Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

Captive Prince

Captive PrinceCaptive Prince (Captive Prince, #1) by C.S. Pacat
Published by Berkley on April 7th 2015
Pages: 270
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two-stars

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

There were many times while reading this book that I was pretty sure I was going to put it down and never pick it back up again. TW for pedophilia, rape, abuse, etc. First off, this book is not listed in the correct genre. My copy states romance on the back and I don’t know what part of this is supposed to be romance. You can’t convince me that a relationship based on abuse, sexual and otherwise is a slow burn.

I gave it two stars instead of one simply for the fact that I have the second book in this series and I am probably going to read it. Why? Because I want to see if this somehow…someway redeems this trilogy. Because as it stands right now, just reading the first one, it makes me question the writer’s mind.

two-stars

Tuesday, December 4th 2018

The Night Circus

The Night Circus four-stars

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Why did it take me so long to read this book?!

This book is stunning. I have a hardcopy of this book but when I found out that Jim Dale narrated the audiobook, there was no question that I needed it.

There are so many people who love this book and I think maybe that is what put me off of reading it for so long. I was scared I would hate it. But of course, that did not happen. The Night Circus is a beautiful story. And even though I predicted where certain relationships were headed, it was not the type of predictability that takes away from the story.

I enjoyed all of the characters. All of the characters stories were nicely woven together and I loved learning about each of them. No character was left behind. All of them were fleshed out and all of their backgrounds were colorful and interesting.

The only reason I cannot give this book 5 stars is due to the main relationship not being more front and center. Typically I enjoy books where the romantic element is not the focus, but for this story, while I enjoyed all the friendships and relationships between all of the characters, I really wanted more from the romantic relationship between the two main characters.

four-stars

Friday, November 9th 2018

In a Bad Way

I have four books to read before January 1st to hit my reading goal of 50 books this year, and I am in a reading slump. I think I put unnecessary pressure on myself to read a ton during readathons and I get burned out super fast. I only read one book during SpookAThon and didn’t even finish one book during LaLaThon.

I need to get out of this reading slump. My tried and true methods are: read non-fiction, short fiction, or smut. Currently I have some non-fiction and one shorter fiction novel checked out from the library. I am going to start with the non-fiction and hope that does the trick. Only four books to go!

Monday, October 1st 2018

OCTOBER

Movies I plan to watch:
The Ritual
The Witch
The Conjuring
The Conjuring 2
Cargo
Train to Busan
The Babadook
It
Mother!
Blood the Last Vampire
Insidious
The Descent
Silent Hill
A Quiet Place

Games to play:
Until Dawn
Amnesia
LIMBO
Oxenfree

Normal TBR (Spook-A-Thon TBR not included):
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
History is all you Left me by Adam Silvera
Buzz: the stimulating history of the sex toy by Hallie Lieberman
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

 

Tuesday, June 20th 2017

Reading Slump

I am in a reading slump. And I cannot get out of it. I started to read The Nest and I just…stopped. I feel like I need to read something else to get back into the swing of it and then I can finish The Nest.

I am pretty sure the reason this happened it because I checked out too many books from the library recently. I have this habit of getting overly excited and checking out way more books than I can get through, and then I get overwhelmed and barely read. I think I checked out 12 books and actually read 2.

So, I plan on going to the library soon and I am limiting myself to only check out 2 books at a time. We shall see how it goes.

Also this weekend I plan on going through all the books I own and making a list of the ones I have not read yet. I am a little terrified at how long the list might be. Wish me luck.

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