Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I’ve been seeing this tag floating around a lot right now (because ya know…it’s mid year) and really wanted to give it a try! I got the questions from Rayna @ Reader Rayna so be sure to head over and check out her answers as well!

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is actually a tough one since I have enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve read this year so far but I’m just going to have to go with this one. “Red Rising” was absolutely fantastic and completely blew my mind! It has pretty much every factor I look for in a perfect book there’s action, twists, and fantastic main and secondary characters!


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I actually haven’t read any sequels yet this year! I start series more than I continue or finish them, I’m terrible! I will say though that I’m definitely planning on reading “Now I Rise” by Kiersten White so that will be the first sequel I will read.


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I’ve got quite a few books I’m excited for but MOST excited for has to go for the sequel to “Nevernight”! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Jay Kristoff’s and absolutely loved “Nevernight” and with that cliffhanger at the end and just all the crazy shit that went down I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next in “Godsgrave”!


Biggest Disappointment

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The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

As many books as I’ve loved this year there have been almost as many disappointments. So far this is the only book that’s gotten one star even though a few have gotten close. “The Dragon’s Price” was poorly written, boring, and incredibly cliched which earns it this spot on the biggest disappointment for me this year so far.


Biggest Surprise

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did, I figured it’d be full of YA tropes or just not be as exciting as a fantasy should be in my opinion. However, I really loved Kalinda, the MC, there was lots of action and twists, and some really interesting world building and mythology!


Favorite New Author

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Pierce Brown

I’m not sure if I can really say this yet but just from reading “Red Rising” I know I will finish the series and crave more from this author! I’m excited to see what he will write next if it’s even half as good as “Red Rising”! Also he’s nice to look at……


Newest Fictional Crush

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Lucifer from The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act

I don’t really find too many swoon-worthy characters in books anymore but I absolutely loved the reincarnation of Lucifer we see in Volume 1 of TW+TD! Now just to clear the air a bit I don’t think of myself as bisexual but I do admire the way some women look, we are a beautiful gender! And Lucifer was not only very beautiful but also a complete badass, I just loved her so much and she’s really the only character I’ve read about so far this year that could be considered a fictional crush.


Newest Favorite Character

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Can’t say I really have any characters that I absolutely worship yet this year but a very close one would have to be Sevro from “Red Rising”. He’s hilarious and also pretty badass in his own way, he’s also a bit of an underdog and I couldn’t help but love and cheer him on throughout the book.


Book That Made You Cry

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I know, I know. I’m using this book for almost every question but I’m just SO freaking impressed with it! I actually teared up and cried a little in a lot of books I’ve read so far this year but I cried the hardest and the most frequent while reading “Red Rising”. Right at the start of the book I had to quit reading because I was crying so hard!


Book That Made You Happy

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I can’t say too many of the books I’ve actually read this year have made me really happy but the magical, wonderful story that is “The Night Circus” did.


Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I haven’t watched any yet this year! The only one I can honestly think of so far this year is “Everything, Everything” which I don’t have a big interest in.

If you have any other recommendations let me know!


Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

I’d probably have to go with “My Recipe For The Perfect YA Fantasy Book” just because it’s my favorite genre and also I love the gifs I used! Yeah, I’m that person that laughs at their own jokes.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m actually disappointed with the fact I didn’t get the copy with the blue-edge pages but this cover is still the prettiest one I’ve gotten so far this year!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I finally ordered a copy of this today! Hopefully I can read it this upcoming month too!


What Book Do You NEED to Read By the End of the Year?

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I do own a copy of this and I definitely NEED to read it before the end of the year! I love Laini Taylor’s writing and world building so I’m dying to see what she’s created with this book.

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Sorry if you’ve done this tag already, feel free to ignore being tagged here if that’s the case! This is a really fun tag to do and a great way to check in on how everyone’s reading year is going!

Tag! Your’re It:

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd
Anna @ My Bookish Dream
Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales
Stephanie @ Teacher of YA
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews
Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea
Birdie Book Worm
Jess @ Beaucoupbooks
Debby @ Always Booking
Emily @ Rose Read
Hannah @ Mortal Reader
Nicole @ BooksInked

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Books I Forget To Recommend!

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These are just a few books that I feel like I don’t talk about enough on my blog but still enjoyed! They could use a little more love!

I will link up reviews if I have them!

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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This is the book I read the most recently on this list and I STILL feel like I don’t mention it enough! I absolutely loved Chupeco’s other book “The Girl From The Well” and so I was ecstatic when I got an ARC of “The Bone Witch” which is YA Fantasy, my favorite genre! This is a very dark fantasy story and I absolutely loved the writing style and world building, although the pacing could be slow at times.

You can read my full review of “The Bone Witch” here.


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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A diverse and magical read that I feel doesn’t get enough love! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I loved the magic system as well as the family dynamic!

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.


Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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I loved this book so much I couldn’t express my love in a review quite yet, I’m probably going to do a mini review here sometime. This was extremely addictive and kept me turning pages, it’s a very “trashy” novel in the same way that soap operas are “trashy”. They definitely hold your attention with their drama!


Welcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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A YA horror book that has some great characters and is pretty fast paced, it reads exactly like your traditional slasher horror movie but with some unique twists. Definitely a great book for any YA horror lovers out there!

You can read my full review of “Welcome To The Dark House” here.


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

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This book was a very unique blend of horror and thriller where a group of kids become trapped in an ancient underground palace in France. I don’t want to give too much away but this book will definitely get your adrenaline pumping!

You can read my full review of “A Drop of Night” here.


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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The magic system and world building in this book are FANTASTIC and so, so unique! Those two reasons alone are enough for me to recommend this book!

You can read my full review of “The Impostor Queen” here.


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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A historical fiction with monsters! Woohoo! Plus the Doctor is pretty swoon-worthy and the monsters are actually pretty terrifying and gory. Definitely not a book for the squeamish or faint of heart!

You can read my full review of “The Monstrumologist” here.


Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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I did enjoy this book but still had a couple problems with it but Kate, the MC, is pretty badass! Plus there really aren’t enough YA western books and that cover is so gorgeous!

You can read my full review of “Vengeance Road” here.


The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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This book definitely won’t be up everyone’s alley but I enjoyed it a lot, it’s about an insane(ly, funny) AI that took over the world and uses the world leader’s children as hostages to keep world peace. It’s awesome.

You can read my full review of “The Scorpion Rules” here.


Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

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Do I need reasons to recommend any of Laini Taylor’s books? Her world building and mythology is flawless and her writing is so, so beautiful!

You can read my full review of “Lips Touch: Three Times” here.

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

Do you have any of these books on your TBR?

Do you have any books that you don’t recommend enough?

Let me know in the comments!

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ARC Review: The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen #1) by Emily R. King

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As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

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****Big thank you to Skyscape and Amazon Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review****

Wow, let me just say I am pleasantly surprised with how much I ended up enjoying this book! It has every element I love in a YA fantasy and I honestly cannot wait for the rest of the series now!

PLOT

Of course it’s easy to think with the description of this book that it would be something similar to “The Wrath & The Dawn” or even “The Star-Touched Queen” and while there are some similarities it’s still very unique. I would still say that if you were a fan of either you will probably enjoy “The Hundredth Queen” as well!

I really enjoyed the world building a lot, I liked how every aspect of the lore we were introduced to was incorporated into the plot. I also never felt overwhelmed or confused when information on the world was provided, no info-dumps here! The mythology was probably my favorite part about this story since it ended up playing a major part and was just so fascinating to learn about.

I found the magic system to be pretty unique and actually reminded me a lot of Avatar: The Last Airbender since each element is represented, that’s probably why I loved it so much……

While the pacing wasn’t necessarily slow in the beginning it was a little bit harder for me to get into since there was a bit of insta-love that really put me off. However, once I got a little bit further in I was completely engrossed in this story! There were many twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming and I felt like there was definitely plenty of action and fast pacing to keep me turning pages.

The rank tournaments themselves were actually pretty brutal too, there definitely wasn’t any sugar-coating this aspect of the story which I liked since I feel YA authors always try to get out of or gloss over any sort of violence in their novels. Not that I’m some blood-thirsty, horrible person! It’s just I get tired of books promising fights to the death and then not delivering.

I also liked the way females were represented in the story as well as female relationships. There is a bit of girl-on-girl hate at the beginning of the story but I promise you it isn’t what it seems as it changes as the story progresses. I appreciated how the author would point out the wrongness of the way women were treated and how they sometimes treated each other in this world as well and how our heroine, Kalinda, also frowned upon any negative treatment of women and would intervene. The women in this story are honestly total badasses and I loved it! Although I will say I wish the few positive relationships between females would have been shown a lot more.

I was also really impressed with the writing and it was hard to believe this was a debut novel, everything flowed so well! Simple and easy to read overall, which sometimes is just perfect.

characters

The characters in this book were actually very enjoyable, all of them! Once again, I was pretty surprised by how well I thought a lot of them developed and the levels of complexity a few of them had. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters but I love to be proved wrong in this case!

Kalinda was the perfect protagonist, in my opinion. She was brave and loyal but also had her moments where her courage would fail her, she wasn’t perfect. I also really liked how she wasn’t some “super skilled special snowflake” (that’s a bit of a tongue twister, huh?), she had skill but she definitely wasn’t as skilled as lot of the other characters. I think maybe the best word to describe how I felt about Kalinda’s character was “heart-warming” because everything she did, said, or felt just gave me tingles because she was just so realistic and down to earth!

The secondary characters were all well done too, I felt like I knew so many of them even though they were only around for a few sentences! I loved how many were also not just by-standers and we got to see so many of them grow and develop throughout the story.

As I mentioned earlier I really liked all of the female relationships in this book but especially the friendship between Kalinda and Jaya. Honestly, I wished there was more shown between those two because I feel YA could really use more positive female friendships like this one!

romance

The only real problem I had with the romance was that there was some heavy insta-love at the beginning but overall I did like it and felt that Kalinda and Deven made a great couple. Was it anything super special or impressive? No, not really but like I said I did enjoy it so that’s all that really matters.

Plus it doesn’t hurt that Deven is a pretty swoon-worthy love interest. He treated Kalinda right and I’m all for a good guy love interest!

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What I Loved:

  • The world building and mythology
  • Kalinda was a great female protagonist
  • The writing flowed well and was easy to follow
  • The plot was fast-paced, action-packed, with plenty of twists
  • Kalinda and Jaya’s friendship

What I Didn’t Love:

  • There was some girl-on-girl hate (which is never okay although in this story it was overcome)
  • Insta-love relationship (even though I did come to like them together)
  • I wish Kalinda and Jaya’s friendship would have been shown a lot more and maybe some more of the female relationships as well

RECOMMEND

I definitely recommend checking this book out especially if you’re looking for something a little similar to “The Wrath & The Dawn”!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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June TBR

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Well I think it’s safe to say that I’m getting better about sticking to my TBRs but also I always seem to be a little too ambitious! I still have 2 books left over from May (The Hundredth Queen and In Real Life) I’m currently working to finish too, not to mention I’m getting further behind in my Goodreads reading challenge. However, I do have a couple ARCs that I’m going to read this month as well as some books I feel are more summery-y.

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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

After Aila and Miles’ mother dies they return to live in her old hometown of Sterling where every seven years something disappears such as reflections, the scent of flowers, or even the ability to dream. The people of Sterling always suspected Aila’s mother, Juliet, and now Aila must bear the blame as she follows her mother’s clues to find out why the Disappearances really occur.

I actually received an ARC of this book and I’m very excited to get into it! It sounds like a very mysterious and magical story that might have some slower pacing but will probably still be interesting. Sometimes Magical Realism gets boring for me but I’m hoping this one will be good!


Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

This is, obviously, a retelling of Peter Pan from Captain Hook’s POV and also sort of an origin story for Hook too. It’s also a very dark, horror retelling about how Hook went from being Peter’s favorite Lost Boy to his greatest enemy.

First of all I am 100% down to read ANY Peter Pan retelling ESPECIALLY a dark, horror-y one, ESPECIALLY if it’s by Christina Henry. This book is basically everything I have ever wanted! I really loved Henry’s retelling of Alice in Wonderland so I’m expecting to love this one too. I will be receiving an ARC here sometime at the beginning of the month and I’m pumped!


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

A senior spring break trip to Aruba with friends, one ends up being murdered and the other is being accused for it. Anna must now try and find her friend’s real killer.

Your typical YA thriller but maybe with a great twist? Who knows, all I know is everybody seems to love this one! Plus it definitely has a very summer-y vibe going on which makes this the perfect time to finally read it!


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek

Three friends attend SupaCon where they expect to have fun but don’t expect their lives to change forever. The tagline on the cover here pretty much says it all.

Everybody was ranting and raving about this book so I just had to grab a copy especially since it’s only 288 pages! I also feel like this being a more “geeky” book I’ll be able to relate a lot to the characters too!


Bonus Book! (If I’m actually ambitious and get to it!)

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw

Kate remembers most of the things that happened at John Doone’s part: pictures with Stacey and Ben getting her home early and maybe becoming more than just a childhood friend….However, a picture appears the next day online of Stacey passed out at the party and presses charges against four classmates, Kate questions if she really had all the details that night especially where Ben was when the crime occurred.

It actually took me a long time to decide I could stomach this book, everyone really loves this one and I wanted to give it a try. The reason I wasn’t too sure about this one is because the central story revolves around a gang-rape and I honestly get really squirmy and squeamish with anything dealing with sexual abuse, but I think it will be a very worth while story regardless.

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Are any of these books on your TBR?

Have you read any of these, what did you think?

What are you planning on reading this month?

Let me know in the comments!

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May Wrap-Up

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I think I’m the MOST proud of this month considering…well just everything! I read more books than usual (well not that many more but shhhhhh), got more posts up, and even got a pretty good spike in my stats and such! So I think it’s safe to say I had a really great May!

I’m definitely looking forward to June with all of the great new releases coming up and hopefully more time to read!

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Books Read This Month: 7

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia EmberAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireRuthless by Carolyn Lee AdamsAlice by J.M.  SullivanYou Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

I pretty much enjoyed every single book I read this month, really the only ones that were okay were “The Seafarer’s Kiss” and “Ruthless” but the rest were amazing! That’s actually a pretty good month, now that I think about it, where I didn’t hate at least one book. I was definitely the most impressed with “An Ember in the Ashes”, “Every Heart A Doorway”, and “You Will Know Me”.


Reviews Finished This Month:

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire


Tags & Memes Done This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest YA Covers

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things on my YA Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads for the Beach

The Cookie Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017


Other Posts Done This Month:

April Wrap-Up

May Releases

May TBR

10 Signs You’re A Book Lover…..or Addict, I Don’t Judge!

U.S. Versus U.K. Book Covers

Discussion Post: Self-Promoting Blog Comments


What I’m Currently Reading:

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)

I know, I know I was supposed to read this in May but I’m working on it! So far it’s a pretty decent story but nothing mind blowing yet!

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How was your reading and blogging month this May?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, June?

Let me know in the comments!

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ARC Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

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Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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**** Big thank you to Duet Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

**** Potential Trigger Warning: Abuse/Violence in a Relationship****

This was a very unique and enjoyable book that is a retelling of The Little Mermaid with an F/F romance as well as some Norse mythology! How does that NOT grab your attention immediately?

PLOT

So as I already mentioned I thought the plot for this story is extremely creative because not only do we see a lot of unique twists on The Little Mermaid tale but we also see a world based off of Norse mythology. I loved how this was it’s own story but we still got to see some plot points similar to the original tale!

I also really loved the setting with the various sea creatures and the mermaids themselves. It was fun to have the story told from the perspective of someone that lives underwater, just something different!

Overall though I found the story to be very engaging and fast paced, it’s also a very short book so it’s definitely a quick read! My favorite part was easily when Ersel makes a deal with Loki, the God of Lies, and must be very clever in order to outwit the trickster god. Something about characters outwitting powerful gods is always fun to read about!

The world building was also very interesting, while it wasn’t expanded upon a whole lot we do know it’s based off of Norse mythology since the Norse gods are present. I also really enjoyed the bits where we learned about the mermaids’ world and Ragna’s very viking-esque world too. I wish there would have been a little more depth with the last two but I’m content enough.

Overall the reason I rated this 3.5 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because I felt that the story was a little rushed and could have used a little more complexity in my opinion.

characters

The characters were fun enough and I really loved both Ersel and Ragna on their own and together. Ersel is very brave, clever, and learns to overcome her flaws and Ragna is straight up fierce but I’d expect nothing less from a shield maiden.

I’d also just like to add that I loved Loki too but then again when do I ever not love Loki’s characters?

However, I do wish there was more development with the characters. Yes, we get to see some of them overcome their flaws and that always adds some complexity but I would have liked to have gotten some more insight into the characters somehow.

romance

I REALLY loved the romance in this story, plain and simple! As I mentioned above this is an F/F romance mainly but Ersel, the main character, is bisexual. I personally thought it was portrayed well but I can’t say truthfully since I am neither. Still I thought the author did a good job! I shipped Ersel and Ragna a lot I thought they were both great characters on their own and together they were even better.

The only real problem I had with the relationship is that at one point they both hit each other, which IS abuse I don’t care if it’s heat of the moment it’s never okay. So I’d say there’s a trigger warning for abuse in this story. I also didn’t really like how it was glossed over as being alright and they’re 100% fine afterward.

in conclusion

I really enjoyed this story and found it to be a wonderfully imaginative retelling. It was a fun, quick read! I also think the cover is gorgeous, FYI!

What I Loved:

  • Fast pacing
  • Creative world building and story
  • Great F/F romance
  • Diversity with F/F romance and bisexual character
  • Inclusion of Norse mythology
  • Good characters

What I Didn’t Love:

  • I thought the story could have been a little more complex
  • Plot felt rushed at times
  • One instance of abuse with the main relationship

RECOMMEND

I do recommend reading this book since I thought it was fun and something very unique! Really my only real big complaint is that one instance of abuse/violence in the main relationship.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

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Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

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Let me just say that YOU WILL CRY! This story isn’t the happy, fun Neverland that we all know it’s a dark, dispiriting one but all at once the best word to describe this book is beautiful.

PLOT

This story is about Tiger Lily and Peter Pan’s relationship but mostly it’s about Tiger Lily as a person and there’s also a lot more to it than just that. This book has a very unique narrative style as it’s told from the perspective of Tinkerbell as she follows different characters around and can read their thoughts. I found that having Tink narrate added a LOT more insight into each character than we would have gotten with a different point of view.

We start the story with Tiger Lily at a younger age and watch as she grows and Tink notices that Tiger Lily is a lot different from the people of her tribe and therefore doesn’t quite fit in. There are many different events that come into play (I don’t want to spoil anything!) but ultimately everything pushes Tiger Lily towards Peter and from there we watch how things play out with the different characters on the island. There are quite a few twists in the story that I hate to say are pretty heart-wrenching but overall add so much complexity, all the little threads weaving together.

Like I mentioned right away this isn’t a happy story and Neverland isn’t the care-free place we have seen before, it’s a very dark and sad place full of flawed and broken people. Many things that occur in the plot are deeply saddening, once again I’ll tell you YOU WILL CRY!

The pacing is very slow in this book but it isn’t out of place here and I didn’t mind it at all. “Tiger Lily” is very much a character driven story and is not action packed by any means but I feel a faster pacing would tell a completely different story than the wonderful one we already got.

And that writing! It’s absolutely gorgeous! Jodi Lynn Anderson managed to write something that’s just so beautiful, heart-wrenching, and magical all at the same time. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and just fit the story perfectly.

I also just have to add for any Peter Pan fan (like myself) there are a bunch of very fun twists on things from the original story!

characters

I think it’s easy to say the characters are the best part of this story, everyone is very complex and has so much personality. Everyone is flawed in their own ways but they all also have their own strengths.

Tiger Lily is such a wonderful protagonist she’s strong, brave, and fearless but she’s also incredibly lonely. She has the complete acceptance of only a few people in her tribe such as Tik Tok, her foster father, and her friends Pine Sap and Moon Eye yet she still feels very alone. Tiger Lily is also more capable of doing things the men of her tribe do versus the things the women do and I loved that she could care less in this matter what people think. Girl power!

Peter himself is as lonely as Tiger Lily in some ways but he’s still a bit of the mischievous boy we all know and love.

We also get to see some different spins on the Lost Boys, Wendy Darling, Captain Hook, and even Smee.

romance

I’m extremely torn about the romance! On one hand a big part of the story is Tiger Lily and Peter’s relationship and I loved it but on the other hand I’ll always be a lover of Peter and Wendy…..

To be fair though I loved how Tiger Lily and Peter’s brokeness drew them together and their interactions were heart-warming at times but also they did have a lot of problems. They weren’t meant for long-term, they’re too unstable and dispirited for each other. They both needed people more encouraging and stable for themselves.

I did like how their romance ended up but also at the same time it DESTROYED ME!

in conclusion

I loved the story and don’t really have to much to complain about but at the same time it just seems to be more of a four star read for me than a five star read.

What I Loved:

  • The complexity of the characters
  • Tinkerbell’s narrative style
  • The relationships/romances
  • The plot twists and events (even though the wrecked me)
  • The references to the original Peter Pan tale
  • The writing is beautiful

What I Didn’t Like:

  • A certain thing that occurs at the very end…it ruined me
  • I wish it had been longer
  • I would have liked more insight and story time with Captain Hook, Wendy, and The Lost Boys

RECOMMEND

I highly recommend reading this book, period. If you love retellings, read this book. If you love Peter Pan, read this book. If you’re looking for a story that is both parts beautiful and heart-wrenching, read this book.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy