Category: Books/Writing

Aug 21

Down the TBR Hole #21

Books/Writing 3

down the tbr hole

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story (who has, somehow, already made it completely through his own TBR)!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. As of today, I have…648. As usual covers link to GoodReads!

Title/Author: Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice, by Anna Franklin

Date Added: May 17, 2015

Thoughts: Still intrigued by this, not sure when I’ll get to it but at some point…

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1), by Susan Elia MacNeal

Date Added: May 19, 2015

Thoughts: Still interested…I just got out of reading historical fiction for awhile, even though I still love it. Also apparently this series has been quite popular and now has 4 books!

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #3), by Laurie R. King

Date Added: May 20, 2015

Thoughts: Whaaaa?? It’s been 2 years since I finished the 2nd Mary Russell book??

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Constantine, by John Shirley

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: Where did this even come from? Apparently it’s based off a movie…?

Judgment: Go.

Title/Author: Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, by Erynn Rowan Laurie

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: If I had a better way to keep a list of books for reference, I would. These sort wind up on my TBR because no, I haven’t read them, and would just like to remember they exist for possible future reference…while in the meantime they make my TBR number go up. Grump.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: The CR FAQ: an introduction to Celtic Deconstructionist Paganism

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: See above.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: Still sounds fascinating, and I have an ebook copy. One of these days.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: This seems like one of those authors everyone has to read at least ONE book by, just because they are SO damn popular.

Judgment: Keep.

Title/Author: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.

Date Added: May 22, 2015

Thoughts: Apparently this was a day where I was just in the mood to add ALL the books…because eh.

Judgment: Go.

Title/Author: Flaming Iguanas: an All-Girl Road Novel Thing, by Erika Lopz

Date Added: May 25, 2015

Thoughts: Why have I not got my hands on this yet? Because road trips and motorcycles, yes please.

Judgment: Keep.

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Ai-yi. 2/10. That’s not exactly helping much, is it? 😛 Must. Read. Faster. ALWAYS.

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Aug 20

Blog Tour: The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard

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I nearly missed this! With everything else going on in life this last week…but better late than never, right? And there’s still time to enter the giveaway! I loved the first book in this series (you can see my The Architect of Song review here), it was just too sweet and sappy for words, hehe. <3
I am so excited that THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART by A.G. Howard is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 5 AMAZING Prizes courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:
Title: THE HUMMINGBIRD HEART
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 339
Formats: Paperback, eBook
 
Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:
Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?
As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.
A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.
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Title: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
 
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through
romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.
Excerpt:

In the dream, Willow was a child again. With each barefooted step around
the stacks of baggage in steerage, she found them taking on new shapes:
pyramids of clowns, bears, horses and feathered performers, all balanced atop
one another. She was back at the circus, albeit a much hazier and dimmer
rendition than she remembered. She skipped along the center ring, excited to be
home at last. Grit and discarded trash snagged between her little toes. A
spotlight clicked on to illuminate a trunk. From within came a thumping sound,
and girlish giggles.
“Tildey!” Willow cried out, racing across the distance to find her doll,
her pigtails slapping her face and neck upon each bounding step. The creak of
abandoned trapezes swung overhead, cutting intermittently through a thick cloud
of fog. Yet it wasn’t fog. It was tobacco—a stench that seeped into her
leotard, her tights, her very pores, until she could taste it coating her
tongue like bile.
The spotlight shifted from the trunk to a trapeze just above her where a
shape took form in the light: a graceful silhouette in a shimmery leotard and
glistening tutu.
“Mama?” Willow whispered in the dream, forgetting Tildey for the chance
to see her mother perform once more.
The trapeze vanished into thin air but the aerialist continued a controlled
descent toward her, held in place by harnesses attached to the center pole. A
face came into view, painted white like a clown, with bloody eyes and a hollow
of a mouth—stretched wide on a perpetual scream. Willow yelped and squeezed her
lashes shut, willing away the creature … for it was not Mama.
When she opened them again, the freakish performer exploded into a flock
of hummingbirds made of ink. They skittered around Willow, buzzing wings
scraping her skin and hair, imprinting tattoos everywhere they touched. She
screamed and stumbled backwards, bumping into the trunk which was somehow right
behind her. A tinkly, off-key lullaby drifted from inside the giant box. The
lid shook and shuddered, as if something wanted out.
Whimpering, Willow tried to back away, but her feet grew heavy. She
looked down and ballet shoes, covered in steel spikes, swallowed them up. The
empty harness that had held the ghastly aerialist slithered toward her like a
snake, coiling itself around her legs and arms to hold her in place.
On the final haunting strains of music, the trunk’s lid popped open, and
out from the midst rose a hunched old man, holding Nadia’s haunted shoes upside
down. Blood and water gushed out of them—a stench of copper and stagnancy—and
the man laughed with a voice that gnawed into her bones like a thousand
snarling wolves.
About A.G. Howard: 

 

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Giveaway Details: All International
(1) Grand prize: Signed set of The Architect of Song & The Hummingbird Heart PB
(1) First Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart PB
(1) Second Place prize: Signed The Hummingbird Heart poster
(3) Third – Fifth Place prizes: Signed The Architect of Song & The Hummingbird Heart swag pack sets

 

 

 

 

Ends on August 22nd at Midnight EST!

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Aug 20

Sunday Post #2

Books/Writing, Life 2

sunday post

Linking up with Kimberly over on Caffeinated Book Reviewer today! I obviously fail at doing things on a weekly basis right now (my last Sunday Post was over a month ago…), but here I am again at long last.

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This Week:

Life has been nuts. And I mean absolutely NUTS. I totaled up how many hours I was spending at work or commuting to/from work, and it was over 70 a week. No wonder I was feeling exhausted and kept complaining that I needed a clone to get everything done! HOWEVER, on Monday this past week I was abruptly moved to a different position, one that cuts my hours in nearly half! After the initial shock (but I was JUST getting used to all you people!), I am delighted. This works out very well for me as I’m trying to transition out of full-time work and into full-time student/part-time work. Hopefully this also means I can get back into blogging regularly, and that both my reading and writing mojo will return!

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I did manage to finish a book this week, Silver Stars (Front Lines #2) by Michael Grant. It was really, really good. Really good. Also I had to show off this lovely bookmark a friend made for me!

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I STILL haven’t read ACOWAR. I am afeared of what is to come. Also that people don’t seem to be nearly as happy with it as they were with ACOMAF. But I am obsessed with my new book sleeve, which (shockingly!) actually fits it! I love the moon fabric. Anyone else geeking out over the eclipse tomorrow?

Next Week:

THE ECLIPSE!! Ahem. I’m way too excited for less than 3 minutes of strangeness.

Down the TBR Hole #21
Hyperbole and a Half – graphic novel review
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) – YA review

Those reviews are LONG overdue, I read them both before we moved from Korea! Eeeps. But, life. 😛

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Aug 01

OwlCrate Giveaway!

Books/Writing, Giveaways 8

owlcrate giveaway

Sssshhh…we’re going to pretend that it’s still July, because that’s when this June OwlCrate giveaway was supposed to happen! July just FLEW by me and yesterday I thought, “OMG, I still haven’t posted that…” and then I got sleepy and forgot. July just basically kicked my ass. I didn’t finish a single book, I don’t think…maybe a non-fiction one on gardening. YIKES!! There just haven’t been enough hours in the day! Hoping to change that with August…and nothing pumps me up more than other people getting excited about books, and I know one of the best ways to get people excited is to give them books and book stuff! Anyway, so here we go. 😀

owlcrate giveaway

This is the June OwlCrate box, themed Make it Out Alive (you can see it on the Past Boxes page). Open to U.S. addresses only this time – I’m so sorry, all you lovely international people, but the shipping is just outrageous, as I’m sure you all know. Contest is open from now until Friday, August 11th, at midnight CST! Thank you all for following, and commenting, and sharing – I will be back with more reviews and fun bookish stuffs soon!

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Jul 10

Down the TBR Hole #20

Books/Writing 4

down the tbr hole

Holy crap, it’s been awhile! I’m trying to get back into this one, at the very least. I’ve started to add books again so it’s definitely time to continue going through the old ones.

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story (who has, somehow, already made it completely through his own TBR)!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. As of today, I have…645. HO.LY. I’ve added more than I thought! All that progress I thought I had made…haha. 😛 Anyway, as usual covers link to GoodReads.

 

Title/Author: The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Date Added: May 11, 2015

Thoughts: This is one of those books I have NO recollection of at all, and have no idea how or why I added it.

Judgment: Go.

 

 

 


Title/Author
: Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison

Date Added: May 11, 2015

Thoughts: Oh, this is one of those I still want to get around to EVENTUALLY…and I have a Nook copy!

Judgment: Keep.

 

 

 

 

Title/Author: The Pride of Lions, Marsha Canham

Date Added: May 11, 2015

Thoughts: This is yet ANOTHER one of these that I have no memory of…where the HELL was I finding these books?

Judgment: Go.

 

 

 

 

Title/Author: Through a Dark Mist, by Marsha Canham

Date Added: May 12, 2015

Thoughts: I like Robin Hood, but this one just sounds blah.

Judgment: Go.

 

 

 

 

Title/Author: Dragons Lair (Justin de Quincy #3), by Sharon Kay Penman

Date Added: May 15, 2015

Thoughts: I enjoyed the first 2 in this series, but for some reason haven’t got my hands on the next one yet!

Judgment: Keep.

 

 

 


Title/Author
: An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

Date Added: May 15, 2015

Thoughts: Ahhh, how have I not read this yet?

Judgment: Keep!

 

 

 

 

Title/Author: The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Date Added: May 15, 2015

Thoughts: Yet another one that I REALLY want to read, but somehow never have.

Judgment: Keep.

 

 

 

 

Title/Author: Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield

Date Added: May 15, 2015

Thoughts: OH MY GOD I TOTALLY FORGOT DIANE SETTERFIELD WROTE ANOTHER BOOK!!

Judgment: KEEP!!

 

 

Title/Author: The Firebird (Slains #2), by Susanna Kearsley

Date Added: May 15, 2015

Thoughts: Apparently I’m super bad at reading sequels…because I loved the first of this series but yet here we are.

Judgment: Keep!

 

 

 

Title/Author: A Companion to Wolves (Iskyrne World #1), by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear

Date Added: May 16, 2015

Thoughts: Uhhhhh…sounds mildly interesting but not so much to stay on the list.

Judgment: Go.

 

 

4/10 this time. Not as good as I hoped, but not too bad!

 

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Jul 09

Sunday Post #1

Books/Writing, Life 1

Linking up with Kimberly over on Caffeinated Book Reviewer today! Going to give the Sunday Post a whirl for a few weeks and see how it works out for me.

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This week we are supposed to FINALLY receive our shipment of stuff from Korea! And by stuff I mean our BED. I am sooooo tired of sleeping on an air mattress. 😛 Also by stuff I mean BOOKS!!! And shelves. I’m so excited to get everything put into it’s new place here. Of course it’s getting packed up again right before Christmas, but I’m choosing to ignore that for now. Hehe.

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This Week:

  • I was interviewed by Victoria Grace Howell over on her blog Wanderer’s Pen, for her post “So Your Character’s from South Korea...” – go check it out!
  • Not quite THIS week, but I started a blog for all my gardening and herbalism experiments! Check out The Bent Gardener. 😀

Next Week:

  • Down the TBR Hole #20 – finally getting back on the road with this meme and my ever-growing TBR pile!
  • Review of The Hate U Give (YA #OwnVoices)
  • Review of When Dimple Met Rishi (YA, #OwnVoices)

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Anything exciting going on in the book world this week? I feel REALLY out of the loop. Hope you all have a great day!

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Jun 25

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I’ve seen this Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag around several blogs in my brief time blog-hopping the last week or so, and since I am SO behind on book reviews I thought this would be a good way to get sort of semi-caught up. Since I’m not even going to attempt to do a rundown on how all my various challenges are doing…*gives sidebar the stink-eye*…here we go! I’m really kind of shocked by some of these…I didn’t even realize I read them THIS year, January and February feel like they were SO long ago.

  1. Best book I’ve read so far: This is SO hard! It was down to 3…but I’m still going to have to go with one I finished on January 3! The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden (all covers link to GoodReads!). I loved this so much I bought both the US and UK editions.
  2. Best sequel I’ve read so far: Hmm. Apparently I have a problem reading sequels, because I’ve only read a handful this year! I guess I’ll go with The Fallen Kingdom, by Elizabeth May, because it just wrapped up that series SO WELL!
  3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to: The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli! I scanned through my list (what? doesn’t everyone have a new release list?) and this immediately jumped out.
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: OMG – HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA!!!!! There are not enough exclamation points in the WORLD. And THAT COVER.
  5. Biggest disappointment: To be honest, the A Series of Unfortunate Series of Events series. I read the first 4 and was just kind of like…meh. Not motivated at all to read any more.
  6. Biggest surprise: Forget Me Not, by Ellie Terry. I was totally NOT expecting to love this book as much as I do. Especially once I found out in was in verse. But it’s awesome. Go. Read.
  7. Favorite new (to me) author: This is hard too, because most of the authors I would put here are all debut authors! And it’s so hard to pick just one. Ugh. Ummm…ok. I’m was going to go with Katherine Arden but since I already used her book for one question…I’m going with Sandy Menon. If you haven’t read When Dimple Met Rishi yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?
  8. Newest fictional crush: I don’t really have a new one, to be honest! Kind of weird, I know.
  9. Newest favorite character: I’m reeeeeeeally trying not to use a book more than once, but I just have to go with Dimple. I adore her and need to meet her ASAP.
  10. Book that made me cry: Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh. Yes, a graphic novel made me cry. Her description of depression hit so close to home I just burst into tears. It felt like someone finally “got it” and I wasn’t just weird or the only one.
  11. Book that made me happy: Girl Out of Water, by Laura Silverman! This was such a warm-fuzzy book for me. I thought Anise and Lincoln were just SO cute and I loved that Anise worked through her issues in such a mature way – while still remaining very much 17.
  12. Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year: I haven’t actually bought any like super-special editions this year! Mainly because moving. 😛 BUT, I am really in love with the UK edition of The Bear and the Nightingale. I just love all the details!
  13. What book(s) do I need to read by the end of the year: *coughcough* I haven’t read ACOWAR yet because I am terrified. Terrified, I tell you.

What do you all think? Have you read any of these? Loved or hated them? Am I justified in my fear of ACOWAR?

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Jun 18

Review of The Fallen Kingdom

Book Reviews, Books/Writing 6 ★★★★★

When I was approved for a NetGalley copy of this book, I could not have been more excited! This was totally me:

And then I put off reading it for months because I’m terrified of endings. Then when I did read it, all I could do was flail because it was still months from being released. So now…drumroll please! I can finally bring you my review of The Fallen Kingdom, the last book in Elizabeth May’s delightful The Falconer Trilogy (but hopefully far from the last book she publishes).

Review of The Fallen KingdomThe Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer, #3) by Elizabeth May
on June 13, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Goodreads five-stars
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The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her. Packed with immersive detail, action, romance, and fae lore, and publishing simultaneously in the UK, The Fallen Kingdom brings the Falconer's story to an epic and unforgettable conclusion.

SPOILER ALERT for the first two books of the series! You can read my reviews of those here: The Falconer (Book 1), and The Vanishing Throne (Book 2).

The Fallen Kingdom picks back up exactly where The Vanishing Throne left off – at least in Aileana’s mind. In reality quite a bit has happened and I was super confused for a few chapters. This would be a negative EXCEPT Aileana is just as confused as the hapless reader and so it’s perfect. She slowly pieces together what happened to her and everyone else and while she’s just as much a badass as ever (and still feels the need to remind us of that now and again), she is not as in control as she seemed before, despite having all the unnatural powers of the fae. Aileana is human, and humans imbued with fae powers…well, it’s not working out so well for her.

Kiaran…um. Well. Kiaran is just as dark and broody as ever. His day/night personality was more in evidence here, and it was more disconcerting than ever before. However…he still wasn’t as dark as I was expecting. Good thing…I guess? He’s the Unseelie King, he’s supposed to be evil and dark and twisted…and he was, but we don’t really see that directly. Also when Kam actually gets to him it was a little anticlimactic because he really didn’t seem all that different. The end though…be. still. my. bleeding. heart.

Aithinne as queen of the Seelie fae is just as amazing, hysterical, and badass as ever. I still adore her. I still want her to be my best friend.

She still has the best lines in the book but I unfortunately can’t quote any of them because my ePub file expired and my copy of the book hasn’t arrived yet. Bad book blogger.

I LOVED the way the legend of the Morrigan and her sister was woven into the story. I definitely need to brush up on my Scottish mythology/folklore, because I’m fairly certain I was missing some subtle nuances but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

As you can see, I had a few issues with the story, as characters weren’t quite what I expected or weren’t as developed as I hoped…but Elizabeth May managed to write such an amazing story with characters I was SO committed to, and also to not make it a happily-ever-after fairy tale. It has aspects of it, but…it’s not entirely, and that was part of what made me rate it 5 stars.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. May writes next! She’s definitely on my auto-buy list. Personally, I would love to see a book (or two or three) with Aithinne as the main character. Hint, hint, Ms. May. 😉

Many thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!

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May 08

The I Dare You #BookTag

Books/Writing 4

the i dare you #booktag

I’ve been off exploring and re-visiting beautiful places like this. I missed Virginia SO MUCH.

Oh hi! I haven’t entirely disappeared. Just mostly. I’m on vacation. Ish. Because I’m trying to house hunt and apply to universities at the same time and just WTF IS ALL THIS ADULTING. Also trying to ignore the fact that Virginia air is trying to kill me by giving me allergies so bad my eye swelled shut and I could barely see. Yay me. 😛

So this popped up in my inbox DAYS ago and I knew I wanted to do it. Many thanks to Cait @ PaperFury!

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  1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?

Uhhhhh. Possibly the Samantha set from American Girl. Or the Little House on the Prairie set. I’m not sure. I loved the American Girl girls SO MUCH when I was like 8-10 years old. As in loved them enough that even though I am now GROWN and do not plan to have my own little American girl-child, I am tempted to buy all the sets and put them on my shelves…because obviously my friends and family have little girls who MUST be shown the love of reading, right? Not because I am just a book dragon and like to hoard matching books. Ahem.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

I just finished Girl Out of Water. It was AMAZING. Also a giant kick in the feels because…well. Maybe I’ll elaborate in a review at some point. But I kind of want to sleep with this book under my pillow because I feel like someone GOT ME. Even if I’m 10 12 years older than Anise.

My current read is Epic Tomatoes. Don’t judge. 😛 I like science, and growing things, and I’m fascinated by plant genetics. So bite me…though a tomato would be more tasty. 😛

  

My next read…I’m torn. I brought a bunch of books with me and haven’t had nearly as much time to read as I thought sooooo….what’s a girl to do.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Red Queen. Grrrr. Did not enjoy this one at all. Sorry, everyone. Read my rant-y review.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Who am I kidding…while I have a backlist of classics, I’m not sure when I’ll ever get around to reading them. I’ll be lucky to get to 12 for this year, especially since as of right now I think I’m at 1/12. 😛

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?

I don’t ever plan to retire, soooooo….

6. Last page: do you read it first or wait to the end?

Errr…can I plead the 5th? No? Okay. So…I don’t ever read the last page FIRST, but a lot of times when the suspense gets to me I will flip to the last few chapters, just to make sure my babies (i.e., my fav characters) survive and everything works out in the end. Guilty. As. Charged.

7. Acknowledgments: are they a waste of paper and ink or interesting?

I think they’re pretty cool, myself! I will admit, when they are more than 3 pages long I read the first couple pages and then skim the rest. Because I figure there’s absolutely no chance that *I* or anyone I know is in them, so…yeah.

8. Which book character would you like to switch places with?

Ugh. See, in most of my favorite books…the characters are kind of in less than ideal circumstances, so no one in their right mind would REALLY want to switch places with them…but I guess if I had to choose, I’d choose Claire from Outlander. Because not only does she hang a hunk of a Scottish Highlander for a husband (who is big and tough and the BEST WARRIOR, but also a big ol’ teddy bear), the whole area and time period is fascinating to me. Minus all the really shitty stuff she and Jamie and their family have to go through.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Isn’t every book connected to a memory? Wait, no. There are definitely some books I’ve read that I can’t recall where or when I read them. But most books on my shelves I remember the circumstances or where I was mentally when I read them. Like I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series when I was sick and could NOT get my hands on anything else – and in the process discovered an awesome series and author.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I used to do book swaps on Swap-bot. I got Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that way. That’s about as interesting as my book acquiring goes, haha!

11. Have you ever given away a special book to a special person for a special reason?

Yes. I gave my copy of Romancing the Inventor to someone, because my heart just told me it was perfect for them. Because representation.

12. Which book has been with your the most places?

Ummmm….well, Lord of the Rings is my go-to comfort read. So I have hard copies, Nook copies, and audio copies. But, the same could be said for Outlander…I just read Lord of the Rings first.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad 2 years later?

Are you kidding me? I was that kid in high school who had all the material read 2 weeks after school started. I couldn’t get my hands on enough books, and if they were required, so much the better.

14. Used or brand new?

OMG. How can you even ask this question?? I love them ALL. If it’s a fairly new series I try to find like new condition books…if they are older, then I don’t mind them with some wear. I’m not a first-edition collector, I can’t afford it. Much as I would love to be…but then I might be afraid to actually read them.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

What? No. Though I keep meaning to give the first one a try.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

The Princess Bride. Shocking, I know. Though Buttercup is possbily the lamest of lame heroines. The movie is hysterical, but the book is lame.

17. A book that’s made you hungry?

Nothing particularly comes to mind…food isn’t so present in most of the books I read, maybe? Or maybe I just don’t notice?

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Um, I can’t say 100% of the time to anyone, but I love Emily May’s reviews and have found her tastes and opinions align with mine about 92% of the time. In real life, my best friend Mara has pretty good tastes and she’s known me forever so she’s good at picking stuff I like. 😉

19. Most read authors?

I’m totally copying Cait with the GoodReads screenshot. Hehe. Also this is kind of embarrassing, and skewed because Valerie Tripp wrote a ton of the American Girl books I read as a 10 year old. 😛

And I’m skipping the last question because it just breaks my brain. Hahaha. 😛

 

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Apr 13

Mini Sort-of Hiatus

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Hi everyone!! Just a quick note…I’m not completely going on hiatus, but my usual posts are going on hold until I can get moved (hopefully about 2 weeks). I tried but I just don’t have the ability to do it all, I can’t concentrate! I’m still reading in the evenings – have to have SOMETHING to de-stress, but writing posts and reviews has kind of gone out the window. My place is a disaster zone, everything is halfpacked and everywhere and…AAAAAAAHHHH!! That picture up there? Yeah, that’s actually the floor of my spare bedroom right now. 😝

On the bright side, once we actually fly out of Korea, we’ll be on vacation for about 3 weeks and I should have plenty of time to catch up. 🙂 In the meantime, I’m throwing up some reviews on GoodReads now and then, so please go give me a follow if you haven’t already! See you all soon.

The Bent Bookworm @ GoodReads 

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