Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Royals

Royals Royals by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

OK. Straight up, I liked this book! Don't care what anyone else has to say about that. It was a quick, fun read, and it finished before I was ready to leave the characters. In my opinion that’s a book that has succeeded. Yes, this is basically the YA book equivalent of a rom-com but that fine because Rom-Coms are what some people love. If you don't go looking for Hemmingway in a teen rom-com then you are a lot less likely to go full on snark with their disappointment because they just have an irrational expectation for the sort of book their reading. There is nothing intense about this book at all. It's just fun. It's a quick ready, with a sillyish plot, with entertaining characters and witty dialogue that makes me laugh. Really that's all I need from a fun summer(almost) reader. I think anyone who has enjoyed Ms. Hawkins previous work or even just enjoys the entertainment that is her social media accounts then you will also like this book. So I give this book a solid 4stars. Because I don't think a book has to get it Faulkner on to qualify as good it simply has to its a own thing and do it well. Ms. Hawkins did her Royals well and I enjoyed coming along for the ride.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: Legendary

Legendary Legendary by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so my thoughts on this book are sort of stuck in a place of limbo right now. It really comes down to whether this book will truly be the stories conclusion as it was initially planned or if it is now intended to be a middle installment to a trilogy/series. On it's own this book is every bit as magical and enchanting as Caraval. Ms Garber truly has a gift for taking her readers to her world where adventure, romance, and magic radiate of the pages...BUT...! As fun and exciting as this book was it would still be nothing short of infuriating if it truly is meant to be any kind of conclusion. As of right now I'm going to base my review on the assumption that there is more to come, I haven't been able to find any mention or suggestion that a third installment but who knows. That being said, if it turns out this truly was meant to be the conclusion to the overall story started in Caraval, I'd be forced to drop my rating considerably. There's just too much left by the time the reader comes to Legendry's final page. A quick rundown of this book. There's another edition of Caraval going down although it's not as vital to the plot as the first game was, there's a maternal scavenger hunt, much like her sister Scarlett, Tella finds herself playing Legend's game, creating serious romantic tension with one of the games actors, as well as picking up her own 3rd party fiancé. There's also a seriously problematic Tarot(ish) deck made up by demigod like characters who are all appear to be created by combining unhealthy levels of narcissism and sociopathy. Other stuff happens. Honestly, so much of how I feel about all the various storylines is dependent on the need for a third book (assuming an additional book would come with the gift of resolution.) Too much of what happens ends up feeling pointless without the satisfaction of some kind of cohesive resolution to pretty much any or better yet all the main plots, subplots, mysterious backstories that just stayed mysterious, &the character relationships that went down through out these books. As it stands right now we are left with … nothing. Scarlet-Julian=??? Tella-Dante=??? Julian-Dante=??? Scarlet-Nicolas=??? Why are you even back, Nicolas?=??? Comatose prodigal bandit mother=I can't even Legend/Fates/Return of the heir-??? I assume you all are seeing the problem here. All the beautiful writing a world building in the world can't erase the pointlessness of a story that's feels so unfinished it wouldn't even qualify as anti-climactic. The idea of that makes me pretty grumpy. Then again a third book might be announced tomorrow and *poof* all my discontent would vanish. I was able to enjoy Caraval so much more for that exact reason. It was pretty vague in its ending but I knew there was more story on the way so I didn't worry on that but now it's like quadruple levels of vague and I'm just over here in my 5-star/angry book review limbo.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: Furyborn

Furyborn Furyborn by Claire Legrand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really had such hopes for this book. Such a beautiful cover but, we all know what they say about books and their covers. I thought about giving this book two stars but I am willing to read the next book in this trilogy so I figure that should bump things up to 3- stars in reality it's probably closer to 2.50. The problem with this book was cohesion. There was a lot of potential floating around but nothing really brought it together. There were just so many pieces to this story.We start out with a prologue thing that takes place at the end of one timeline seeing everything through the eyes of a young boy named Simon. There is an evil "blood queen" giving birth and some kind of evil and omnipotent angel coming for her baby. There is a lot of info thrown at reader right away and it's quite confusing. We get the gist that angels are bad and nothing like most people's idea of angels. Apparently this queen somehow helped the angels and killed are adored husband but then again this Corien angel dude is coming for her baby so clearly there some points of contention between the angels and this Blood Queen. I digress, so back to the birth-giving queen attempts to give her baby daughter to Simon's father (the two of them being part angel and part human) so he can whisk her away to safety before that can happen fate works against them all and it ends up being Simon who has to rescue the baby. Angel/humans have the ability "travel" hundred of miles via magic threads we don't exactly know why since neither angels nor humans have this ability The queen then shatters into a bunch of light beams (still not sure what that's about) and Simon finds out the hard way that Marques (angel/humans) actually have the ability to "travel" through space AND time if they don't really know what they're doing.

From this point on the story is split up into 2 timelines one that begins two years prior to the prologue bit of writing and the second timeline takes place 1018 years afterward. Honestly ai don't know what all would be considered spoilers so I'm just going to leave off from the plotline from here on out but basically we have these two timelines both of which you can tell are suppose to be action packed but are somehow seem to be boring. There some very ACOTAResque trials that go down and a very deadly female assassin. Familiar sounding right? Then there are angels and saints thrown into the mix and that just ends up being more confusing than anything else because they are nothing like any idea of angels or saints I've ever heard of so it really serves no purpose to give them those titles other than to confuse us. I mean people have pretty sturdy ideas of what angels and saints are and they all typically connect to some idea of a God but there is no God like being in this book so it just gets annoying. Also there's a prophecy thrown into the mix and at the end there's the most ridiculous romantic plot that literally comes from out of nowhere. Let me tell you I'm a big romance fan, typically speaking I am always down for some romance but some foreshadowing a little lead up , something to make it understandable is required. In any enemies to lovers storyline the "to" is required also. So anyway as bitchtastic as this review may seem I would be willing to read the next installment in this trilogy in the hopes that maybe the author and the editors could get things rolling a little more smoothly because I do believe this story has some decent potential. It just started out pretty rocky and slow.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: Love and Other Words

Love and Other Words Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was really such a good book. Up to this point y only experiences with author(s) Christina Lauren was their 'Boss' series. Which was also very good, but definitely deeply the risqué end of the romance genre. This novel read totally differently and told a more serious and sweeter story their other work. Sometimes it can throw me off when an author writes a story totally different from their more typical style I didn't find that to be the case with this book at all. I was sucked in from the first page and devoured the book in its entirety in under 24 hours.

The books begins with an adult Macy Sorenson desperately trying to avoid a man sees in a local coffee shop. A man she hasn't seen in 11 years but also describes as the love of her life. Flashing back and forth between current day and an 15 year countdown from her summer before 8th grade and the years leading up to their 11 year break the novel addresses the importance people play in a life both with their presence and by leaving us. At it's heart this book tells the tale of a second chance romance but also tells a coming of age story of every kind of love, loss heartache and growing up. This book made me laugh and cry and I didn't want it to be over so quickly. I would absolutely recommend this book to others and look forward to catching up on the authors backlist.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Off the coast of Washington there is an small island and witches live there. A small town's worth of other people also live there but the witches are really the important bit. Well, semi-witches is probably the more accurate descriptor for the last 8 generations of Blackburn women. For hundreds of years this family of witches were powerful but good peeps overall. Unfortunately humans beings aren't known for their high tolerance for magical entities real or imagined. This lead to a many generations of witches being forced to constantly move when their neighbors tolerance levels peaked. So eventually one of these witches, Rona Blackburn, decides she's going to set up a life on a little remote Island where there's not even a dozen other inhabitants. Remote locale hermit lifestyle , all should be good and safe for Rona the witch. Yeah, not so much. Some 18th century drama goes down, there's fires set, babies are born, it's not good. So Rona, sick of all the problems her magic has brought to her life decides she's going to try and bind her powers and keep all the future generations of her family safe from what she's suffered. What results is more like a cruse than a protection and it is passed along to each generations Blackburn woman and then on to her one daughter and so on. Eight generations later our story begins with, Nor, who's chillin, living her life, when one a book arrives at the town psychic shop where she works. A book of available spells, incantation pricing, and an order form. A book of Blackburns spells that have been and should still be unusable due to the Blackburn biding curse. Only it appears Blackburn #8, Nor's mother, has found a way to achieve what ought not be achieved. Also, she's like a supermodel channeling her inner Charles Manson. This is not the best combo and pretty much all hell starts breaking loose from this point on. Good times!

I honestly enjoyed this read. It was a quick fun read that I devoured in pretty much one sitting and that says a lot for a book. I'm ADD to the extreme and this a chronic book jumper. This novel kept my attention firmly in place. It brought to mind books like L.J. Smith's Secret Circle trilogy, and Lana Popovic's Wicked like a Wildfire. I think this book be a pretty good matchup for anyone who has read and enjoyed those stories. I believe this book should be available to the public on March 13, 2018.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simply put. I thought this book was amazing. 5 stars. 2 thumbs up. A+: 100%. And any other way I can express perfect. Alice Prosperine is a girl who's lived a strange life of instability, with a mother who moves house every few months once their "bad luck" catches up with them. Lurking in the background is a hauntingly weird grandmother Alice has never actually met, the infamous tome of dark fairytales that has almost been forgotten by the world but seems to bring nothing good to those who still remember it and her grandmother's home which these fairytales paid for, known as The Hazel Wood. Once Alice's grandmother passes away her mother believes them safe from whatever has been chasing them for Alice's entire life, she remarries and attempts to settle down in NYC creating a normal life for Alice. Which is where all hell breaks loose and our story pretty much begins. What follows is an addictively enchanting tale that channels The Black Forest through upstate NY. The Grimm Brothers would have loved this book. I enjoyed this book so much that in spite have being given an e-galley copy for review I will absolutely still go out and buy a hardcopy to physically keep on my shelves and to reread later. That is really the highest praise I can give a book seeing as I really have to no time for rereading with a to be read pile like mine or room for any more books but if it's worth it I'll find a way!! This book is worth it.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Tell Me How This Ends Well

Tell Me How This Ends Well Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ok so I'm not allowed to request another book I might possibly enjoy until I right a review for this book. Honestly I couldn't finish it. I really thought I'd like it. I mean, I'm Jewish, I celebrate Passover, my dad can piss me off, I can be super snarky. It's the makings of a match made in book/human heaven and yet... Nope. I just couldn't make it through. I found the main character obnoxious and just didn't care enough to follow through. Sorry. I really hate writing negative reviews too because I think there's enough mean stuff in the world without adding bad reviewedbut that's my honest opinion and I really just want another book to review that I'll hopefully enjoy more. Sooo that's all folks.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was totally nuts but in a good way. At least to me it was in a good way. It was just such a crazy little story. Think 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' only it's a home for children who each visited their own peculiar versions of Wonderland. That is basically the best way to sum up this novel, well also there's a murder mystery woven through the story. This book is 160 some pages of magically bizarre uniqeness. I think it's probably not for everyone but those it calls to will absolutely love it. I look forward to reading the next 'Wayward' book

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

From the get go you can feel the theme of "forgiveness" being stuffed down the main characters through with increasingly less subtlety. You only have one father and you need to make good with him, Blah...blah...blah. Naturally his new wife is super nice and her dad babbles on about how he missed her and keeps photos of their old home to remind him of her, her mother has met someone new and is happy. Blah. Blah. All of this is irrelevant to the real matter at hand, if you create a life and dedicate upteen years to raising this child and then you just up and abandon them to live on a different continent on the other side of an ocean.... you SUCK!! Period. Yet, not a single person in this novel seems to grasp that this behavior on part of a parent is irresponsible and unacceptable, they actually seem to hoist judgment onto the young girl for not forgiving her father. Children should not be told to be the bigger person compared to their unreliable parent. Maybe the father should have stuck around for the few years left before his daughter graduated high school and been a real father. I mean he didn't just leave his wife, or even just move to another city/state he freaking move TO ENGLAND!! **whoosa** And now, for the sake of full honesty I finally slammed this book shut with about an 1/8 of the story left. I was just entirely way too infuriated with the premise. There's a chance that this story redeems itself in that last bit but I would be genuinely shocked if that happened.

I would definitely give this author another chance since my discontent with this novel is obviously very entwined with the specifics of the plot but I just couldn't get on board with so much going on here.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really just couldn't get with this book. I pretty much constantly swung back and forth between boredom and annoyance. There was a distinct lack of likable people in this novel and while all characters of every book need not be likable, it is nice to have at least one person to get you through the pages. The protagonist of this novel was the worst! Ok, not the worst, she wasn't planning world domination or anything, she was just a self-absorbed, yet not very interesting portrait of a human. A human who is far more intriguing to herself than anyone else. The sort of person that had she been real I would have thought "yeah, she would write a book about herself." Banal. If I had to sum this book up in a word it would be 'banal.' Again, just not for me, but I'm sure it could work for other people.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: Spindle Fire

Spindle Fire Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spindle fire is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose fairy tale, which, for whatever reason has always been my favorite. I really enjoyed this book, it's beautifully written with lyrical prose without out being overwhelmingly purple. The story does start out a little slowly and about 50-75% of the way through you realize that this will unquestionably be part of a series because there's no way there's enough pages to resolve everything that's being introduced to the reader. Ok, anyone who took notice of the Goodreads title up there would also realize this was the opening leg on a series, but that group of anyone's did not include me. So anyway, even though this novel initially has a bit of a slow pick up I think it does build up to a very magical and intriguing story that left me wanting to know what will happen and I am definitly planning to get my hands on the next volume which to me is the definition of a good book. So 4 stars from me.

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Review: Royals

Royals by Rachel Hawkins My rating: 0 of 5 stars OK. Straight up, I liked this book! Don't care what...