The Reader Confession Tag

Top Ten Tuesday(7)

I was tagged to do this by Beth over at Betwixt The Pages, thanks Beth!

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1.) Have you ever damaged a book?

Well….not on purpose. I think the worst thing I ever did was spill grape juice on part of my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when I was little so the last half of the book is wrinkled and stained at the top.

2.) Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope, never. I try to treat other people’s books even better than I treat my own because they don’t belong to me.

3.) How long does it take you to read a book?

This really depends both on how much free time I get and the book itself. If I’m enjoying the book I can easily finish it in maybe 3 days, so usually I can finish at least 1 to 2 books in a week.

4.) Books that you haven’t finished?

I don’t DNF books very often, even if the book is really bad I can usually stick it out to the end but sometimes it happens. I have only officially DNF’d two books: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Once Upon a Dream.

5.) Hyped/ Popular books you didn’t like?

Please don’t kill me but I loathed:

“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

“Fallen” by Lauren Kate

“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer

The House of Night series by PC & Kristin Cast

Although I m going to continue with the Lunar Chronicles!

6.) Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I never feel like I have to hide what I’m reading although I might be the teensiest bit embarrassed about reading any fluffy romance books just because that’s not what I usually read.

7.) How many books do you own?

Around 300 including eBooks, I really don’t keep a proper count.

8.) Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

This kind of goes right along with question #3, it depends on how much I’m liking the book I’m reading. If it’s enjoyable I’m a faster reader but if it’s not enjoyable it will take me forever. Normally though I’m just kind of a …medium reader.

9.) Do you like to buddy read?

Yes! I love being able to read a book with a friend and discuss since…I don’t really have any family and friends that like to read as much as I do! So bring on the book buddy friendship!

10.) Do you read better in your head or out loud?

 In my head for sure. The only time I ever enjoy reading out loud is if it’s a funny book and I think others want to listen.

11.) If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

“The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien because technically they’re one giant book and weren’t actually meant to be published as three separate books. Besides if it was the ONLY book I owned maybe I’d finally read it.

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Tag! You’re It

(Sorry if you’ve already done this tag, feel free to ignore this!)

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Michelle @ Book Adventures

Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature

Hannah @ A Mortal Reader

Melissa @ In A Bookish World

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Unlikable Characters (NOT Villains)

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s topic is unlikable characters but they can’t be villains! So basically any main characters or secondary characters you found annoying or just ya know…unlikable.

Please note that these are my own opinions and I don’t mean to offend anyone who does like the characters I mention!

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5.) Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)

While Celaena isn’t the most unlikable character I’ve come across she still can contend in my top 5. My biggest problem with this character is that she is made out to be the kingdom’s most badass assassin and it just does not show at all, she spends far more time concerned about her cleanliness, clothes, and boys. Where was the badass-ness I was promised? I just found her to be really…annoying.

I feel scared because this is such a popular series but…

I’m basing this only off of book one since I have not read the entire series, let me know if she gets better later in the series!

You can read my full review here.


4.) Zoe Redbird (House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast)

How did I manage to read so many of these books? They were pretty bad in my opinion and all of the characters were pretty intolerable. Zoe Redbird is the main character and pretty much all she cares about is…you guessed it, boys. Basically you have a bunch of sex-crazed, annoying teenagers and Zoe is at their front.


3.) Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

Alina is probably the most special of snowflakes and it was annoying as hell. Not to mention the fact that she spends pretty much all of her time hating how attractive all of the other Grisha are compared to herself, because she’s “so plain and boring”. Almost every decision she made felt idiotic and it irritated me. All of that, for me, made for a very unlikable character.

You can read a mini review here.


2.) Jace Wayland (City of Bones by Cassandra Clare)

This was actually pretty much a toss up between him and Clary, I find them both equally annoying but Jace won out. I found him to be too narcissistic and he was more or less a douchebag. Sorry but this guy was way too annoying for me!

You can read a slightly rage-y review here.


1.) Bella Swan (The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer)

I don’t feel like I really have to explain this one, do I? It’s Bella Swan guys.

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Have you read any of these books?

What did you think of these characters?

What characters do you find the most unlikable?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your T5W as well!

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Book Review: A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

A genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann for fans of The Maze Runner and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods.

You cannot escape the palace.

You cannot guess its secrets.

review

Allow me to sum up “A Drop of Night” in one word: weird. Trust me though, it’s definitely a very good kind of weird! I’ve never read anything like it before and I doubt I ever will because it most certainly is VERY unique and one of the big reasons I enjoyed it. Also this is NOT a YA mystery/thriller it is very much a YA horror book.

In the description it says this book is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and The Cabin in the Woods, boy is that spot on. Throughout my reading I was constantly reminded of both of those movies so I can honestly say if you were a fan of either one or both even, you’ll probably like “A Drop of Night”.

 PLOT

I can’t say too much about the plot itself without giving any of the juicy details away but I will tell you what I liked the most about ” A Drop of Night” without spoilers!

This is very fast paced and there are constant twists and turns with plenty of action, there is very little time wasted at the beginning of the book and we are almost immediately dropped into the good stuff right away, I was pleasantly surprised. You definitely won’t be bored with this one!

The story is told from dual POVs that go from Anouk in the modern day and Aurelie in the period of the French Revolution. This made the story both more interesting and more exciting but also made the narrative a bit confusing at times. Although it does add to the overall mystery and suspense of the book, which I’m sure was the goal, in which case it did a fantastic job. I liked not being able to put all of the pieces together before the end of the book!

As I mentioned before this isn’t a mystery/thriller book and is very much a YA horror/survival book, which is in fact what I was looking for when I picked “A Drop of Night” up and it definitely delivered! The horror elements are pretty strong throughout the duration of the book, with Anouk and four other companions trying to survive. Survive what? Well that’s half the fun of the book!  I wanted maybe a bit MORE on the horror/scary stuff front but was still thoroughly creeped out enough while reading to be satisfied.

Another thing I adore about this book: no romance. That’s right! There is absolutely no romance to speak of, instead the book focuses more on the survival of the characters and the action. I find that YA books without romance are very unique and too few and far between. However, I didn’t find that the lack of romance took away from the plot; in fact the plot was too fast paced and action packed to even notice it!

This is a standalone book so the ending concludes the entire story and while there were some things I wanted to know more about everything was wrapped up very nicely!

characters

Anouk, the MC, is absolutely fantastic. She’s unlike many we see in YA books, she’s snarky, standoffish, and a bit of an introvert. I know at first this kind of sounds like your typical angsty teenager trope but it isn’t, she just doesn’t want anyone knowing her business and she develops quite a bit throughout the story, becoming more trusting with others. We learn more about Anouk as the story progresses and we start to understand why she acts this way but she’s still snarky and full of the sarcastic humor I love!

The four other characters were likable but ultimately I didn’t feel like I really connected with any of them and they felt very….expendable next to Anouk. But they were likable as I said, just not very interesting.

in conclusion

This is a very unique, fast-paced, fun YA horror book! Although it was creepy I kind of wanted a bigger scare factor and the characters were a little flat. Overall though I really enjoyed “A Drop of Night”!

RECOMMEND

Definitely! If you’re looking for a very unique YA book then give this a shot, although be wary if you aren’t a fan of horror!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Book Review: Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

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A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

review

“WHEN IT IS DONE, WE WILL FLY FAR FROM HERE. FAR FROM THIS SCAB AND ITS POISONED SKY.
WE WILL DANCE IN THE STORMS, YOU AND I.”

Oh, Jay Kristoff why did it take me so long to discover your brilliant work? Now allow me to sing your praises:

“Stormdancer” is an exceptional book, everything about it was just perfect and I feel like it puts every other fantasy book I’ve read to shame! It has everything:

  • An absolute kick-ass, diverse heroine!
  • An even more kick-ass Thunder Tiger companion!
  • A diverse setting that has such wonderful world-building you’ll forget it’s fictional!
  • Fantastic, in-depth, detailed, and original mythology!
  • A touch of steampunk!
  • A fast-paced, action-packed plot full of murder, betrayals, and revenge!
  • Also…chainsaw katanas! How can you say no to chainsaw katanas?

Yeah that’s a lot of exclamation points because I’m excited about all of those things, now let me tell you about the awesomeness that is “Stormdancer”.

PLOT

First off I’d like to mention that it takes a bit of time to fully immerse yourself into this story but trust me when I say it’s worth your time to stick it out! “Stormdancer” starts off a little slow with very descriptive writing, a lot of (confusing) Japanese terminology, and quite a bit of info-dumping. Most of the time the info-dumping would irk me a little bit but the information being given was actually interesting, I wanted to know more and therefore I didn’t mind in the least bit. Fortunately this book does come with a glossary as well so you don’t have to flounder your way through all of the terms (like me), I can honestly say the same words are used over again so once you get the hang of them you won’t need the glossary at all!

So while the beginning takes some patience to get through ( you have to give yourself a feel for the world after all) the pace really starts to pick up once Yukiko encounters the arashitora (about a quarter of the way through) and from there on in it does not slow down at all, I was completely engrossed from that point on.

Remember all of those awesome points I mentioned earlier? Murder, betrayals, revenge? You get all of that and just so much more, Jay Kristoff really knows how to do plot twists! Talk about shock value, I swear my jaw dropped more than once while reading! I was so invested in this story that I was a little raging ball of emotions the entire time, I laughed, I cried, I yelled profanity…but honestly not too many books make me cry and I cried multiple times reading “Stormdancer”. There’s so many things going on and they all mesh together perfectly to make an intense and wonderful story.

One of my favorite parts about “Stormdancer”, though, was the friendship between Yukiko and Buruu (our lovely thunder tiger). It was touching, heartwarming and they also made the most kick-ass team ever, period. I’m a sucker for a good human-to-animal companionship.

I also really loved the fact that Yukiko and Buruu’s friendship was basically the focus for the book, a friendship NOT a romance took center stage. There is a bit of romance but it took a backseat to the other relationships that are depicted, such as Yukiko’s bond with her father and his friends that are essentially Yukiko’s family as well. Gosh, these relationships seriously just made me melt!

Not to mention Kristoff’s writing is insanely wonderful it’s so descriptive and vivid, it painted the picture of Shima and its landscape perfectly. It truly takes great writing like this to make a world so immersive.

characters

Yukiko is probably the single most badass heroine I’ve ever come across. She’s strong, brave, fierce, and determined; I admired her a lot. She’s the kind of character I wish all heroines were like and I find it very rare to find such a wonderful one as Yukiko.

Let’s be honest though, everyone’s favorite character is Buruu (including me). I mean come on he’s a thunder tiger who is both ferocious and snarky and so much more, he’s perfect. His dialogue was my one of my favorite parts about this book!

“ENOUGH NOISE. STAND ASIDE. I WILL GUT HIM.
We can’t kill him like this.
AH. YOU WISH TO LET HIM STARVE, THEN. SLOW DEATH. FITTING.
No, I think we should bring him with us.
TO EAT?”

Aside from that there is a significant string of great secondary characters as well that had the perfect amounts of depth and development. It’s very crucial to me that minor characters are done well in fantasy books and Kristoff really pulled it off. I know it’s a damn good book when I can feel heartbreak for minor characters as well as a burning, fiery hatred for others(Shogun Yoritomo).

Alas both Yukiko and Buruu are the most perfect characters I have come across in a good long while.

in conclusion

“Stormdancer” is fucking flawless and has absolutely everything I love in a book. I absolutely cannot wait to continue on with this series as well as anything and everything Jay Kristoff writes in the future.

RECOMMEND

HIGHLY! If you love strong-willed heroines, kick-ass mythological beast companions, great fantasy worlds, and action-packed plots this is the book for you. Also did I mention there are chainsaw katanas? Yeah, you should probably go buy a copy now.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to My Wishlist!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately guys I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump and it has been feeling a little overwhelming at the moment, but I’m trying to get back on track so please bear with me as it will probably take me a while to reply to all of your comments over the past week and a half!

I’ve actually added quite a few books to my TBR/wishlist recently but most of them are older books that were published 2-4 years ago. Which is fine with me! Means I don’t have to wait around for them to get published, right? Let’s get started!

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5.) Parasite (Parasitology) by Mira Grant

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A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

I really like science fiction but I never feel like I find any that sound this engaging and this book has pretty awesome reviews so it’s definitely one I want to add to my collection, although this is an adult book and not YA I still think it’s something I’d enjoy.


4.) Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)

Description

Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

This book was recommended to me by my buddy Michelle over at Book Adventures so make sure to head on over and check out her review of it! I’m a big fan of any fantasy and horror but I’m always a little leery of urban fantasy, lots of bad books did that to me, but I can honestly say this book sounds pretty damn awesome! It comes off as something that would be very Supernatural-esque so I’m in.


3.) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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Description

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

The city of New Orleans has always fascinated me and I can’t really explain but I can’t say no to a historical fiction book set there. Not to mention I hear great things about Ruta Sepetys’s books.


2.) Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Prince of Shadows

Description

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…
…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

A Romeo and Juliet retelling! That’s really all it needed to tell me, well that and the great reviews of course.


1.) The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

Description

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

I have quite a bit of curiosity when it comes to polygamist communities so this sounds very interesting just for that aspect alone but from the other great reviews on this book I think it will prove to be interesting in many other ways as well.

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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

Did you find any books on here that sound interesting to you as well?

What books did you recently add to your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your T5W as well!

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Book Review: Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

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You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

review

I’m very conflicted when it comes to reading books by April Genevieve Tucholke, on the one hand I love her writing style because it’s just absolutely gorgeous and lyrical. However, I just seem to have a hard time liking her characters and I find her storylines to be either confusing, boring, or both. Mostly I’m left feeling indifferent because there is both good and bad with her books such is the case with “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”.

PLOT

The plot in this book is riddled with your usual YA tropes and the big one is insta-love. Violet (the MC) pretty much falls head over heels in love with River after knowing him for just one day. We also have the forbidden love trope much like the one seen in “Twilight”, honestly if you didn’t like “Twilight” you won’t like this one because River and Violet are very Bella and Edward-esque. River is always telling Violet how bad he is for her but does she listen? Nope. Not to mention we also have the whole absent parents thing going on, which I do consider a YA trope, because how convenient is that? You can have ALL the strange boys come rent your guest house now! So yes I think this book is loaded with tropes, many of which I find quite annoying.

I did like the overall atmosphere though, it’s selling itself as gothic and I think it does a decent job of pulling this off. It’s all very old fashioned feeling with the old Victorian houses and small town. Everyone cares about social standing and family names, so as I said it had an old fashioned atmosphere and I really enjoyed that part. Even Violet felt this way as a character seeing as how she wears her dead grandmother’s old clothes and goes to the park to watch old black and white films.

In general, though, the plot didn’t make much sense at all. There is no big mystery and what mystery there may have been was ruined by it being revealed too soon in the story. I also felt that there was no real climax to the plot either, it was just the same pacing throughout the entire book. Honestly, this book just sort of did its own thing. There wasn’t a set, structure storyline and no horror to speak of and a tiny sprinkling of the paranormal, which considering the plot and blurb I expected a lot more creepiness. Basically what you get is a whole lot of romance that left this book feeling like more of a contemporary than anything else.

Also for those of you, who like me, thought this would be about a romance with the actual Devil in teenage boy form, think again. I thought that idea made it seem more exciting but don’t waste your time if that’s what you want because you’ll leave disappointed as I did.

characters

All of the characters were meh, I didn’t hate Violet but I didn’t exactly love her either. She’s sort of pretentious and snobby, with her always quoting old classic literature and cinema. It made her come off that way, in my opinion. She’s very…hipster-y, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but Violet made it come off as condescending.

River is even less impressive, especially as the love interest. He’s essentially psychotic, compulsively lies, and Violet chooses to be blind and ignore all of the crazy, crappy things he says and does. She catches him in every lie he tells and he’s always warning her away from him. But oh! That makes him so mysterious and dangerous! No. You should probably listen and stay away from him.

There was also absolutely zero point in Violet’s brother Luke and her “BFF” Sunshine. They were the single most annoying part of this whole book. I can’t even really explain why, they were just always THERE doing nothing to move the story forward, rendering them essentially meaningless characters.

romance

This book is very, very romance-oriented and as I mentioned earlier you’ve got an atrocious amount of insta-love and forbidden love. I can handle forbidden love if it’s done correctly but it tied in too much with the insta-love for me to even remotely like River and Violet’s relationship. Knowing him for just one day had Violet drooling over River.

Also River compulsively lies to Violet and there is a certain point in the story where a certain incident borders a little too much on potential rape. Not a fan. Therefore I found this romance to be completely unsatisfying.

in conclusion

I actually really enjoy Tucholke’s writing a lot and I did like the overall atmosphere of this book but I found the plot itself and characters to be really lacking. Basically the only reason this is getting a two star rating instead of a one star rating is because the writing is beautiful and great quality.

RECOMMEND

No not really. Unless you really, really loved “Twilight” or if you really enjoy paranormal romances then maybe you’ll find this more to your liking!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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The Harry Potter Tag

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I was tagged to do this by both Michelle @ Book Adventures and Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd , these ladies are both absolutely fantastic bloggers so make sure you head over to their blogs and check it out! Seriously, do it.

This tag and all of these lovely Harry Potter themed images were created by Lashaan and Trang from Bookidote! The only rule of the tag: you cannot use Harry Potter books for any of your answers.

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flagrate

A book where you found the theme interesting , but you’d like to rewrite it.

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

A darker Peter Pan retelling with a potential love triangle between the MC and young adult versions of Hook and Pan? Yeah that drew me in right away, but it was not dark or twisted, the love triangle wasn’t as great as it should have been, and these versions of Hook and Pan were boring. If it were up to me to rewrite it I would actually add some darker, creepy elements to the story as well as make Hook and Pan a little more swoon-worthy.

You can find my review here. 

alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I haven’t finished this series YET but as soon as I finished the this first book I went out and bought ALL of the other 3 books. So yeah, I guess you could say I was hooked and I can’t wait to finish!

You can find my review here. 

accio

A book you wish you could have right now.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In

There sure are a lot of books I wish I could have right now! Normally I would probably go with “Gemina” but I REALLY need some good old fashioned creepy horror right now and this book is sure to be perfect! I really enjoyed Kurtagich’s other book “The Dead House” and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed with this one either.

avadakedavra

A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like.

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

This book definitely falls under both senses! It was a five star read for me it had everything I wanted: a dark, twisted plot, morally ambiguous characters, and fantastic writing. Not to mention it is a horror book so it definitely is “killer”.

You can find my review here. 

 

confundo

A book that you found really confusing.

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

Bliss

I read this book a looooong time ago and never reviewed it but I do remember when I read it that I was confused as hell! I felt like there was too much trying to be crammed in and at the same time nothing was explained well enough which all lead up to an unsatisfying ending. Not a fan.

epectopatronum

Your spirit animal book.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)

I am a sucker for fantasy novels. Especially when they contain 100% badass heroines, unique and in depth world building/mythology, Thunder Tiger companions, and chainsaw katanas. There’s a lot going on but seriously best way to sum up this book: badass. I just really feel like “Stormdancer” is my spirit animal book, read this and you will know me! Not really but you should read it anyways!

spetumsemtra

A dark, twisted book.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Dammit! I already used “Alice” by Christina Henry….well just so you all know that’s my real answer! The next best thing to that, though, is anything Gillian Flynn writes especially “Dark Places”. It shows the very dark and twisty side of human nature.

You can find my review here.

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A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is.

Lips Touch: Three Times

So at first glance at both the cover and the description you’d think this is some sappy, trope-filled, romance book when in fact it’s so much more. While it IS a very romance focused book it’s very unique, the writing is absolutely gorgeous and the stories are filled with original mythology. This was such a wonderfully surprising book!

You can find my review here.

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