Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Songs Book Tag

I saw this tag over on A Great Read and I knew I had to do it for the Christmas season! I'll be taking a break from the blog over the holidays so I thought it perfect that I leave it off with a festive post.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Favorite Bookish Couple

I am re-reading this series now that I've finished Kingdom Of Ash, so of course I had to go with Rowan and Aelin. I just love those two so much... individually they are great but together they are just a powerhouse.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.)

The book that immediately came to mind here was Vampire Academy.

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.)

Decided to pick a Christmas novella here since it is the season. This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas novellas. So good, so fun.

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?

That History of Magic books looks phenomenal and I need those dragons!

"Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"
Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?

I haven't read this book in years, but it was still the first book that came to mind. DEVASTATING.

"The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"
Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays

I love Christmas novellas this time of year, so here are some more of my favorites.

"We Three Kings"
Your favorite trilogy

I mean... are there any characters who own my heart the way Will and Jem and Tessa do? Its debatable. I love these three so much and I will always adore this trilogy.

"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"
A character you would love to be snowed in with

Since I featured Rowan already in this tag, I'm going with Rhysand here. I wouldn't mind being snowed in that cabin with Rhys... nope would not mind at all.

"Last Christmas"
A book that seriously let you down


"White Christmas"
An upcoming release you’re dreaming about

The first books in these series took me by surprised and I adored them so I am dying to get my hands on the sequels.

And now I tag anyone else who wants to play!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Mini Review: The Land I Lost (Ghosts Of The Shadow Market #7) by: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

Release Date: October 9, 2018
from Shadow Market Enterprises
Goodreads | Amazon

"Alec Lightwood, partner of the High Warlock of Brooklyn and father of a warlock child, visits Buenos Aires in the aftermath of the Dark War. When he arrives, he is not welcomed by the Shadowhunters there. He believes it is because of his companion Lily, the head of the New York vampire clan, until a Shadowhunter orphan confides a dark secret to him under cover of the Shadow Market."

My Thoughts: 

Okay so this is easily my favorite from this series of novellas. Just keep giving me all the happy Magnus and Alec please and thank you. I just adored this one and I adored watching their family grow. This novella though really belonged to Alec and it was so nice for him to finally have some time to really shine. He is such a great character, but he is a quiet voice surrounded by the likes of Jace and Izzy and Clary, so he doesn’t always take the spotlight, but it was all him and I loved it. He has really come into his own as a character and his character growth from City of Bones to now has been some of my favorite to watch. He is always willing to do the right thing and to help others. I adored his banter with Lily and I love how he has become so respected. Along with Alec though we got to catch up with Tessa and Jem and seeing those two together makes my heart happy. Those two deserve all the happiness in the world. But man does it hurt how much Jem still misses Will every single day; because I get it Jem, I miss Will every single day too. In this novella we get even more hints about the lost Herondale line and what they are running from and man oh man is this all going to be a real shock on poor Kit. I have loved that interweaving plot point in these novellas and I cannot wait for the next story. Once again this world continues to deliver and there are few worlds and characters that have kept me quite as captivated as the Shadowhunters.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

On My Shelf: Face Of Death by: Kelly Hashway

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I've had this one for years now and I even got it signed but I've just never gotten around to it. I enjoyed the first two books in the series but then my taste in books started to change a bit and I kinda lost interest for a bit. But there is only one book left in the trilogy for me to read and its not even that big of a book. I feel like I should finish out the series but it always seems like there is something else to read.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

I'm a moody reader, but here are the books I am hoping to read this Winter!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Book Review: Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: May 30, 2017
from Harlequin MIRA
Goodreads | Amazon

"In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light."

My Thoughts:

I’m obsessed. This is easily one of my favorites reads this year. This book is heartbreaking and it’s very heavy at times, but it’s also so good. I love these characters so much and the book is agonizing because I’m worried about them constantly.

Delilah is incredibly. I absolutely love her. She cares so much for others and always puts everyone else first. She’s never willing to leave anyone behind and she does not give up. And I can’t express how much I love Gallagher. He is so wonderful and just so good. He will do anything for Delilah and I love their bond. And Eryx is still wonderful and Romily is so so interesting. I love this world and these characters and I already cannot wait to get back to them.

This book is so heartbreaking. Somehow they wind up in a worse situation than they were during Menagerie. None of these characters have it easy and what they go through is truly horrendous. Humans have an incredible capacity for cruelty. Especially when they convince themselves that someone or something is lesser or unworthy. In so many ways this book parallels things in the real world. We may not have cryptids but we have humans and they can be just as cruel as the villains in this story.

Spectacle is a really amazing read and I had a hard time putting it down. I listened to this one on my bus ride home from work and every day I looked forward to that ride so I could get back to these characters and see what was happening to them. This book is heavy but man oh man is it amazing. I cannot wait to read Fury and see how this all comes to an end.

Friday, December 14, 2018

On My Shelf: Finding Audrey by: Sophie Kinsella

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I believe I got this one randomly in the mail from the publisher, but at the time I just didn't have the time to read it. I remember seeing a lot of people really loving it and I do like the sound of it. Hopefully one day.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mini Review: The Wicked Ones (Ghosts Of The Shadow Market #6) by: Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

Release Date: September 11, 2018
from Shadow Market Enterprises
Goodreads | Amazon

"Celine Montclaire goes to the Shadow Market to escape. She would go anywhere in Paris, or the entire world, to escape the suffering she experiences at the hands of her family. She did not expect to meet Valentine Morgenstern there, or to have him promise her freedom and the heart of the man she secretly loves. On one condition, of course. At the Shadow Market, nothing is for free."

My Thoughts:

I have loved these novellas, but I admit I was a bit nervous about this one. I don’t particularly like The Circle (obviously) and I hate Stephen Herondale and the dishonor he brings to that name. In a line of so many amazing people he is a real turd and I just didn’t know if I’d have sympathy for Celine. But I was curious to see how things played out. And at the end of it all I still don’t really like Celine, but it’s so easy to see how she fell in with Valentine. She was alone and had nobody and Valentine preyed on that. And when she had the chance to finally have what she always wanted, she made the selfish and wrong choice. I can see what led her to these decisions and I sympathize but I don’t have to like her for it. And Stephen is still a turd. I did enjoy the Jem storyline here with his hunt for the lost Herondale. I’m really excited to see how this is all going to develop. I mean we all know it leads to Kit, but how is my question. These novellas have been so great for filling out this world and I can’t wait for the next one.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #281: King Of Scars by: Leigh Bardugo

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

"Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal." 

I'm still behind and haven't read Six of Crows yet (I hope to soon!) but I loved Nikolai in the Grisha trilogy so I am so excited for this one.

King Of Scars will be released on January 29, 2019.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Recent Reads: Wizards and Assassins

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of wizards and assassins.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Review: Be More Chill by: Ned Vizzini

Release Date: June 1, 2004
from Disney Hyperion
Goodreads | Amazon

"Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the "squip." A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic."

My Thoughts:

So not so long ago, my sisters became obsessed with this little musical called Be More Chill. Naturally I wanted to know what all the fuss was and I promptly became obsessed with the album. I then had the chance to see if Off Broadway and it was amazing! I already have tickets to see it when it comes to Broadway next year. So naturally I had to read the book after loving the play so much.

The book is very different from the play, but the core of it is the same. I mean the idea of a pill that helps you be cool is so enticing to any high schooler and even adults. We all want things to be easier, so it’s easy to identify with Jeremy. High school is hard and it’s easy to see why Jeremy just wants to get through it all. Be More Chill is a good read with characters that are easy to identify with.

I will say though that I didn’t love the narration. Jesse Eisenberg did a good job and he really captured Jeremy, but I didn’t love the changes between chapters. They decided it was a good idea to put this sci-fi sounding music stuff in between chapters and I found it more annoying than anything and it took away some of the flow. I get what they were going for, but I don’t think it worked.

Be More Chill was a good read with a cool concept. I enjoyed going back and reading the source of something I already loved and even though it was different I could still identify the moments that inspired different parts of the play. Definitely recommend this one. It’s a quick and fun read.

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