Reading….slump?

I am stuck.

I couldn’t finish A Game of Thrones. I tried..for over a month. I got over 500 pages in and just gave up. This, I am ok with. What I am not ok with is that because of this, I am stuck and don’t know what to read next. I did read Salt of the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, review coming soon, and it was just fantastic. I finished it in two days. Since it is historical fiction, I thought that some more historical fiction might help, so I started reading All The Light We Cannot See. And I’m about 30 pages in….and have been for at least 4 days.

I want to read, I do. I just don’t know what to read. I hate starting a million books to find one that I can actually read because I feel like I never get back to those ones I had started.

I think I am just going to just power through All The Light We Cannot See and hope that whatever this is gets better.

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Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly | Book Review

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Serefina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation – and burden – that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother’s hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin’s arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina’s darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:

The book starts off with a “dream”. There is a circle of river witches, chanting, trying to keep a beast in it’s cage while still being able to spy on it. Then a song follows that sets up the premise for the entire series.

Serafina then wakes up to her mother yelling at her to do so, because today is an important day. It is her Dokimi, a ceremony where she is declared the rightful heiress to the Miromara thrown, or killed. If she is declared so, she then sings a song about the history or Miromara, and then gets betrothed officially to a Prince from another Mer Kingdom.

At night, during the  of the Dokimi, Serafina passes the blood test given to the princesses. She also sings the song that is required of her. That’s when all hell breaks loose. As she finishes her song, there was an attack on the royal family of Miromara. The royal family visiting from Matali gets lost in the scramble. Sera and her friend Neela, Matali’s royal princess, are escorted to her mothers stateroom, which then gets attacked by a sea dragon. They escape the palace and go on a life changing adventure where they will meet new and unexpected friends, develop a deep and meaningful connection with others, and most of all hopefully save the world.

My Thoughts:

Thank God for a glossary. There were…quite a few words that I needed it for, that’s for sure. I really did like this book though. I mean, mermaids! COME ON! Who doesn’t like mermaids?

There is a lot of exposition in the first 100 pages of the book. It’s mostly set up for emotions for Sera and world set up though, so it’s reasonable. And not at all boring like I find most other exposition.

I STARTED THIS REVIEW BEFORE MY LIFE GOT AWAY FROM ME SO…

From what I remember about this book is that was a solid 4 stars and definitely a middle grade read, or at least written similar to books I read in middle grade. I really did enjoy this book because again, it is about mermaids. I also happened to have marathoned the 3 books that are currently out and am impatiently waiting for the 4th and final book to come out in May.

The way that the world is described is just stays in your mind and as you are reading the story you can easily imagine how the world is set up.

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I’m back!

Hello to my loyal followers, and those that just happen to be stumbling across this post.

It sure has been a while since I have last posted anything on here. 3 months actually. I would like to say I am sorry. With the holidays I got busy and then I was thinking that it would be fruitless to just post again without much content. I have decided to do just that though.

This post is to tell you all that I will be making an appearance back into the book reviewing game! So exciting. I actually am very excited about it. There are not people in my real life that read the books I do, so I cannot fangirl with them like I can with you guys.

Now is the part where I tell you which books I have read since I last posted:

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly 4/5
Rouge Wave by Jennifer Donnelly 5/5
Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly 5/5
Kindred by Octavia Butler 5/5
Winter by Marissa Meyer 5/5
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 5/5
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 5/5
The Widow by Fiona Barton 4/5
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 5/5
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 5/5
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas 4/5
Soundless by Richelle Mead 4/5
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 5/5
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 5/5
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman 4/5
Fairest by Marissa Meyer 4/5
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 5/5

 

Currently I am reading A Game of Throne by George R. R. Martin and am on page 523/807. Any and all reviews I will be posting will be from past reads because I made a deal with my husband last year that I will have read and finished all 5 of the Song of Ice and Fire series before the 6th season starts. That means I have to finish it all in 77 days. So that’s about 57 pages a day, AT LEAST. I think that I can manage that. What about you guys? Do you have faith in me?

 

Anyways! Tell me how you have been. Anything exciting in your life lately? I would love to know.

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Linked by Susanne Valenti | Book

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In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardize the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 

I’m not entirely sure how much after the first book, this one takes place. I know it is at least 9 weeks though, because that’s how long Cole has been gone. Maya is chilling in this meadow area after escaping from Hunter during training, it’s ok though. It’s the rules. Cole has come back from this secret hideout place where they have a ton of guns, so Hunter gets Maya and she runs, literally, the entire way back there. After he gets back there is a meeting, and the group, and two others, go on this new adventure. I honestly forget to where they were going, sorry. It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve read the book. During this trip, Maya, and the two new guys get kidnapped by these horsemen. Maya escapes with the help of the other two, but end up being captured again and taken somewhere different. A mine, with a tunnel system that is tricky unless you know the way. However when they brought Maya down there, blind-folded, she counted her steps and committed them to memory and used it to escape.

She did this with the help of one of the horsemen, who happened to be someone that Coal and Alicia knew. Eventually they all get back to the town and make plans to get into the City and save Maya’s parents from the prison they are in, by the way they aren’t dead. There is a battle on the docks, an engagement, possibly two honestly, a battle when they reach the city and a death. The action does NOT stop in the book. And I may have read this one in a day like I did the first.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book as much as I loved the first one and I cannot wait until the third one comes out. I was THRILLED when Susanne emailed me asking if I would like to read it and review it, SO SORRY IT’S TAKEN SO LONG TO PUT OUT THE REVIEW. There were moments in the book where I laughed, and one big moment where I cried for sure. I still tear up when I am thinking about it.

I feel like that is this gets sent to the right publishing company, Susanne has a gold mine on her hands. Possibly the next Hunger Games…? Does anyone else agree with me?

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Life Updates and MIA

SO SORRY! I haven’t posted in what feels like a month! I didn’t actually check to see when the last time I posted was. I haven’t been really into reading, and have only read two books the last couple weeks, started like 3 and want to start even more. You guys know the problems.

One of the books I read was an ARC that I LOVED. Just I cannot get enough of that world and need the third book in my life. The other was this book called Sea Creatures, that…was just slow and had no pick up until the very end when this hurricane hit. I read it with a friend, and she also felt the same way.

I plan on getting those reviews out ASAP, and plan on reading even more.

I start online classes on Tuesday, so I am hoping that I can skillfully manage both of those thing.

I ALSO, finally, set up my desktop, which I am writing to you from, and got a wireless card for it. So yay for that. I haven’t used it since April.

That’s it for right now, like I said. I am sorry and will get to you with those book reviews ASAP.

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My Life In Books Tag

I saw this tag on A Novel Glimpse and it sounded so fun so of course I needed to do this!

                                                                                                                                                                     

1. Find a book for each of your initials. 

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(I)

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(C)

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(W)

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – Which book is it?

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3. Pick a book in your city/state/country. 

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Not only is in in California, it’s near Sacramento too.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to. 

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London and Hogwarts. Two birds, one book/stone.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color. 

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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I loooved the Baby-sitter’s club series all the way up until Junior High. I would still read them too if I had any. There is a used bookstore here that has a TON. And if I had a daughter old enough to read them, or a daughter, I would buy them all.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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Took me two months. Boring. Slow. Had no climax.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

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I have had the whole series on my bookshelf for 4 years. Haven’t even picked them up!

                                                                                                                                                                 

Not tagging now, I have to go to the store, but I will come back later and do so!

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How I Read Tag

I was tagged by A Novel Glimpse a week ago (only a week? Feels like so much longer.) to do this. So here I am!

                                                                                                                                                                     

How did you find out about new books to read?

By what other people are reading, whether that be on here, intsagram, tumblr, goodreads or even Facebook. For my ARCs I find those from NetGalley and friends that have written books.

How did you get into reading?

Harry Potter. When the first movie was coming out, we started reading it in class and I fell in love with the book. Then with reading. Truth be told this year is the most I’ve probably read my whole life. But that’s because I will get bored with reading if I can’t find something I like, and then I don’t pick up a book for ages.

How has your taste in books changed since you got older?

I don’t want to say it’s changed, just developed. I have always loved fantasy books, it’s what most of my shelf is. I also read Nancy Drew, The Baby Sitter Club and the BoxCar Children books. But who hasn’t? I have begun to branch out to other genres. Romance. New Adult. Women’s Fiction.

How often do you buy books?

As often as I can. My husband has put me on a ban until Christmas. But we shall see about that. Considering I get most of my books from Wal-Mart and Target, I know their stock is going to change so I will literally kill him if I can’t get what I want.

How did you get into book reviewing?

Well I have only been at this for maybe 2-3 months, and the reason why I started it was because I wanted ARC’s from NetGalley. However I did love reading books anyways. So I figured it would be fun.

How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book? 

I make the “ugh” sound a lot. And throw it back onto my shelf never to touch it again.

How often do you sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending? 

Uuuuuum….. All the time with physical books. It’s terrible. I even do it with books I love.

                                                                                                                                                                 

I am not tagging anyone right now…maybe later?

But if you see this and want to do it, please do! I would love to read your answers!

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Life Updates

Sorry I’ve been gone guys! I haven’t really read anything since Chained, and there has been some things going on in my life. We got into a small car accident last week, our fault. So we were stressing about that for a while. We should be getting our car back Tuesday though!

I am going to be catching up on a few tags and if there is any memes I need to do this week also.

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Chained by Susanne Valenti | Book Review

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I received this book free to review, in exchange for an honest review,  from Susanne Valenti here on WordPress.  

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary:

It all starts off with Maya having a nightmare about her parents death, one that she didn’t witness. When she wakes up and starts getting ready her friend Taylor comes to her apartment and let’s her know about this..is expedition the right word? It’s what I am going with. This expedition to outside The Wall to find out if some soil near the wall is good and not contaminated.  Taylor’s dad just happens to be a scientist on this expedition and got them both a spot in it.  There is some exposition here, I mean. What can you expect it’s the first book of a series in a new world?

When they reach the first point in the beginning of the expedition they have to shower, and change into skin tight biohazard suits that protect them from the contamination outside. And yes, I am italicizing that word, because in this world it’s spoken like a dirty word.  After they put on the biohazard suits and go down the cable cars, each little team of two, which Maya and Taylor just so happen to be grouped together, go and explore their assigned area. Everything is going good for a little bit. They inspect one house and get samples. Then the next house has a swing on the tree and Taylor wants to swing on it. So he does. And Maya pushes him. Except she didn’t think about Newton’s laws and the fact it would be coming back. Taylor crashes into her and her ventilator breaks. Well cracks. They ignore it. Until she can’t breath. Then Taylor takes off her helmet so she can. This is of course breaking the law.

Maya, Taylor and his father are all kept in holding cells for about a week before being put on trials. Taylor’s father gets off without any repercussions, because he didn’t do anything wrong. Maya is sent to the SubWar, basically jail, and so is Taylor. For 3 months. Do they last that long? No.

They train for 12 days. Maya is great with a throwing knife and a gun, but can’t do hand-to-hand combat to save her life. Literally. On their first day in actual SubWar people from their team try to kill them and a Warden that has been helping them out, Laurie. Taylor gets grazed by a bullet to his head and falls into a coma. A the three of them escape into the contaminated  area thanks to a boy named Coal, who actually lives out there.

Laurie and Maya realize that everything they have been told and have been living is a lie. They go to Coals town where they get told by the head Medical staff there that she will help Taylor, if they in turn do something for her. Of course they do it.

I am going to stop my summary there. Don’t want to tell you the whole book, now do I?

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. I read it in less than 24 hours. Maybe even less than 12 if you count the times that I had to stop. It has the basic set-up for a dystopian. Main character realizes their “perfect” world isn’t all it is made up to be. Escapes to the outside world to find it better and what she has been looking for this whole time. Has to do a dangerous task for this new community in exchange for their help. Some hints of romance.

But unlike a few dystopians that I have read with this set-up, AKA Delirium, I actually ENJOYED it. Because it wasn’t throwing all the exposition in my face at a single time. It was sprinkled here and there. The story was well written and I ate up every bit of it and honestly can’t wait for more. I feel like this, if it can gain the popularity I think it can, would make an excellent movie franchise. And it would be beautiful.

The characters are well rounded, maybe leaning towards a little Mary-Janeish. There wasn’t tons of character development, but I felt like since it is going to be a series there will be time for it. And it wasn’t like the book was lacking in it. Maya and Laurie did comes to terms with the truths they have known their whole life to be a lie fairly quickly. In 198 pages though, it was the perfect amount of everything. There was a lot of world building in the book, which is what a first book needs also, in my opinion.

I still feel like I haven’t entirely told you how I feel about the book. Or maybe I haven’t told you enough about why I like the book?

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What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi | Book Review

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I received this book free from NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire in exchange for an honest review. 

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary:

Ryden is a newly teenage single dad who has to figure out how to juggle school, soccer, work and being a father all at once. All while dealing with the fact his girlfriend is dead, and he thinks that he killed her. Or at least helped in killing her. This first part of the book takes place during the summer, and also during the time when he is ignoring the fact he has yet to have come up with a plan about babysitters and soccer and school. Work is the easy part. 5-1030pm M-Sat.

He is also preoccupied with finding specific journals that his dead girlfriend wrote in, and made a checklist in the back of. He think that she wrote motherly advice in there that will help him become a better father. And frankly, he is right. She did end up doing that. But I think that he wouldn’t have listened as well if the things going on in his life hadn’t happened at exactly the same time.

Eventually he finds a temporary solution for his babysitting needs during the first week before school started. He had Megs, his dead girlfriend, friend Alan watch his daughter while going to soccer practice all day. And even then during that time he was still late. Still got punished by the coach and his team started considering him unreliable.

When school starts he decides to send Hope, his daughter, to a government funded daycare downtown. And it works, for a little bit. He knows that she isn’t getting the attention she deserves, but he is bound and determined to do soccer because he intends on going to UCLA and says that if he makes it there it will jumpstart a better life for him and Hope.

While all this is going on he is dating but not dating a girl from work, Joni, who doesn’t know he has a daughter at all.

Of course, not everything goes as he plans. But I am not here to tell you that.

My Thoughts:

I did not like Ryden. At all. Even after he got his stuff together. Being a mother, a young one too, I just don’t understand how you don’t automatically put your child first. There are things I want to do. I want to go back to school(college), but I don’t trust the government daycares here so I will not be sending my son to one. And I don’t think that he should have sent his daughter to one either.

I also don’t think he should have hid the fact he had a daughter from Joni. And he honestly expected that to go over well when she eventually found it.

Just a lot of things about him I did not like. And same with Meg. She may have been dead the whole book. But she #1, shouldn’t have lied to him about the pregnancy. #2, SHOULDN’T HAVE TOLD HIM THROUGH A FREAKING JOURNAL. I mean come on. She is so selfish. And sure. I should feel bad because she died from cancer that she wasn’t going to live through anyways. Oh well. No.

The only person I did like in this book was freaking Ryden’s mom. She told him things straight. She was a great grandmother. And a great person.

I did like the writing, how sometimes when Ryden was reading the journals it would “flashback” to the part in his life that it was happening. I did like, even though I hated him, how real Ryden’s thoughts were.

Also, just to be clear. I did like the story. But the entire story was character development for Ryden. The actual story part was interesting I guess? Ryden thinks he’s a bad dad so he thinks finding his will help him figure out how to be a better one. Cause that makes sense? Let’s find your deadbeat dad who will help you be a better one. Then he thinks that Meg left some motherly advice in her jounrals. Not really.

Other than character development there isn’t much substance besides what helps the character develop…

I am interested in reading more from this author.

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