Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book Review: Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Synopsis:
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! I didn't think I was going to end up liking it. But I really did! It wasn't a five star read for me, though. If it were more fast paced, it would have been.

There are some other things that are making me rate this a four star instead of five. There were just so many things left unanswered. I'm sure they will be answered in the next book but I wanted to know them now.

I liked how the idea of this book was executed. I liked that there were actually trials for Carys and Andreus to see who will rule Eden. I loved all the betrayal in this book. I loved all the twists and turns.

This book did have a slow start. But once it picked up, I didn't want to stop reading. This book gave me a mixture of characters from which I could love and hate. I loved the variety of good and bad that was included. It had me aggravated at some characters for being so blind. It had me hurting for some characters that did nothing but good and were punished anyway.

I'm excited to see what happens in the next book, Eden Conquered.

4/5 Stars

Friday, September 28, 2018

Annotating Books: Yes or No?


Hey guys, how are you today? I'm coming at you with a random post. I started doing something that a lot of readers find quite annoying. Annotating. I'm writing in my books from now on.

I've recently been obsessed with Books with Chloe over on Youtube. If you watch her videos, you'll know that she annotates her books. I've been watching her reading vlogs and got inspired to annotate the way she does.

I'm still reading Dividing Eden and I started annotating in the middle of it. So far, I'm loving it! I feel like I'm absorbing this book so much more by adding my thoughts to the pages. I definitely recommend annotating to everyone!

I plan on doing this with every book I read from now on. I feel like it's really going to help me when it comes to doing my reviews and getting more in depth with my thoughts for the books.

What do you think about annotating books? 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Like I've stated before, I'm not going to go above and beyond with these kinds of posts. I won't post a picture for every book listed but I will link it to Goodreads. With that being said, here are some books by some of my favorite authors that I haven't read yet.

A Court Of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J. Maas: I'm not sure why I didn't pick this book up as soon as it was delivered. I'm scared to read it, honestly. I've read some mixed reviews and it makes me nervous about this book.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover: I haven't read this trilogy yet. I'm always a bit picky when it comes to reading romance novels that have multiple books. I just have to wonder what the heck goes on that it has to be more than one book!

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover: This book just intimidates me. I've heard that it's unlike the other books Colleen has written and I'm just worried I'm not going to like it.

The Last To Let Go by Amber Smith: Ever since I read The Way I Used To Be, I've been dying to read more. I'm just waiting for this book to be selected in my randomizer!

The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black: Since reading The Cruel Prince, I've made it a mission of mine to read more of Holly Black. I bought this some time ago and I'm still waiting to read it!

Love Blind by Christa Desir: I have come to love Christa's books. They always deal with dark problems and they're so quick to read. I actually think I'll be picking this book up this weekend.

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas: I'm almost done reading this series and I still have no picked up this book! I know it gives you some insight on some things that happens throughout the series but I really just don't feel like reading it.

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone: I just really love her books. I was so excited when this book came out and I entered in almost every contest to win it. I never won. I bought it and still haven't read it. I'm terrible.

What books have you not read by your favorite authors?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up: 09/17 - 09/23


Hey guys, how are you? As you may know, I decided to stop blogging for a bit. That little bit only turned out to be like two weeks. But, I feel like I really needed that. I needed that time to know that I don't constantly have to blog about books or have a posting schedule. I was really stressing myself out over nothing!

With that being said, I will do weekly wrap-ups. That's not always going to guaranteed. I'm not going to spend time making my posts as awesome as they can be. It honestly takes away from my reading time. The whole reason I even have a book blog!

Away From The Blog:

I haven't really been up to much away from the blog. I've been trying to catch up on my reading. We've been pretty busy in my house. My husband just started a new job and we're still trying to get used to everything that comes with that. 

My son's birthday was on September 10th and we had a blast. I just can't believe that he's four now! Where does the time go??

With our garden, everything has died. Everything except the pineapples. I'm not entirely sure how they're still alive but I'm not going to question it. Hopefully we'll have some delicious homegrown pineapples in our future. 

I had a huge Book Outlet haul for this week. That site is absolutely amazing. If you haven't used it yet, you really need to!

This Week I Read: 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: I was very underwhelmed with this book. I didn't hate it, just felt really bored by it. Definitely not in a hurry to pick up the next books.

Currently Reading: 

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau: This book actually has a similar plot to Three Dark Crowns and I'm pretty stoked to see which book was done better. 

Books Bought This Week:


Posts From The Week: 



What reading did you guys do this week? What books did you buy?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Synopsis:
When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook

My Review
I was extremely excited to start this series. So, when it was randomly selected to be my next read I just couldn't wait to dive in. Let's just say, I'm not in a hurry to pick up the next two books in this series.

I enjoyed my time reading it. I loved the premise of this book. The idea almost like The Hunger Games, if you really think about it. Three queens having to kill each other for the throne. What an amazing idea!

I just really wish the idea was executed better. I found this book rather slow at times. I saw the twist coming from miles away. I didn't let that take away from this book though. I can see how so many people love it and I'm hoping that I will grow to love it as the series progresses.

I did love the little bit of boy drama that was added to this book. It's always interesting when there is real drama in a fantasy.

Out of Katherine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe, the three queens, Arsinoe was by far my favorite. She's protective of her friends. I'm really disappointed with the twist because I really wanted Arsinoe to shine at Beltane. I didn't want that ending for her.

All in all, I liked this book. Not enough to pick the next one up right away but I definitely will in the future. Now, if there was more fighting between the queens, I would have loved it more. The violence and fighting would have made this book for me.

3/5 Stars

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Blogger Test Tag:


I wasn't tagged in this because I honestly doubt anyone else in the bookish community knows that I exist. But, I tag every one of you. Hope you have fun doing this tag!

I saw this tag over on Destiny's blog. So I thank you for doing this tag and giving me the inspiration to do it myself.

The Rules: 
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add the link to their blog.
2. Answer the questions asked on this post - don't stress, it's quick!
3. Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.


1. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?

  • When there's a cover change in the middle of a series. Can't stand when my books don't match.
  • When you lend out your book and it comes back damaged. (Ripped pages, written on, dog eared, etc)
  •  When there's a beautiful hardback book and they don't take advantage of making the naked book look gorgeous. I can't stand plain naked hardbacks!

2. Name a perfect reading spot:

My own personal library. I don't have one yet seeing as we live in a little apartment. When we move, we're planning on making sure there is an extra room for my books. I can't wait to be able to read in a cozy room filled with books. 


3. Give 3 reading confessions: 

  • I love to snack on greasy potato chips while reading. It really makes reading difficult but I love to snack and I love to read. I must do it at the same time!
  • I can get easily distracted. By anything. It's the most annoying thing ever. 
  • Lately, I haven't had time to read. It's been making me really sad. I'm working on it, though.

4. When was the last time you cried during a book?


During Empire Of Storms. I'm not going to say why but I will say Manon and Asterin. That is it. 

5. Number of books on your bedside table?

Just one, which is Three Dark Crowns. The book I am currently reading. I don't keep any more than that on it because I honestly hate clutter and it just looks a mess.

6. Favorite reading snack?

Salt and Vinegar chips. I'm trash for them. Or Takis. All the bad stuff. Yummy. 

7. What 3 books would you recommend to anyone?

I'd have to know what kind of books you like before I recommend a book to you. I would feel bad for recommending a fantasy book to someone who strictly reads contemporary and they end up hating the book. Give me a genre and I'll hook you up with some recommendations. 

8. Provide a picture of your bookshelf:


This isn't what they look like now. We had to move them due to being under the air vent and collecting mold. Let's just say I was not happy to find mold on top of my bookshelves. 

9. How much do books mean to you in 3 words?

"Escape from everything". Ever since I was a kid, reading was my escape from everything. It really helped shape me into the person I am today by being able to get my head out of certain situations. Books are life savers.

10. Biggest reading secret?

It's not really anything to do with reading but with blogging about reading. Sometimes it really feels like a chore that I don't want to do. Sometimes I don't want to write that review. But I do it because I know it encourages authors to do more writing which means I can read more books. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Review: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan


Synopsis:
Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.


Review:
Oh boy, did I really not like this book. It carried so many problems. This book was far from perfect in my eyes.

I didn't care for any of the characters except for Mia. My heart goes out to her but she and Kane are idiots. Everyone in this book is an idiot. Why are you not wanting the world to know that Kane's brother is a rapist? Why hide it? You're just letting him do it to other people.

This book was just so irritating. I mean, I'm so glad that Willow got the confidence she should have always had, but I don't like her. After her confidence boost, it almost seems as if she thinks she's better than others. That's not right. That's not how books should portray strong women. By putting others down. AKA her half sister when she goes to confront them the last time. Just, no.

I highly doubt I'm going to pick up anything by Harper Sloan again. This book has to be the biggest let down of the year.

1.5/5 Stars

Book Review: Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


Synopsis: 
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Purchase: Amazon - Kindle - Audiobook


Review:
Read with caution. There could be spoilers.

I had the hardest time getting into this book. I don't know if it's because I'm getting tired of this series if it's because it was a slow book.

After I finally got into it though, close to the end, I loved it. I was on my toes and now, I'm dying to read Kingdom of Ash. I need to know what happens next.

I found myself loving the side characters more in this book. I've grown to love Manon and was aching for her parts. I wanted to see Elide finish her journey to finally meet Aelin. I found I wasn't so interested in Aelin herself anymore. I definitely was not a fan of her during this book.

Aelin was pretty selfish throughout this entire book. Not even knowing the results of what she's doing to "help out". I feel like she made everything harder than it should have been. She redeemed herself at the end though.

I wish this book held more action. I felt like as soon as something started to happen, it ended just as quickly. The fighting was rather short and disappointing. I'm hoping the last book will make up for that.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I listened to most of it through audiobook and really had a fun time listening. I think I will do the same thing with KoA.

★★★★

Saturday, September 1, 2018

August Book Haul:



I'm doing so much better at spending money on books. I'm really working on only buying books that I can't stop thinking about. No more wasting money on books I'll never read!

I also got rid of 100+ books! I had to make some room on my shelves for these new reads!
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