Not All Fun & Games: The Pressures of Book Blogging

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This post is going to be a part of my book blogging tips series of posts (even though it’s only the 2nd one it’s still a series!) and one in which I’ve been having a lot more experience with lately. While book blogging is a super fun and wonderful hobby to have it still has its downsides and those are what I’m going to be talking about in this post.

I’m not trying to scare anyone away from starting a book blog but I thought it’d be a good idea to get some of the cons to book blogging out there in the open since they are important too! So hopefully this will either help some of you know what you’re getting into or it will remind those of you who already blog of some of the things we go through.

Here’s a link to my other Book Blogging Tips post: How to Start a Book Blog!

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The Pressure of Consistent Posting 

This one is definitely one of the bigger pressures for me because sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to get lots of posts done to schedule for later and then you may end up going a day or two without ANY posts getting posted! This can ultimately lead to feeling the pressure of trying to post consistently even if you get up a few posts every week you can feel that it “isn’t enough” when really YOU decide what’s enough and what’s not on your own blog.

Sometimes this can lead to a blogging slump (which I’ll discuss as well) and you won’t feel motivated to post at all let alone consistently.

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This is why it’s important to take breaks when you need them and de-stress yourself!


The Pressure to be Unique

This is actually a little more minor than some of the other topics I picked but it is definitely still a pressure. With so many other book blogs, bloggers, and weekly bookish memes it sometimes can feel hard to be 100% unique with your own blog, posts, and ideas. It’s definitely easy to do weekly memes since those post ideas are already thought up for you and as I said it can feel harder to come up with your own ideas when you have such easy access to others.

I know such things, for me, can lead to feeling like your own ideas and blog “aren’t good enough” which definitely is NOT the case. If you can’t come up with post ideas it’s 100% fine to do memes, I love memes! It may also be a good idea to take a break and try brainstorming ideas and then come back to your blog too.

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The Pressure of Blog Stats

I think this is definitely something we can ALL relate to, right? Watching our blog stats day in and day out and probably feeling at some point that they (once again) “aren’t good enough” or “why don’t I have lots of views/followers?”.  The pressure to get “better” blog stats is immense when it comes to blogging, we all feel it!

It also gets worse when you’re on hiatus or in a slump because those stats will decrease even more, the key is to not get caught up in your stats because they really aren’t that important. Your stats don’t make your blog wonderful YOU do.

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The Pressure of Gaining Followers

This one goes hand in hand with the stats thing I mentioned and once again I think this is something we can all relate to. It’s always nice to get followers it makes us feel good because someone cared enough to follow our blogs and read our posts! So of course it’s easy to get caught up in gaining more and more followers and wanting our blogs to be “big”. However, it’s important to remember followers are not everything and your blog is still amazing because of the work you put into it and not the number of followers you have!

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The Pressure of ARCs (Advanced Review Copies)

ARCs are a really big thing in the world of book blogging and they can actually add a lot of pressure though. Such as trying to get your hands on them, over-requesting and getting approved for more than you can handle, and lastly trying to get them read before their publication dates! Of course ARCs are a wonderful privilege but they can get overwhelming sometimes.

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The Pressure of Catching Up on Posts

The longer you’ve been blogging the more you’ll run into other wonderful book bloggers to chat with and follow! So of course all those bloggers add up quite a bit after a while and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to catch up on everyone’s posts which can ultimately, like with me, make you feel guilty for being behind on posts. I find it helps a lot to dedicate a certain amount of time just for browsing other posts that way you catch up without feeling too much pressure.


The Pressure of Commenting

This goes for commenting on other blogs as well as catching up on comments left on your own blog. As with catching up on posts it can be hard to find the time to give your comments the proper amount of thought and therefore it’s easy to put it off. The amount of comments and posts can get overwhelming sometimes so like I said earlier it’s a good idea to take separate time for JUST catching up with comments.


The Pressure of Reading/Blogging Slumps

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Slumps come around when you burn yourself out on something from doing too much all at once. Reading and blogging slumps go hand in hand too, you either can’t read and don’t have enough material for posts or you can’t post and then you have nowhere to discuss the books you’ve been reading! Sometimes you just need a break and it’s 100% okay to take that break, come back when you want to everyone will still be here for you!


The Pressure of Blog/ARC Envy

You know that tiny little inkling of jealousy you may get when you see someone’s gorgeous blog design? Or someone whose blog has thousands of followers? Or a blogger who has that ARC of a book you’ve been really looking forward to? Yeah we all get a little blog/ARC envy every now and then and sometimes that will make you feel some pressure because you’re thinking your blog isn’t “good enough” for all of that.

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The important thing is to remember to keep your blog fun and know that eventually you WILL get that many followers and you WILL get that ARC you’ve really wanted just keep working for it!


The Pressure of Review Requests

This isn’t as big of a pressure as these other points I’ve brought up but it does still show up every now and then for me. When you’ve been blogging for a bit you will be approached by self-published and Indie authors to review their books now this can go along with ARCs and the pressures that come with those or it can be a different kind of pressures, such as feeling guilty if you do not want to review the book. You are, however, never obligated to accept a review request if you don’t want to!

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Sidenote: another thing that can get pretty annoying about review requests is if you state which kinds of books you read in your review policy and people STILL send you the requests. Or if you state you are NOT accepting review requests and STILL get them. I always feel you are 100% in your right to not only say no but also ignore requests from people who did not take the proper amount of time to properly read your review policy.

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What do you think are some of pressures of book blogging?

Do you experience any of the ones I listed?

How do you deal with some of these pressures? 

Let me know in the comments! 

The Sassy

Unplanned Hiatus/Blogging Slump Update

Hey guys! As you can probably guess from the title of this post I’m giving you a quick update on why you haven’t seen me around (AT ALL) these last couple weeks.

Well I think it’s a bit of exaggeration on my part saying there is a reason at all, because there really isn’t other than that I’m extremely lazy (just kidding, but also not really)! I’ve been going through a blogging slump recently and have ZERO motivation to do anything blog-related from doing posts up, commenting, and checking out out your guys’ posts as well. I feel terrible for it too which only makes the slump worse since I really get after myself for being such a crappy blogger (in my eyes) sometimes. Believe me when I say a slump does absolutely no good for the self esteem and don’t even get me started on seeing my stats decline!

The only upside here is the fact that even though I’ve been a terrible, crappy blogger and not chatting with you guys recently I have actually kept up with my reading. There would be nothing worse then a dual blogging/book slump! So needless to say I do have material for posts but I just don’t….feel…. like blogging at the moment. Which is horrible because I want to but at the same time my brain won’t really let me if that makes sense to you guys.

So this is just a little update to let you all know that I DO miss you and want to get back to chatting books with you all soon, I’m hoping to get back in the groove here this week or next week! I also apologize in advance that my comments on my own posts and yours will be super late, PLEASE FORGIVE ME?!

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The Mystery Blogger Award

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So I’m finally getting around to doing some of the awards I’ve been nominated for! Sorry for the wait guys but know I really appreciate you all nominating me to do this! I was nominated by Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger, Emily @ Emily M. Bird, & Amy @ Curiouser & Curiouser (Thank you!) so be sure to head over and check all of their blogs out guys!

Also sorry in advance for the long post, I did have 15 questions to answer!

The Rules:

  1. Include the award image in your post
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award: Okoto Enigma!
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself and answer the questions set by the person who nominated you
  6. Nominate ten to twenty other bloggers and notify them on their blogs
  7. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice
  8. Share the link to your best/favorite post!

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Three (extremely random and weird)  Facts About Me

  1. I have recently become obsessed with playing Dungeons & Dragons (It’s cool!)
  2. I really, really, really love sloths
  3. If I could cover every part of myself in glitter all of the time I’d do it

Jessica’s Questions

Who is your ultimate OTP/book boyfriend/book girlfriend?

Well…..since this was NOT book specific I’m 100% going with Aragorn and Arwen because I would fight anyone and everyone who tried to break up this OTP!

What is one book/series you can’t love without?

Okay well besides the obvious choice of Harry Potter I’ll go with The Hobbit because without it I wouldn’t have the perfection that is called Middle Earth.

Any pet peeves?

Let’s see….

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Dog-earring book pages, people who chew with their mouths open, & people who talk loudly in the movie theater. (THERE ARE SO MANY MORE TOO!)

What is one thing you’d like to accomplish before the end of this year?

Maybe take out a significant chunk of my enormous TBR……that’d be great.

Weird: Why did the chicken actually cross the road? (get as creative as you’d like with your response)

The chicken crossed the road to escape my futile attempts to pet it.


Emily’s Questions

What is your favorite opening sentence from a book?

“People often shit themselves when they die” – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Not only do I find this the most hilarious first sentence ever I feel it sets the tone of the story pretty well right away too.

Who is your favorite villain from a book?

AIDAN from “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

What is the first book to make you cry?

I honestly don’t remember that far back but probably “The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis which I read in 4th grade and absolutely blubbered like a baby because of a certain death…… ya’ll should know if you’ve read this book too!

Favorite book cover?

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Random. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what movie would you choose?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


Amy’s Questions

Why did you start a blog?

Because of course I love books and wanted a way to share my bookish thoughts and feelings, especially since no one I know is even remotely into books the way I am!

What are you most proud of in your life?

Nothing major but I suppose in all honesty I’m proud of the fact that I’m not some horrible child to my parents, that I didn’t get all into drugs or other messed up things and made them want to disown me. Kind of a weird answer but that’s true.

What’s the last film you watched and did you enjoy it?

I think the last movie (not TV show) I watched was Kong: Skull Island and it was pretty good, mostly action.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Teleportation, because I’m a lazy sack of crap who wants to be able to skip the travel part of things and go where I want when I want.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I actually really dread these kinds of questions because the honest answer is I don’t know, I go with the flow. I supposed I hope to at least be married in 5 years and traveling.

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My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite game to play? (physical, board, card, video, any kind!)
  2. Werd/Random: Do you like sloths as well, why or why not?
  3. Would you rather live in a fantasy or sci-fi world?
  4. What book are you looking forward to the most in 2017?
  5. If you could go to one big event anywhere in the world what would it be? (concert, party, launch, award show, etc)

I’ll Nominate Some of My Newer Followers!

Maggie D @ Books, Books, Murder

Judith @ Chain Interaction

Hilary @ Ravishing Tales

Kristina @ Krazy Book Lover

Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books

Amanda @ Literary Weaponry

Nikki @ The Night Is Dark and Full of Books

Icebreaker694

Maddie @ Stories and Spoons

Swetlana @ Reading Through The Nights

The Sassy

My Recipe For The Perfect YA Fantasy Book

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So this is pretty self explanatory but this post is going to be about all of the elements I personally think would make up the perfect YA Fantasy book! These are things that will guarantee a 5 star rating from me! I’m thinking this may be a sort of series of posts I’ll do and just switch up the genres so we’ll see how this one goes first. I’m not really sure if this counts more as a discussion post, bookish list, or just a random post!

I will also provide examples of books I feel embody these “ingredients”  perfectly and will also link reviews if I have them! This post is also very similar to another I did that

Also I’ll be using quite a few gifs so if you don’t like gifs….well….don’t continue on then because there are more than a few and they’re lame but also perfect!

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World Building

Yes most fantasy books have world building but the key thing for me is that it’s well developed and complex world building. I want to know every detail about the world the story is set in from the land to the cultures, tell me everything! It just isn’t fantasy unless the author can thoroughly transport me into the world they’ve created.

I also want it to be unique and creative, I don’t like reading about the same ‘ol things that are overused in every YA fantasy book. I want different groups of people with unique features or ways of life, magic, creatures, kingdoms, everything! I could care less about a female heroine staying cooped up in a castle all day and fretting over boys and ball gowns.

Example: “Nevernight” by Jay Kristoff


Unique Mythology

This one goes hand in hand with the world building but I do find that while a book may have good world building it may not necessarily have any mythology of its world. I like when stories are provided about why certain events occurred or stories about the gods and deities that might inhabit the world or even tales of ancient heroes and battles. I feel original mythology (or mythology based off of “real” mythology) really adds a whole lot more to the world building.

Example: “Stormdancer” by Jay Kristoff


Strong, Badass Characters

I don’t know about you guys but I don’t like my YA fantasy books full of helpless damsels, I like strong and badass characters who prove their badassness! This could also go towards well-developed and three dimensional characters in general as well, because a good fantasy book needs fleshed out characters.

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Example: “And I Darken” by Kirsten White (I know technically this is historical fiction but let’s let it slide…)


Crazy Plot Twists!

Everyone loves a good plot twist, it keeps things interesting and sets the pacing of the book. I personally love when there’s revenge, betrayal, and even court intrigue (mind games!) in my YA fantasy because I feel it gives the characters a lot more drive. I can’t tell you how disappointed I get when there isn’t at least a LITTLE bit of a revenge or betrayal story in a fantasy book!

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Example: “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski


Mythological Creatures and/or Animal Companions

What can I say? I’m an animal lover and therefore it just makes sense that I love the inclusion of fantastic beasts and animal companions in my YA Fantasy! I feel it makes the world a lot more immersive when there are creatures from myth included because it just feeds the imagination more, fantasy IS all about escape from reality after all. Also talking animal companions, who doesn’t wish animals could talk?

Example: “Stormdancer” by Jay Kristoff


Magic

(Duh)

Now first of all I’m definitely not saying a YA fantasy book HAS to have magic to be incredible because it most certainly does not, I personally just love having it included. However, it has to be well done! I like when the magic system is really creative and unique and is NOT all powerful, because magic does have consequences after all. The example I’m using is “The Impostor Queen” because it embodies all of those perfectly, the magic system is unique and powerful but not all powerful it comes at great cost.

Example: “The Impostor Queen” by Sarah Fine


NO Romance!

(Or it at least has to be well done)

I get really sick and tired of YA fantasy books that get muddled down in tropes such as love triangles and insta-love or plots that centralize around the romance instead of vice versa. So for me, ideally, a YA Fantasy would have zero romance or at least one that isn’t riddled with tropes and doesn’t take over the entire plot.

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Examples: “The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury & “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie


Even/Fast Pacing

Who hates slow pacing in books?

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Me! This is kind of just how I feel with every book in general but it definitely feels like a lot of YA fantasy books get really bogged down with world building and details sometimes that the pacing is super slow. So I like some fast paced YA fantasy!

Example: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo


Attention Grabbing Beginning

This almost goes hand in hand with the pacing I mentioned above but how am I supposed to be interested in the world you’ve created if your story doesn’t grab my attention immediately? Let’s get thrown right into the nitty gritty (but also maybe have a little explanation too…no one likes being completely lost)!

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Example: “Kingdom of Ash and Briars” by Hannah West


Morally Gray Characters

You can’t really have wonderful plot twists unless you have some morally grey characters in the mix because they definitely spice things up! Who can you trust? No one! I love how thrilling it is being unable to guess a “gray character’s” intentions or actions it really adds the element of surprise and shock factor to your twists because they’re all the harder to see coming. I also like to be torn between characters like that because I’m weird and like pain apparently.

Example: “Half a King” by Joe Abercrombie

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Do you agree with any of my “ingredients”?

Are there any “ingredients” in making the perfect YA fantasy that you felt I missed?

What makes up the perfect YA fantasy book for you?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

ARC Review: Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

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All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

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**** Big thank you to Random House Kids for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

I actually really enjoyed reading this book and finished it in one sitting but I didn’t like it quite enough to rate it more than 3 stars though. It’s the kind of book to just pass some time but won’t really have any lasting affect on me, I don’t foresee myself thinking about this book much after reading it.

PLOT

The plot itself wasn’t that special, the pacing did drag a lot especially in the beginning and then the ending felt really rushed. I was also expecting the witchcraft and magical bits to be a lot more prominent then they ended up being, I liked what parts there were but I wanted more. Overall I just thought the general story surrounding the magic was really under developed and didn’t have much depth, there just wasn’t enough plot!

The dream sequences Heather had of Prudence and Primrose were a little flat although they did add a lot of drama to the story, there were definitely a few shockers in there. Generally though I didn’t feel like I knew enough about them to care what happened to them, they were the major conflict in this book and they were just meh. Also the way things were resolved in the end with these two was quick and easy, talk about too convenient.

I also didn’t really like the way mental illness was shown in this book, used as a plot device and nothing more. It’s also like her self-harm problem is being thrown in our faces throughout the story, I’m talking screaming in your face “HEY SHE CUTS HERSELF” like we get it but you don’t need to mention it constantly to get your point across. Besides that the cutting isn’t because Heather really has a self-harm problem it has to do with the magical part of the plot (all I’ll say because of spoilers), she isn’t “crazy” and the book throws that word around like it’s nothing.

I think the part I loved the most about this book was the setting in Scotland and the inclusion of some Scottish folklore. I thought the author did a wonderful job with describing the places and the people and the culture, it just made me long for Scotland more!

characters

Heather was an okay MC, not annoying but not very memorable either. I did, however, love her friends especially Fiona she was feisty and added a big fun factor to the story. So basically all of the characters were good, not bad or great, just good.

I also really loved how female friendships and family relationships were portrayed in this book, it’s all about love and support with no abuse or hate.

romance

The romance in “Bad Blood” was another thing that was just sort of alright, nothing special. I liked the love interest, Robby, he was pretty adorable and that Scottish accent was swoon-worthy.

What I DID NOT like was the fact that Heather had absolutely ZERO interest in Robby her entire childhood and teenage-hood and loved his older, cuter brother more. Then Robby loses weight and “gets hot” and suddenly Heather is interested. I just thought that was unbelievably shallow of her since she couldn’t give him the time of day before.

in conclusion

I enjoyed this book but it did have a few problems and just wasn’t anything completely mind blowing. Like I said though it was still a decent read, just not anything that will be sticking with me for a long time.

What I Liked:

  • LOVED the setting in Scotland
  • The characters were pretty good, especially Fiona (she was awesome)
  • The portrayal of female friendships and family relationships

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Kind of slow paced and the ending was rushed and too convenient
  • I didn’t like the way Heather’s self harm was portrayed
  • Heather’s end of the romance was pretty shallow

RECOMMEND

I would say “meh” I’m not going to go around recommending it since it was just alright but if some of the points I made sound interesting to you then go ahead and give it a try. Like I said it isn’t a terrible book and it isn’t a fabulous book it’s just a good book that will give you a moderate amount of enjoyment.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is pretty simple and straight forward, what books are on our spring TBRs. I personally am terrible when it comes to sticking to a set TBR since I’m a mood reader so while these books on my list are ones I’d like to get to sooner rather than later these are by no means set in stone.

I will also link each title to its Goodreads page in case you guys want to check out any of these books!

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10.) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I have a feeling I’m either going to love this one or really hate it since I’ve seen reviews that swing both ways. I’m not the most patient of readers so slow pacing really kills me and I’ve heard this book is pretty slow. However, I do love YA fantasy so I’m hoping it will be worth it.


9.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

I’m a HUGE Peter Pan fan so of course it’s my mission in life to get my hands on all of the retellings! Unfortunately it seems there really aren’t any amazing ones out there but “Tiger Lily” has tons of glowing reviews but at the same time a few people haven’t liked it. So I’m a little nervous about this book but I’m hoping it’s actually a good Peter Pan retelling.


8.) The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Call

I’ve heard about this book a lot but at the same time I never hear it mentioned, it’s very underrated. While it’s listed mostly as a dystopian I think it’s YA horror as well, with some Irish mythology mixed in! I think it will be a very thrilling, quick book so I’m hoping to get to it.


7.) Front Lines by Michael Grant

Front Lines (Front Lines, #1)

An alternate history book where women and girls were eligible for service during World War II, how does that not sound awesome? I’ve always loved learning everything I could about this era in time so it’s definitely right up my alley and I am hoping to make time for it (finally) this spring!


6.) Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight (Starflight, #1)

YA fantasy and sci-fi are two of my absolute favorite genres and unfortunately I don’t think there are enough good YA sci-fi books out there. However, “Starflight” appears to be one of the few with all of the glowing reviews and from the sample I read it deserves every one. I’m super excited to get to this one!


5.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)

Super popular and super hyped I’ve been wanting to read “Red Rising” for a while and FINALLY got a cheaper copy off of Book Outlet. I’m excited to see if this one lives up to expectations!


4.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

I’m slowly trying to get through some of the more popular and hyped books on my TBR so this one definitely needs to get read here soon.


3.) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Once again really popular book and I am ALL for an “Iliad” retelling.


2.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

I have this weird sort of morbid kind of curiosity concerning cults so a book about a girl who lived 12 years in one really appeals to me. I’ve also heard TONS of good things about this book so I’m definitely going to read it soon, if not next!


1.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

This will be my first new release purchase this year because I MUST HAVE IT! And once I get my mitts on it I will drop everything and read it right away!

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What books are on your Spring TBR?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are any of these on your TBR as well?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your Top Ten Tuesday as well!

The Sassy

 

 

Book Review: The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics

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Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

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So of course I was really pumped for this book since I LOVED the author’s debut novel “Daughters Unto Devils” (full review here), but while I enjoyed this book it just wasn’t as good as the debut book. Still a very solid read though especially if you’re a YA horror lover!

PLOT

My biggest problem with this book (and why it didn’t get a 4 or 5 star rating) was that the beginning of the story was extremely slow paced and kind of boring. There really wasn’t any real creepiness, horror, or gore at all in the beginning of the book but it had ALL of that within the last 50 pages or so. Honestly, the ending was what made reading the whole book worth it! It was fucked up and weird in the best and creepiest way possible, I wish I could say more but I can’t without spoiling it! There’s also a bit of mystery towards the end as well that made the atmosphere a little more eerie.

Speaking of the ending it is open-ended and I thought it was the perfect way to end it. I feel in horror books open endings really work, the add that much more to the creep-factor because you don’t know what REALLY happened or what will happen afterwards…… I personally loved that it was open-ended because of that reason and it was just like “Daughters Unto Devils” in this manner.

Women (as the title hints at) play a very important and big part in this book as well, basically any and all men are useless side characters and the women hold all the power and sway. Of course I’m going to say this is a plus!

There also is some representation of mental illness in the form of cutting, Lucy (the MC) does cut herself. However, even though I have zero personal experience with people who do cut themselves I felt that the matter was kind of brushed over in this book. It plays a pretty big part in Lucy’s life and yet it never really gets an attention. I just felt it should have been a little bit bigger of an issue with the characters….

The writing was sort of just “meh”, nothing too spectacular. I felt it was better in her other book “Daughters Unto Devils”.

 A HUGE plus for this book is the fact that there is no absolutely zero romance. That’s right there is no romance in this YA book, and isn’t that refreshing?

characters

There was not a whole lot of character development but that’s to be expected with a book that’s only 278 pages long. I didn’t really connect with Lucy or any of the other characters, I felt really distant from what was happening to them. Lucy did have her moments where she stuck up for herself and her family and yelled at some of those arrogant country club people but for the most part she was just okay.

Not to mention I LOATHED Lucy’s dad with a fiery burning passion, talk about worst dad ever! He basically shows zero emotion towards his own daughter and ignores her when she comes to him about things. It really ticked me off so I thought it was worth mentioning.

in conclusion

Overall I did enjoy reading this book although it was a little painful to get through the beginning but ultimately that ending is worth it! I don’t think this one was as good as “Daughters Unto Devils” though but I will still read anything Lukavics comes out with.

What I Liked:

  • THAT ENDING!!!!
  • Women play a big part in the plot and men are useless side characters
  • ZERO romance

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Not a lot of character development (hated Lucy’s dad!)
  • Up until the last 50 or so pages is slow and a bit boring
  • The writing is “meh”

RECOMMEND

Even though I didn’t like this one as much as “Daughters Unto Devils” (which I highly recommend checking out) it is still a pretty good book and the ending is insane! If you’re looking for a short YA horror book with zero romance to distract from the creepiness this one is for you! I definitely do recommend at least checking this book out.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy