February Wrap-Up

I can’t believe February is already over! I had a busy month. I turned 30 this month! I also read 15 books this month (however, 3 were novellas).¬†

My book haul was pretty substantial, too. I bought 14 physical books!


Book Haul List:

  1. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  4. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA, Fantasy)
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James, Recieved as an ARC (YA, Fantasy) Review here! 
  6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Sci-fi, Post-apocalyptic)
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas¬†(YA, Fantasy) Review here!
  8. If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide, Received as an ARC (Women’s Fiction, Historical)
  9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (Non-Fiction, Humor)
  10. Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Contemporary YA)
  11. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken  (YA, Fantasy)
  12. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (YA, Fantasy) Review here!  
  13. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones  (YA, Fantasy)
  14. Throne of Glass Coloring Book 

I bought some eBooks, but I can’t even remember which ones right now. I also bought 8 audio books (oops, sorry bank account, lol)!

Audio Book haul:

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Elizabeth Evans (YA, Fantasy)
  2. Relentless by Karen Lynch, narrated by Caitlin Greer (YA, Fantasy)
  3. Grim by M.K. Eidem, narrated by Commodore James and Laura Jennings (Paranormal Romance)
  4. Twist Me: The Complete Trilogy by Anna Zaires, narrated by Shirl rae and Roberto Scarlato (Contemporary Romance)
  5. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, narrated by¬†Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante (Contemporary Romance)
  6. City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown, narrated by Amy Landon (Fantasy)
  7. The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler, narrated by Debbie Andreen (YA, fantasy)
  8. Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea, narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Contemporary Romance)

Books Read and Reviewed:

Regress (The Alliance Chronicles #1)     

Review Links:

  1.  Regress by SF Benson (YA, Dystopian) 2/5 stars
  2. Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling (Contemporary Romance) 4/5 stars
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. Gilded Cage by Vic James (YA, Fantasy, Dystopian) 4/5 stars
  6. The Assassin’s Blade by¬†Sarah J. Maas (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  7. Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy (YA, Fantasy) 2/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn’t fit the scope of this blog, or I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though ūüôā

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Book 1) by [Thalassa, Laura] Ruin Me: The Complete Series Box Set (City by the Bay Series Book 1) by [Thomas, C.J.] Archer's Voice by [Sheridan, Mia] Slumber by [Young, Samantha] 

  1. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa 4/5 stars
  2. Ruin Me (I read Volumes 1-3) by CJ Thomas 2/5 stars
  3. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan 5/5 stars
  4. Slumber by Samantha Young 4/5 stars (Review to Come)
  5. Heir of Fire 5/5 stars (Review to Come)

Wow. Sorry that was so long! If you made it this far, I have an announcement this week for a giveaway! I’ll post more in a couple days ūüôā

 

 

‘The Bone Witch’ by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Bone Witch
Author:
Rin Chupeco
Genre:
YA, Supernatural, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Format:
eARC provided to me via NetGalley. It will be released on March  7, but is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Description (Source: GoodReads):
 

 

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Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha‚Äēone who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

 

Overall Assessment:
I kind of waffled back and forth on if I should give this book a 2 or 3 star review. To be honest, the book was just okay. I think it has the potential to be an interesting series, so although I gave it 3 I am open to reading the next book. I’m intrigued by the story of Tea.¬†

The story was told in 2 POVs (Tea and the Bard). Tea is a Bone Witch (Someone who has the power to raise the dead). The book takes place over a period of a couple years, as the reader follows Tea through her training and witch apprenticeship. Because of this, there is also not a lot of character development for anyone other than Tea. The descriptions are a little much though. I found myself skimming a lot. The book ends somewhat suddenly and leaves the reader with several unanswered questions. 

Rating:

 

Happy Release Day to Lifeblood!

I want to wish a Happy Book Birthday to Gena Showalter for her release of Lifeblood today!

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The harder you fight, the more you bleed.

It’s time to do what I was born to do. It’s time to arise and shine.

Whatever I face‚ÄĒbe it war, persecution, hunger, simple threats or my Second-death‚ÄĒI will not be deterred. Night will be replaced by day, and those who cry in the dark will rejoice in the morning.

The day is about to dawn. Time is short. Let the battle begin.

“My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.”

With her last living breath, Tenley ‚ÄúTen‚ÄĚ Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future‚ÄĒand the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can‚Äôt forget‚ÄĒthe one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she‚Äôs never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.”

Available to purchase on Amazon NOW!


I will be going to the Barnes and Noble in Jacksonville, NC tomorrow to insert these name plates and bookmarks in 5 books! Also, if you live in this area I would love to go get some coffee and book nerd out with you! Use my contact me form so we can meet up! I will update my Insta once I’ve completed this task!¬†


Reign of Blood by Alexia Purdy

Title: Reign of Blood
Author: Alexia Purdy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook, Kindle (self-purchased)

Description (Source: Amazon):

“Never tease anything that wants to eat you. My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I’m just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise…”

In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth‚Äôs population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.”

Overall Assessment:
Reign of Blood intrigued me because there were a lot of good reviews on Goodreads that said this was a fresh take on Vampires. There are three types of creatures in this book:

1) Feral Vampires/Wildlings – they actually remind me more of zombies than vampires. They are pretty much mindless and can’t even open a door, but they can’t be exposed to the sun – literally almost the only thing that separates them from zombies.

2) Hybrids – ¬†I won’t ruin some of the surprises of what they are capable of, but they are¬†a little closer to your typical vampires.

3) New species that doesn’t have a name yet – can’t reveal anything without spoiling the book.

While the vampires are definitely different than most others in this genre, it doesn’t make them more interesting, IMO.

Rating:

   

What I liked:
‚Äď April was a decent protagonist. I liked that she was a competent fighter, but still had flaws. She was a little emotional and cried a lot, but can you blame her? She just lost the only two people she had left. I would be a hot mess too.¬†


What I didn’t:
‚Äď I normally don’t mind Insta-Love, but there was literally no build-up here. We are given a half-hearted explanation that the vampire virus makes people form an instant mating connection with their “mate” when they find them. Eh, it just didn’t give me the warm and fuzzies and wasn’t believable.¬†
‚Äď The first 37% of the book moved pretty slow and then it all just sped up and felt rushed.¬†
‚Äď Speaking of being rushed, the ending had me like:

‚Äď The ending¬†just came out of nowhere and didn’t seem to align with the rest of the book. It basically wrapped up the whole conflict of the book in a few paragraphs.
‚Äď The book bored me so much that I’m bored writing the review.¬†

Final Thoughts:
‚Äď I really hate giving books less than 3 stars, so this 2 star was not given lightly. I just really couldn’t get into it and couldn’t see myself recommending the book.

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The Friday 56 (2)

Well it’s a little later than I wanted, but here is my Friday 56! The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda‚Äôs Voice.

This week I chose page 56 of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I seriously love this book. I am a worrier and care way too much about things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of life. This book is more about reallocating your F*cks to places that matter, rather than wasting them on trivial things. ūüôā

Have a great weekend everyone!


The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title:¬†The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (self-purchased)

Description (Source: Amazon):

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery?”

Overall Assessment:
The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of 5 Novellas set in Erilea that take place before Throne of Glass. I’m going to separate the review by each novella and then give an overall rating.

WARNING: There are spoilers in this review for Throne of Glass. 

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, 72 pages, 4/5 stars:
This is the book in which we are introduced to Celaena, Sam, Arobynn, and the other assassins. Sam and Celaena, who do not like each other, are sent on a mission to the Dead Islands by Arobynn, but are not told the details of the deal. Once they find out that Arobynn is intending on entering the slave trade the assassin duo decide to put their differences aside and help the slaves escape.

At first Celaena is callous, cold, and arrogant in this book, but we (and Sam) get to see her softness toward the helpless (slaves). 

The Assassin and the Healer, 37 pages, 3/5 stars:
After a severe beating by Arobynn Celaena is further punished and sent on a journey to the Silent Assassins in the Red Desert. Before she gets there she meets a young aspiring healer, Yrene. ¬†I don’t feel like it made a big difference in the character development of Celaena, unless Yrene will be showing back up in later novels.

The Assassin and the Desert, 106 pages, 4/5 stars:
This was my second favorite of the novellas. Celaena finally makes it to the Red Desert where she meets a variety of other assassins and trains with the master of them. The master of the silent assassins shows Celaena compassion and teaches her that Arobynn may not be the man she believed him to be. We also meet Ansel in this novella, who shows up later in the series. 

The Assassin and the Underworld, 104 pages, 4/5 stars:
Celaena has returned from the Desert and is given a new assignment by Arobynn. Sam and Celaena decide to work on this together and we see their relationship develop. Celaena grows a lot in this book as she finally realizes what love is and begins to feel real emotions for the first time in years. 

The Assassin and the Empire, 98 pages, 5/5 stars:
My poor heart. I knew it was coming because I had already read ToG, but UGH. I ugly cried when¬†Celaena found Sam. You have to read this novella to appreciate the depth of¬†Celaena’s pain at this loss and her hatred for Arobynn. This novella ends with¬†Celaena being put in the wagon¬†and on her way to Endovier.¬†

“She would tuck Sam into her heart, a bright light for her to take out whenever things were darkest. And then she would remember how it felt to be loved, when the world had held nothing but possibility. No matter what they did to her, they could never take that away”

– The Assassin’s Blade, page 434

Overall Rating:

   

Final Thoughts:
‚Äď I definitely recommend reading the prequels, as you are introduced to several characters in The Assassin’s Blade that reappear in later books. I would especially be sure to read the prequel before reading the fourth book in the series (Queen of Shadows). There is a major character in QoS that you meet in tAb. Understanding this character’s previous relationship with¬†Celaena is important. Not to mention knowing the pain¬†Celaena feels regarding her relationship with Sam cannot be adequately understood if you don’t read tAB.¬†

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week (4)

Happy Almost Friday! Time for the Harry Potter Moment of the Week, hosted by Lunar Rainbows!

This week’s topic is….

Would you rather battle, Draco or Lucius?

 

This one wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. ¬†The Malfoy men are dangerous, not because of skill, but because they are cowards. A coward can be far more dangerous than a skilled killer because cowards are unpredictable. They do not stick to convictions (good or bad), they only do what is best for themselves and what will keep them alive. This often results in them sacrificing other people’s lives for their own. Cowards are scum – I also discovered how deep my contempt for cowards runs while doing this post, lol.¬†

¬†My gut reaction is Draco though. Here’s why:¬†

  1. Lucius has had more training and is thus more experienced.
  2. I don’t think Draco has what it takes to actually kill someone. An asshole – yes, a murderer – no.
  3. Lucius is a bigger coward, which makes him more likely to do more harm to not only me, but anyone in the vicinity. 

 

Side note: You know who I WOULDN’T F–K with?¬†Narcissa Malfoy. She loves her son fiercely; on second thought–maybe battling Malfoy would be more dangerous because I’m 100% certain that if something happened to her son she would seek vengeance….

And one more gif of Lucius because this one made me giggle ūüėÄ


What about you? Who would you rather battle?