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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones | Book Review

Hi everyone!

About a month ago, I started reading Wintersong, intrigued by it because I knew that it was about goblins and kidnapping, and now I’m happy to say I read it. Although, I didn’t quite love it–I’m giving it around 3.5-3.75 stars–it was definitely enjoyable, so I hope you stick around to continue reading this review.

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One thing I would like to point out is that you should definitely go into this book without knowing much. If you’re aware that it is about goblins, and that it has really beautiful writing, I think you’re set. What I realized while reading was that the synopsis given on the inside of the book as well as the one on Goodreads actually spoils part of the book. That is, I kept expecting the story to move forward more quickly, because what was happening was already given in the synopsis itself. It turned out, however, that the synopsis basically tells you what happens for at least a third of the book. So: if you want to be slightly more surprised, I recommend not reading a summary.

(This review will be spoiler-free).

Things I Liked:

As I mentioned already, I loved the writing. It was probably my favorite part of the book. It’s flowy and nice-sounding and really sets the atmosphere of the book. The world is super interesting as well. You want to continue reading purely because of the fact that everything is so mysterious and dark. Literally: when I think of this book, I imagine the color scheme of the (beautiful) book cover–dark blue laced with shining silver.

Another aspect I really enjoyed was the character development. By the end of the novel, Elisabeth is basically entirely transformed. When we first meet her, she has no self-esteem, doesn’t know what she’s doing, is bitter and unsatisfied with her life. Throughout the novel, she finally finds herself and her music. I also really liked the fact that her music was such a central aspect of her story, as books often erase hobbies and passions for plotlines.

Things That Could Have Been Better

My biggest complaint for this book is that nothing happened. I could have skipped a good 100 pages, and I would have understood what was going on because that’s how slow it was. I was expecting Elisabeth to do something besides stay weepy and mourn and lust, but she didn’t, most of the time. And this is coming from a person who can usually read slow books–I just couldn’t deal with it. It felt really repetitive at times, so much so that the romance got boring and even the beautiful writing didn’t faze me. It felt like I was reading the same lines over and over again.

I also wish that the author had expanded the world of the novel. There was so much more to know! It could have been so much more adventurous and interesting if something had actually happened. Don’t get me wrong: I usually enjoy character-driven books–I LOVE characters, even if the plot isn’t amazing–but for a book that was supposed to be a fantasy, I was expecting a little more action. So many things went unexplained; and I assume that they will be elaborated on in Book 2, but still.

Overall, however, I did end up liking this book because it had a really different taste to it. I’m not really sure if I’ll get to the second book, just because I don’t know if I can deal with another super slow book in a long time now.

Have you read Wintersong? Did you enjoy it, or were you one of those that thought it was mediocre?

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YA Books of 2018

Hey guys! Every year, I usually make a post of the new year’s book releases that I might want to read. Usually, I do it way before we enter into the new year, but this time, I’m a little late. (Obviously, since it’s already February).

Here are the links to the previous posts in this series:  2016 // 2017

As always, bolded means priority/I’m extra excited and italics means the book is a debut. I hope you find this list useful, since it took a while for me to choose which books to include.

 

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — January 2nd
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu — January 2nd
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed — January 16th
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert — January 30th
  • Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones — February 6th
  • Sightwitch (Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard — February 13th
  • Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare — February 20th
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena — February 27th
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — March 6th
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4) — March 6th
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — March 13th
  • The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton — March 13th
  • The Fates Divide (Carve The Mark #2) by Veronica Roth — April 10th
  • The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan — May 1st
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas — May 1st
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas — May 1st
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma — May 15th
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon — May 22nd
  • Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber — May 29th
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson — June 5th
  • Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdieh — June 5th
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #3) — June 12th
  • Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi — June 19th
  • My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Multiple Authors — June 26th
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik — July 10th
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton — July 31st
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas — August 7th
  • These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch — August 7th
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson — August 7th
  • Fierce Like a Firestorm (Hibiscus Daughter #2) by Lana Popovic — August 21st
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud — August 28th
  • Untitled by Kiera Cass — September 20th
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White– September 25th
  • Untitled (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer — November 6th
  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare — December 4th
  • Untitled (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu — ???
  • Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas — ??? 
  • Untitled by Marie Rutkoski — ???
  • The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — ???

What are your most anticipated reads of 2018? I’d love to know!

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: A Pleasant Surprise

Hey guys!

About two weeks ago, when we had just entered 2018, I picked up An Enchantment of Ravens on a whim. I kind of just felt like trying it out; since I knew it had faeries in it…until I got hooked. I hadn’t felt like reading something avidly in such a long time, and it just felt so good. Even when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking of it and the characters.

So–I decided I might as well tell you guys a little bit about it in this review-raving post. (This is spoiler-free, so don’t worry about it).

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Isn’t the cover SO beautiful?

I personally think you don’t really need to know much about this book before going into it. It’s barely 300 pages; so if you learn too much about it, then it might spoil the book for you. The only things you should know are: it’s about faeries, and it has beautiful writing.

Now, just a heads up: this is one of those books that’s definitely a hit-or-miss. For me, it was a hit. I get why people wouldn’t like it as much–but for me, I could overlook the flaws because my enjoyment outweighed the things that would usually bug me. In fact, it was kind of out of the ordinary for me to enjoy a book like this.

Normally, I despise instalove. I’ve written so much about how much I hate it; and I still do. An Enchantment of Ravens had instalove. I still love it. For such a short book, I became so invested in the characters that I didn’t care about the fact that the romance took place in such a short bit of time. That said, let me tell you why I loved this book.

  • The writing was so pretty. Reading it, I thought I was a faerie myself, floating through this mystical world. It was poetical without the long, wordy descriptions some books have.
  • loved the characters. Yea, yea. Isobel could be stupid sometimes; she fell in love super easily, etc. etc. I didn’t care. She was also passionate and stubborn about what she wanted; she didn’t give up easily and that’s what made the story nice. Rook? I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. As a reader you expect him to be all stiff and annoying and like a trickster, but he’s actually such an innocent smol bean. He’s cluelessly adorable, but at the same time–he’s not stupid.
  • The WORLD. Anyone who knows my taste in books knows I am an absolute sucker for anything faerie related. Do books include intriguing worlds with faeries/fey who can’t lie and have all the nature-y stuff related to them? Cool. I’m in. And this was just that. Rogerson took my image of nature-bound faeries who couldn’t lie right out of my head and put it in her book.
  • And just about everything else.

Again, I feel like I need to clear this up: this book had a lot of flaws. Besides the instalove, there were a lot of plot holes that I feel like could have been addressed had the book been longer. But in actuality? I didn’t really care. I liked the fact that not everything had been cleared up, because it let the intrigue of the book stay.

My only complaint is that I wish this book was longer, since Rogerson definitely could have extended it to answer some questions. At times it felt like it was slightly rushed, as if the author needed to fit in the plot in an X amount of words. I just wish that there was another book to look forward to, especially since certain conflicts could be extended more. (Though I’m not complaining about the ending we got!)

Regardless, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this book, and I can’t wait for any other books Margaret Rogerson has to offer us. ❤

Have you read this book? How did you like it? I’d love to chat!

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The Grinch Book Tag

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and I saw this one over at Lila’s blog, and decided I might as well do it myself. So, let’s begin!

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Also…I’ve always felt terrible for the Grinch omg 😦

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out // Name a book/series/character that started out well and then went downhill.

Since I just finished The Becoming of Noah Shaw, I might as well use that for this question. If you’ve read my review, you know how disappointed I was by this installment. I know, technically it’s the first book in a series, but you can’t really read it without already having read Mara Dyer. So yes–this book definitely fits, since I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy SO much more.

2. Annoying relatives won’t leave you alone // Name a book that you did not enjoy but everyone else seems to love, and it will not stop haunting you.

It’s literally been three years, but I still don’t understand why everyone loves I’ll Give You The Sun so much. All I remember was that it was insta-lovey and just…not that good. (I will still literally rant about this book guys–it’s never going to end).

3. Your pets keep knocking over your Christmas decorations // Name a character that kept on messing everything up for everyone.

OHMYGOD how annoying the main character was in The Kite Runner! I remember liking the book when I read it last year, and the character development was good, but he was just so goddamn selfish and I could not get over it.

4. You hear your parents putting presents out and learn that Father Christmas is not real // Name a book you were spoiled for.

I’ve been spoiled for sooo many books, but here are some off the top of my head: Allegiant, City of Glass, Clockwork Princess, Heir of Fire…all of the mainstream books that I would have loved even more if I hadn’t been spoiled.

5. It’s freezing outside // Name a character you just couldn’t warm to.

August Flynn from This Savage Song. It’s not that I didn’t like him; he was fine, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care that much. At the end of the duology, because I wasn’t really emotionally attached, I didn’t end up having my heart broken like everyone else, even though I had enjoyed the books in general.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is being played a lot on the radio, giving you anti-romantic feelings // Name a couple that you just could not stand.

Will I ever stop screeching about just how much I hate Aelin and Rowan? I hate them so much that I changed the font of this text for the first time in my life. I just…can’t. I hated Rowan from the start; ever since he started abusing her and I despised it when Sarah turned their relationship into a romance. Blegh.

7. The scratchy homemade jumper that you got for Christmas years ago but have never worn // A book that has been sitting on your shelf for years that you are not motivated to read, but do not have the heart to get rid of.

Sadly, my sister gave me The Knife of Never Letting Go (haha, get it, I don’t want to let go of it) about two years ago, and I even got it signed(!), but I just haven’t picked it up yet and I’ve kind of lost interest. The sad thing is, I KNOW if I just start it, I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t have the motivation to. The other thing is, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it purely because a) it was a gift and b) it’s signed.

8. Grandma has gotten run over by a reindeer // Name a character death that you are still mad about.

*spoiler alert for Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare*

My heart is still broken over the fact that Livvy died. I know that if she hadn’t, then the book wouldn’t have been as good as it was, but still. It was so tragic, because Livvy was so innocent and just hadn’t deserved to die, but it absolutely broke my heart.

9. Shops are overcrowded with shoppers for the holidays // Name a series with too many books, or that went on too long.

This one is really tricky, because I will always always ALWAYS harbor a special place in my heart for Rick Riordan’s books. That said, even I–a die-hard PJO fan–admit that the world of gods and monsters that Rick once created so uniquely is kind of overdone at this point. His new series (Not the Heroes of Olympus) all follow the same types of tropes with similar character archetypes, and although I understand that it is meant for a younger audience, I feel like it is a bit much.

10. The Grinch // Name a main character that you absolutely hate (not a villain).

I already kind of talked about him, but I’ve never hated a character who is not a villain with the passion that I hate Rowan with. I never warmed up to him; never thought he was as amazing as everyone made him to be, never shipped him with Aelin or any of that. Honestly, I wish he would die. (I am very aware of how controversial my opinions on him are).

Anyway, that’s it for this tag! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my ranting!

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw: The Disappointing Reality

Hey guys! Don’t know if you remember, but about two months ago I blogged about how excited I was for The Becoming of Noah Shaw. In fact, I wasn’t talking about my excitement just on my blog; I pretty much mentioned it to all of my close friends and family. Needless to say, I was so hyped.

I’m so sorry to say that I was let down, greatly. I mean, just looking at the cover made me happy, but now it’s making me mad (that’s how let down I was)–

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I ended up giving it 2.5 stars.

Note: spoilers are discussed in this review. Also, trigger warning for suicide, self-harm, etc., due to the content of the book.

The disappointment of the year. No, really. I was SO excited for this book to come out—I waited so long for it! I couldn’t wait to reabsorb the creepiness and the plot twists and everything, as I’ve said before, a million times over and over again.

This book was not what I wanted.

Either my reading tastes have changed SUPER drastically (I don’t really think so), or this book just wasn’t good. First of all, it was overly vulgar, and overly explicit and sexual. It didn’t even mean anything because something either disgusting or supposedly “hot” was happening all the time, and I just ended up becoming desensitized and annoyed by it. There was no real plot, and I only kept reading because I wanted a plot twist at the end and I didn’t want to DNF it. I have to say, it was addicting as always, but instead of being intrigued, I just wanted to get it over with.

I was super confused the entire book, since Hodkin didn’t do a very good job of reminding us what had happened in previous books, and nothing really happened in this book anyway. I mean, I remember the Mara Dyer books as being vague, but nothing made SENSE in this one. Did Mara actually force people to kill themselves? And if she did, I mean, WHY? There was no reason to anything; it just happened and it was useless and grotesque. Basically, all the violence and the sex was pointless. I didn’t see any motive for anything, and quite honestly, this book made my head hurt.

Another part I despised was how the author used suicide/mental illness/self-harm so freely. She literally used suicide as a plot device! And with no motive! Yea yea there’s a trigger warning in the beginning of the book, but really? It was so unnecessary; and I hated how it didn’t even mean anything. The book ended unclear, which I’d be fine with, but there are some things you have to explain, and this was one of them.

I have so many more complaints, but all I want to say now is that I wish I had loved this more. Sadly, the best part of the book was the last 50 pages, and I don’t think it was worth reading the rest of the 300+ pages for that. I’m giving it an extra 0.5 stars purely for the ending (I liked the cliffhanger) and because of my nostalgia for the old books, otherwise I’d be giving it 2 stars. I’m not even sure if I’ll continue the series, but we’ll see.

Basically, the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t get too hyped. But hey! The good news is, I finally finished a book (my first in, like, 3 months)!

Have you read this book? How do you feel about it? I know other people were really disappointed too, so I would love to rant!

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Reading Goals For the Rest of the Year

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I just finished off one of the most challenging weeks of school so far (or at least, a week that really impacted my mental health badly). Needless to say, it’s been rough. For the first time since the creation of this blog, I got less than 200 views per month in November. (It’s my fault–I barely published anything and I haven’t been interacting properly).

I’m continuing my (sad) streak of not finishing a book in over 3 months now.

It’s disheartening, to say the least.

It is one of the most saddening things to not be able to do something that I used to love so much, something that brought me happiness. But this month, the last month of 2017, I’m going to read. If not now, during winter break, I don’t care: I. Will. Read. I will force myself to read for fun. (Which will be entertaining anyway–not really “forcing”). In addition, my goal is to write at least four blog posts.

I’m going to do this like it’s my job, because right now, I need a little push. I haven’t read in so long that I’m procrastinating reading, even if I know I’ll be happy if I read.

So, this month, I first want to:

  • Finish reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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  • Finish reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which I’ve been “reading” for far too long.

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And I also want to read two additional books that are fantasy, because I haven’t read fantasy in so long. I might buy and choose from any one of these:

  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Or maybe the Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Who knows? (Though my priority would be in the list that I just gave). If any of you have read these, PLEASE let me know which one you think I should get to first! I love all of the authors’ previous books so it’s kind of hard to choose for me.

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Contemporary Books I Can’t Wait To Get To

Hi guys! Long time no chat. The past few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out what I should write about. After all, I haven’t even read a book in the past almost three months–so I can’t really discuss any new books. But, as always, there are a bunch of books I want to read and can’t. Today I decided to talk about some contemporaries I’ve had my eyes out for. (Some of these are published, others aren’t).

  • Girls Like That Tanaz Bhathena

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POC main character? With a cover that SHOWS it? Intriguing plot? Sign me up. (Release date: February 27th, 2018).

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erica Sanchez

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(This was released October 17th, 2017).

  • Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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GUYS. I am SO excited for this. It’s actually number one on the Goodreads list for POC main characters–the main character is an Indian-American Muslim and deals with Islamophobia. I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT–so many people have read it and loved it and I want to, too.

  • It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

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Pretty cover? Check. Cute contemporary? Check. Also, this is already published so I can go out and read it anytime!

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

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Muslim-American protagonist? Who wears a hijab? IN THE BOOK COVER? Okay, besides all of my gushing, this actually means so much to me. Looking at this cover, I can see myself in the main character, and that just…makes such a huge difference. This was published over the summer, and I’m dying to get my hands on it.

  • Save The Date by Morgan Matson

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I used to love Morgan’s books SO much (back when I actually read), and I’ve been anticipating this one for nearly two years now. I actually heard about it wayyy before it was published when I met Morgan Matson, and I know it’s going to be just as cute and funny and heart-warming as her other books.

And finally, because I don’t want this list to go on forever,

  • Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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I legit waited three years for Jasmine Warga to write a new book, and she finally did! This also has a Middle-Eastern main character, and because My Heart and Other Black Holes was such an important book for me, I have super high expectations. (Thinking about it makes me nostalgic :’)).

And that’s it for this post! I know it was kind of choppy, but it took me a while to compile this list and I hope you enjoy. If you noticed, a lot of these books have POC/Muslim main characters, which means a lot to me (and I’ve been trying to read contemporaries with more representation). Please let me know if you’ve read/want to read any of these–I’d love to talk!

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