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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

I’ve read 14 books so far in 2018, which puts me right on track for my goal of 30 books this year. I keep seeing this tag pop up and I thought it looked like a fun post to do, so here it is!

 

Best book I’ve read so far this year:room on rue amelie

I absolutely loved the Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel. This is definitely my favorite historical fiction novel I have read this year and I felt like it was the most beautifully written book I’ve read this year as well!

Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2018:24909347

I can’t not shout out Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was definitely my most anticipated release of the year behind Queen of Air and Darkness and the finale of The Illuminae Files did not disappoint!

New release I haven’t read yet, but want to:40657966

This may not fully count, but I just started reading the final book of the Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead. I was super excited for this release, but I had to read a couple other books in June right when The Emerald Sea came out so I did’t get to start it right away!

Most anticipated release in the second half of 2018:13541056

OBVIOUSLY Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Is anyone surprised? I’m a bit bummed that I have to wait until December for this release, but that doesn’t make me any less excited for it!

Biggest disappointment:24612118

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff because I had so much trouble getting through it. I really wanted to rad this novel because it was a huge bestseller when it came out, but the writing style and characters were so hard for me to get through and I was quite disappointed overall.

Favorite new author:goodbye

Christina June! I read It Started With Goodbye expecting it to be a cheesy YA contemporary novel and I actually really enjoyed it 🙂 I actually really want to read the companion novel as well.

Newest fictional crush:29935867

Grant from Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead. Richelle sure knows how to write a dreamy, moody man that makes all female hearts melt (just my opinion) and I love it every time.

Newest favorite character:

Ruby from the Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel becuase she was the definition of a strong female character. I loved seeing a woman in a historical setting making a difference and having an impact on life during WWII. She was brave and inspiring, definitely m favorite character I have read this year.

Book that made me cry:reign of the fallen

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh had a pretty significant rip-your-heart-out moment early in the book that you’ll know about if you’ve read it. I don’t remember if I actually cried while reading it, but it certainly tugged on my heartstrings. Something similar could be said about my reaction to the ending of the Room on Rue Amélie.

Book that made me happy:

I’m going to use It Started With Goodbye again because this was an all around feel-good novel. I liked reading a new spin on the classic “Cinderella story” that turns out okay in the end. I just had happy feels from this book and that is never a bad thing!

Favorite book-to-screen adaptation I’ve seen:Image result for series of unfortunate events season 2

Definitely the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix! I am always astounded by the nostalgia factor and how accurate to the books this show feels. I know it gets cheesy at times, but that’s the point and I love every second of this show.

Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year:

I have read so many pretty books this year, but a lot of those were free arcs and such. That said, I love the cover art of the Glittering Court series and The Emerald Sea is beautiful! The three books together are so gosh darn pretty!

Books I need to read by the end of the year:

  1. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassie Clare (duh)
  2. I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  4. Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
  5. The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlottle Brontë
  7. I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell (started)
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Let’s Talk About… Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

I grabbed this book at Barnes and Noble as soon as I came home for the summer because this series is wrapping up this month and I wanted to catch up before The Emerald Sea comes out! As we all know by now, Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors because I love the way she writes strong female characters that are simultaneously out-of-this-world and still imperfect. I pretty much love all of her books, so it;s not surprising that this book got yet another 5 star rating from me.

Synopsis from Goodreads


A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.


Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 27 June 2017
Pages: 416

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.94 stars

This review will contain spoilers! It’s also the second book in a series so check out my review of the first book, The Glittering Court, here if you haven’t already!

Spoilers below!

Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead”

Stories of the Month: June 2018

Television

Riverdale Season 2B Image result for riverdale season 2

I think Riverdale is a super cheesy show, because it is. But the entertainment factor is pretty high, so I keep on watching it no matter how lame the acting can be, or how predictable the plots are. This season actually had a pretty decent plot, I think, and I was impressed by the character developments happening in the second half. I had watched the first half of this season last year, so I did only watch the last 12 episodes or so this month, but like I said, I enjoyed it. I was 100% doing other things (i.e. blogging, playing games on my ipad/computer, cleaning, cooking) while watching the show, but it was good for that. Not something I had to fully pay attention to in order to enjoy the show. My biggest complaint is that they should stop the random singing (especially with Veronia because 1) it’s super lame and 2) THAT MUSICAL EPISODE!!! There’s no way everyone can actually sing in this cast, I could tell that a few of their voices had been heavily edited which defeats the purpose of singing at all.

My Grade: C+

Supernatural Season 13B Image result for supernatural season 13

I’m honestly not super into this show anymore, so I didn’t pay too much attention while watching the second half of this season. The plot line constantly repeats itself at this point with small variations and news side characters, but after years of devotion I can’t just walk away and quit on this show (much like the production team needs to do). I was especially skeptical about the Scooby-doo crossover episode, but I actually really enjoyed that one purely because the nostalgia factor was through the roof. I’m not a fan of them bringing back dead characters from the “apocalypse world” because it seems like further proof that the writers are out of ideas and feel like they need to bring Bobby and Charlie back to keep viewers at least semi-interested. That said, I will be watching this show until it ends (I really hope it does some time because Jensen and Jared are grey and old).

My Grade: Meh… I don’t know why I try with this show

New shows I started:

Game of Thrones Season 4 (HBO)

Queer Eye season 2 (Netflix)

Gossip Girl (binging on Netflix)

Books

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead29935867

I always love Richelle’s books and this was a quick catch up for me since the final boom in the series came out last Tuesday! It’s safe to say they I have already started reading the new, and final, book in the Glittering Court trilogy.

I have a full review of this one coming up on Friday so keep an eye out!

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.94 stars

Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor 35995395

Mira Tudor reached out to me via email asking me to read and review her book, and gave me a free copy. I will say I enjoyed some parts, and the novel lost me at others, but I think this was a good debut novel from Tudor. The characters go through deep emotional paths and have interesting conversations about which philosophies they follow in life, which I find is rare in contemporary novels. So much of fiction is centered around romantic relationships between characters, and while that was certainly present in this novel, there was an even greater focus on the adult characters figuring out which path is right for them in life, whether that involves a romantic partner or not.

I have a full spoiler-free review up here!

My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.06 stars

Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman36009911

Was given a copy by the publisher to be a part of the blog tour

Last year, I was asked to be a part of a blog tour by Glasstown Entertainment for the Dawn of Legends release, and this year I’ve done it again! I was given an early copy of the finished book by the publisher so I could write a review to go up a few days after the book was released. You can check that out here (it’s spoiler-free but there are also three books before it so read those too)! I left links on that post to the other tour stops as well so you can show them some love 🙂

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.00 stars

Katie x

Blog Tour: Dawn of Legends by Eleanor [Spoiler-free Review] Herman Review

I participated in the blog tour for Eleanor Herman’s Reign of Serpents last summer, for which I did a short interview with the author herself! I had so much fun last year and I am super excited to be a part of the blog tour for the final book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series this summer. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher, but this review contains my honest opinions about Dawn of Legends!

Synopsis


Royalty is born. Legends are made.

The epic scope of Outlander meets the shocking twists of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the riveting conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Gods and Royals series, Dawn of Legends!

Prince Alexander of Macedon has battled both men and monsters, but his final war will determine his fate…and the future of mankind. While Macedon’s enemies close in from all corners of the earth, Alexander must fulfill one last prophecy that dictates only he—and he alone—can ensure humanity’s survival against the age of the deadly Spirit Eaters.

As the threads of fate draw Alexander closer to his destiny, an exiled queen will meet a runaway princess, a young sorceress will set the final path of her heart, and generals will choose their final battles. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed, and hearts must break.

Who will rise and who will die? All is revealed in the epic finale to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman’s rich and fantastical Blood of Gods and Royals series. 


My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.94 stars

Publisher: Glasstown Entertainment/Harper Teen
Release Date: 26 June, 2018
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

Review

Wow. Just WOW!

I was so excited to see how this series would end and it kind of blew me away, now that I’ve read it. The way Herman writes this story through like 10 different perspectives is so well done becuase that could easily end in disaster and confusion. Each book added a couple more perspectives, and somehow she figured out how to make this feel perfectly normal. The complicated story lines Herman weaves throughout this series require views from multiple perspectives to really understand what’s happening, and in that way, the series reads almost like a TV show. I have never seen Outlander, but I did recently start watching Game of Thrones, so I totally see her influence there in the intense battle scenes. In my interview with Herman last year, she mentioned that GOT influenced her writing, but that she didn’t get quite as graphic in this series (the blood and gore being in writing rather than visual certainly helps with that). However, heads are rolling in this series, the villains are ruthless, and Herman’s characters are tested time and time again. Continue reading “Blog Tour: Dawn of Legends by Eleanor [Spoiler-free Review] Herman Review”

Let’s Talk About… Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor [Spoiler-Free Review]

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. If you’re interested in reading Poets, Artists, Lovers, you can get a copy on Amazon for only $2.99!

A little background info: Mira Tudor is Romanian, and the novel is set in Romania, so it may be hard to recognize the settings. Tudor’s detailed descriptions are beautiful, although they don’t always paint a clear picture about where the characters are in each scene. Some of the wording is also awkward, but other than that, the novel is eloquently written.

Synopsis from Goodreads


Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.


My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.06 stars

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Release Date: 4 August 2017
Pages: 256 (Kindle Edition) Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor [Spoiler-Free Review]”