February: Mix of Updates and Book Reviews

Welcome to the month of love! I didn’t get much reading done because the beginning of the year for me is always hectic. I’m always restarting my savings for the holidays at the end of the year and planning random trips to go hiking. It just gets all around crazy and I just work non-stop to make up for all the time off at the end of the year. Am I the only one?

Ok so last month I started Caraval and didn’t mind it but I sadly had to put it on the did not finish shelf because I just became uninterested in it in the middle of the book for some reason. I couldn’t really pick it back up or really care about it. Thankfully I usually go to the library so I didn’t buy this book and regret spending my money on it. I know this is an unpopular opinion as I see people rave about Caraval all over social media but I just didn’t care about it as much as I would have liked to.

This month I picked up some books from the library I had not heard of that sounded interesting. One was The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. I was shocked at how much I really liked this book when I started. I took it everywhere so that if I had a moment to read I would. This seemed to be the book to kickstart my reading habits back up!

The synopsis of this book: A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A brave soldier turned traitor. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief with no clue about his true identity. Their lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves, a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.

Something about it just called to me to pick up and read. It does swap the point of view out each chapter so if you don’t care for that you may not care for this book. I have been known to pick up books like this one and rave over how much I love it. But I do like to give warnings about it since I know there are people who do not care for it.

This book is one of those books that you enjoy but you can tell its setting up for the series. It follows the character Catherine the most and has an almost Six of Crows feel with the group of kids who end up a part of the whole story. This book is just really a backstory for all of the characters that will probably be the main storyline. I didn’t not enjoy it but I also felt this could have been less dragged out. I still gave it a four star review.

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Happy New Year!

I apologize for being gone for so long but I had so much to do for the holidays and needed a break! I happily reached my reading goal this past year and set a small 60 book goal for this year since I have lots of plans.

I have multiple hobbies and they tend to take a lot of time to plan and work around my schedule which can affect my reading and my blogging so I may not do a post every week but I will aim for once a month!

I already read my first book of the year. I read Wild Rain by Christine Feehan. I tried this book because I love her Carpathian series but I can tell this book and series just is not for me. I give her three stars but thats really as much as I can give for the book. I just didn’t care for the characters but her writing was about the same.

That it’s all I have for now! See you next time. 🙂

Six of Crows

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I LOVED this book. I read reviews and I paid attention to it when it came through my feed but I waited to read it because I never found the right mood for it. Then I was in the bookstore with my significant one day and I impulse bought it. I cracked it open the first chance I got and read it slow and sweet. I usually gobble books up rather quickly but this one kept my interest and made me want to take my time. I didn’t want to miss a thing.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much that when a coworker asked to read it I let her borrow it. Now I may cry if something is wrong with it but I actually loaned it! This band of misfits are something I love reading about. Now the book swaps persepectives to let you know what is happening and keeps you guessing by not letting on to what Kaz is thinking for each plan. It unravels each one slowly and lets you guess at each thing until finally it reveals the plot.

I give this book an amazing five out of five stars! I am currently on Crooked Kingdom so look out for that review soon!

October Wrap Up

  1. Out of My Mind
  2. Hannah-Beast
  3. The Sleep Tight Motel
  4. Rule
  5. Catwoman: Soulstealer
  6. Asking for It
  7. The Outsider
  8. Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death

DNF

  1. Emperess of a Thousand Skies

ETS had some well done up ideas but I didn’t feel it. It didn’t flow together for me. I couldn’t get into the story to even care about the main character. Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts?

Asking for It

Asking 4 It

This book is on rape and was really hard to get through at times. The main character was a popular girl who did what she wanted and was pleased that she was pretty. Then one night at a party ruins everything and now what happened is all over Facebook with a page dedicated just to her. As the story progresses it gets harder and harder to get through. Her issues mentally and with her family grow as time goes on and by the end of the book you just want to help her in every way.

The only issue I had with this book at the beginning was that it almost jumped too much with the cities and countries for you to pin point where it specifically is at in the world. The character went from talking like an American teenager to someone in Ireland. It was almost like the author couldn’t stick to it there for a second and normally I don’t notice things like this. Other than that it was a fantastic book.

I really enjoyed it and I am glad I picked it up. Five out of five stars!

Catwoman: Soulstealer

Catwoman

Synopsis:

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . 

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

I really liked this book! Many times people don’t bring Poison Ivy into things and thats the best part of this book for me. Poison Ivy is my girl and she gets overlooked quite a lot! Also, it is pretty interesting how Maas took Batman out of the picture and used Batwing as the hero in this story. It really added something different.

Also, I really liked how Maas added the extra chapter at the end. I really thought it would end with Catwoman answering Batwing’s question on what she was doing next not bring in another chapter where Catwoman talks to Poison Ivy. I really liked the book and I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on it! Five out of five stars.

Rule

Rule

Synopsis:

Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.

This book was so good! I enjoyed every chapter! I couldn’t get into Three Dark Crowns so when it said it was kind of like that with a twist I went into it skeptical but it ended up really well! The cover also intrigued me because it reminded me of Furyborn and I couldn’t stop staring at it.

All three girls come from lower class and have deadly secrets they hold dear. But what they do to keep those secrets keeps the pages turning and keeps you wanting more. The three sisters make do with the family they have from a father who is trying to make amends to an aunt who seems horrible and doesn’t seem to like them. As each challenge arises they fight to keep their secrets hidden and gain the crown I guarantee you won’t see the ending coming.