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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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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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…

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1)When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

Review

3.5 Stars

This was looking like a solid 4 until the last 20-30% of the book. It was good enough to keep me interested and finish the book but it has it’s major problems. I just feel like it had too much going on that the author didn’t have time to completely flesh out and it was all over the place.

You had

  • Steampunk which was there but should have been flesh out a little more.
  • Vampires  and Werewolves which were never really explained on how they become  to exist in Victorian London.
  • A ghost who probably had more character depth that all the characters combined  ( even the main two characters) even with no speaking parts.
  • Two Murder Mysteries which was intriguing.
  • An attempted murder.
  • Blackmail which was kind of pointless.
  • A heroine that even tho I liked her and though was a badass was kind of Mary Sueish cause she was perfect in everything.
  • A hero who can shifted into a wolf but it’s never fully explained how and if it’s a curse he can break.  He was broody as hell which he pass the beast scale.
  • A shitton of side characters that had no freaking depth and really didn’t care about..
  • A villain that had no depth that I really didn’t give a damn about.
  • A romance that was good in the beginning with the Heroine and Hero having with banner and interaction but felt kind of flat towards to the end. That it honestly felt that hero was trying to get into the heroine corset towards the end. Call me old fashion but I like to hear a declaration of love before or during a marriage proposal and not like two chapters after they are engaged.  I was swooning over the declaration of love more than them getting engaged.

I just wish the author picked like maybe four of the things on the list and focus on those things instead of putting a shition of things in here that made the plot felt contrived. The book would have been way stronger if she did instead of being weak.

This supposed to have  been a BATB retelling mixed in with Jane Eyre but it remind me more of Pride and Prejudice mixed with BATB than Jane Eyre mixed with BATB. I think because I not really familiar with JE with only seeing one adaption of while seeing like four adaptations of P&P and of course being highly verse in BATB . Even tho she kind of didn’t follow the formula of BATB was kind of confusing.

All in All in was ok read. Something that I probably won’t read again.

Would I recommend?

Yes If you want a BATB story with some steampunk.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review and mild spoiler.

4 Stars!

I’m honestly glad I went back to this  and found the audiobook because the second half of the book was a freaking gut wrenching experience. It was a funny one but it was emotional as hell. To see Starr grow from her experience and learning how to use her voice was very emotional ride.  The only reason it’s not getting a five stars cause I still feel like how I felt when I stopped it a couple months ago with the stereotyping of Blacks. I know this book intention was to  bring the Black Culture, the neighborhoods, and the serious situation of Police killing unarmed Black men ( and women) to the forefront which I really think was the author’s full attention, it kind of brings up the stereotypes that people think black people are anyway. Even tho the narrative did try to show the misconceptions of black people are false. Also some elements of the book felt like a Tyler Perry movie with the dramatics.. I swear the scene where the neighbor stood up to King felt like the ending of Daddy Little Girls when the neighbor told the judge they didn’t see Idris Elba character beat up that gang leader.   All and All The book is probably going down a book that will be taught in schools about the BLM movement. It gives you an eye opening and powerful experience that people will need to understand the situation at hand with Police Brutality  .

A Couple of things I have to address that I have seen in the  reviews.

  1. This book is not reverse racism – Nope It’s not. This book is not racist against whites but can be prejudiced and stereotypical as best. It does shows the misconception  that black people along with white can have against each other and other races..  It does show how  you can rather stay in not knowledgeable about it and strew in your ignorance and hate or find out your conception of that person is wrong by getting know them and asking them.  So no I don’t think Starr, her friends and family was racist against Chris cause they said some stereotypical things they heard about white people to him.. I’m so sorry that if white people felt like they were stereotyped in this book cause guess what?  If that boy didn’t get stereotyped to be a thug which he wasn’t and the other really life cases didn’t either, their love ones wouldn’t be burying them at a young age. So…
  2. This book is not Anti-Police- This book is not saying that all cops are bad and should not be trusted. The narrative have said many times that they’re cops just like Starr’s Uncle who are good and do their job to serve and protect the people and the city they are in. This is about the ones who hide behind that badge who supposed to serve and protect but they carry out their racist and prejudices bullshit against Blacks and other minorities. It’s about the corrupted cops  and the corrupted system which keep letting these cops get away with killing unarmed Blacks man, women and other minorities instead of going to jail. This is also about painting the cops as looking like the victim and painting the real victim as criminal.

That’s it!  I’m glad I finished this book and can’t wait for the movie!

Top Five Books of your Hogwarts House

This is my first top five Wednesday!

So I saw a couple of my friends do this on their Blogs and on Goodreads so I decided to do it as well.

House of Hufflepuff !

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Even tho this list consist of books according to my house I consider myself a Ravenpuff for several reasons.

  1. I took the  pottermore test when it was in Beta and I was sorted into Hufflepuff. I had to come terms with it but once I realized that I’m loyal to fault and I was ok with it. Also the fact my best friend I met in college was a Huffly as well.  Our bathroom we shared in our dorm was Hufflepuff themed.
  2. I took it again after Pottermore restructured their website and was sorted to Ravenclaw. I had a little bit of an identity crisis since I loved the fact that I was an Huff. The more I thought about it the more I come to terms with it since I do value intelligence as well as being loyal.
  3.  So I thought about it and come to conclusion that I’m an Huffleclaw or Ravenpuff.

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