Fall Book Tag

It’s been a while since I did my last book tag and they’re so fun I want to get back into them! The Fall Book Tag was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. 

CRISP FALL AIR – A BOOK THAT FELT FRESH AND NEW:

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I’m currently reading This Mortal Coil, and while there are a lot of common tropes from both YA and Science Fiction in it, they are presented in such a way that they feel so fresh! So far I’m loving the book and am thinking it might be on my top reads of 2018.

HOWLING WINDS – AN ENDING THAT BLEW YOU AWAY:

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Even though I read the Six of Crows Duology ages ago, the ending of Crooked Kingdom still haunts me every now and then. I’m so excited that we will get to see more of one of the characters in King of Scars this January!

COMFY SWEATERS – A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU THE WARM AND FUZZY’S:

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I really enjoyed the romance in The Kiss Quotient, and it’s the most recent book that gave me the warm and fuzzy’s. (There have been a lot I’ve read since then that have had great romances, but none as sweet.)

BRIGHT COLOURS – A COVER WITH RED, ORANGE, OR YELLOW:

The City of Brass has been on my TBR list for ages (I even got my copy signed at BookCon this year!) but I haven’t yet gotten to it. I definitely need to before the sequel releases this January!

LEAF FIGHT – A BOOK WITH NON STOP ACTION:

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A war is happening in Kingdom of Ash which leads to some non-stop action throughout (and that’s the only thing I’ll say about it 😉 )

PUMPKIN SPICE – YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED READ:

 

TTT: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump! I’m feeling a reading slump coming on myself, so this prompt helped me brainstorm at just the right time. I’ve picked my top five at the moment because I’m struggling to think of more, so hop in the comments and help me out!

1. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis – Whenever I’m in a slump, i find that taking a step back and reading a childhood classic helps me recharge. Easier vocabulary and a well-loved storyline and world give the brain the rest it needs before diving back in and building new ones!

2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – This book is one of my all-time favorites so I tend to turn to it a lot when I’m stressed or don’t feel like reading anything else. Aelin’s resilience always inspires me to better myself and work towards all the good things to come!

3. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Stables – I’m currently working through this series is absolutely amazing (and definitely geared towards adults)! When words get to be a little too much, I like to take a step back and read some graphic novels. The gorgeous images help fill in the world and give you some glorious eye candy ;).

4. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Although I love the entire Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit is the one that I reread the most. The shorter length and the action-packed story help me remember why I love reading so much when I’m struggling.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen – This book is what I read after strongly disliking a book (especially if it’s a generally popular one). Persuasion is my favorite classic (although Jane Eyre sometimes switches with it based on my mood) and there is something about misunderstanding leading to lost love that I absolutely adore. It’s also a reminder that other people’s opinions don’t mean that you have to change your own (which is something that I struggle with in everyday life)!

Comment below and tell me some of your favorite books to get out of reading slumps!

 

 

Review: Ravensong

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Series: Green Creek #2

Published: July 31, 2018

Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)

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Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.
It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.
But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

Wolfsong was one of my top reads of last year, so I was super excited to read this continuation of the Green Creek series exploring one of the side characters, Gordo Livingstone!

The writing in this book was amazing because while keeping with the overall style of the first in the series, it gave Gordo a voice of his own. It did take a bit to get into because I was diving in expecting another book with a voice like Ox’s (Wolfsong’s protagonist), but I loved this book even more because of how different it was.

This storyline is epic and the romances feel so genuine. There were parts of the story where I felt that I could see the scene playing out as if in a movie. The scale of the action in this book definitely became a lot greater compared to Wolfsong which contributes to making this book more than just a romance. I will say that sometimes I felt the romance was suffering a bit because of all the action and I felt most of the connection that I felt with Mark was leftover because of what I knew of him from the first book.

Ravensong continues on what has become one of my favorite paranormal romance series – I mean, GAY WEREWOLVES (and witches). As much as the story is amazing though, the writing is again what truly brings it to life and makes this book five stars. I absolutely can’t wait for Kelly and Robbie’s book next year. So many questions are left unanswered at the end of this book!

 

TTT: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. This weeks prompt is Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books!

This was so hard for me, so I ended up only picking five! I normally don’t finish or get attached to characters from books I disliked, so here are some from non-favorites. Feel free to help me out and comment some of yours below! All FanArt creators are credited and images are linked back to their source if you click on them.

  1. Tris from the Divergent series – This series crashed and burned, but I’ll always remember loving Tris the fearless way she was in Divergent.

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  2. Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door – This was my least favorite book in the Anna and the French Kiss series, but Cricket is one of my favorite men!9961796
  3. Ze’ev from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – My least favorite book in the series, but I absolutely love Wolf!

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  4. Nikolai from the Grisha Series – I enjoy the Grisha series, but it’s not one of my favorites (although the spin-off Six of Crows is, so check it out!). I love the character Nikolai though, and can’t wait for his own book, King of Scars, to come out.

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  5. Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns – Arsinoe is such an amazing and resilient character, but I really struggled finishing this book and am still debating on whether the second one is worth the time.
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    What other characters would you pick?

Review: The Luck of the Bride

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Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #3 (Read as a standalone)

Published: May 1, 2018 by St. Martin’s

Rating: 2/5

Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

*I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review*

I feel that I”m very forgiving of period romance novels, because as long as there is some drama, some court intrigue, and a loveable male lead, I will enjoy it. Unfortunately, this book lacked majorly in the “loveable male lead” department, to the point I started to feel a little skeeved out reading parts with Michael Cavensham.

The main thing that rubbed me the wrong way was his constantly bringing up kissing or touching March, the female lead, before also managing to mention that he was her guardian/she owed him money etc. This pattern happened a few too many times, to the point where I started to notice and expect it! I may be a little picky here, but the whole extortion trope is not my thing. *mild spoiler, highlight to see* There was also a point where he equates March’s guilt at not preventing her sister’s permanent injury to the worry he feels about being an unfit heir, which I thought was a bit of a selfish reach. *end spoiler*

While this was an uncorrected proof, more than a few areas read very clunkily and I found myself spacing out or skimming more than once which rarely happens with romance novels. Overall, it wasn’t the writing I had a problem with, it was the main male lead and his reaction to various situations (I’m not sure I can forgive him for some of the things he did).

I haven’t yet read any of Janna MacGregor’s other work, and may yet check it out. Again, the writing wasn’t horrible it was mainly the actions of the love interest that so thoroughly turned me off this book.

Saga Vol. 1 Review

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Series Saga #1-6

Genre Science Fiction/Graphic Novel

Rating 5/5

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Please note that this is an ADULT novel. VERY ADULT. That being said, as my first foray into truly “adult” comics/graphic novels, Saga is amazing.

The world is fully immersive, with the images adding a layer to the story that simply cannot exist without a graphic element. Going into this series, I never imagined feeling pity for a robot-human prince with PTSD, or beginning to understand a bounty hunter’s choices.

Star-crossed lovers is a theme that I will always be obsessed with, and Alana and Marko do not disappoint on this count. It’s so refreshing to see a bada$$ warrior woman paired with a “pacifist” man for once (even if he’s only recently reformed).

I can’t wait to see where their daughter Hazel’s journey will take them all. This volume ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so until I get my hands on Volume 2 my life will be agony. Definitely go pick this up if you love great space adventures (and can handle the Graphic part of this graphic novel).

Thanks for reading!

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Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this super awesome Book Tag on The Paperback Princess and decided to give it a try! Please feel free to try it yourselves, or comment your own preferences!

1. Inside flap/back of the booksummaries: Too much info or not enough? 

I love summaries for fantasy novels because they give you a better idea about what the book will entail; however, when it comes to contemporary romances (or really romances of any kind) I always feel like they’re a little TMI. Especially for books where the couple has a “back story,” I like to figure the back story out as I read rather than read about it in the book summary.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?

Definitely an Ebook! If it’s a book I love or one of my favorite series the hardcover will find it’s way to my shelves later on. EBook’s are so much easier to read, especially when traveling or laying in bed. I’ve been working through The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks for so long simply because I bought the trilogy in one giant volume and can’t easily take it anywhere!

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

CLEAN.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

It absolutely doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s a good story. I actually thought that J.K. Rowling was a man until I was over halfway done the series! I normally find out author’s genders now because I follow my favorites on Goodreads or twitter, but it hasn’t influenced my book choices!

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

One of my darkest secrets: whenever I get bored at a certain part of the book, I turn to the last page/chapter and skim it to see what will happen. I hate that I do this, and really wish I could restrain myself, but as of yet have not been able to manage the self control!

6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

I love when all books of the same color are organized together, and as a result have my bookshelf organized in a rainbow! You can see a bit of my red/orange shelf in my blog header image!

7. Have you ever purchased a book based on the cover alone?

Absolutely! I love going in to used bookstores and finding cheap, pretty books to read. I actually found my favorite author/series (Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass) by looking through the covers in the library’s New section.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

One of my favorite places to read in the summer is by the side of my local pool. I love being able to read and sunbathe with a waterslide only a few feet away! (yes, I am a 5-year-old stuck in a 20-year-old body) If not at the pool, I love curling up in an armchair with a cup of iced or hot tea depending on the season.

What’s your reading style?  Do we have anything in common? Please comment below or take up the Tag yourself!

As always thank you so much for reading!

emily