Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I'VE BEEN HIT (with the feels) || Top Ten fictional couples

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.



Happy Valentine's Day!!!


I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day buuuut I do eat lots of chocolate. You can't go wrong with chocolate amiright?!





Anyways...
I thought it would be fun to reminisce about some fictional baes. Well, actually fictional couples but same same. 
I ADORE books but I also adore fictional stories in general. So I'll also be including some TV/movie couples as well!


Without further ado, let's get into things!



FEYSAND
I have to start with one of my obsessions  favorite couples, Feyre and Rhysand! If you haven't read ACOTAR WHAT ARE YOU DOING ASDFGHJKL I LOVE IT SO MUCH then you should so check it out!



Aladdin & Jasmine
Growing up, Aladdin and Jasmine were always my favorite. They were the first fictional couple that I ever got really invested in! 



Amar & Maya
I read The Star-Touched Queen at the end of December and I AM NOT OVER IT. Y'all know I love Hades and Persephone retellings. So, of course, Amar and Maya are one of my new favorite couples!



Simon & Blue
*SQUEALS* Simon and Blue are SO. FREAKING. ADORABLE. If you haven't read Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet then YoU MUsT.



Wessa
TID is one of my favorite trilogies of all time . (I finished the final book, sat down, and cried for a half hour over my ship.) Yes. I was that invested. I'm totally still that invested.



Akiva & Karou
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the only books I've ever re-read. (It's one of my all time favorites.) If you want to experience the magical heartbreak that is Akiva and Karou then read DOSAB ASAP.



Eleven & Mike
STRANGER THINGS. *HEAVY BREATHING*
I ship Eleven and Mike so hard. They aren't actually a couple but they're adorable together! They could be a couple in the future.....



Cath & Jest
I'm currently reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer and, while I know their relationship is doomed, I can't help but ship them. 



All of Jennifer L. Armentrouts' characters
No description is needed haha



~Le Truthwitch humans~
Safi & Merik, Aeduan & Iseult, and Vivia & you know who if you've read Windwitch *wink, wink*




Who are your favorite fictional couples?
I hope your Valentine's Day has been filled with copious amounts of chocolate ♡

Thank you for reading!




Saturday, February 11, 2017

ARC Review|| Ever the Hunted by: Erin Summerill







Hello, friends!

This review is a little on the late side but I'm happy to be able to finally talk to you guys about Ever the Hunted

*Thank you to HMH & Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.


What originally drew me to Ever the Hunted was the promise of feuding kingdoms, a badass heroine, and an unsolved murder. (Don't even get me started on that gorgeous cover IT'S SO PRETTY.) 
The pitch was great but the delivery was pretty... meh.

The first chapter had me intrigued. We see Britta (the MC) hunting in the woods and she talks about how she can feel when an animal is close to death. Interesting, right? But then she starts talking about Cohen aka her bestie from childhood aka her obsession. You think I'm exaggerating with the obsession thing? Trust me, I'm not. 

One of my main problems with the story was the romance. It wasn't terrible but I think it overshadowed some of the more fascinating, unique, aspects of the world. One of those aspects being the magic system. The idea of people being able to control nature/things related to the spirit has always been something that has interested me. When done well, it can really be a great addition to a story. But it kind of fell flat for me in Ever the Hunted. There was a large emphasis on the spirit magic (which made sense for the story) but the other magical aspects were brushed over.

I felt the same way about the world-building. There's a map at the beginning of the book to help you picture the layout of the lands, but it didn't help much. The world building in Ever the Hunted reminded me of the world building in Red Queen. Not terrible, but lacking. 

I wasn't in love with the characters but I did enjoy following them on their adventures. I always like to read about women who are able to fend for themselves and there were more than a few of those women in the story! 

The story, overall, was paced pretty slowly. Not many memorable things happened until probably the last 15% of the book. Even the exciting stuff wasn't that exciting (if that makes sense ahaha.) I will say that I'm intrigued by the ending and, despite everything, I'm excited to see how the story progresses. 



Quote:

"Control yourself, thoughts and actions.
 Then you can combat the world."










Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Do you know how pants work sir?! Strange Thoughts I have while reading #2


You know those thoughts you have while reading? You know the ones. The thoughts that you probably shouldn't be thinking of but you're only human and how can you not?! 

No? Just me?

Well, okay.....


Welcome back, friends! I'm here to bring you another installment of my "Strange Thoughts I Have While Reading" series. My first installment of the series can be found here!

You may be wondering, "Faith, is this going to be as strange and awkward as the last post?" 
My answer to that is yes. Yes it will be times 1000. 


So without further ado... let's get into it.






Why are male characters' pants always hanging just low enough to expose that "infinitely sexy" piece of skin. I... Don't.... Comprehend.... How do you not get annoyed and decide to pull your pants up?




Why won't they just kiss already?!?!

Voice of reason: Faith, they just met a page ago



ASDFGHJKL THAT *insert slew of insults*
(But for real that was me reading The Star-Touched Queen, just saying.) 



Should I DNF this? I never DNF anything! I CAN'T HANDLE DNF-ing THIS. *HEAVY BREATHING*



I saw that one coming from a mile away...




YESSSSS QUEEN YESSSSSS



I'm going to finish this book and then go buy ALL the merch because I'm now OBseSSEd 



Why won't they stand up for themself?!?! I. AM. IRKED.




 But you just got into a fight 10 pages ago CALM YO SELF




OOOOOH There's French in this book!!! I know some french!!!!!





Do they speak English? or is this book "translated" from their language so we can understand it? All book characters don't speak English... right?




Do you relate to any of these? 
What do you think about while you're reading?

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Arc Review||| Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones



The time has finally come! 



Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones releases on Tuesday, February 7th so I thought it was about time to discuss this fabulous novel.

Before we get into things, I want to quickly say thank you to St Martins Press for the review copy! I freaked out BIG TIME when I saw that I had been approved for the ARC. ♡


Without further ado...

Let's talk about le book, shall we?


I would like to start off by saying that I'm listening to classical music while writing this review because I'm mildly obsessed with DER ERLKöNIG... *calms self*


After having a month or two to ponder on this book, I do have to admit that it was pretty strange. (But being a strange person I obviously ADORED it.)


From the beginning, the story grabs hold of you and won't let you go, much like the Goblin King. You're immediately drawn into the seductive, atmospheric, darkness that is Wintersong. 

We start off by being introduced to Liesl's family. Like in most YA novels, Liesl's father and mother aren't... the best people? They're not blatantly bad but you also wouldn't see them putting on a Familie Spiel Nacht any time soon. Liesl also has a grandmother who had had experience with Der Erlkönig before. She doesn't show up in the story that often but I did think she was a strong, well written character.
I wasn't always the biggest fan of Liesl's sister, Käthe, but I also didn't completely hate her. She showed a lot of weakness during the majority of the story but something about her was very human and real. While I think a lot of people may dislike her, I think a lot of others will occasionally see pieces of themselves reflected in the character.

Something I really loved about this book was the brother/sister dynamic between Liesl and her brother Josef. They bonded through music and their love was so palpable I could feel it in the air around me as I read. (If you couldn't tell I'm kind of in love with their relationship.)

Speaking of relationships...

I think my number one ship in this book was Francois and Josef. Sure, we see them five times maximum. But I ship them with vigor nonetheless.

Now that I've gotten my inner Fransef (new ship name?!?!) feels out let's talk about The Goblin King and Liesl.
You guys know that I'm a major fan of slow burn romances. In fact, I LIVE for slow burn romances. But this was no slow burn romance. The romance between Liesl and the Goblin King was more of a "I left my gas stove on in my all-wood house and a fiery inferno consumed all of my things" type romance.
Like I said in my mini-review on Goodreads, there were some aspects of the romance that I wasn't particularly fond of. It felt like their relationship got super repetitive at points and I would have liked to see something MORE out of it. Especially since the romance was really what drove the plot.

I can't tell you much about the story line (you'll have to wait and see for yourself in a few days ;) but I can tell you that the story ended well.
"The story ended well" actually means WHAT WAS THAT ENDING I NEED THE NEXT BOOK ASAP HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME.
But who doesn't love those types of endings?!


In conclusion...

If you're a fan of romance/a lover of music you're going to enjoy this deliciously addictive debut.



Quotes:

"'What's the use of running, if we are on the wrong road?"


"After all, I was not a child of beauty; I was a child of the queer, the strange, and the wild."






Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bookcitement! || Fabulous February releases to fangirl about


It's already February....

What?!?!?!
How did this happen?! 

Since it's a new month you know what that means...
NEW. RELEASES. 

I've decided to start a series on my blog where I talk about upcoming new releases that I'm excited for, every month. This isn't a particularly unique feature, I know, but this will be a good way to show some fabulous releases a little in advance ☺

So without further ado let's get into February releases.






Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones
I'm SOOOO excited for Wintersong to finally be out in the world this month! I read it back in December and ended up really enjoying it! I can't wait to fangirl with you guys ♡




King's Cage by: Victoria Aveyard
While I'm not the biggest fan of this trilogy, by any means, I also don't completely hate it. It's. So. AddICtinG. Every time I think, "I'm done!" Victoria does something to make me go, "Wait, WHAT" and then I'm sucked in again *cough* the ending of Glass Sword *cough* 
(I'll probably listen to this one as an audiobook.)




Empress of a Thousand Skies by: Rhoda Belleza
Warfare and revenge in space?!?! Mmmm I think YES. A lot of people I trust have really loved this one and I'm hoping I love it as well! (Also Adam Silvera adored it so I think that's a green light xD)




Daughter of the Pirate King by: Tricia Levenseller
You can never go wrong with a badass pirate book. Am I right? or am I right? I've been eyeing this book for awhile now and I can't wait for it's releases at the end of the month!





We are Okay by; Nina LaCour
First of all, can we just talk about THAT COVER. *HEAVY BREATHING* It's so pretty!! From what I can tell, this book is going to kill me with the feels.... I'm all about the feels so, of course, I'm excited for the release of this one! 




The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas
I thought The Hate U Give was coming out later this year but it's coming out later this month! *Que the celebrations* I can't wait to be introduced to Starr ♡





Which February releases are you most excited for?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely =D




Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Blogging, Reading, & Life Goals


Hello, friends!

I'm a little behind on posting this month (Expect reviews of Ever the Hunted/ Wintersong soon!) But I'm finally getting around to writing up some of my goals for this year! I always like to make sure I do my yearly reading wrap-up & a "goal oriented" post at the beginning/end of the year so it's easier to look back and see what was accomplished ☺

So without further ado let's get into the goals....






Post More Often
I'd ideally like to post at least 10 times a month ö



Up Views
My goal is still to get to an average of 100 views per post. I wasn't too great about being active in the blogging community last year (which I'm hoping to improve this year.)





Pre-write more posts
I'm not a huge fan of scheduling my posts buuuut I would really like to pre-write more posts so I can put them up when I need to :)



Comment actively
I've started to comment on more blogs already this year *cheers* ☺



Monthly book excitement posts!
There are so many amazing books releasing this year (EEEEEP) so I'd like to start something on this blog where, at the end of each month, I post what book releases I'm most excited for in the coming month. That way we can all fangirl even more about le fabulous books.







Read 75 Books
I've read 7 books in the month of January (and I may finish one more!) *Cheers for starting out the year strong* I'd really like to focus on reading, and enjoying, books rather than reviewing them. (Unless they're sent for the purpose of being reviewed.)



Plan out and ARC schedule
I'd like to get better about reading ARCs immediately and then planning out my reviews. While I'm not horrible at doing this, I could also really improve.



Continue to prioritize diverse reads
Y'all 2017 is the year for diverse books. There's lots of amazing diverse reads and it's my goal to read as many of them as humanly possible.





I know I don't run a lifestyle oriented blog but I always like to share some of my life goals with y'all. Maybe you can... relate?



Eat healthier
I'm actually not terrible about this but I always like to keep it as one of my goals.


Go Outside more often
This is also off my list from last year but I still struggle with it xD I do go outside during the summer but in the winter.... well, let's just say I haven't seen the sun in day. I'm totally not kidding!


Procrastinate Less!!!!
I think trying to get me to not procrastinate is a lost cause buuuut we'll try it again this year.



Take time to de-stress
I've been super anxious and stressed lately (mostly because I check the news on an hourly basis) so my goal is to make sure that I take time out of the day to just relax. Even if it's just for a few minutes.



Can you relate to any of these? I'd love to hear what some of your goals are for this year! Now I'm off to eat lunch it's healthy I swear!




Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
=D