Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Favorite Quote:

“The nature of hate is mysterious. It can gnaw at the heart for an eon, then depart when one expected it to remain as immobile as a mountain. But even mountains erode.”

Thoughts:

I don’t… I don’t know what to feel right now. My heart is bleeding from my chest. I feel so pained but I also feel so much love. I have not felt this way toward a book in a very long time. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this story. This book was so full of life. I felt like I was in the story. It’s magical and fast-paced.

This book has a cinderella feel to it with a whole lot of Mexican mythology. I loved the characters so much. Hun-Kamé is such a complex character but so lovable and silly. Casiopea is probably one of my favorite leading ladies this year. She’s been through so much but she’s so strong, stubborn, and full of love and life. I could not help but root for her since page one. I’ve never been one for historical novels but I could not put this book down.

I love it so much. I can’t form a proper review right now because I loved it that much. I highly recommend it. It’s so good. I’m now in a book hangover. WOO

Down the TBR Hole #5

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

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. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

The Books:

Anglefall by Susan Ee\\ I’m not a huge fan of this cover anymore. I think I added it to my TBR because I saw an advertisement on my kindle one day. I enjoy books about angles  but I don’t think I’ll end up picking this book up, sadly. VerdictGo

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick\\ I think I added this book because of the cover, but again, it does not sound interesting. I think I’ll have to let this one go…. VerdictGo

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove\\ I think I added this because Regan from the Peruse Project enjoyed it and because the cover is gorgeous. However, I’m not a fan of historical fiction in the slightest. I think I’ll have to pass on this one. Verdict: Go

Red Rising by Pierce Brown\\ This is like my number one book I want to read. I think I bought it on my kindle, but honestly, I can’t remember for the life of me. It sounds so good and I’ve heard amazing things about it. I also really enjoy the cover! It’s so pretty and simple and UGH. I need to buy this book ASAP. Verdict: Keep

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco\\ This is another one that doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy. I think the cover is really neat and creepy. I think it would make a great Halloween story, but I don’t think i’d pick it up. I’m taking it off. Verdict: Go

 

Book Review: Tess of the Road (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
tessSeries: Standalone
Published by: Random House
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Rating: DNFed @ 44%
Synopsis:

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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Thoughts

I feel bad that I had to DNF (did not finish) this book. Especially because Random House was kind enough to let me review it! For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. There were too many words in the story that I didn’t know so I had no idea what was going on. After reading the book about 44% of the way through, the only thing I understood was that Tess was just walking. That’s about it. There didn’t seem to be much of a destination in mind and therefore, I felt like there wasn’t much of a plot.

I did really enjoy Tess’s character. I thought she was fun and sassy. Her mother, on the other hand, was a piece of work. I get she only wanted the best for Tess but she didn’t execute it well. I also found Tess’s friend, Pathka, to be super interesting but I didn’t know what they were exactly. I pictured them as a dragon shaped dog for some reason??

The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’m very sad I couldn’t get into the story. However, I think other people would like it! Especially if they enjoyed Seraphina 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday | Unique Titles

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Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Please note that 10 is just a starting number. You can post however many books you want or less!

This weeks topic is: “Unique Titles”


Hello friends! As you know, book covers play a vital role in capturing a readers attention but what about titles? Sometimes the more unique the title, the more intriguing the book sounds. Here are book titles I really like..

 

Can we really represent diverse characters correctly?

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Lets talk about you and me, lets talk about di-ver-sity… 

The past few years have been HUGE when it comes to talk about diversity in books and how important it is. Which is something I believe is important. I think it’s awesome that more nonwhite authors are emerging with nonwhite characters.  However, many authors have been criticized for not including diverse characters… One that really sticks out is Sarah J. Maas and her Throne of Glass series. Many people were furious that she didn’t include diverse characters. People constantly told her on twitter that she had tons opportunities to do so.

Which leads me to my next thing with Veronica Roth, who attempted to include diverse characters and then got backlashed for being racist.  You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 

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How can you write a character 100% correctly if you don’t know what it feels like to be ridiculed for you race or religion or sexual preference? How can you describe what that feels like if you, yourself, never actually experienced it?

Honestly, I don’t think it matters how much research you do. Your character will never be 100% accurate. One description about a character may seem completely accurate to you whereas someone else with a different experience sees that same description as racist or poorly done.

I guess what I’m trying to say, let’s try to be happy that authors are now currently trying to include diversity in their books. And do try to understand that because something seems like poor representation to you don’t mean it does for everyone. But it if honest to god is a terrible representation, talk about. Explain why it is instead of bashing the person that wrote the store or the character. Maybe they honest to god didn’t know.

Thoughts? Options? I feel like this post is all over the place.

This or That?

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So every week on Monday, Rae from the Bookmark Chronicles poses a bookish question. If you want to check out the challenge click the link. 🙂

This weeks question: You’ve just finished book 3 in a series of 6… book 1 was good, 2 was great, but the one you just finished was.. “meh.” What do you do? Finish the series- call is quits- put in back on your TBR to finish later?


Honestly, for me it really depends on how book 4 goes. Because what if book 4 has a huge turn around and the series starts getting really good again? I’ve had a few series that I’ve read where book two was horrible (book one being amazing) and the third book picks up again. If book 4 is just as “meh” as book 3, I might consider DNFing the series (or not buying the rest of the books). But at the same time… I might consider finishing it since I’d be more than half way done with the series to begin with. Does that even make sense? I feel like I ramble too much XD