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Lady of Sherwood Review

Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski (Outlaws of Sherwood #1)

Published: May 15th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants—she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right—all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Lady of Sherwood (Outlaws of Sherwood, #1)


I received this book during one of Lit-Cube’s live sale on Facebook. Honestly, I really just wanted the tote bag and some of the other items, but I thought hey three books in one? Can’t be bad right?! Well, I should have looked up this book first and read some of the reviews, would have saved myself. I forced myself to read all the way to about page 210, and then I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was very disappointed in this book. This might have some spoilers ahead, so read with caution.

Robin wasn’t a very relatable MC and I found her very annoying. She complained about her arranged marriage, she complained about her mother, she complained about almost everything. So what is her response? Go run to Marcus, the guy she has loved since they were children, and sleep with him so that she doesn’t have her honor anymore (definitely seemed as if she was doing it to rub it in her mothers and soon to be husbands face than actually really loving Marcus). Then when (spoiler) Marcus is killed, she just wanted to exact revenge (she didn’t really seem like she was that heartbroken on his actual death). I mean she was sad, but she didn’t really act as if the love of her life was dead. Then once a new guy came along, she all of a sudden was in love with him (but also didn’t want him to know because she wasn’t “ready” to love again). See, she is kind of a wishy washy person.

They are clever girls, with brains in their heads.” Nice quote right? It was a nice compliment the first time we heard it, and then it was probably said about 50 or so times (at least it felt like it for the amount of pages that I read). With that being said, I was hoping that this would be more of a retelling with the authors own spin to it. It seemed as if I was reading the same Robin Hood story that we all know and love except that the only difference was that it was female Robin with her band of merry women. (Spoiler) If you thought someone was a man, surprise she was just dressed like a man to avoid being judged by society. This was a great idea the first time the author did it, but she should have left it with just one character.

As this is only the first book in the series, and I couldn’t even get passed 210 out of 290 something pages, I will not be finishing up this series. Hopefully, the rest of the series gets better for the people who did enjoy this book, and according to GR it seems as if a good amount does. I wanted to like it, I really did, but this was just not my cup of tea and there are way to many books out there to struggle through one.

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Goodreads Monday (11/13/2017)

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: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Published: September 19th 2017 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Summary:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

I forgot to post last week (oops)!! A little update, so I decided to dress baby Sophia as Cinderella and Tinkerbell for Halloween! She was so cute in her little outfits, I had a hard time deciding which one she should wear all day. Well she solved that problem for me when she had an accident in the Cinderella costume…oh well.

I bought this book last month, and it is currently sitting next to the first one just waiting to be read! I’m debating on waiting until the final book comes out before starting to read it.

How do you read a series? Do you wait for all of it to be released or read it as it comes out? Typically, I read them as they are released and if I am discovering them a few years later I will binge read the whole series. Sometimes I like being able to binge read!

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Currently Reading Book Tag

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I saw this on Thrice Read yesterday, and thought I haven’t done a book tag in awhile so why not? So if you are like me, and a lover of book tags, do this one and let me know that you did so that I can check out your answers!

How many books do you usually read at once?

Typically, I will read about 2-3 books at one time.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’ll either read 1-2 books from my ever growing TBR shelf that I have in my office closet (because I ran out of shelf space in the office #sorrynotsorry), and a book on my Kindle. Most times it just depends on where I am or how much time I have in between things to pick which type of book format I’ll read. If my husband is complaining about the light, then I’ll most likely switch to my Kindle book. I think my Kindle TBR shelf is a little out of hand, I have so many eArcs that I need to read and review it is a little crazy!

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Sometimes, but not very much. I never really use the same bookmark right after each other. Normally, I will just grab whatever is closest when I start a new book and then I will use that one for the entire reading time.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Where do I not keep them? LOL. My iPad is either right beside me or on my night stand, and the book I am currently reading I will carry everywhere around the house.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

It used to be right before bed, but now I have somewhat of a more flexible schedule thanks to maternity leave. I will read whenever baby Sophia is taking a nap (if I am not catching up on chores around the house or running errands).

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

This is a hard question. Some reading sessions will be an hour or two, and others are about 10-20 minutes. It really just depends on what the baby is doing or wanting at that particular time.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Definitely off. I am particular with my dust jackets and I don’t like them to get torn or messed up. I also take them off when lending them to other people, because lets be honest you never know how they will treat your book!

What position do you mainly use to read?

Laying down on the bed, or lounging on the couch.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Depends on where I am going. If I know there will be a long waiting period then yes, if I am just running errands around town then no.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Religiously. I love seeing the status bar move, it makes me feel accomplished. Although I am currently almost 20 books behind schedule for the year…oops.

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 3rd-9th


Book Blogger Hop

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: When reading a book, do you use a bookmark to mark your place in the book, or do you just fold over the top corner of the page? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I definitely use a bookmark to mark my place in a book. I never fold over the top corner of the page! Poor book! As much as I love to collect magnetic bookmarks, I am too lazy to actually use them. So I just use them as pretty decoration on my bookshelves. Typically, I’ll just use whatever I can insert at the time into my book if I don’t have an actual bookmark handy (receipts, scraps of paper, etc.)

Do you have a favorite bookmark? Where do you like to purchase yours? I normally get my magnetic ones from NerdyGrlDesigns on Etsy, because she is amazing!

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Waiting on Wednesday (11/8/2017)

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:  Flashtide (Flashfall #2)

Author: Jenny Moyer

Expected Publication:  November 14th 2017

Publisher:  Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Orion has survived the tunnels of Outpost Five, filled with mutant creatures and dangers around every bend. She has traversed the cordons, exposed to the radiation of the flash curtain and hunted by forces that want her stopped, dead or alive. Now, with Dram by her side, she has made it to the safety of the mountain provinces, where free Conjurors live and practice their craft of manipulating matter.

But Orion’s story is far from over.

With the effects of the flashfall spreading and the might of the protected city of Alara looming, Orion must travel into the hands of her enemies once again. Heart-pounding action and adventure await in this sequel to Flashfall.

Flashtide (Flashfall, #2)


I can’t wait for the second book in this series to come out!! I really enjoyed the first book last year, and I think I may have to reread it before picking up this one!

What are you waiting for this week?

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October Monthly Wrap Up

Can you believe that it’s October 1st already? This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me. I felt like I became a real adult because I’m taking care of a baby girl who turned one month, bought and moved into a brand new house, and that’s about it. I feel like all good things comes in threes (or at least when you are listing things out), so I guess I’ll come up with a third reason soon enough.

This month has been a better reading month for me. I am still 18 books behind schedule (and that’s even lowering my Goodreads Challenge number to 75!). It seems as soon as I finish a book and the number goes down to 17, the next day it is back to 18 (lol). Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up and actually read 75 books by the end of December!

This month I read:

  1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. The Language of Thorns:Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Giant Slayer (The Grimm Chroncicles #7) by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky

This month by book haul was a little crazy, I said I was only going to buy The Language of Thorns and One Dark Crown by Kendare Blake. Well, I ended up buying a bunch more than that. Here is a pic below:


This month (although I already bought one book) my plan is to not buy any books until the new year. I really need to slim down my TBR shelves, it is now overflowing. But, if I happen to find a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab then I am definitely buying it! I need it in order to start the trilogy, and actually a brand new cover was released on Tuesday so I might have to get that one in order to get all of the bonus content! I just wish it was white like the rest of the series so that it won’t stand out on my shelf.

This month I plan on reading:

The bottom three books came from a recent LitCube live sale purchase, so I am curious to see how these retellings stack up against the originals.

How was your October? What do you plan on reading this month?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of October 27th-Nov 2nd


Book Blogger Hop: Halloween Edition!

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

This is a complicated question! I only eat candy corn this time of the year, and really I only eat a hand full at a time. So, for more of an all year thing, I will have to choose a chocolate bar (pretzel m&m’s count right?). How about chocolate anything? I don’t really snack when I read, but when I do I am always grabbing either chips or candy.

What do you like to snack on while reading?

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Waiting on Wednesday (11/01/2017)

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:  The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #1)

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Expected Publication:  November 7th 2017

Publisher:  Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

Honestly, I have only read the first book in the Mara Dyer trilogy. I really enjoyed it so I slowly obtained the other two books, but sadly I haven’t picked them up yet. Now I need to reread the first book and then finish the trilogy. This book sounds very interesting and I am very interested in seeing how Hodkin continues Noah and Mara’s story.

What are you waiting for this week?