Sunday, April 23, 2017

ARC Review||| Blood Rose Rebellion by: Rosalyn Eves




*Thank you to the publisher/Netgalley for providing me with and ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Good morning, lovelies! (or good afternoon depending on when you read this xD) I'm excited to talk about Blood Rose Rebellion with y'all because...
A) MAGIC
B) HUNGARY (!!!!)
and C) ... that's all I got ahaha sorry

Let's start out with some positives, shall we?

   I LOVED the fact that the majority of the book took place in Hungary. My family's Hungarian so it was wonderful to see Hungary be the setting of a YA novel. 
   The overall uniqueness of the story was another huge plus for me. Magic wielding being the main focus of a book isn't anything new. But Eves also incorporates different mythological stories into the book to create something entirely new. 

With that being said, let's get into some of the negatives. 

   Throughout the story I found myself... not caring. I didn't care about the characters or what may or may not happen to them. There were quite a few gruesome/sad scenes at the end of the novel and they didn't pull any emotion from me. (Which is saying a lot because I'm a big book cry baby xD) 
   I wasn't rooting for the romance because I didn't feel like the author really gave me a reason to. (If that makes sense.)
SPEAKING OF ROMANCE...
  The thing going on between Anna and Matyas was just TERRIBLE. Basically, Anna's attracted to Matyas. Nothing wrong with that, right? Except Matyas is HER COUSIN. There are 416 pages in this book and two of those pages contain Anna and Matyas making out. Which, if you ask me, is two pages too many. (I had to get that out of my system since no one else seemed to be talking about it.)

  The downfall of this book, for me, was the character relationships. The book never had me emotionally invested in any of the characters thus I didn't care what became of them. 

Overall, I thought the book was okay. It could have been amazing if the characters were written better. 


"People can be many things, not all of them expected."


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Five Authors Who are Instagram GOALS


I'm a huge Instagram lover (except when it comes to the algorithm then I have a problem xD) 
.... and since I've spent so much much time on Instagram I've started to notice something. Author feeds are EVERYTHING. Don't know what I mean? Well, I'll just have to show you...




The first author that came to mind was E.J. Mellow. Her pictures are bright and aesthetically pleasing and JUST. SO. GORGEOUS.







I'd like to take a quick moment to tell you to read Wintersong!!! It's such a good book just do itttt. 
JJ's posts are beautiful and relatable. She also loves seals (!!!!) and she's an adorable human just in general.








Emily is another adorable human with a hella aesthetic feed.
*Whispers* Only a few more weeks until A Million Junes releases!!!





Sophia posts some gorgeous reposts of her books as well as some novel aesthetics. (Y'all know I'm always up for novel aesthetics!) I absolutely adore her warm-toned feed =D




I know you're probably tired of hearing "aesthetic" but OHMYGOODNESS JUST LOOK. Sarah's feed is SO. DANG. AESTHETIC.



I hope y'all aren't tired of my Instagram fangirling just yet xD

What are some of your favorite author Instagram's? 
(I'd also love it if you'd recommend me one of your favorite recent-reads in the comments!)

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bookcitement||| April ~Slay Me~ Releases


Who's pumped for this month's new releases?! 
........ I sure am!!!

I couldn't find a ton of YA releases to include in today's post... but that's fine! I'm trés excited for the ones that I'll be sharing with you today.





Toward a Secret Sky by: Heather Maclean

I haven't heard anyone talk about this book! It takes place in Scotland (YESSSSSSS) and it's a thriller...? I'm not really sure how to explain it but I recommend checking out the synopsis!
Plus the cover is GORGEOUS.


Defy the Stars  by: Claudia Gray

*Whispers* I love the cover of this one too...
Planets, robots, revolutions, OH MY. I'm not huge on sci-fi but this one looks interesting! 


Letters to the Lost by: Brigid Kemmerer

Okay, so I love all of the covers for this month's releases xD
Letters to the Lost looks super sad and I'm scared to look more into it. But at the same time...


.... Bring the feels. 

Side note: THIS GIF I'M CRYING


Perfect by: Cecelia Ahern

I read Flawed by: Cecelia Ahern last year and I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel. Things got INTENSE y'all...




Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by: Melissa De La Cruz

HELPLESSSS I LOOK INTO YOUR EYES AND THE SKIES THE LIMIT I AM HELPLESSSSSS ahaha I'll stop. (I'm also slightly offended if you didn't sing just then xD)
I'm excited to see Melissa's take on Alex and Eliza's story!


Given to the Sea by: Mindy McGinnis

The synopsis and the cover both intrigue me! Though, I was looking through reviews and I found a review from Nastassja where she shares a quote from the book...


.... I'm still cackling. It that bad? I feel like that's bad.... xD


Blacksouls by: Nicole Castroman

I'm SOOOO ready for this book. GUYS. READ. BLACKHEARTS. DO. IT. Then we can flail around about Blacksouls together.


The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertalli


I'M....So.... EXciTED... I... CaN'T... asdfghjkl





... and that's a wrap! I'm excited for all of these books and I can't wait to hear what y'all think of them when you get your hands on them! Make sure to let me know if I missed any April releases you're excited for. (Y'all know I'm always struggling ahaha.)



Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!


Friday, March 31, 2017

March||| A Month in Review


Hello again friends!

Before I get into March things I'd like to quickly give y'all an update. You might be able to tell but.... I screwed my blog up xD  I thought I wanted to try a new template, and I liked the template at first, but I couldn't edit it or personalize it. 
.... and because I'm me I didn't save my previous template. Thus my blog looks different. But I've finally gotten Disqus back (THANK GOODNESS) and I sincerely apologize if you've commented in the past week and I haven't replied. Blogger got rid of your comment ☹
I'm striving to make my blog even better than it used to be and I thank you for your patience (since I'm on ThE sTrUGgle bUS lmao.)

Without any further ado... let's get into the struggle that was March 2017!



Soooo I only read 2 books this month; one I started in February. I had some finals along with a plethora of other tests this month and reading seemed like a chore. I feel like when reading becomes work you shouldn't be reading. :/


Ratings:

  • The Bone Witch: 4 Stars
  • Summer of Sloane: 3 Stars


I have full reviews of both of these books! Summer of Sloane Review ⇢ The Bone Witch Review






I actually got Milk & Honey last month buuut it's in the picture anyway haha.



The books pictured:


I was absolutely ecstatic to be contacted by a Bone Season Representative this month!  Thank you for the ARC Shae ♡




*I wasn't able to visit many blogs this month so I don't have a post of the month. I would love if you shared your favorite post in the comments!



My life this month? School. Buuut there were some good things that happened this month! I got an A on all of my finals (WHOOP! WHOOP!) 
I also just got back from seeing Beauty and the Beast! I adored the movie and I think all of the characters were cast perfectly. 
I also got my first order from The Melting Library this month! I've been eyeing bookish candles for the longest time and I'm so excited I finally got my hands on some!







If you want to check out these gorgeous candles then you can click here!


Speaking of exciting bookish candles... I got chosen as a rep this month! *INTERNAL SCREAMING*

The shop is Flattering Candles! Kelly is a lovely person and I highly recommend her candles ♡




*Whispers* My rep code is: Bookspiration10 for 10% off.


Thank you for reading my monthly ramblings and I hope you have an amazing April!
=D


Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP: Book Edition


*WAVES*

It's been a while, my friends. But I'm back today to talk about one of my favorite things ever: Bookish Pictures. I've been super into taking pictures of les beaux livres lately; particularly title-page close ups. The picture's all look pretty similar (whoops xD) so I thought...
Why not share them on here AND recommend some diverse reads?
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE.
I'm also going to be recommending some Bookstagram accounts because, trust me, they're G O A L S.

Let's get into it!



City of Saints & Thieves by: Natalie C. Anderson is a murder mystery that takes place in Kenya; while I haven't picked it up yet I NEEEED to soon!








The Star-Touched Queen by: Roshani Chokshi is EVERYTHING. I'm so so so so so SO excited to read A Crown of Wishes!



The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas is just... wow. It's a book for everyone and if you haven't picked it up then you must ASAP.



When the Moon was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore is another book I need to read asap. From what I can tell, it's going to be amazing. 

Now let's look at some Bookstagram's that are G O A L S.





Much like her candles, Raquel's pictures slay. I mean, are you seeing that Harry Potter picture?!?! OHmAGooDnESS.





Karina's feed is super aesthetically pleasing MY EYES CAN'T EVEN HANDLE.




I'm crying Ellie's feed is SO GORGEOUS. ASDFGHJKL.




*Whispers*

Anisha's feed is hella cute and I'M L I V I N G.


What are some of your favorite Bookstagram accounts?
Do you Bookstagram?
&
Have you read any of the books mentioned?


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review|| Summer of Sloane by: Erin L. Schneider



*Thank you to Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles  for the ARC.

I'm a big fan of shocking first lines and, "The condom must've broke" is a pretty good way to immediately grab my attention.

I was expecting Summer of Sloane to be a cutesy beach contemporary with a touch of romance (and drama just based off the premise.) But what I got was cliché romance overload and drama that made me SUPER anxious. (The last 100 pages OHMYGOODNESS.)

Soooo let's break my thoughts down!


I really enjoyed the setting (cutesy books in Hawaii for the win!) I think the author did a good job of describing the landscape without going overboard. (Which I personally think is important when the landscape isn't vital to the plot.)

The characters were... nothing special. Sloane starts falling for Finn while she's in Hawaii... What's that? Who's Finn? You know, just every cliche male love interest rolled into one character. He's got dark hair, tattoos, a motorcycle, and a troubling back story. Sound familiar? 
I know I sound salty (ahaha) but I really didn't hate Finn. Like all the other characters, I enjoyed seeing how he developed throughout the story. Though, I especially loved seeing how our girl Sloane developed.
She starts out weakened and saddened by her situation (who wouldn't be?!?!) But she gradually comes to terms with her life and learns to do things because she wants to and because they make her happy. 
I also enjoyed Sloane's brother and some of the other side-characters such as Mia, Sloane's bestie in Hawaii, and Finn's little sister. Everyone brought something new to each scene. ☺

However...
One way to immediately make me as salty as the ocean is to throw in stereotypes. In this case, the girl with the big boobs is the slut trying to get with Sloane's man. This was such a small aspect of this book, it probably made up less than 1% of the story, but it bothered me deeply. 
(I just needed to mention that real quick xD)

Sliding away from the negative, I really loved Sloane's parents! They broke away from the constant string of crappy parents we see in YA. While they may have not been present CONSTANTLY you could still tell that they loved their children with all of their hearts. 


Overall: If you're a fan of beach-y romance contemporaries then you'll probably enjoy Summer of Sloane. If you enjoy romance/ friendship drama then you're really going to get a kick out of Summer of Sloane.






Thank you for reading and have an amazing day!




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ARC Review||| The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco







*Before we get into the review I want to quickly say thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts!


Can we take a second to admire that cover.... 
*all the heart eyes*


So I received The Bone Witch back in November and, at that time, my enthusiasm for this book was at an all time high. Necromancy?! HECK YEAH. But my enthusiasm slowly started to dwindle because of all the negative Goodreads reviews. I became afraid to start the book because I didn't want to hate it.

Friends. Please don't let the Goodreads rating for this book keep you from reading it. While I wouldn't recommend the book to readers trying to get into fantasy, I would recommend the book to people who already love fantasy. 


Chupeco's writing is truly stunning. The writing reminded me of Roshani Chokshi's writing because of its effortless poetic beauty. *Whispers* I think you should give The Bone Witch a try just BECAUSE of the writing, if not for any other reason. 


With that being said... 
I do have to say that I was confused for a good chunk of the book. But I didn't mind...? Let me explain.
I was enamored by the world and the characters to a point where I didn't really mind that I was confused by the plot. If that makes any sense... 

This book kind of reminds me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the sense that the plot is kind of confusing but the world and the characters are just so unique that you can't help but enjoy the story despite everything else.

(The formatting was also super messed up in my E-ARC so that didn't help with my confusion ahaha.)

I personally never formed a bond with any of the characters. But I did really love following an MC that's a "villain."
...which brings me to another amazing part of this book.
The diversity. The MC was a POC and I believe that the cast of characters was pretty diverse as well.

If you're hesitating on picking up this book because you don't want to be confused with the world then let me tell you some good news! I believe that there's a section in the back of the book that gives you the names of all the kingdoms, their rulers, and a short blurb about their history. (If only I would have known that was there.... xD)

The ending.... 
THE ENDING.....
Y'all the ending made the entire book. 
But you can't find out why I'm so in love/shocked by the last chapter if you don't read the book *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*


Overall: The story was a little on the confusing side but the writing was beautiful and the world was intricately woven to literary perfection.


Quote:

"There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws."






Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!



ARC Review||| Blood Rose Rebellion by: Rosalyn Eves

*Thank you to the publisher/Netgalley for providing me with and ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts. Good morning, lovelies! (or...