Boys South of the Mason Dixon Review

34459598Boys South of the Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines

Published: May 15, 2017

Series: South of the Mason Dixon #1

Rating:    2.5/5

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The only thing hotter than the weather South of the Mason Dixon line are the boys. Worn, faded blue jeans, slow Southern drawls, and those naughty moments in the back of pickup trucks a girl never forgets.

Welcome to the world of the Sutton boys.

Five brothers who fight, party, drink a little too much, but more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart… until the girl next door wins more than one of their hearts.

I originally picked up this “book” when it was a serial being published under Glines’ pen name, Effie Vaughn. Because I enjoyed the serial so much (and never got an ending!) I reluctantly bought Boys South of the Mason Dixon, even though I haven’t really liked anything that Glines has put out recently.

Thankfully, this book was only .99 because over 60% of the material was previously published in the serial mentioned above. Although this was very clearly meant to be a continuation of the original storyline, the fact that almost 2/3 of the way through nothing was new was a little frustrating. Especially because this story used to be free on Abbi’s website. This book read like it was written by someone who was on their first few forays into self publishing, rather than a known name in the romance arena.

As for the characters, none of them were really relatable. The main character Dixie made choices very selfishly and seemed to be fixated on the past. She doesn’t really care how her choices effect others around her, although she constantly insists that she does. In fact, her floozy friend seems to regret her damaging actions more. The love interest, Asher, seemed like a two-dimensional F*** boy who peaked in high school. While there is back story on his relationship with Dixie and some of his high school sweethearts, next to nothing is mentioned about what he’s done with himself for three years at college.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Even if a guy is the love of your life, if he ditches you for three years with no explanation, LET HIM GO. Dixie acknowledges multiple times throughout the book that she should move on, then proceeds to do the opposite. This teenage angst is enough to drive the plot for the rest of the book, but then the “BIG TWIST” happens around 86% of the way through. This “big twist” is a near fatal heart condition *gasp* which is a common enough trope in romance and one that has yanked my heart strings on more than one occasion. This was not one of those occasions.

The description of said infirmity reads like the author googled rare heart diseases and copied over the WebMD page. It was especially anti-climactic because two other points of view are randomly added in, seemingly just to point out that her parents love their daughter and love can happen more than once in a lifetime (as in their case). This disaster also manages to magically bring all the brothers together and make them forgive each other for past wrongs that have kept them at odds throughout the book.

***SPOILERS END***

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book and have no desire to keep reading the series. If you’re interested in some good romance, check out Abbi Glines’ earlier works (which I absolutely love). The past three or four books published have not met the quality I saw in some of her original books. If those don’t do it for you either, check out some of my other romance reviews.

As always, thank you for reading!

emily

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

I found this cool tag on Book Princess Reviews and decided to give it a try!

The links in each round connect to the Goodreads so you can check the books out for yourself!

THE RULES

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds.
Disclaimer: I would never actually burn a book!

ROUND #1

Burn: I have to go with Her Mad Hatter for this one.  This book was a nice Alice/Mad Hatter romance novel, and it was a quick mindless romance between hardcore fantasies.

Rewrite: I would rewrite A Rogue By Any Other Name. As with most romance novels, there are a few points that I believe could be expanded and changed. Overall, Sarah MacLean is one of my favorite period romance writers, and I thoroughly enjoy everything she writes.

Reread: I absolutely love the Mercy Thompson series, and will gladly reread it! Silver Borne is not my favorite in the series, but still an interesting mini mystery within it. The continuation of this series, with the change of the world as well as personal problems always intrigues me. If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely do! The latest one in the series is one of my favorites!

ROUND #2

Burn: I know that I’ll probably get some flack for this, but I didn’t really enjoy The Fifth Wave. It may have something to do with my fear of Alien invasions/Zombie Apocalypse. It may also be the strange POV flips that kept happening and confusing me throughout the book. Just not my favorite read.

Rewrite: I found this series while trolling Amazon for cheap eBooks, and I found it interesting. The world of the Significance series made me hope to find my true love through imprinting (but let’s be honest, so does every paranormal romance ever written). It was a nice YA read, but as with most cheap eBooks that are an author’s first foray into young adult, it could’ve used some extra editing and dialogue boost.

Reread: The Gregor the Overlander series is one of my favorite from my childhood. I far prefer it to Suzanne Collins’ other series, the Hunger Games, and would love to reread it again. The Underworld is so interesting, and the story of Gregor so mesmerizing that I could not put it down. This is bringing back so much nostalgia, I want to pick this series up again!

ROUND #3

Burn: BURN BURN I absolutely did not like Someone to Love. This book I found very protagonist very childish and immature, and could not like her at all. The romance also seemed very stale, and I really wish I hadn’t wasted so much time trying to slug through this book.

Rewrite: While I really enjoyed The City of Ember, I feel like the author could have done a lot more in exploring the underground society. So many things are happening underground that we don’t really have time to explore before the rest of the series takes the narrative lead.

Reread: The Kricket Series is one of my favorite. I definitely don’t think that we are alone in the universe, and Kricket’s exploration of her heritage as she discovers this other planet for herself was enchanting and a quick read.

Feel free to do this tag! It was super fun and made me remember some books I haven’t thought about in years. Thanks for reading!

emily

A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

31451174A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 2, 2017

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Rating: 5/5

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Sarah J. Maas’  does it again with A Court of Wings and Ruin. I was wary going into this book, because this is the first Maas “ending” that readers have experienced. Ending is in quotation marks because, without giving anything away, it doesn’t wrap up all the storylines. Yes, the major plot that has been building for the past three books has been completed, but so many other characters have stories that are left hanging.

Don’t get me wrong, this story was an absolutely wonderful conclusion to an amazing trilogy about Feyre Archeron. I absolutely loved this book and all the action, adventure, and friendships that are jam-packed into it. But…all the other characters we have grown to love throughout the series are kind of left out to dry. I can’t wait for the already announced spin-off series (which will hopefully wrap up those loose ends about all those other characters I have become emotionally invested in).

In short, READ THIS SERIES. IT IS LIFE CHANGING, AND I LOVE IT. But don’t expect to be satisfied by this book if you care about any character other than Feyre. Can I ever be satisfied at the end of a Maas book though? I always want more!

 

*****SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK AHEAD*****

 

I was so excited to see more of Elain Archeron, who is one of the characters I find most intriguing. As a hardcore shipper of Elucien, the lack of coupling of the two throughout the book was disappointing, especially because they seem to misunderstand each other so much. I feel like there was a lot of hinting at Lucien getting his own book in the spin-offs however, which I hope and pray for. In my eyes, Lucien is one of the most misunderstood characters in the series, and I’m excited to see more of his journey. The new human queen, Vassa, is also very intriguing and seems like she will play a big role in the stories to come.

My next favorite pairing, Nesta Archeron and Cassian did not get any sort of conclusion either.From watching previous interviews, I know that this couple is also one of Maas’ favorites, so likely a book or two (or three?) will be dedicated to their story. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT FOR ALL THESE DIFFERENT BOOKS?

I was excited to learn more about Mor, but again I feel like another book needs to be written about her story; both a backstory and a some kind of resolution for her future. Going into ACOWAR, I really thought that Moren was going to happen, it seems Amren and Varian are going to get a happy ending. Amren and Varian were cute together throughout, and they both deserve their happy endings.

And while this may sound a little strange, because I didn’t want ANYONE to die, the fact that no major character did really surprised me. *SPOILER FOR CROOKED KINGDOM* Maybe Leigh Bardugo crushed all my hopes and dreams of everyone making it out alive.

While Feyre and Rhys’ stories did wrap up well, Sarah still has a LOT of writing to do for me to be satisfied with the characters in this series. I’m looking forward to seeing Feyrhys as cameos in future stories (and their children?), but EVERYONE ELSE needs their own endings!

Still a 5/5 stars, as I believe all Maas books are. I can’t wait to reread to analyze all the characters more!

In other news…

I will be seeing Sarah J. Maas in Baltimore on Thursday and will hopefully be posting a summary of her Q&A session for this interested, so stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,

emily

The Midterm Blues

Midterms are upon me, and I have unfortunately not been able to update the blog because of all my studying! Don’t worry though, I foresee more study breaks in the future as I am slowly becoming burnt out. Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog recently!

Also a huge thank you to everyone who has been buying things from my Etsy shop!!! (even though the sales have contributed to my lack of time for fun things like blogging lately.) I am so thrilled and surprised by how popular my shop has become in just two months! As a celebration, I may be doing a small giveaway in the future (when I have a little more time) so stay tuned!

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-Emily

Stationary Book Tag

A big thank you to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me to do this tag! Am super busy with life right now so am using this as an excuse to blog ;D

  • Thank the creator – Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book | The Chronicles of Narnia11127
The Chronicles of Narnia is probably one of the first full series that I read through. As a young horse lover, I originally read The Horse and his Boy because horse was in the name. Narnia is a series and a world that remains in every young persons soul, and is a timeless story that I still enjoy today.

33Pens: A Basic Staple for any Reader | Lord of the Rings

I don’t believe that someone can call themselves a fantasy reader unless they have at least tried to ready either The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring at least once. Whether you suffer through, or enjoy it immensely, this series is a must for all fans of fantasy and you can’t tell me otherwise.

Notebooks: What do you Own Multiple Copies Of | Empire of Storms

How could I not purchase multiple editions of Empire of Storms? I actually ended up with three (if you count digital). I purchased both the Barnes and Noble and Target exclusive editions because the fan art was incredible in both! While Heir of Fire still remains my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series, this one is tied for second (along with all the others in the series lol). Below is a picture of one of the four images inside the Barnes and Noble edition, along with one of the bracelets I sell on my ETSY shop.

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Markers: A Book With a Beautiful Cover | Three Dark Crowns

While I still have not picked the book up yet (it’s my bookclub’s October pick of the month!) I absolutely love the outside cover with the three gorgeous crowns as well as what can be found under the dust jacket! The pictures below are from when I got it in my September Owl Crate!

 

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (friends or couple)| Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows

700d452e3630ef633035d91d1c682910Even though they started out hating each other, indeed Matthias was taking her to be killed when they first met, when I read Six of Crows these guys became an instant favorite couple. I adore relationships where the characters have to overcome all odds form a love that will last.  I can’t wait to see where their story goes in Crooked Kingdom (which released today!).

To the left is some gorgeous fan art by PhantomRin.

 

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy | Allegiant

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but this book did not do it for me. Other than the completely stupid ending, the story line just wasn’t as solid as the other two. Would have rather had a cut off ending at the end of Insurgent then have to deal with this book.

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own | The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds is one of my favorite series outside of any Maas books and I am fortunate enough to have ordered them signed from the amazing Books of Wonder (not trying to brag, just let a reader know where you can order signed books in the future!). And I feel super excited flaunting my love for this series today, because yesterday they announced the casting for Ruby in the movie adaptation! Amandla Stenberg (you probably know her as Rue from the Hunger Games movies) is going to be Ruby! Amandla is an amazing person and actress and I know she will do justice to the character on the screen.

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Amandla Stenberg is going to be Ruby!

And now for the tags! Basically everyone I would normally tag on here has already been tagged, so I’m reaching out to some new people!

Cristian @ The Bookish God

Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi

Deborah @ The Page Dreamer

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Book Tag: The Book Blogger Test

I was tagged to do this by the lovely Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel and Jess @ StarsWhoListen.

What are your top 3 pet peeves for books and reading? | 

1. When an awesome Sci-fi/Dystopian or any book with a wonderful driving plot turns into a love story. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love stories and a good love triangle. But, I HATE it when this wonderful world, which has been built up by the author with a great external enemy fighting against the main character and then oh my goodness she/he can’t focus on any of it because of her love life. Um girl, the world is about to go to hell and you are trying to choose between guys. Let’s save it first.

2. When you’re reading a book and get sand in it…or have to kill a bug. I love having a physical copy of a book, however I really only keep them with me at home, one of the reasons being I hate messing up books. I’m fine with spine breaks or rippled pages, but I hate when foreign matter gets in between the pages. This is one of the main reasons I bring my kindle on travel. Also it’s a lot lighter.

3. When you’re totally engrossed in a book and then life happens. You know those books where you just want to sit and read for hours…but then you have to go to class or an appointment etc. Yea, that’s actually my number 1 pet peeve.

Describe your perfect reading spot | My bed, or a reading nook

I love to be able to cuttle or curl up and read. Natural light is always better than lightbulbs. I don’t like to read in public because I get distracted by everything going around me, and I find it hard to get engrossed in the book.

Tell us 3 book confessions |

1. I never finished the Mortal Instruments Series. One of my favorite series, I originally read them as they were releasing. However, when the fourth one came out I was super excited that it wasn’t a trilogy like I originally thought and then I did not finish it. I’m in the process of rereading the first three, and then will hopefully finish the series.

2. I read too many books at a time. I am currently reading three books at once, which is probably a new low for me. I constantly switch between books based on my mood. I find it very hard to only have one book option at a given time.

3. I look up spoilers on Tumblr. I hate myself for this, but I will look up spoilers on tumblr when I’m waiting for a really great book to come out (aka like Empire of Storms).

When was the last time you cried during a book | Empire of Storms

I sobbed during Empire of Storms. The ending killed me. All together a wonderful book that I recommend to everyone. If you want to read more about it, go HERE.

How many books are on your bedside table | Nine

I have an ever growing pile of books next to me. Most of them are from the library and will probably be returned before they will be read, an problem I have had since I had a library card.

What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading | Pretzels

I absolutely love the crunch of pretzels, and how they can stave off hunger so that you can continue reading uninterrupted. I will say that when I am deep in a book, I could care less about food and only the deepest hunger will make me rise to find a snack.

Name 3 books you would recommend to everyone | 

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

3.  Enclave by Ann Agguire

There are also so many other books that everyone should read that I have not put on this list, but these are the ones I’ve been loving the most recently.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase | I’ll raise you an entire bookcase.

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Write how much books mean to you in three words| My entire life.

What is your biggest reading secret |

I constantly stop in the middle of books and put them aside. Even if I love the book, I often set it aside and start reading or continuing another one. The most recent book I have done this with is Winter. Absolutely love the book and series, but I put it down and have yet to pick it back up.

Who do you tag | because all my blogger friends have already done it, I’m going to try and make new ones! I tag you…

Ann @ AnntheBookmaster

Anna @ MyBookishDream

Six of Crows Bracelet

With the upcoming release of Crooked Kingdom, the second book in the Six of Crows Duology, I figured it was time to buckled down and read the first book. Although I am only a few chapters in, I absolutely love it! I am a total sucker for heist stories and I can’t wait to see where Kaz takes the team.

By request from Maggie at Massachusetts Novel, I made this lovely “No Mourners. No Funerals” bracelet inspired by the quote found throughout Six of Crows!

If you like what you see, check out my Etsy shop for more bookish bracelets! You can view pictures of my product in the Picture Catalog above, as well as follow the link directly!

As always, thank you for reading!

Emily