July Featured Post:Middle of the Year Wrap Up 2017

So  since June has ended, that means the first half of the year is gone and we’re heading to the second half of the year. . Damn 6 months went by fast!

My six months stats

79 books  read– Holy Shit! I have already surpassed my reading challenge for this year and last year. If I keep this up I can get to 100 books for the year. My overall goal is to at least get my overall book total to 200 books. I’m at 192 book so I’m really close to my goal that I hope I obtain by the end of the year..

15,124 pages read Well Give or take since some of the books was audiobooks which have become my love.

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Top Five Wednesday: Books not set or Inspired in the Western World

So it’s Top Five Wednesday again!The topic for this week is…..

Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

So lets get to it! ( I’m also including manga in this as well)

1.Pretty Guardian  Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi   ( Japan and Space)

美少女戦士セーラームーン新装版 1 [Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Shinsōban 1]

2.The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer(New Beijing and Space)

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3.The Wrath and the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh (Middle East)

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

 

4.The Star Touched Queen Series by Roshani Chokshi ( India)

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

5.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ( Russia)

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Beauty Conquers the Beast by Jenny Schwartz

Beauty Conquers the Beast

Summary:Lady Nora and Prince Alexander were never friends, and she can’t think of anyone more deserving of the curse that made him the Beast of the Sighaway Forest. But when six princesses from neighboring kingdoms fail to break the curse, it’s more than just the big and brutish Alexander who is suffering. For her country, and out of an overdeveloped sense of duty, Nora will enter the beast’s castle. She’ll fight mysterious magic and confront the secrets of her heart, but the elusive beast remains untamable. The shocking solution to breaking the curse will change Nora’s life forever.

Review

1.5 Stars Spoilers.

So this past weekend I read two short 40 page something BATB  which both disappointed me. I wasn’t going to write a review on neither one of them but I need to rant about this one.

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“Fight like a YA Girl ” BookTag

I saw this post and I thought it would be good idea to talk about my fave YA Badass Girls. Some of these are going to overlap but who cares. lol

So here we go!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

WARRIOR GIRLS

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

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Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Children Books

So it’s Top Five Wednesday again! This time is your Top five Children’s books so let’s get to it!

1.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

The king of children’s books in my opinion. I remember reading it for the first time around 10 years old and realizing how different it was than the movie. I actually enjoyed it more than the movie cause it goes more in depth with the world of OZ than the movie does.

 

 

 

2.Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

This is like the African version of Cinderella mixed in with the Frog Prince. I remember our librarian  reading it to us and I fell instantly in love with the story ,the illustrations, and the characters. In all honestly, Disney should have made this one if they wanted their first Black Princess.

 

 

3.  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to TerabithiaI remember my whole four grade class had to read this one in class and my whole class being engloss with it.  I remember the day when got to part when Jess found out  Leslie drown and the whole class was so freaking shocked.  The teacher was so wrong that we had to  wait the next day to found out if it was true or not. (which unfortunately it was) I remember saying that she didn’t when had an excise guessing what happen to her.

 

4. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)

I remember reading this one in four grade as well and completely enjoying it. No shocking cliffhangers in this one. lol

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Monster at the End of the Book by Jon Stone

The Monster at the End of this BookThis one means a lot to me cause I remember my big sister bought and read this one to me alot.  A matter of fact it’s probably one of the  Little Golden books that we still have cause it meant a lot to her  as well.  The reason why I love reading so much is because my sister read to me so much when I was younger .So she help installed the love of reading to me in such a young age.

 

 

Those are my fave five children books when I was younger.

Tanya out!

Rant: How I feel about Smut in Fiction

So I have been thinking about the subject for a while now and how I feel about it. ( For extent purposes ,I’m not talking about erotica which probably going to be its own post one day.)

Smut in Fiction rather it’s in books, fanfics ,or any type of media.

Before I dive into how I feel about it ,lets define what smut means.

Smut ( urban dictionary)- Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include a lot of sexually explicit scenes.

So it’s basically a story with sexual  scenes in it which is easy enough to understand. lol

So how do I feel about it you ask?

I love smut but I feel like smut  should be like a cherry on top of a banana split.

Something that you can still enjoy the banana split even if it’s on or off.  The cherry doesn’t mess up the experience of the eating the banana split even if the person do or don’t like cherries. The body of the banana split aka the banana and ice cream is what really matters and everything else aka cherries and other topping should just enhance the experience. What that being said ,smut shouldn’t mess up the reader’s experience of the book regardless if they like it or not. If they like smut they should enjoy it and if they don’t they can scan through or just skip those pages and still be able to enjoy the book.

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The “Who I Am” Tag

So I was on Destiny (howlinglibraries ) blog and I saw this interesting post. I honestly need more content on my blog besides book reviews so lets do this!

What is the meaning behind my name?

My name is Tanya which an Russian diminutive of Tatiana according to behindthename.com

It means ” Fiery Queen” in Russian

It’s also Slavic and Hebrew according to wikipedia which says

Tanya is the Slavic hypocoristic of Tatiana. It is now quite commonly used as an independent given name in the English-speaking world.Tanya is also of Hebrew origin derived from the Aramaic term meaning ‘it was taught in Baraita’ which is Biblical teaching. Within Hasidic Judaism this refers to the Oral Torah. It is the first word used within the Tanya.

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A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2)Summary: Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

My Review

DNF @ 56%

I have no desire to go back to this book at all after reading half of the book yesterday…..

After enjoying the first book,this was a complete let down to the max. Instead of everything and everyone getting better,everyone but Temper got worse.

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Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Summary:Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.
But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Review

Four Stars!

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Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron

Taming BeautySummary:It’s best not to answer the door when the Earl of Dunaway comes knocking.
After learning this lesson by trial and error, as any good lesson ought to be learned, Miss Lilith Aberdeen fashioned a life for herself on the fringes of London society. She is the last lady likely to risk her independence or her heart on anything as fickle and frivolous as love. Or the waxing and waning of familial affection, for that matter. So, how is it she winds up journeying to the wilds of Cornwall to deliver the earl’s pampered, petulant daughter into the hands of the reclusive Baron Malleville?Blame it on the scandalous, unscrupulous and downright dissolute earl.Jasper Grimley has spent more than a decade living in self-imposed exile, tending his lands and waiting for his chosen bride to come of age. When his betrothed is plucked from his grasp mere months before the wedding, he sets in motion a plan to turn the Earl of Dunaway’s plethora of debts and profusion of daughters to his advantage. Unfortunately, when dealing with the earl, even the best laid plans have a tendency to fall to ruin, and Jasper soon finds himself beguiled by the wrong woman. Lilith is not the sweet, innocent, biddable bride he bargained with the devil to possess, but she just might be…The lady destined to lead him down the primrose path to happily-ever-after.

Review

1.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

With that being said, let me get honest and I say that I wish I could have enjoyed this but I couldn’t at all. I’m really shocked I finished it because I was so close to dnfing a couple of times.  It had a pretty good premise but the execution of it wasn’t that good to me. In all honestly ,I kind of got confused and bored as I was reading. I didn’t connect with none of the characters which to many it was too many damn side characters and it wasn’t romance for straight up instalust. This supposed have been a full BATB retelling but in all honestly it didn’t feel like one to me.  It honestly felt like the author was trying to do her own version of Dangerous Liaisons mixed in with BATB but a little tamer.  Let me break it down farther.

Characters 

Lilith – Our heroine aka Beauty.  I tried so hard to connect with her,her story, and root for her but found myself not really caring about her at all. Her side telling it like it is to her sisters and her father come out being more rude than anything. She was also adamant to call her Sissy and her other sisters, sisters even tho they had different mama’s. She didn’t take any bullshit from the beast but it just felt like a game to get his trousers off ,embarrass him for letting his guard down for it to happen, and hopefully get her dimwitted of a sister out of marrying him. I did feel a little bad for her since her parents were not the best at all.Her dad was a freaking rolling stone with five children from different women ( he claim them all tho) and her mom was a famous courtesan just like her mom before her. So  playing the beast character for a sap was in her blood.

Jasper Our hero aka the Beast – My god! His ass was a straight up asshole that love to touch people without their consent and was only thinking with his head between his trousers and not the one on top of his body. During the whole book, I felt like he was only lusting after Lilith and didn’t truly love her. He just wanted what was under her petticoats and not her which made the romance so unbelievable to me. I think he loved his family since they were living at his house.

Sissy- Lilith’s sister  Oh I didn’t like her native behind at all. Lilith supposed to have been 22 while she was 18 but she acted like she was 12 years old while Lithe acted like she was 28-29 years old. I really could have done without her in this book since she was annoying as hell.

Earl of Dunaway Aka Lilith ,Sissy and the other three children dad I think The Temptations wrote ” Papa was a Rolling Stone” just for him because that what he was to the fullest. It’s bad enough the reason why Sissy had to marry Jasper because he went chasing the skirts of Jasper’s betrothed . At the same token tho,his whole game was to get Jasper to marry Lilith instead of Sissy in the first place. I didn’t like his character at all and the only thing good about him is that did claim all his children from his different baby mama’s.

That’s the only characters I’m naming cause it was too many side characters in this book for them to even have a slice of character depth in them. Also the fact the book added characters when the book was almost halfway done.

The Romance

Romance? What Romance?

This supposed to have romance in it?

I missed that memo!

There were no romance in this book but straight up lust Actually it was instalust since the majority of the book took place in 6 days since Lilith,Sissy and their dad supposed to have been at Jasper house 12 days before his and Sissy’s wedding.  So for six days, it just them doing verbal foreplay before they actually did foreplay in the bedroom on the 6th day. When Jasper first saw her, all he wanted to do was hurled her over his shoulder and take her to his room to ravage her. I think she was barely in the house for five mins before he was thinking how soft and ample she was under her corset and petticoats. Hell, he barely knew her freaking name and who she was kin too. I kept thinking during the whole time reading this that they met each other once before as maybe one of her brief lovers since the narrative hinted that she did have lovers like her mama and grandmamma. That would have worked because the lust and maybe love between the two would have been already established and they were just rekindling it. I was hoping for like a back story between the two which could have help since it was such a sort lustship. (not courtship) So when they got married at end, I felt like it was more of them doing that for the sake of they can take each clothes off again without too much scandal and not because they love each other. Also you don’t ” tame” people who you supposed to love…

The Writing

I was not a fan of the writing for some reason and I can’t put my finger on it. For one reason I think it was trying to be too english proper for that time period and it fell flat. In all honestly, the best part of the book was the smut that I wasn’t expecting at all. I love smut as much as the next person but if  the only best thing out of the book is the smut and not the characters or the plot something is wrong in my eyes.  I always felt like smut should be the cherry on the top when it comes to books that are either Adult or New Adult but not erotica. It should be something if it’s there or not you should be able to enjoy book plot, characters and writing. In this one, it was the only that kept me for finishing the whole book because it was the only thing I didn’t skim over. ..

All in All I wish I could have enjoyed it but just fell completely flat for me.

Do I recommend it?

Not really unless you want a BATB retelling with hardly no substance but two people playing games to get the other’s pants…