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Would You Rather Book Tag

I found this tag on thebookishchicks blog and though it would be fun!

1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books? I like both but stand alones are better especially if I’m very late  series and it already have like 5 plus books in the series.  I don’t have time to try and catch up. lol
2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female? Both
3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon? Both
4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows? Movies unless the book is over 500 pages and span more than 3 books. Then a t.v series would work better.

 

 5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week? I wish I could read 5 books a week….  I’ve be happy if I do get 5-10 pages in one setting with my job and home life. lol

 

 6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author? Book Reviewer I love critiquing and ranting to much. lol  I’ll let my sister be the author.

7.  Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?  Neither

 

8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store? Co- own a bookstore with my sister. 

 

9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?  Read Beauty and the Beast retelling all day. lol 
10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks? Both but I love Audio-books as well! 
Anyone else can  do it as well!
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1 Star · DNF · Edelweiss · Whinny Protags

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

Heart of ThornsSummary:In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Expected Pub Date: July 31st,2018

Review

1 Star

DNF @30%

I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers Somewhat

Yep I’m gone. I’m bailing quickly

After it started off with such premise I found myself being disinterested by 25% in.

Let me give a run down of the plot.

It’s about a 17 year girl Mia, who is an arranged marriage with Prince Quinn which is the last thing she wants to do. She wants to be a hunter who hunts Gwyrachs, magical beings who are witches who can kill people by touch. When her mother was killed by one when she was younger, she was determined to become a hunter so she can revenge her death. When a life or death situation arises, her life turns upside down when it’s reveal that she’s a Gwyrach herself. Now she’s on a journey with the prince in order to uncover the secrets of her mom’s journal and the truth about her new-found discovery on herself.

Sounds good right?

That’s what I thought too for at least 20% of the book..

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1 Star · Whinny Protags

Beauty and the Vampire by Zoey Hunter

37669459Beauty and the Beast Meets Twilight”
Honor student and cheerleader, Bel Winter, works hard to be a normal teenager. But deep down, she knows she is far from normal. The glowing rose-shaped mark on her shoulder is her first clue.

As her 17th birthday draws close, Bel’s friends fear she is losing her grip on reality. Yet, Bel believes. The visions she sees are real. The men in black capes who come out of the shadows are real.

And they are coming for her…

On the night of Bel’s birthday, at the stroke of midnight, her world goes black. When she wakes, she is thrust into a new and frightening world—the underground Onyx City.

It is a place rife with magic and creatures of the night.

It is a place of dark beauty, dangerous intrigue and ruled by a beast—the ruthless vampire prince, Ezra Blade.

When Bel makes a desperate attempt to escape her captors, she trespasses through the royal gardens, and is caught by the prince himself. Now, her fate is in his hands. Though she fears the mercurial Ezra, Bel knows he alone has the power to release her from the Onyx City.

Can Bel tame the beast? And convince him to set her free?

Fans of romance, intrigue and vampires will devour this magical retelling of a timeless tale.

Review

You can also read it on my GR!

1 mediocre as hell star.

Ok

Breathe in

Breathe out

Let me rip this to  sheds.

The only two good things about this book is the cover and the fact it’s over.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

As of March 19,2018 ,this review has 100 likes on goodreads! That’s the most likes have on any of my reviews. Who knew a book i didn’t like would get so many likes? lol

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WintersongSummary :All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand…

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Badass Protags · Fairy Tale Retellings · Three Stars

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom

Summary: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Edit: With more concentration, I decided to bump it down from 3 stars to 2.5 stars.

Review and Spoilers!

You can read it on my GR as well!

3 Stars

I’m trying to figure out something.

How this got so many five-star reviews when it’s crawling with tropes?

Seriously ?

I don’t regret dropping every book I was reading to read it but I could have waited a couple of months after I read the arc of Sea Witch to read it..

This book start out with such promise and just fell flat to me. I don’t know because I’m not really a fan of Little Mermaid but more of a Beauty of a Beast girl so reading a retelling of is not really in my radar. ( Even tho I do have the arc of the Sea Witch which I just mentioned that supposed to be retelling of it that supposed to be almost like Heartless by Marissa Meyer.) But since everyone and their baby mama was gushing about this book and I was denied a request to the arc of it, I decided to read it. It did started strong with it being witty and fresh but started to get boring and sterile towards the end.

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The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag

This tag was originally created by A Page of Jenniely and I was on Shai’s My World of Books blog when I saw this! So I decide to give it a try!

  1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it . Lawd I’m so gulity of doing that so many times. I got arcs now that the books been released and I still haven’t read them.
  2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley- I finally made it to 80% and was at 100% once upon a time ago. Now I”m at 82%. lol
  3. Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)- To many times to count.
  4. Folded down the page of a book- Once or twice in my younger years but now I pretty much a ebook girl.
  5. Accidentially spilled on a book- Nope Never I try not to drink anything while I’m reading.
  6. DNF a book this year- In 2017 but not 2018 yet. I maybe close but I don’t know yet.
  7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it. Hell Naw!
  8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)- To many times to count at work. lol
  9. Skim read a book- Yes
  10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal- Nope Actually went passed it.
  11. Borrowed a book and not returned it- Nope
  12. Broke a book buying ban- nope
  13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about- Yes! Too many times! Recently with my Evenly Hugo review.
  14. Wrote in a book you were reading- Nope
  15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads – Plenty of times.

I’m not going to tag anyone buy anyone can do it!!

Badass Protags · Edelweiss · Faves · Five Stars

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

33294200Summary: A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

 

 

Review

You can also read it on my GR!

Received this arc from Edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review.

5 Stars!

My first official review/ book of  2018 and doesn’t disappoint at all!

The Poet X is about a 15 year girl Xiomara, a young poet growing up in Harlem, dealing with so many different things in her young life. From a very religious mother who would probably send her to convent before giving her permission to go to a party , the growing pains of being a Afro-Latina girl who is getting curves which guys can’t stop looking which she have to use her fist instead of her words, being a twin who feels like she’s invisible and the only way she can be heard is though her poetry she writes in her notebook, to falling in love and kissing a boy for the first time which is treated like a sin instead of a part of life.

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Feature Post: Sarah J Maas and Words

Edit: The blub for ACOFAS has been released and Feyre says the word mate.. So I am going to update the chart to reflect it. So make that 313 times the word been used. Lol

Hey Everyone!

I’m still here but me writing books reviews has slowed down a lot. Probably because I’m working and the fact I just can’t get into a book like a used to. Maybe it’s a long term book slump that one day I get out of but I don’t know.( Even If one of the books I’m currently trying to read is a Beauty and Beast retelling by Grace Draven. ) I got arcs on top of arcs that could be reading. lol

But anyway! I need some content on my blog since I haven’t reviewed anything since January.( Well Technically November since I pretty much wrote that Evelyn Hugo review in November and just posted it in January. I told y’all I was in a book slump!)

This is just something fun I did on my spare time which I did post on Goodreads.

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Three Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Summary: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

You can also read on GR!

Review

3.5 Stars

So I have seen everyone and their baby mama read and rave about this book on GR for a while so I decide to give it a try. I thought it was just about this chick who have seven husbands in old Hollywood which was pretty common at that time ( cough Elizabeth Taylor) Actually it was much much more than that that started really good but then towards the end it started to feel more dramatic than one of the MC’s films. This book went from being good and looking like a five starer to a freaking three star predictable drama where I couldn’t stand anyone that I actually like through the whole book anymore.

Basically Our MC, Evelyn Hugo was once a big Hollywood star in the old Hollywood era who wants to tell her full life story about her life to this up and coming journalist Monique who had her own personal problems dealing with marriage. During the course of the book, which is told in Evelyn and Monique’s perspectives along with small chapters telling the story thought the eyes of the tabloids, you uncover the secrets of Evelyn Hugo life. From her raise to stardom,her hiding her Cuban heritage, her manipulating the press and everyone around her to keep her secrets and the people she loves safe, her seven husbands which some she loved and some she used to keep her secrets safe ,her dealing with her sexuality, and to her finding the love of life. ( which to me she needed to find someone new but I digress)

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