And I Darken by Kiersten White: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy new review day! My apologies for yesterday, I had a family emergency. But things are looking better! On to the review! I had And I Darken on my e-reader for wayyyyy to long. I only picked it up for a Reading Rush challenge. I’m definitely glad I did!

My Lame Synopsis: Lada is a brutal princess that doesn’t take shit from no one. There’s war and politics between countries. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

When I first finished the book I was so impressed with the book that I gave it 5 stars. But as I sit here I can’t remember much of the story at all. I don’t think that’s a good sign. To what I do remember, I loved how badass Lada was. “I am the Dragon”. I’m always a sucker for a strong female character. On the other hand, the names were a little confusing for me and that pulled me out of the story.

I do really appreciate Lada’s brother and his journey with religion. I thought it was interesting as someone who grew up with religion and didn’t make the discovery later in life. It’s not something I’m part of anymore, but I can still respect and admire someone who has faith. I don’t have this draw to patriotism like Lada and her family did, which added to the story for me.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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I Should Have Read That Tag! ~09/17/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Look at me posting two days in a row! I feel so accomplished! I thought it would be fun to mix things up and post a tag since I haven’t done one in a while! Sooo I didn’t actually get tagged to do this.. I just saw it on THE BIBLIOPHAGIST blog and decided to do it too!


RULES:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you, and link back to their post.
  2. Link to the creator’s blog.
    This was originally created by Beth from Books Nest.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Tag 10 others to take part.
  5. ENJOY!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND ALWAYS TELLS YOU TO READ

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Can you believe it that I haven’t read this yet?? My brother thinks it’s ridiculous that I read as much as I do and yet I haven’t picked up any Tolkien! I just discovered the audiobooks through my library and hope the hold comes through soon! Goodreads


A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER, AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

 

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Speaking of my library, I’ve been using my library to reads the books I first added to Goodreads. Check out my first Down The TBR Hole #1! This is currently the oldest book on my Goodreads TBR shelf. But I already got a hold on the audiobook! Goodreads


A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU HAVE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING

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Is there really any other answer I could give?! I’ve been reading The Fiery Cross for a few months and ya’ll are probably sick of seeing it. Haha. I’m finally making good progress so I really hope to finish it this month! Goodreads


A CLASSIC YOU HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I’ve only read Pride & Prejudice from Jane Austen, but I’ve always wanted to read her other work. I just haven’t. I think it’s because of the language, the old English is intimidating. Maybe I need to set a goal to read one every month..? Goodreads list


A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

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For this one, I would 100% agree with the bibliophagist and say The Princess Bride. But just to keep my answers different, I would also say Gone Girl. The movie was really good and still think about it. I would be really interested to see how different the book is to the movie. This may or may not be the only movie I like Ben Affleck in. Goodreads


A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM, BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

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I’m kind of on the fence on Strange The Dreamer, I don’t know for sure if I want to read it. I can’t decide because of the lyrical writing. It’s so hit or miss for me and I don’t want to not love it when there’s so many who do. Goodreads


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Sure, maybe that’s a cop out, but I’m fine with that!!


As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #24

Good hello, friends! New day, new post! This past weekend was full of ups and downs, but overall busy! I still have this overwhelming feeling that I didn’t get enough done when I did so much!

Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!



1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

So many people I follow love this book, so I feel like I wouldn’t be doing it justice if I didn’t give it a try. I’m definitely going to read it through my library though. Then I can decide to continue the series too or not. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

2. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Just by the title, I don’t remember Brooklyn, but now I see it’s the book that was adapted into the movie. I think I’m going to keep it and then after reading the book, watch the movie! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Was this adapted too? No, thank you Goodreads, haha. I don’t know why I thought it was a movie or TV show.. I still feel really interested in the magic system and the main character’s power. Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

4. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

It would be silly to keep a book only on the author’s name? I guess so, since I just like the name! The synopsis isn’t doing it for me anymore. Oh, well. I don’t think I’ll get along with this parent asking their kid to hide a part of themselves like they’re ashamed or something trope. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

See, when there wasn’t a lot of diverse books in my reading history, not many available, especially in young adult. I had an interest. I do remember liking the synopsis too. But I’ve read/seen mixed reviews and I read more diversely so I no longer feel as excited as I once did. Will always love that cover though. Goodreads

Judgement: Go

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy new review day! Today is a graphic novel that I’m pretty excited to review and soon continue reading the series!

My Lame Synopsis: A teen girl dealing with the affects of war while being connected with this monster thing. It has a cool steam punk feel. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh my god, this graphic novel is so dark and gory. I mean that, of course, in the best way.  This first volume definitely left me feeling like I want more; very intriguing. The art also is something I can’t help but appreciate with the attention to detail. Just look at that cover!

The most prominent theme so far is power; every character is struggling to gain more power either having an internal struggle and/or among other characters. The book starts with cannibalism even! I told ya it was dark! (That’s not a spoiler because it’s like page 1 or 2, right?)

I’m only apprehensive about the main character being disabled and how that will effect the plot. Clearly it’s a plot device, but I can’t tell from the first volume how they writers will handle using it, poorly or very well. Time will only tell!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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WWW Wednesday ~ 09/11/19

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Crazy that 9/11 was 18 years ago. Anyone else think about it often? I will always remember.. On a happier note; here’s my reading update.

Now to get to WWW Wednesday! I love these questions because I always want to know what everyone is reading! I would really love for you to answer these questions in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On a World of Words, with the rules being to answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

Do I even need to mention that I’m still reading The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon? Again? Now that I have returned my library books I don’t have to feel rushed to finish anything specific! I’m also listening to Room by Emma Donoghue. I was browsing through the Libby app and decided to start in on the books that have been on my Goodreads TBR the longest. Room is the first book! I’m over halfway already and I just started it yesterday!


2. What did you recently finish reading?

In the last few days I’ve finally gotten a few things done! To start, I finished This Little Light by Lori Lansens. Someone I work with encouraged me to pick this up right away. I had no idea what it was about what I started it! Second, of course was the library book I needed to finish which was Anger is A Gift by Mark Oshiro. Very good book. Then Lastly, I finished issues 1 and 2 of the Shuri comic book at my doctor’s appointment yesterday!


3. What you think you’ll read next?

 

After I finish the audiobook for Room, I would like to start Girls on The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller. Room is a nice break between This Little Light and Girls on The Verge with the very serious themes of teen pregnancy and abortion.

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Sabriel by Garth Nix: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Did you get a chance to see my review yesterday?? I was part of the blog tour for The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills: Book Tour!! Go ahead and give it some love!

My Lame Synopsis: So this little girl who’s intelligence is beyond her years has the magic of the dead. She’s in a school, but leaves to go on adventure to try to save her dad. Goodreads

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Let’s start with the small issues I had first. I didn’t like in a fantasy world that was completely created by Nix, he used miles and phrases like ‘length of a football field’. It took me out of the story and felt like of lazy writing, in my opinion. Also, the audiobook’s narrator was hard to understand at times. His pronouncement of some words left me guessing what he said. About halfway through, I started to read along with the audiobook and that made a big difference. I was so fascinated by this world. It gives me vibes of Greek mythology with the multiple of layers of the underworld, for example.

The plot overall was fantastic. The magic system was so very cool and my favourite part of the book. There was some aspects that reminded me of Nevernight (yes, I know Sabriel came out first, but I personally read Nevernight first). Such as, the not-cat that appeared in both books. I can’t forget to remind the strong, badass main characters in both stories. Sabriel grew on me throughout the book. I was concerned that she was written beyond her age and seemed too old compared to the age she was given, but Nix even addressed that which put me at ease over that issue.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills: Book Tour!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Tues-I mean Monday!! Today is a special day because today’s blog is part of the Blog Tour with Annick Press for The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills!! Thank you to Annick Press for sending me this beautiful middle grade book to read and review, but also having me part of the blog tour! I am honoured. I have for you my review of the book and along side a playlist for the book. I just love that’s this is a thing. In fact, I only use Spotify to listen to book inspired playlists. Allison Mills herself created the playlist inspired by the characters in the book. Click the link to give a listen, there’s a list of the songs below too: The Ghost Collector Playlist

The Ghost Collector comes out tomorrow (September 10th)!! So make sure to get your own copy!

The Synopsis: Shelly and her grandmother catch ghosts. in their hair. 

Just like all the women in their family, they can see souls who haven’t transitioned yet; it’s their job to help the ghosts along their journey. When Shelly’s mom dies suddenly, Shelly’s relationships to ghosts -and death- changes. Instead of helping spirits move on, Shelly starts hoarding them. But no matter how many ghost cats, dogs, or people she hides in her room, Shelly can’t ignore the one ghost that’s missing. Why hasn’t her mom’s ghost come home yet? Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a heartfelt middle grade book about grief, belief, death, and moving on. This is one of those books that anyone at any age can read it and get something out it, which I admire Mills for doing. There are so many wonderful hard lessons for anyone to learn. For example, life goes on after experiencing death of a loved one, and we are all people, even our parents. I, myself, have learned recently that your parents are just people and not perfect, superheroes as you thought as a kid. I so related to Shelly and her mom’s relationship. I wish I had a peace offering like The Cure album. Shelly also learning responsibilities through faith. It was intriguing to read from the point of view of someone with a Cree background (by an own voices author) and having a different understanding of death than what I grew up with. Wow, just wow at the discussion of lost and grief. Mills wrote the book beautifully. I would be lying if I said i didn’t tear up.

Favourite quotes: “Sometimes the rules are what you make them of them. Sometimes they need to be bent – broken. Sometimes the world is made of hard choices.”

“…life has become a before and an after and she doesn’t know how to bring them together.”


Make sure to check out the other blogs part of this tour! Go to Annick Press’ social media to read more bout the book and Allison Mills!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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