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Arc TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon Week 4

I started Sam @RiverMoose-Reads Arc TBR Read-A-Thon reading challenge last week, and I have finally caught up!

The first week we were to do our list of Arcs we currently had and I explained the read-a-thon a little bit more fully, you can see my original post here. On my list of TBR Arcs are:

  1. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  2. Bad Blood by Dimitria Lunetta
  3. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson
  4. Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller
  5. Dragon Redeemer by Amy Bearce
  6. House of Ash by Hope Cooke
  7. Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
  8. Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision
  9. The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef

So far, I still haven’t received any news on whether or not I’ve been approved for any more eArcs from NetGalley.


Week 4: Let’s Talk NetGalley

I really love NetGalley and have been using it for almost two years now. For those of you who don’t know what NetGalley is it’s a website that allows you to potentially read, review, and recommend books that are either recently published or about to be published. It’s a great place to try to get eArcs from authors/publishers. It’s broken down by genre, and then that specific genre is broken down into available for request, read now (no waiting required), most requested, and previously on NetGalley. I honestly only look at the available for request section since eventually all the books end up in one of the other subcategories. The best part about this site is that it’s free! I’ve tried doing other sites that are similar, but I was never approved and it was a lot more complicated to request a book than it is with NetGalley. They have this figured out. They only request that you keep your review response to at least 80% or above. Which isn’t hard to do if you remember to review all the books you receive from them, and typically most people leave reviews on their own blog or Goodreads anyway so all you have to do is copy and paste it into the NetGalley review box. Easy Peasy.

Sometimes, I do wish that they had more “popular” authors, or maybe I’m just a little bit disappointed that I never seem to be approved for their books. For an up and coming author, it seems as if I am always approved. I’ve currently been approved for about 50ish books, and been denied about 25ish times. So my ratio is pretty good, and most times it’s because the publishers already had enough reviews of the book.

Do you use NetGalley? What do you think of it? Do you use another website that allows you to read eArcs?

 

 

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The Glass Arrow Excerpt and Q&A with the Author!

Hey guys, I was approached earlier this month to do an non-exclusive excerpt from Kristen Simmons’ The Glass Arrow as well as a Q&A with the author! I read this book last year, and I really loved it! Here is some little information about the book:

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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Published: February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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Excerpt:

“Run, Aya! I feel them! They’re coming!” 

I know a moment later what she means. The  horses’ hooves are striking the ground, vibrating the gravel beneath my knees. I look to the brush beside us and quickly consider dragging Metea into it, but the  horses are too close. If I’m going to save myself I don’t have time. 

“Get up!” I am crying now. The salty tears blend with my sweat and burn my eyes. 

“Leave me.” “No!” 

Even as I say it I’m rising, hooking my arms beneath hers, pulling her back against my chest. But she’s dead weight and I collapse. She rolls limply to one side. I kiss her cheek, and hope she knows that I love her. I will sing Bian’s soul to the next life. I will sing her soul there too, because she surely is doomed to his same fate. 

“Run,” she says one last time, and I release her. 

I sprint due north, the opposite direction from the cave where I hope Salma has hidden the twins. I run as hard and as fast as I can, fueled by fear and hatred. My feet barely graze the ground for long enough to propel me forward, but still I can feel the earth tremble beneath them. The Trackers are coming closer. The Magnate is right on my heels. 

I dodge in my zigzag pattern. I spin around the pine trees and barely feel the gray bark as it nicks my arms and legs. My hide pants rip near the knee when I cut too close to a sharp rock, and I know that it’s taken a hunk of my skin, too. No time to check the damage, no time for pain. I hurdle over a stream-bed and continue to run. 

A break in the noise behind me, and I make the mistake that will cost me my freedom. 

I look back. 

They are close. So much closer than I thought. Two  horses have jumped the creek. They are back on the bank now, twenty paces behind me. I catch a glimpse of the tattered clothes of the Trackers, and their lanky, rented geldings, frothing at the bit. The faces of the Virulent are ashy, scarred, and starved. Not just for food, but for income. They see me as a paycheck. I’ve got a credit sign tattooed across my back. 

I run again, forcing my cramping muscles to push harder. Suddenly, a crack pierces the air, and something metal—first cold, then shockingly hot—winds around my right calf. I cannot hold back the scream this time as I crash to the ground. 

The wire contracts, cutting through the skin and into the flesh and muscle of my leg. The heat turns electric, and soon it is shocking me, sending volts of lightning up through my hips, vibrating my insides. My  whole body begins to thrash wildly, and I’m powerless to hold still. The pressure squeezes my lungs and I can’t swallow. I start to pant; it is all I can do to get enough air. 

A net shoots out over me. I can see it even through my quaking vision. My seizing arms become instantly tangled. 

“Release the wire! Release it!” orders a strident male voice. 

A second later, the wire retracts its hold, and I gasp. The blood from my leg pools over the skin and soaks the dirt below. But I know I have no time to rest. I must push forward. To avoid the meat market, to keep my family safe, I must get away. 

I begin to crawl, one elbow digging into the dirt, then the next. Fingers clawing into the mossy ground, dragging my useless leg. But my body is a corpse, and I cannot revive it. 

Mother Hawk, I pray, please give me wings

But my prayers are too late. 

My voice is only a trembling whisper, but I sing. For Bian and for Metea. I sing as I push onward, the tears streaming from my eyes. I must try to set their souls free while I can. 

Out of the corner of my eye I see the boney fetlocks of a chestnut  horse. The smooth cartilage of his hooves is cracked. This must be a rental—the animal hasn’t even been shod. An instant later, black boots land on the ground beside my face. Tracker boots. I can hear the bay of the hounds now. The stupid mutts have found me last, even after the  horses and the humans. 

I keep trying to crawl away. My shirt is soaked by sweat and blood, some mine, some Metea’s. It drips on the ground. I bare my teeth, and swallow back the harsh copper liquid that is oozing into my mouth from a bite on the inside of my cheek. I am yelling, struggling against my failing body, summoning the strength to escape. 

“Exciting, isn’t it boys?” I hear a man say. The same one who ordered the release of the wire. 

He kneels on the ground and I notice he’s wearing fine linen pants and a collared shirt with a tie. If only I had the power to choke him with it. At least that would be vengeance for one death today. His face is smooth and creaseless, but there’s no fancy surgery to de-age his eyes. He’s at least fifty. 

He’s wearing a symbol on his breast pocket. A red bird in flight. A cardinal. Bian has told me this is the symbol for the city of Glasscaster, the capitol. This must be where he plans on taking me. He’s ripping the net away, and for a moment I think he’s freeing me, he’s letting me go. But this is ridiculous. I’m who he wants. 

Then, as though I’m an animal, he weaves his uncalloused, unblistered fingers into my black, spiraled hair, and jerks my head back so hard that I arch halfway off the ground. I hiss at the burn jolting across my scalp. He points to one of the Trackers, who’s holding a small black box. Thinking this is a gun, I close my eyes and brace for the shot that will end my life. But no shot comes. 

“Open your eyes, and smile,” the Magnate says. With his other hand he is fixing his wave of stylishly silver hair, which has become ruffled in the chase. 

I do open my eyes, and I focus through my quaking vision on the black box. I’ve heard Bian talk about these things. Picture boxes. They freeze your image, so that it can be preserved forever. Like a trophy. 

I’m going to remember this moment forever, too. And I don’t even need his stupid picture box.

Excerpted from THE GLASS ARROW © Copyright 2015 by Kristen Simmons. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Q&A with Kristen Simmons about her 2015 novel THE GLASS ARROW

Q: Please introduce us to Aya and share some general background on THE GLASS ARROW.

A: Aya has been one of my favorite characters to write. Born into a world where women are endangered, where girls are condemned as breeders and misogyny is the norm, she’s learned to adapt and survive by flying under the radar. With her family – a small group of free women – she hides from those who would see her sold into domestic slavery. Aya is tough: she hunts, fishes, defends her family. When she’s captured and brought into captivity at the Garden, a training facility for girls, her life is turned upside down. All she can think about is reconnecting to the people she loves, and reclaiming her freedom, but she has to be smart in order to escape, and that may involve trusting a very unlikely ally. 

Q: What inspired you to write THE GLASS ARROW? 

A: A few stories on the news, and some social issues that seem to continue rising, but mostly my own experience. The transition into high school was difficult for me, as it is for many people. Before that time, I remember feeling like I could do anything, be anyone. I was valued because I was creative, and interesting, and smart, but once I stepped foot into high school, things changed. It didn’t matter what kind of person I was; all that was important was if I was wearing the right clothes, or had my hair done the right way. If I was pretty. Boys judged us based on a star system – “She’s an eight,” they’d say, or “Her face is a nine, but the rest of her is a four.” And worse, girls began sharing that same judgment, trying to raise these numbers to be cool, and popular. They’d compare themselves against each other, make it a competition. This, as I quickly learned, was what it meant to be a young woman. 

That experience transformed into Aya’s existence – her journey from the freedom of the mountains, where she was important for so many reasons, to the Garden, where she is dressed up, and taught to be, above all things, attractive. Where she has to compete against other girls for votes come auction day. On that auction stage, Aya’s given a star rating based on her looks, which is what her potential buyers will use to determine their bidding. It bears a direct correlation to my life as a teenager – to the lives of many teenagers. 

When it all comes down to it, I wanted to write a story where worth is determined by so much more than the value other people place on your body.  

Q: A lot has happened in the “real world” since the novel first came out in 2015. Does it feel surreal looking back at the book now?

A: Ah, I wish it did! Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of these issues are still very, scarily relevant, not just for young women, but all people. It seems like every time I see the news there is another incident of someone being measured by their looks rather than their internal worth, of women being degraded and disrespected, and of advantage being taken of someone’s body and mind. It frightens me that these issues persist, but I never claim that THE GLASS ARROW was a look into the future. To me, it was always a way of processing the present. 

Q: Congratulations for the surge of attention the book is receiving, thanks to things like the Hulu adaptation of THE HANDMAID’S TALE. What do you want readers to take with them after reading THE GLASS ARROW?

A: Thank you very much! I am delighted by the mention, and honored to be included in the same thought as the great HANDMAID’S TALEIf people do find their way to my book as a response, I hope they take away that they are so much more important than the sometimes superficial and careless values other people assign to them. As Aya says in the book, I hope they know that there are not enough stars in the night sky to measure their worth.

Q: Besides other classics like Margaret Atwood’s book, do you have any recommendations for readers wanting to explore more dystopian fiction and speculative fiction works?

A: How about METALTOWN by Kristen Simmons? That’s a great dystopian! Or the ARTICLE 5 series, about a world where the Bill of Rights has been replaced by moral law… Ok, ok, I’m sorry. That was shameless. I always recommend LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow, THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin, Marie Lu’s Legend series, and of course, THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy. Those are all thrilling, and excellent looks both at the present, and the future.

Q: What are you working on now, and when can readers expect to see your next book?

A: I have two books coming out in 2018, and can’t wait to share both of them. PACIFICA will be released March 6, 2018, and is about a world after the polar ice caps have melted, and a pirate girl and the son of the president find themselves in the middle of a building civil war. It’s a story largely informed my my great grandmother’s internment in World War II. In the fall, I’ll have a new series starting. THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, first in the Valhalla Academy books, is about a girl accepted into an elite boarding school for con artists. I hope readers love them both!

Q: Where can readers find you online?

A: I’m always available through social media – Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes, and Facebook at Author.KristenSimmons. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and remember, you’re worth more than all the stars in the night sky.

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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series (ARTICLE 5, BREAKING POINT, and THREE), THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA (coming March 2018 from Tor Teen), and THE PRICE OF ADMISSION (coming Fall 2018 from Tor Teen). She has a master’s degree in social work and loves red velvet cupcakes. She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

Links

Website: http://kristensimmonsbooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.kristensimmons/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kris10writes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kris10writes

 

I would like to thank Wiley Saichek from Saichek Publicity for this opportunity to highlight this author on my blog!

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Top Ten LGBT Books

In honor of Pride month, I decided to do a Top Ten LGBT Books that I have read. These books have either an LGBT theme or character/s. The books I have chosen are not in any type of order on preference, really I just put them on the list as I remembered them.


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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I just love this duology (and I loved meeting the author last October). I really enjoyed that the two characters weren’t treated any differently because they were gay and was just accepted as the norm in their group.

 

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Last Seen Leaving by Calen Roehrig

This was a mystery that centered around the main character trying to figure out why his girlfriend disappeared, and coming to terms with his own secrets about himself.

 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Really I could only get through the first 2 1/2 books in this series, but I really enjoyed Alec and Banes relationship.

 

 

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I’ve only read this book and it was a couple of years ago, so I don’t really remember much of it. I do need to reread this book so that I can finish the series, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!

 

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Eon by Alison Goodman

This one has a transgender character, who contributed a lot to the story and helped Eon for the majority of the book.

 

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

This was such an interesting book, as it is based on a gender bending of Vlad the Impaler. It follows the story of Lada and her brother as they both fall in love with the prince.

 

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I didn’t really see any LGBT themes/or characters in the book, but it was definitely shown in the Netflix show. I didn’t really enjoy this book that much, but that’s mainly because of Hannah. You can check out my review of it if  you would like to know more.

 

 

Maybe, I should rename my list to The Books That I Can Remember That I’ve Read that Have a LGBT Theme/Character. I can only think of seven right now (and after going through my Goodreads list) eight if I include Crooked Kingdom ;). I obviously need to branch out more, and read books that are more diverse. So drop a comment below with some of your favorite books so that I can check them out!

 

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (6/21/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Hearts are Like Ballons

Author: Candace Robinson

Expected Publication:  June 30th 2017

Publisher:  CreateSpace

Goodreads Summary:

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

Hearts Are Like Balloons

I first discovered Candace Robinson on NetGalley earlier this month, and I really enjoyed that book. If the writing style of this book is anything like the last book, I am sure that this will be a great book!

What are you looking forward to this week?

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Arc TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon Week 3

IMG_3145I started Sam @RiverMoose-Reads Arc TBR Read-A-Thon reading challenge this week, so I am still playing catch up on the weekly blogging posts (luckily I was only 3 behind so after this one I am all caught up).

The first week we were to do our list of Arcs we currently had and I explained the read-a-thon a little bit more fully, you can see my original post here. On my list of TBR Arcs are:

  1. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  2. Bad Blood by Dimitria Lunetta
  3. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson
  4. Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller
  5. Dragon Redeemer by Amy Bearce
  6. House of Ash by Hope Cooke
  7. Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
  8. Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision
  9. The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef

So far, I still haven’t received any news on whether or not I’ve been approved for any more eArcs from NetGalley.


Week 3 (June 15th): Most disappointing Denials

For me, I don’t really get disappointed in being denied. I kind of just shrug it off and say better luck next time. It seems as if I am normally denied on NetGalley from very popular/famous authors, and I am always approved for indie authors. So, if it’s an author  I know that I have very little chance of getting approved of, I don’t put much hope into actually getting it. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll get lucky and get approved for one of those most anticipated books!

I’ve only been using NetGalley for almost 2 years now and I have only been denied 26 times and approved for 52 titles. So, as you can see I am active, but not as much as I would like to be. Maybe that has some impact on whether or not I am approved for certain books.

Some books I was denied that were disappointing to me even though I try not to be were:

  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (I am in the middle of reading this now, and I am really enjoying it)
  • Missing by Kelley Armstrong (one of my favorite authors!)
  • And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

How do you handle denials from NetGalley or any other similar eArc website? What books have you been denied that was really disappointing?

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Goodreads Monday (6/19/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: By Your Side

Author: Kasie West

Published: January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Kasie West has slowly become one of my new favorite contemporary romance authors, but just behind Sarah Dessen (who shall always remain #1 for me). This is my second West book, and I’ve had it on my shelves since February. I actually forgot I had it until about last week when I opened my Uppercase box again, and it was sitting inside. I have a list of books I need to finish first, but as soon as they are done this is going straight to the top of the pile!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Pride Month: Top Ten LGBT Characters — Books and Smizmars

One of my really good friends wrote a blog post on some of his favorite LGBT characters. I definitely suggest you check it out!!

For the second(ish) week of Pride Month I will be counting down my top ten LGBT characters. The conditions for this top ten list is that I will only select one lgbt character per book/show/franchise because I could easily fill up the list with just characters from one franchise, this doesn’t that mean that a […]

via Pride Month: Top Ten LGBT Characters — Books and Smizmars

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Rook Book Review

Before I begin my book review of Rook, I just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there in the blogging world! Also, to all the dads who supported us when we were young and just beginning our reading addiction! Without my dad I probably wouldn’t have a love of reading like I do today. So I appreciate him very much!


Rook by Sharon Cameronrook

Published: April 28th 2015 by Scholastic Press

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. The mysterious Red Rook is a savior of the innocent, and a criminal in the eyes of the government.

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow ever higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

I just discovered Sharon Cameron last year when I read her book The Forgetting. I really enjoyed it, so I thought I would check out some of her other books. I finally got my hands on this copy at my local library, and I started reading it as soon as I walked through my front door.

He thought she was someone who could break the pattern of history. And he was offering to break it with her

Rook starts off with the Red Rook breaking a family out of prison in the Sunken City (aka Paris). So even from the start, I was hooked in wondering why the Red Rook was breaking people out, and if they would survive another day.

After such a dramatic and action packed beginning, I thought that this was going to be a great fast paced book that I’ll be able to finish in a day or two. Boy, was I wrong. I really enjoyed the plot of the book, but in reality this story could have been told in probably half the amount of pages. The middle for me just dragged and dragged and then continued to drag some more. If it was shorter, or if the plot moved a lot more then I definitely would have enjoyed it more.

I thought Sophia was a great main character (although I might be a little biased, because this is the first book I read that had a Sophia after we decided to name our baby girl that that’s due in September). She had some flaws which helped make her more relatable, but she was also very independent and strong willed.

Although, for someone who was very smart it seemed as if Sophia couldn’t or didn’t want to see things that was right in front of her face. Especially at the end, when the author was revealing all of the hidden conspiracies and betrayals to the Bellamy family. It wasn’t Sophia who revealed it all, but rather Rene. Which had me thinking how did he figure everything out? But, it also seemed a little too convenient in order to wrap up everything at the end.

“I think you are very beautiful,” René said, “especially when you are admiring mischief.”

“You must think that every time I look at you, then.”

Overall, this wasn’t a bad  book. It definitely wasn’t something new and original, but it does have it’s own little twists that help it stand out a little bit. Between this book and The Forgetting, I definitely enjoyed The Forgetting a lot more.

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Days of the Week Book Tag

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I found this book tag on @Thrice Read, and thought it was a cute and short one to do. I don’t really like tagging other people to do things, so if you like this one then I nominate you! Just let me know if you do it so that I can look at your answers.

Monday: Book you’re too lazy to read ||
Sometimes, I just get into book slumps and I just don’t want to read anything. I really get lazy reading long books, or series that has a lot of books in it. For instance, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I have all of the books, but I am just too lazy to read them all. Mainly because I lost interest after book 2 or 3.

Tuesday: A book that was hard to finish
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I will have to go with Dorothy Must Die: Stories Vol I by Danielle Paige. It’s been awhile since I have read the first two books, and I thought I would be fine reading one of the short stories volumes. Boy was I wrong, it took me forever to finish because I thought it was so boring compared to the actual series.

Wednesday: Book you haven’t finished ||
I probably read the first 100 pages of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved the movies when they came out, so I decided to read the books that they were based off of. I started when I was in middle or high school, and I haven’t picked it back up since. I read The Hobbit with no problems, so I thought TLOR would be no problem.

Thursday: Book you don’t recommend ||
For this one, I will have to go with Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. There was so much hype for this book when the movie came out last year, and honestly I thought the book and movie were just a big let down.

Friday: A book you can’t wait to be released
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How do I pick just one book? There are so many that will be released soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on! I guess, I’ll just say Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo as two of the big ones I am waiting for.

Saturday: Book you wanted to re-read right away ||
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. This was such a fantastic and creepy book, I felt like I missed a lot of clues throughout that was explained at the end. I would like to reread to see if I can pick them up before the reveal happens.

Sunday: A book you didn’t want to end
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There are a lot of books that fit this description. I’ll go with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I like that this is a series, because I just really loved the world building and all of the characters!

What’s a book you didn’t want to put down? Let me know in the comments!

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Arc TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon Week 2

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I started Sam @RiverMoose-Reads Arc TBR Read-A-Thon reading challenge this week, so I am still playing catch up on the weekly blogging posts (luckily I was only 3 behind so I am almost caught up).

The first week we were to do our list of Arcs we currently had, you can see my original post here. On my list of TBR Arcs are:

  1. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  2. Bad Blood by Dimitria Lunetta
  3. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson
  4. Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller
  5. Dragon Redeemer by Amy Bearce
  6. House of Ash by Hope Cooke
  7. Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
  8. Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision
  9. The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef

So far, I still haven’t received any news on whether or not I’ve been approved for any more eArcs from NetGalley.


Week 2 (June 8th): What do you do when you have to DNF or negatively review an arc?

This is kind of a hard question, I don’t really like to DNF books but if I have to I will. My philosophy is that are plenty of unread books out there waiting for me to read than to suffer through a book that doesn’t have my interest at all. I do try to give books a chance though. I will at least read a couple of chapters or at least 50-100 pages before calling it quits. Thankfully, I haven’t really had to DNF a lot of books, but when I do I find it extremely more difficult to write a review since I didn’t read the entire book.

On the question how I negatively review an arc, I am just totally honest in my opinion. I would rather hear someone’s honest opinion than read all these glowing reviews only to strongly dislike the book. I like reading the mix reviews because then I know what I am getting myself into, and then can base my judgement myself rather than wondering why so many people loved the book and I didn’t. When I write a negative review, I just try to be critical in my analysis but then also say some things that I did enjoy about the book. I don’t like leaving negative reviews, but I will if I have to.

What do you do when you have to DNF or leave a negative review? Let’s start a discussion!