I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
This book was extremely weird… It was good and it took awhile for me to read it but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I really like that it does not focus heavily on romance. That was pretty refreshing for a YA book. A lot of things felt super predicable so I wasn’t surprised by anything.
I didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of character development. That was one thing I felt was lacking in the story. Amy was a pretty likeable character. She felt real but she also felt kind of bland. I’m not sure if that even makes remotely any sense.
I like the idea behind the book. I like that it’s kind of like a sequel to the Wizard of Oz. I think it was a very unique idea. I wish somethings would have been executed differently. The middle of the book felt kind of pointless. It just felt like something was missing. The beginning and end were SUPER fun though!
It’s all about them covers, bout them covers, bout them covers.
Hello friends! I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday! This week is cover freebie! We get to discuss any topic we want that is based on covers! I feel like covers themselves get a lot of love so I’m going to discuss my favorite typography on covers! I feel like typography can really make or break a cover. There are so many great covers with beautiful typography 😀
Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow || I love how imperfect it is. The words are striked out and look like they’ve been erased and rewritten. It speaks volumes about the story.
Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
This weeks topic is: Is 3 Stars A Good Rating?
I really like this weeks topic. 3 stars are different for every person. When I rate a book 3 stars I image myself giving the book a C or a 70%. It’s not terrible, it’s just kind of mediocre. The book was good but it didn’t blow me away. I want to read books that amaze me, make me think, slap me across the face and be like “HERE I AM”.
I have a hard time picking up books when I see that a majority of the reviews on goodreads are 3 stars. I think it’s because I don’t want to read something everyone else seems to think is meh. I want a book that isn’t like anything I’ve ever read.
I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I personally think it’s saying the book is okay but it could have been better. I will still recommend 3 star books because everyone has different tastes. A 3 star book for me might be a 5 star book for you.
A lot of times when I rate a book a 3 star it’s because it’s not a book I’m going to remember. I’ll probably forget the characters names or what happened in the story. I ended up stopping the rating scale on my blog because it’s hard for me to rate them but I still end up rating them on goodreads. XD
Overall, I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I think they’re a pretty average rating for most bloggers. I tend to rate most of the books I read either a 3 or 4 star on goodreads! What about you? Do you think they’re good? Do you think they’re bad? Let me know down below!
Long time, no talk. I have no excuse so I’m not going to write about it. I’m just going to pretend nothing happened, LOL. If you’re still here, hello! I’m glad you stayed around. 🙂
I’ve just become in a huge, huge, huge reading slump. I’m not even sure if it’s a reading slump. I just haven’t been interested in reading anything in a long time. I’m 27 now and I feel like YA books are becoming too… “young” for me but adult books are too “old” for me. I think because of this I’m not in a mood to read because nothing relates to me.
This just brings me to my question, do I still enjoy YA books? I think in a sense I still like them but I don’t love them like I use to when I was in my teenage years. I find myself maturing as I age and reading about teens in love and not communicating drives me nuts. I think I’ve read maybe two books since my last blog post. I read the Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I really enjoyed them, but I don’t feel compelled to read the rest of the series like I once did.
I read an amazing article called “I’ve Outgrown Young Adult Fiction and I think I’m Okay with That” by Jeffrey Davies on book riot that states “I realized that my newfound inability to find comfort or understanding in YA books was that by growing older, I had begun to let go of many of the anxieties associated with youth—most of which are constantly portrayed in the genre.” I felt this. I feel this. As I finish college and step into another stage of my, marriage, I find myself not having the worries I use to. I don’t care if a guy is super hot because I already have my guy. I don’t have fear constantly plaguing me that he’s going to leave because I know where both in it for the long haul.
I still enjoy YA books; however, I’m slowly letting go of the guilt that I need to read only YA books in order to blog about them. I think that’s why I’ve slowly started to neglect my blog as well. I haven’t been reading YA books as much as I use to so I feel a sense of guilt if I want to blog about anything else.
I’m not really sure what this post was really about. I feel like I just rambled the whole time. How do you feel? Do you still love YA books? Are you starting to grow away from them? Why or why not?
Are you like me where you like to shout at the characters or to yourself while reading? I decided to do a relaxing post today. Enjoy my crazy thoughts and feels! Those darn characters, I tell ya. I also like to talk to myself because I never saw a twist coming. XD But I also tend to cry a lot, lol.
“JUST COMMUNICATE *eye rolls*”
“Ugh, he is so cute, my heart is mellllting”
“OMG, HOW DID I NOT FIGURE THIS OUT!?”
“Okay, but like the other guy is way better for you”
“WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BREAK MY BABY BOYS HEART!?”
“It’s okay, I’m okay, everything is okay”
“KISS KISS KISS KISS KISS”
“I KNEW IT! God I’m so smart”
Want to know the books I was thinking of while writing this post? The darn culprits are…
Hello! Today I decided to pair some books I enjoyed with my favorite drinks! After doing this post, I realized I do not have many favorite drinks, lol! If you want to learn more about the books I have posted, just click on the pictures 🙂
Hot Tea and Gods of Jade and Shadow
I love hot tea when I’m freezing. It makes me feel so warm and cozy. I also drink loads of tea when I don’t feel well. Gods of Jade and Shadow made my heart so happy. I felt all warm and cozy while reading it. Drinking hot tea makes me want to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. You can read my review here 🙂
White Wine and The Selection
Drinking wine reminds me of socializing and get togethers. It’s also just really refreshing. It needs to be sweet thought. I hate dry wine. Drinking white wine makes me want to read The Selection, mostly because The Selection reminds me a lot of the Bachelor XD. There is also a ton of drama and for me, drama needs some wine to go with it.
Iced Tea and The DUFF
I love drinking iced tea on a nice, hot summer day. I love being able to tan outside and have a nice refreshing tea by my side. I choose The DUFF because I love reading this book during the summer time. It’s one of my favorites even if it is super cheesy. Drinking iced tea makes me want to read The DUFF because they both remind me of summertime.
Coffee and Harry Potter
I saved the best for last. Coffee is my comfort drink. I love drinking it just for the heck of it. It also reminds me of fires and Christmas. I’m not sure why. Harry Potter also reminds me of Christmas and reading by the fire. Drinking coffee makes me want to read Harry Potter because Harry is also my comfort book. I love reading Harry Potter and watching the movies when I’m sad. They make me so happy, just like coffee. ❤
What books would you pair with your favorite drinks? Let me know down below! 😀
“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.”
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
2019 was a terrible year for me for both blogging and reading. 2018 was pretty rough too, to be honest. I want 2020 to be a fresh start for me in terms of doing what I love. A year and a half ago I decided to go back to college and finally finish my college degree. I only have another year and a half left! WOOO. Almost there. I am going to college full time so I won’t have a tonof time to read and blog but I’m hoping I can do more than what I have done in the past! Fingers crossed ❤
My goals for 2020 are the following:
Read backlist books.
there are so many books I have on my shelves that have been published before 2017. It is time I finally read them! Some of the books I’m excited to get to are…
These are just the select few. There are so many more than I am also hoping to read!
Blog at least once a week
I don’t think blogging at least once a week should be terrible even going to school full time. I’m not sure what I’ll post but I do have several ideas lined up and will hopefully review the books I read.
Read at least one book a month
I went months without reading this year. I want to try and read at least one book a month. I really miss reading.
I don’t have a ton of goals. I don’t want to push myself too much. I want to slowly get back into the hobby I love which is reading and blogging.
oh, wow, okay. i don’t know what to feel right now.
Literally just finished this and now writing my review. why? good question. I’m still wondering myself. Tomi’s writing was so beautiful and captivating. I was in the mood for some fantasy and this book was the perfect fit.
Honestly, I cannot explain my love for these characters. They all felt so alive. They struggled with their own inner demons and their own fears. The more they fought, the stronger they became. Tzain was one of my favorite characters. I was sad there were zero chapters in his point of view when all the other main characters got a chapter.
I love how this book focuses on oppression. I can’t say I have felt oppressed but you can tell in the writing that Tomi has experience. I could feel Tomi’s pain in her writing. It made the book come alive. It broke my. It made me happy. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was everything.
For me, the biggest down fall of the story was the romance. It was pretty instalovey. It made me so mad I almost didn’t want to finish the story. It felt so unnecessary. Thinking about it now still makes me extremely upset. Although I love the characters themselves, I was not rooting for their love story. I was more disappointed than anything.
I love this book so much. I love the writing. I love the characters. I love the plot. I’m excited to read the next book!