Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and LonelyA Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury YA on January 29th 2019
Pages: 496
Goodreads
four-half-stars

An instant New York Times Best Seller! In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.
Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.


Break the curse, save the kingdom.

I really enjoyed this retelling. A lot of retellings are hit or miss for me. Either they are too much like the original or they are nothing like it and I don’t understand how it can be a retelling. This one has just enough of the original Beauty and the Beast elements. And it was a slow burn. And I love a slow burn.

This book is told in alternating chapters, which doesn’t always work for me. Most of the time I fall for one character over the other and I just want to get to their chapters, but that did not happen with this book. I was equally invested in all of the characters and I cannot wait to see where this story goes in the next installment.

The only thing I was not the biggest fan of was the time jump/world change. It did work for this story, so I can’t fault that, but it is just not my favorite thing in a fantasy book.

four-half-stars

Saturday, November 17th 2018

Batch Reviews

I am behind in my book reviews and now it’s been a while since I have read some of them. Here are my quick thoughts and ratings. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 3/5 stars. Meh, this is more like 2.5 rating for me. I read all eight comics. They were okay. Honestly, I like the show better. 

History is All You Left Me: 5/5 stars. Adam Silvera breaks my damn heart again. Jerk.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You: 4/5 stars. Just want I wanted. Enemies to lovers. A favorite trope. 

The Nowhere Girls: 4/5 stars. This was heartbreaking and intense. And all too familiar. 

The Wicked Deep: 4/5 stars. Beautifully atmospheric. 

The Perfect Mother: 4/5 stars. Creepy and a pretty good “who done it.” 

Meaty: 4/5 stars. I will read/listen to anything Samantha Irby puts out into the universe. 

Anger is a Gift: 5/5 stars. Very timely. A must-read for everyone. 

My Plain Jane: 4/5 stars. Not quite as good as My Lady Jane, but pretty close. Can’t wait for the third book. 

Saturday, January 27th 2018

Fangirl

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 10th 2013
Pages: 481
Goodreads

four-stars




From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Something I have discovered about myself is that I LOVE a slow burn. I really enjoyed this book. As someone who used to read fanfic and someone who wrote fanfic, I can relate. While I did not have the college experience (I was a commuter), I enjoyed looking into this one. I enjoyed the main character, Cath for the most part. There were a few times where I felt her reactions and choices were a bit frustrating, but for the most part, she is a very likable and believable character.

An obviously I very much enjoyed the love interest/love story aspect. Loved it!

Overall this book is a really nice feel-good read. I wouldn’t consider it “fluff” because there are a few heavy topics, but I would suggest it if you want to read something fun.

four-stars

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Pages: 464
Goodreads

four-stars




There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

So the weird thing about this book is that I liked it. I did. I rated it 4 stars. I liked the plot, the characters, the action and the pacing. The weird thing, I don’t feel compelled to read the second book. I started to read the first few chapters and…I just don’t know. I feel like the first book could stand on its own even with a slight cliffhanger ending. I am going to give it another try sometime this month. But back to this book.

There are two main characters the perspective shifts with each chapter. Again, I am normally not a fan of this as I usually end up like one character over the other. But again, I found myself engaged and enjoying both characters. The plot is also very original and intriguing. My only beef with the plot is that I would have liked more history on the phenomenon. The pacing really worked in this book. And when the action really picked up I could not put the book down. If the plot sounds interesting to you and you like a little sci-fi/fantasy, I say pick it up.

four-stars

Monday, January 15th 2018

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 29th 2017
Pages: 422
Goodreads

five-stars




All that glitters is not gold.
New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…
Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.
Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?
When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.
Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.
And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.
But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

I was a little surprised at how much I loved this book. I loved it more and rated it higher than the first one. I loved all the characters except for Calliope and the mystery person (don’t want to spoil anything). These characters were not badly written, I just disliked them as people. I just love the drama of these books. Everyone has secrets and is terrified of those secrets getting out, which of course, they do. Honestly, I would love some book recommendations that are like these books.

The characters are great, the plot is great and the setting is wonderful. The idea is that all of Manhatten lives in this tower with a thousand floors. The wealthiest live on the top floors, middle class on the middle floors and the poor on the bottom floors. And the book covers characters from each economic class and how they are linked together. It’s all woven together beautifully.

The book is written in multiple perspectives and each chapter is a different character’s perspective. I tend to run into issues with books written this way. I always find myself leaning towards one or two characters over the others and skim or even skip the chapters of the characters I am not that fond of. That did not happen with the first book or this one. I was engaged the whole time. I highly recommend this series.

five-stars

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