October Wrap Up

Here are the books I read during the month of October…… Two of the books I read were re reads (Strange the Dreamer and Empire of Storms) so the read date is showing when I 1st read them.

How did your reading month go? Did you participate in any read a thons?

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Halloween Book Plans

So today I’m sitting here updating my Goodreads and I decided that I wanted to do a Halloween theme TBR. Did I mention I just realized I never read the final book in Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. Anyways here are the books I’m planning to read leading up to Halloween. They are “spooky” or dark reads which I think is perfect for this time of year.

Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Goodreads Description: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

 

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

My Thoughts: First I have to say I was skeptical of this book because it was everywhere. Whenever a book is overhyped I go into it with caution. I must say I was presently surprised by this book. This book did something that contemporaries rarely do for me and that is read like a movie. It made me laugh, it made me mad, and it made me cry. I enjoyed every minute that I was with this family. I would recommend this book to you if you are someone who enjoys contemporary literature, if you like romantic comedies, or stories about family dynamics. As soon as I finished I went online and purchased the rest of the books in this series. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Have any of you read this book or seen the movie? If so what did you think? Happy reading y’all!!!!

Tome Topple TBR

This read a thon starts on June 29, 2018 ends July 12, 2017 and is centered around reading books over 500pgs.

Challenges

1) Read more than 1 tome

2) Read a graphic novel

3) Read a tome that is part of a series

4) Buddy read a tome

5) Read an adult novel

The only challenge I will not be completing is #2 the graphic novel……Are any of you participating? If so what are you reading?

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Goodreads Description: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

My Thoughts: This is the second book that I’ve read by this author and she did not disappoint. She managed to give me the feels of being back in high school and feeling like everyone else has there stuff together but me. I like the way she tackled things that happen in our society all while making you collect to her characters. I flew through this book, perfect for when you are in a contemporary mood. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and would def recommend this. Have any of you read this book? If so what did you think? Happy reading y’all!!!!

Dragonfly In Amber Book Review

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Well I don’t want to post the Goodreads Description this time because this is the 2nd book in the series and of course it would spoil book 1. I did however want to put my thoughts on this novel out there.

I actually started this book last year immediately after I finished Outlander. This was a mistake for me because as you all know these books are HUGE and I couldn’t focus. So I put this book down and read other things.

I started watching the Outlander tv series season 1 and really enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the book. However being the book nerd that I am I could not continue on to season 2 until I read the book. So I pulled this baby off the shelf and went to work. The beginning was soooooo slow……… I found myself dreading picking it up. It was like a never ending string of words. After 200 pgs in I decided to pick up the audiobook.

I don’t know if it was listening to it or if the story just picked up but I found myself wrapped up in the world again. Ahhhhh how I love thee Jamie. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. Even though I really enjoyed it is could not give it 5 stars because of the beginning.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Outlander series and I will say if you find yourself getting bored as I did hang in there it gets so much better. Plus that ending was worth it!!!! Have any of you read this book or further into the series? If so what are your thoughts? Happy Reading Ya’ll!!!!!!!

A Thousand Nights Book Review

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Author:
E.K.Johnston

Goodreads Description:
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

My Thoughts:
Very rarely do I say this but….. I honestly didn’t like this book even a little. I was so excited to read this especially after reading The Wrath and the Dawn plus the cover is gorgeous. Yet I was disappointed, the story was slow (little to no action), I felt no attachment to the main character, and the ending made me say “that’s it?”. I gave this book 1 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book. Have any of you read this if so what are your thoughts? Happy reading ya’ll!

Lady Midnight Book Review

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Author: Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Description:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

My Thoughts:
Omg I was waiting for this book for so long and I must start by saying I was not disappointed! This was a different take on the familiar Shadowhunter world. I loved the fact that I didn’t feel as though I was reading the same story with different names. I do however feel that in order to fully appreciate this book you need to read the previous series. There were so many tie ins that I felt like I wouldn’t have fully understood without reading the other books. Also the novellas Tales From Shadowhunter Academy set the stage for an uncovering in this book and if you haven’t read them Lady Midnight will spoil you on them. I would recommend this book to everyone because I love this world but if you enjoyed the other series this book is a must read!!!! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Have any of you read it?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Goodreads Description:
The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learned and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller

My Thoughts:
I am so glad I picked up this series!!! I never read the books as a child but I started reading them to my son and now I’m hooked. This book had me “cheating” by reading ahead without my son lol. The books just keep getting better so it goes without saying this is my favorite book so far!!!! I would definitely recommend this, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars!!!!!! Happy reading y’all!!!!!

Talon Book Review

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Goodreads Description:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

My Thoughts:
I really like Julie Kagawa writing this is the second book I have read by her. My only issue with this book was the lead character kept making dumb decisions. I found myself wanting to shake her and say what are you thinking don’t go there or don’t trust this person didn’t you see the signs? Lol but she is a 16 year old girl with little to know real world experience. By the end of the book I did see a lot of growth with Ember and it was a fast paced read. I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars and I’ve already purchased the sequel so I will finish the series. Happy Reading Y’all!!!!!