Posted in Young Adult

September 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. The Complete Grimm Chronicles books #2-6 by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

That is a lot better than the one book I read in August (and none in July)!

I bought quite a few books last month (and I only read one of them!)

  1. Warbringer  by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
  3. A Darkness Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  4. The Forbidden Game (books 1-3) by L.J. Smith
  5. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  6. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
  7. The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book
  8. and about 6 baby books for my daughter

This month I plan on only buying One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake and The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo!

My goal for October is to read at least one book a week. I know I will be reading the Illuminae Files (#1 and #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter, and finish The Complete Grimm Chronicles by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky.

Other than reading, my goal is to also at least blog 4 times a week. I already do two weekly posts, and hopefully I’ll keep myself accountable and be able to post two more times throughout the week. At least I have my mother in law in town for the month to help me out, so realistically this should be doable!

How was your September? What is on your TBR pile for this month?

Posted in Young Adult

Prince Charming Must Die Book Review

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Broskythecompletegrimmchronicles

Published: April 2010 by Brew City Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
Literally.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose’s spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller’s boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1)

Technically, I am reading the complete series but I decided to go ahead and write my reviews as I finish reading each book. Especially since there are over 10 of them, and I’ll most likely forget details from each one for a decent review.

“I should have known Edward was too good to be true”

What drew me into this book was that it was a different take on the Grimms’ fairy tales we all know and love. This first one centers around Alice and her journey to acceptance on being the hero and taking out Prince Charming before something bad happens. This was definitely set up as an introduction to the whole series. We get to see Alice’s life before she becomes a hero, and then how she comes to finally believe everything that the rabbit tells her.

For an introduction to a series, it wasn’t that bad. It could have been a little longer, because the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. I hope in the following books that there are more fairy tales incorporated into one book rather than one story per book.

Overall, this was a great start to the series. I can’t wait to see what the other books have in store for Alice and the rabbit.

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Goodreads Monday (8/28/17)

Sorry, I have been a little MIA lately, but I have a good excuse! I promise!! Before when I went MIA for a few weeks, it was because I was too exhausted from pregnancy. Well my baby girl decided to come four weeks early, so I have been adjusting to life of motherhood for the first time! =)

Sophia

Isn’t she adorable? But, I’m a tad bit biased!

Ok, so on to the real post:


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:

thecompletegrimmchronicles

Title: The Complete Grimm Chronicles

Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky

Published: April 28th 2015 by Brew City Press

Goodreads Summary:

This is the COMPLETE collection of the award-winning Young Adult adventure series!

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. With the stroke of a magic pen and a deal with a malevolent force of evil, they forever changed humanity’s fate.

Now the characters of the Grimms’ fairy tales walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

This is the story of Alice Goodenough, the last in a long line of heroes who have bravely given their lives to snuff out the evil force that does not belong in this planet. Her story begins during summer vacation, when she happens upon a magic pen and an invisible rabbit named Br’er who is tasked with teaching her the ways of the hero. With the help of the magic pen, Alice must vanquish the terrible creations of the Brothers Grimm, relying on her dreams to guide her to her next target. Cinderella. Fundevogel. A fisherman. An evil wizard. A trio of dwarves hellbent on controlling the world. But to become a great hero, Alice must give up her old life so that she may protect those she loves most. Otherwise, evil will find her.

And evil will kill her.

This book contains all 12 episodes of the series, as well as the bonus “Lost diaries” of previous heroes and all of the collected Grimm’s Fairy Tales … over 2,000 pages collected in one edition!

Book 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Book 2: Happily Never After
Book 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats
Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Book 8: Darkness Rising
Book 9: Malevolence
Book 10: The Black Towers
Book 11: A Dance With Death, Part One
Book 12: A Dance With Death, Part Two

This was an impulse buy on Amazon, because it was only $0.99. Normally, I am skeptical about books that low on Amazon, especially with authors I have never heard of before. But, Goodreads has some pretty good reviews on it so I figured I would give it a try, and if anything I would only be out a dollar.

This book caught my eye because it was a retake on the Grimms’ fairytales we all know and love. I bought this book yesterday, so it is currently sitting in my Kindle TBR pile to be picked up in the very near future.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?