Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Curses and Monsters and Magic, Oh My!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read 3/14/19- 3/30/19

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Yet another brilliant fairytale retelling. Gah. What a world we live in.

Okay, so I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, but Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairytales so I’m always stoked to read them but nervous that I won’t like them as much. This one definitely held up to my expectations and then some. I just absolutely loved it.

First of all, the representation in this book is amazing. I mean, our MC, Harper, has Cerebral Palsy. Guys. That’s amazing. And she doesn’t see it as a disadvantage, it’s just something she has that means she’s learned to navigate life a little differently is all. She’s still brave, determined, smart, and, honestly, a straight badass. And then we have her brother, Jake, who’s this big dude in all sorts of trouble, who’s gay. She has no idea but seeing that unfold was also amazing, she supported him without skipping a beat and THAT is the kind of thing I love to see. I had a similar experience with a friend when they came out to me, and I just love seeing loved ones support the person unconditionally, because really, that shouldn’t even be a label or defining factor for someone, but I’m rambling now. BACK TO THE BOOK.

HARPER. I love a good, strong MC who isn’t afraid to stand up to others or for themselves and Harper was definitely that. She has one of the biggest hearts ever and goes out of her way for others time and time again and I have so much respect for her.

RHEN. I loved him. He was such an amazing Prince and I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you who haven’t read it, but his heart rivals Harper’s. Though things don’t always appear that way, when you start to boil things down, you can really see who he is under the walls he’s built up. He’s dealt with so much over the course of the hundreds of seasons he’s endured and it’s honestly a wonder he’s even still sane. So, props to Rhen.

Grey. Scary Grey. Can I just give that big dude a hug? Man. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years. Everything that he went through was just…. Wow. Especially since he was tortured time and time again at the hands of Lilith.

I have nothing to say for Lilith aside from this: What. A. Bitch.
She was aptly named, that’s for darned sure. (Lilith is the Queen/ Mother of Demons)

I loved the world-building for this book and I can just see how much is open to be delved into in future books and I cannot wait for that! I only just finished this book and I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel. Gotta love waiting for books.

The kingdom of Enderfall has such an interesting story so far though and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out after the events of this one. ESPECIALLY THAT EPILOGUE! GAH!

If you’re on the fence about this book but you enjoy retellings, especially if you enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings, I say go for it! Give it a read.



I know it’s been a minute since I posted, but I promise from here out, I’m back on track. I recently got a promotion so I’ve been adjusting to that but things are finally settling down and I’m much more motivated to get some reading done!

-Laurenxx

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

On a Sunbeam

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On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Read 2/1/19-2/14/19

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This would probably be closer to 3.5 stars, but I like to round up.

Oh boy. I’m so conflicted with this one because I wanted to love it. I LOVED the artwork, but I found some parts of the story to be a bit… lacking? The characters were interesting but I feel like there was a lot that could have been more fleshed out.

I did enjoy Mia as a character, but I didn’t feel very emotional when stuff happened to her. In fact, I think the thing that was the most off-putting for me was the fact that I really wasn’t attached emotionally to any of the characters and there’s usually at least one character that resonates with me. I liked them all, don’t get me wrong, but none of them connected for me.

My favorite parts of this was definitely the artwork and the overall story was definitely interesting. The artwork- the colors, the space, and those beautiful spaceships- was absolutely stunning. Some pages I would find myself staring at for a few minutes apiece simply because I loved the way they were illustrated.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a nice f/f representation, some beautiful artwork, and an interesting story in space!

-Laurenxx

Blog Tours, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #4

It’s been about a month now since I’ve done this one… oops. But that’s okay, it just means there’s more to go over as far as what I’ve finished. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know what this one is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and it consists of just a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What I’m Reading:

The Bone Season was a pick that’s part of a book club my friend and I started on Facebook (if you’re interested in joining, let me know!) and I’ve been wanting to read On a Sunbeam for a while and finally snagged a copy when I went to Barnes and Noble the last time. Super good so far!


What I’ve Finished Recently:

You’d Be Mine was a 4-star read, review here: Country Girl, Shake It For Me

The Gunslinger was a 3-star read, review here: Slinger of Guns

Ash Princess was a 5-star read, review here: Princess of Ash

A Discovery of Witches was a 5-star read, review here: Discovering Witches

Clockwork Angel was a 5-star reread (my 7th time), working on a new review for it as we speak!


I know some of these are from my previous ones, but I’m DETERMINED to read Lady Smoke as soon as I’m done with my current reads, and the others are ones I’ve been meaning to read for ages.


What’ve you read recently or what are you looking to read soon? 🙂

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal

Discovering Witches

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read 1/25/19-2/4/19

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So, I totally understand all sides of this. Why people love it, why others don’t, and all of those who fall in between. It’s Twilight for adults, but it’s written sooooo much better and it’s so interesting. There’s a lot of backstory and a lot that goes into the story. Plus, Harkness definitely loves her detail and I know that for some people, wordy books are very off-putting.

I’m an Anthropology major, and I’m leaning towards either archaeology or forensics, so all of the DNA aspects of this book were super interesting to me. And being a history fanatic, I was enthralled to hear anything and everything when they talked about the past.

Diana was one of the best main characters ever. I loved how realistic she was, she wasn’t without her flaws but she’s such a badass and I absolutely adore her. And Matthew is probably my favorite vampire character of all time.

Learning about Matthew’s past was something I looked forward to in every instance it was brought up. With him being as old as he is, he lived through A LOT of history and hearing the stuff he experienced and lived through was amazing.

The lore in this book was absolutely fascinating, with the witches, vampires, and daemons, it’s definitely an interesting world, especially once they bring the genetic side into it. I can’t wait to find out more of what’s behind everything and just… can’t wait to continue reading this series.

I love that the setting wasn’t stationary and how much the characters actually went through over the course of this novel. Man, what a whirlwind!

The supporting characters in this book all brought something unique to the story and I just absolutely LOVE them all in their own ways. I would have to say that Hamish, Marcus, and Sarah are my favorites but I honestly adore them all.

This book was daunting when I first picked it up, but I am so thankful that I did, thanks to the suggestion of my friend, and cannot wait to pick up the second one.

Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess of Ash

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Read 1/15/19-1/24/19

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I mean…. What the fuck was that?! GAH. That ending was just absolute chaos and I loved it so much.

Okay. First of all, this book was absolutely amazing. I’m actually quite thankful for the fact that I waited to read this until only a couple weeks before the sequel is due to release, because I would be going completely crazy right now otherwise.

What. A. Book. This was literally one of the most amazing books that I’ve ever read.

I love Theo sooooo freaking much, she’s one of my favorite female MC’s from any fantasy series (aside from maybe Aelin) and I honestly adore her. She’s such a badass and I loved watching her grow into who she was in the end. Her backstory was tragic and I feel so badly for her.

The one thing I don’t really care for is the love triangle. That’s probably because I’m biased though and don’t really even remotely care for Blaise, but I absolutely love Soren. Sooooo.

The world in this book is so freaking messed up and I love that different areas have their own culture and gods and everything else, it makes it so interesting and I cannot wait to see more of the world or see how things are expanded in the next one! It’s so intricate and there’s so much that goes into the world!

There’s so freaking much that happens over the course of the book and I just cannot get over how incredible the whole storyline was.

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Young Adult

ABC Book Challenge- B

I know this is supposed to be a Wednesday thing, but I’m a little late this week. Oops.

Basically, you come up with some of your favorites that you’ve read that start with (or include if you want to do it that way) the letter for that week.  So, here we go!



Memorable Reads That Start With “B”:

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

2. Black Water (Pendragon #5) by D.J. MacHale

3. The Battle of the Labyrinth (PJO #4) by Rick Riordan

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Books To Read That Start With “B”:

1. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

2. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

3. The Book Jumper by Mechtild Glaser

4. Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter

5. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Fantasy

Slinger of Guns

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Read: 1/9/19-1/17/19

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Okay, I’m not willing to give this that 4th star just because this one was so slow for the majority of it. I get that it was more of a prequel than anything and sort of set stuff up for the future, but I found myself bored most of the time.

The ending of this book was really really good though and it definitely made me that much keener to finish the rest of the series. I knew that this one wasn’t going to be the best of the series by any means, but I expected a bit more to it.

I love Roland and I think that I’m going to end up loving him more and more with each book. He’s a very complex character and I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of who he is or what he’s been through and I’m excited to see what happens.

I do like the whole western take on a fantasy world and I’m excited to see more of it as the series goes on. I do wish that we’d gotten a bit more world building in this one because it wasn’t nearly enough to get a good idea of what the world is really like.

I’m definitely going to read the next book in this series and I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy them more as the series goes.

-Laurenxx