful, bittersweet but wonderful. All the hall markings of a classic.
The Empress of Salt & Fortune by Nghi Vo
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
This was interesting and refreshing but too short lol. That’s always my problem with short stories is that they’re never long enough. I can’t wait for the sequel I already have it on hold on the library app. Short stories are hard to talk about because I don’t want to accidentally spoil something. Our main character is being told a story that’s been kept secret for years until now. That’s vague as hell but I promise it’s more interesting than that lol. This sets up things for the book to come and it’s going to be soooo good I just know it!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
All right this is going to get me banned from the community but I didn’t love this story. There were some great lines but overall, Addie was forgettable. My prediction didn’t come true which is heartbreaking. This story is interesting I loved Henry and his story. I connected more to his struggles and his story as its very similar to mine. However Addie never came off the page. Victoria Schwab is really good at creating characters and getting you to root for them and understand them however I didn’t get that with Addie. I understand her motivation but her personality was missing.
A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Out December 8. This anthology was FANTASTIC! I’ll break down the individual stories below. All together this is my new favorite anthology. There were so many interesting stories and characters that were executed perfectly in such a short amount of time. I enjoyed most of these stories which is pretty unheard of for me. They all share that ache and urge for more and the risks they are willing to take to make it come true. These were achingly beautiful stories that I think everyone should read.
A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim 5 stars
This story sets the tone for this whole book and it set it off with a bang. The lengths one would go to ask for a wish. The magic of it all isn’t even magic.
The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker 3 stars
If the bachelor and bachelorette had to fight one another with knives in order to gain the rose, basically. This would be their story. I would actually watch those shows if this was the case.
The Scarlet Woman a Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray 3 stars
Ah,,, It’s been well over a decade since I read this series and it hurts to be back with these characters. Also this felt very Diviners with the occult in NY. This story can still be read even if you haven’t read the Gemma Doyle series because this is a set up for a continuation. However, there will be things that will go over your head and spoil the ending of The Sweet Far Thing , be aware of that.
Cristal y Ceniza by Anna- Marie McLemore 5 stars
My favorite Cinderella retelling by far. This was exceptionally written and I need it to be a full length novel. This turns so many tropes on its head. I need more diverse retellings asap!
Liberia by Kwame Mbalia 4 stars
This is the first science fiction story. We are introduced to our character who is trying to preserve a garden while transporting it to their planet. This story builds on itself and the preservation of several generation’s hard work.
A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab
I’m going to be real honest, I skipped over this. I don’t like this series anymore. In fact I forgot I read it. I just don’t care for these characters or the world.
The Take back Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse 5 stars
National Treasure meets Ocean’s 11 but make it watchable. LOL But seriously if you’ve ever wanted to see all those artifacts put back in their country with sarcastic characters and spies. This is the story for you. This is another I need a Full length novel, asap. Thnx.
Dream & Dare by Nic Stone 5 stars
This was a beautiful story about finding yourself, love, and daring to do that despite others & society. It’s also a very poignant story considering how short the stories are to convey how important it is that only you can define who you are.
Wish by Jenni Balch 2 stars
Umm, this was my least favorite of the bunch. I remember nothing but a teen science girl finding a way to open up a jinn bottle.
The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton 5 stars
LOVED this story! This is such an interesting story concept. I loved how we get dual POV’s which is critical to this story. I don’t want to spoil but dang did this speak to my insecurities lol
Unmoor by Mark Oshiro 3 stars
We’ve all been here. You want to erase all existence of your cheating ex from your memories. But remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for”. This is one of the sadder stories.
The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed 5 stars
This one is my favorite. Many come close but this one punched me in the face. I loved the use of juxtaposition with our two characters. It’s bittersweet but hopeful given our current Climate Change efforts or lack thereof. Another sad story but with a gleam in the darkness.
The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton 2 stars
This one just confused me which was frustrating. I liked the concept just not the execution. This has major Tim Burton aesthetic.
Longer than Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova 5 stars
Fantastic! I need to read more of her books! I love her take on Rapunzel and I believe this is set in the same world as her Bruja series.
Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi 5 stars
We end this book on a painful resounding sound that will forever reverberate in my soul. This was so damn hard to read yet I couldn’t look away. Hope is always the last to leave.
Many Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This was a reread and upon a second look I didn’t love it as much. I think it has to do with when I read it for the first time and how much it reminded me of some of my other favorites like Shadow & Bone and the love interest reminded me of Hook from Once A Upon A Time television show. I do still plan on reading the sequel because I’m curious to see where this story goes.
Coming up this December
I plan to catch up with all my ARC’s. Most come out in January with the exception of 2. I’m usually good at reading them quickly after getting them but my stress levels are at an all time high and I can’t focus for anything.
I also want to read some Christmas themed books. I don’t think I ever have so I’m really excited about that. The first is The Nutcracker and the Mouse- King by E.T.A Hoffman. I used to watch the animated movie when I was a kid. Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan, nothing like a cozy murder mystery to get into the Christmas season lol
And if I have time or energy I would like to read all the books I’ve not gotten to. Such as, The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells.
Or maybe I’ll finally read the rest of the books I have left of Jane Austen.
Either way I hope we all have wonderful holiday season even if its unlike any we’ve had before.
Additional news: I have a fun reader project planned for next year that will be revealed in a couple of weeks!! I’m having blast creating it and I hope its well received! 🙂
Storm from the Girl of Fire and Thorn series by Rae Carson, He is so sarcastic and honest. He also has tremendous character arc.
2. If you could bring only one book series on a deserted island, which series would you bring?
Only ONE??? *grumbles* okay I’ll pick, The Daevabad series by S.A. Chakraborty. This series is just perfection!
3. What is your favorite type of post to do on your blog?
I’m still new to blogging so I don’t feel I’ve found my ‘thing’. I love making up questions for these award posts. So, give me more awards jk, jk….unless? lol
4. Which fictional food would you like to try irl?
November Cakes from the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. She does have a recipe for them on her website and the back of the book for something similar. I still haven’t made them and it’s been years. I don’t trust my skills LOL
5. Is there a movie you liked better than the book?
Wizard of Oz, The book is interesting but the movie is just waaaay better.
The Alphabet Reading Challenge post for L, M, N, O, P. We aren’t to the hard to find letters just yet.
The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
Rating: 5 out of 5.
This is a very short story that leaves an ambiguous ending for the reader to decide how this story ends. After sitting with this story for many months my answer has changed for how I perceived this story to end. Originally, I claimed she fed him to the tiger but, now I think it’s written in a way to lean into that direction. It heavily focuses on her jealousy of the woman who’s behind the door and she is the daughter of a barbaric king.
Magic of Writing Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This is an interactive book to help teenagers or newbies in writing. It has tips and tricks with prompts and antecedents of her own writing. This is a great place to start or even for those getting back into the practice to help with warm-ups with a look at basics.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
This was a fun Middle Grade adventure. I never knew where this story was going or what would happen next which I love a ton about middle grade. There’s just a whimsy that you can’t find anywhere else. I loved the characters and the strange world. I look forward to the rest of the series.
The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Did you ever run in circles as a kid and then immediately regret it?
That’s how reading this felt like. Round & round the same conversations with the same people in the same room. It was dizzying to say the least and not at all entertaining. Characters had potential but they couldn’t even save this.
Pursuing Madness by Stacey Rourke
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The last in the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles & it left on a disappointing note. The resolution of our main characters happens off the page ??? Isn’t the whole point of a story is to be on page. This is the third book & every book has a different main character but all 3 are introduced in the first book. I’m just confused & disheartened to end the story this way. This series had so much potential because they were interesting and entertaining until the end.
Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!
I’m stealing this from Kayla @ Booksandlalaon Youtube. I don’t know if she originated this or not but watching her video inspired me to do this.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t read books that I think I’ll hate. If I pick up a book it’s because it has things about it that I know I’ll love now whether I will is entirely up to the book. I do try to not put expectations on books but the hype and the hope are just too strong lol
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab
I was sitting on the fence with this one and still hesitant to pick it up because one I might become obsessed and two, I might completely hate it. I never know what I’m going to get from Schwab’s writing. I LOVED Vicious it’s my favorite. But the Different London series and the sequel to Vicious were awful. I did somewhat enjoy the Verity Duology. So, this book could go in either direction. I’m hoping from 5 stars based off others who have similar reading tastes to mine.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
I’ve forgotten what this story is about but I don’t care I want to read this SOOOO BAD. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from trusted friends and I need to be one of the screaming fans.
Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Quirky fun space crew shenanigans, sign me up! This sounds like such a fun science fiction romp and I am here for it.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I’ve been sitting on this one waiting until I get the nerve to pick this up and let it devour me. The first chapter killed me and I just know that if I ever get the function of my brain to full power again I’m taking the day off to read this bad boy.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
~ I still haven’t read this ~ That’s my national anthem. Two months ago I wrote a post roasting myself over the books I had but haven’t read and this was one of them. I think the biggest reason this sits waiting for the day to be chosen is because I know I’m going to love it. I’m scared of the cost of that love, so I let it sit and collect dust.
A Record Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
Every time I think I’m ready it turns out I’m not lol I’m not ready for the emotional connections I’m going to make with the characters and then disaster will strike leaving everyone an emotional wreck and I just. can’t. I will read this when I seek out the wizard for courage.
Someday I’ll read these books and then I’ll do a follow up post to see how this all goes.
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?
Which book character would make a good blogger, and why?
You have 24 hours with your favorite character in our world, what is on the itinerary?
What book title would you use to describe your mood or personality?
What are two books you would mash together, and why?
What characters would you form a band with?
What mythological creature would you want as a familiar?
Which will you choose : Wondering off to live in a cottage in the woods where you learn to grow your magic or live in an abandon seaside mansion where there’s a room for everything you need but your roommate is a feral ghost.
A witch, a siren, & a fairy godmother are all in need of an apprentice who are you choosing to go with?
You’ve been cursed by an evil enchantress to sing one song for the rest of your life, what song is it? (You can still listen to new songs but you can only sing this one)
If you had the choice to live in the sky, space, or under the ocean, which would you choose?
A habitable planet has been located & you’ve been tasked to inspect it, what do you find?
Please feel no pressure if you don’t or can’t participate.
My question for you is who are you apprenticing with a Witch, a Siren, or a Fairy Godmother? And Why?
This is a follow up on my Roast to Me post. If you haven’t read it please do so here,It’s a grand ole time.
Basically, I’m trying to see if I made any progress on those books.
Let’s find out.
First up, Jade City by Fonda Lee, Ah, darkness my old friend, this beast still sits wondering when it’ll see the light of day. & I wonder when I’m going to stop lying to myself that I’ll get to it soon.
The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, I guess I’m still planning to die waiting to read this.
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, I actually read this. Yay me! One down and oh, too many to go.
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Well, that victory was short lived. This story is as short as that victory and yet…
Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Since writing the previous post I believe another was released and to no one’s surprise I haven’t read any of them.
The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner, I have read 1 ½ books in this 6? book series. So half a point for doing bare minimum effort. To be fair, I absolutely hated the first book and I put down the second one at the halfway point because it was a booore.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, I actually forgot I had this so, nope, haven’t read it. Go Me for buying and not reading. Oh, wait, that isn’t the goal? Darn.
Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Hey, hey, hey add two points to my net negative because I have read these two. I don’t know if this is a win since I didn’t enjoy these much 😦
Scooby- Doo! I have read a few of these comics but not all of the ones I have. I think I have 3 more to go. These are fun and I love the Scooby Gang so this is a win either way.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, A dragon better not eat me now because I finally read this and freaking LOVED it! Now to just read the last book in the series.
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino, I wave at this one as I scroll on by. Shame, my name be thy.
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, By my calculations I’m still in the red. Hopefully, I’ll get to this before people start colonizing Mars.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, One of my Favorite books of the year!! Also Past me was right to be super jealous. I am so glad I picked this up. Now if I could do that with the rest of these.
So, what have we learned? I buy books and then never read them, check. I then go on to roast myself over this in not one but two posts, check.
I’m only sorry for the books that languish in the ether of my kindle or on a shelf, you deserve better!
I guess the upside is they have each other for comfort in these trying times. I too, have them to turn to if only I remembered to do that.
Are any of these books on your never ending tbr pile? Let’s commiserate in the comments.
Look @ me acting as if I don’t have a load of books to read for the first time. I do enjoy re-reading favorites because I miss these places I called home for a time and the friends I made along the way (could I be any cheesier?? Yes, but I’ll try to contain it.) I’m a big fan of re-reads but it does get in the way of the mountainous tbr that’s always threatening to crush me. I have noticed that I do better & feel better when I’ve re-read something so I don’t like to deny myself good things, if I can help it.
All but one are books I have only read once. So, it will be nice to see what I remember and new things I’ll find along the way.
The first book I want to re-read (I swear I’ll stop using that word now) is Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao.
I read it months ago but I’ve already forgotten some details and want to see if I still like it.
It’s dark and action packed.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
This will be my third time reading it.
Look, I love the characters & atmosphere. I wished more of this could have been fleshed out in parts and wasn’t so predictable in the end but I love it despite these things.
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
This is a spinoff series to the Seven Realms quartet set after those events with the children as the protagonists. Now I need to preface this with I only just read the quartet this year but I read this a few years ago. It was a Big Yikes, on my part because I spoiled things for myself. That being said I still want to give this series a chance & in order to do that I need to read this again.
I know it’s going to hurt because [redacted] [redacted] in the first couple of chapters and it’s going to suck reading it after having read the original.
This one isn’t a top priority just on that alone.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri.
This is another I read this year but only remember pieces of it. This year has really taken a lot from me & my memory is one of them.
I did enjoy this not as much as I thought but maybe upon a second look I’ll like it more. If nothing else I’ll hopefully remember it.
I don’t know when I’ll get to these or any of my other books my mood changes like the wind.
Do you re-read books? Which are your favorites to rediscover?
Book 3 of the seven realms series. There was so much pay off in this book. I really love and adore this series and I’m glad we’re finally seeing things come together. It was thrilling. I can’t talk in details because spoilers. So just go read this series if you haven’t yet.
House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess
Rating: 4 out of 5.
A new series with Dragons! Our main characters are humans who are bonded to a dragon. Only households of the elites have access to dragon eggs and are thus given a dragon of their own. The story starts with the day people will be chosen to compete for Emperor/ Empress but things don’t’ go according to plan, of course. Our cast of 5 characters are so messy and it was a delight to read about them. Some are more memorable than others but they all had distinct voices & desires which makes it easy to distinguish between them. I believe this is a duology so I’m interested regardless but even more so to see how this story wraps up, what with that ending. There is definitely one character that will enrage you. If you are at all interested in this I highly recommend. It’s a big book but its quick paced and switching amongst five POV’s kind of helps. The world building for the lore doesn’t happen until the last third of the book. I believe that the next book will dive more into that.
Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson
Rating: 4 out of 5.
This is the conclusion to the Gold Seer series following a girl who can sense the presence of gold. Set during the Gold Rush where this extraordinary power is helpful but in the wrong hands a curse. There is way more world building in the case of the magical element than in all the other books. For most of the series the magical element is very minimum. Our Main character Lee doesn’t know much about her gift or if there are even other’s out there like her. More light is shed on this in this book. I really hope we get more of this world with different characters and their different gifts & time periods. The possibilities are endless.
The Jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Flash fiction in Nevertheless, She Persisted, a collection of very short accounts of times when someone persisted in their pursuit regardless of how daunting or how many obstacles obstruct their way. In the face of hardships they hold the line or in some cases pave the way for others to get an opportunity. In this particular story is told through rhyme hence the name.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray
Rating: 3 out of 5.
The final book in the Diviner series and I have to say I was disappointed. All the books leading up were wonderfully spooky & just fantastic. I was prepared for the worst (best) endings having read other series by this author and knowing what she is capable of (pain, lots of heartache) However that isn’t what I recieved in the way that I was hoping for. (Who doesn’t wish for painful heartache when reading??) This didn’t go out in a BRUTAL way but with a whimper. This was a BIG, Long Yawn. It’s been over half a year but I recall next to nothing about this last book. Maybe it’s for the best. It was unremarkable for such a looong book.