Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing you guys another TTT post. Today's topic is:

The Top Ten recent reads that I've rated highest and lowest on the star-rating scale.

(I definitely re-worded that)




Rebel of the Sands by: Alwyn Hamilton
   GUYS THIS BOOK. It was so so good! I'll have a review up soon where I discuss it's amazing-ness.


The Sin-Eater's Daughter by: Melinda Salisbury 
  This book has pretty mediocre rating on GR but I though it was the bomb(dot)com! My Review.

Into the Dim by: Janet B Taylor
   Time travel? YA Outlander? DIANA GABALDON BLURB? You guys need this book! Me Review.


Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan
  The nostalgia was real with this book! Simon is so freaking adorable.


Blackhearts by: Nicole Castroman
  All. The. Feels. Also, there's going to be a sequel!!! I'm so unbelievably excited to see what happens to these characters. Me Review.


This is Where it Ends by: Marieke Nijkamp
  It's actually been a few months since I read this one but I just didn't enjoy it. I think the topic that it covers is so important and very relevant for today's society. BUT I don't think it was portrayed well in this story. My Review.

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by: Katherine Howe
  I didn't really connect to any of the characters and this book took me FOREVER to get through. But I do like the cover... My Review.

Asylum by: Madeleine Roux
  I actually gave Asylum 3.5 stars! It was enjoyable but definitely wouldn't recommend if you're a hard-core horror fan. My Review.

Wake by: Amanda Hocking
  It's been a few months since I finished this one but I remember having to force myself to read it. My Review.

White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  I have read and loved many JLA books but this one didn't do anything for me. The main character wasn't relatable, just annoying. My Review




I'd love to hear some of the books that you recently read and either loved or hated.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Bookish Pet Peeves: The cover model


 I LOVE books. Why else would I devote a blog to them? However, there are some bookish things that irk me. Love triangles, cover changes, etc. But what I want to discuss today is the dreaded cover model.

But, Faith, what's wrong with cover models? Have you seen the cover of Walk on Earth a Stranger? IT'S BEAUTIFUL. 

WOEAS is one of the books that does cover models the right way. I mean, it really is beautiful. But there are some cover designers that just don't understand that there's an art to the cover model. It only works in some situations. 




 These are all examples of books where cover models have worked beautifully! Notice how there is something else on the cover that draws your attention like a dress, the selection series; Colors/editing, WOEAS; or background scenery, Doon. None of these books have a a closeup of the models face. (Which you'll see later in the post.) 




Pretty much the only cover(s) on my shelf that I would not show in public are the covers on JLA's books. My biggest problem with these covers is 1.) They're not pretty and 2.) They have closeups of the cover model's faces. (Okay, maybe Origin doesn't but it's just not the best looking cover-model oriented cover.)
Cover's like the one's displayed don't leave much to the imagination. They don't let reader's imagine the character's. They instead force upon reader's an image of what they think the character's should look like.
These books wouldn't sell good if people were judging them based off the cover, as people often do. 
They say, "This is going to be a romance book that has nothing but romance and romance alone." which can be a real turn off to some people.


Overall I guess I would say that cover model's are not completely horrible. They just have to be done right. 

I'd love to know what you guys think of models on the front of books!


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Audiobook Review >> The Sin Eater's Daughter by: Melinda Salisbury



Rating: 4.5/5

Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter (#1)

Page Count: 336

Published: February 24th, 2015

Publisher: Scholastic Press
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"I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.


Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen's, some truths should not be told..."

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The Sin Eater's Daughter was a completely random read for me. One day I thought to myself :

"listening to an audiobook might be fun... and different."

So I ventured over to the E-library (how cool is that?!) and I found TSED. I had originally wanted to read this book last year. However, my excitement for the book took a severe hit when I saw the Goodreads rating, lower than 3.5 is usually a big no for me. But after spending 7 hours of my day listening to the entire book I can fully reassure you that this read is worth it

There's kings, queens, royal intrigue, and a swoon-worthy male lead *wink, wink* 

I will admit that I started out the book slightly confused. I'm not sure if it was the fact that I didn't have the story in a physical format or if the story was just confusing at the beginning. But once I got into it I couldn't stop listening. 
There was magic in the story. I felt like the magic aspect was subtle to a degree that was enjoyable. Though, magic and lore really comes into play heavily towards the end of the book, more so than the beginning.
I didn't know who to trust, or if I should trust any of the characters. Since the story heavily focuses on a more... political side? of the kingdom, characters had a tendency to be manipulative. (Some were more obviously manipulating others and some were less obviously manipulating others.)

 Twylla was definitely not my favorite main character ever. I felt like she let herself get pushed around often when she could have stood up for herself. Though, she was relatable in a sense since she would do anything for the one's she cares about. She endures hell just so she can keep her little sister from having to live in poverty. Twylla also shows how strong she can be in the end when the unimaginable happens. 

Lief, who's name I thought was spelled leaf, was one of my favorite characters. First off, I thought he was adorable (at least compared to everyone else in the book.) He could be sweet to Twylla but he also didn't take other people's crap. He could definitely fend for himself. However, he could be stupid at times. There were a few parts in the story where I wanted to slap him for saying something that could have gotten him executed. Then there were other times where I wanted to slap him just because "Why Lief, why?!"

I thought Salisbury did a great job with the queen's character. She was one of those antagonists that just seems like a manipulative, horrible person until you look further into their story. By the end of the novel I was able to gain an understanding of the queen's motives (though I didn't dislike her any less.)

Then there was the prince... I didn't care for his character much. He kind of came off as brooding but then he has dialogue and he comes off as whiny, snarky, and... angry? I wanted him to go away half the time but then the other half of the time I really just felt sorry for him. So overall I would say that no good feeling were associated with his character.


Salisbury delves further into the magic and lore! It's such an interesting aspect of this novel and I'd love to see more of it.


I'm interested to see how Twylla develops as a character due to the events of book #1



I would recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy book with elements of magic and political intrigue

Read if you enjoyed  Grave Mercy by: Robin LaFeavers


Favorite Quote:

"'People don't forget what it is to feel love.'"


Pssst! I made a Pinterest board for The Sin Eater's Daughter which can be found here!


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


It's been a little while since I last did a TTT post... whoops. I was on Hiatus but now I've returned from a much needed break! Today I'm here to bring you yet another TTT post. Today's topic is:

Ten books on my spring TBR

I'm someone who tends to stray from my TBR but there's still a few must read books for me this spring!


I actually won a giveaway for this book and I'm super excited to start it when It gets here! I adore high fantasy and I've never read a book by Kiersten White so I can't wait to see how this goes.








Flawed is a book I need to read and review but I'm super excited for it! It sounds like a dystopian? I believe and I haven't read a dystopian since I finished Champion.... *cry*








Everyone ADORES this book. I am soooooooo excited for this book I just can't contain all my excitement. Did I mention I'm excited? 
The cover is gorgeous and the story sounds A-MAZING. Basically, the end of April can't come fast enough.







Tell the Wind and Fire is another ARC I need to read. BUT Sarah Rees Brennan helped write some of the Shadowhunter novellas along with Cassie (and they were all super good) so I'm excited to read some of her own work.







I've been reading Winter since it released (I know, I know, I'm horrible.) But hopefully I'll finish this by spring? I'm not sure when it comes to this book haha...








DOSAB is yet another book that I've been reading for forever now. I super hope that I'm finished with it by spring (*cry* some of these books are taking  me forever to read)










I think TCG comes out in what's considered Spring? I'm not quite sure though. All I know is that I need this book as soon as humanly possible.










TGH isn't an immediately prioritized book for me but I hope I can get to it soon since I'm a sucker for a good retelling!









I've been reading TAB since... August? Yikes. I really really need to finish this one soon...












I've been hearing nothing but fantastic things about TLTSTW so I am super excited to delve into the story. (Hopefully soonish?!)











Thanks for reading and have a lovely Day!
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Monday, March 14, 2016

It's a complicated love/hate relationship: A discussion on excerpts


The first time I heard about "book excerpts" was probably about two years ago on Christine's (Polandbananasbooks) Booktube channel. Of course at the time I thought this was the coolest thing ever, not knowing about the magic that is ARCs yet. An exclusive preview for a book that hasn't been released yet? Sign me up!
However, my enthusiasm for excerpts quickly went down hill after I heard Kat (Katytastic on booktube) explain why she wasn't a fan of excerpts at all.

Now, I'm someone who has a love/hate relationship with excerpts (as you may have been able to tell by the title.) There are many reasons why I can't help but appreciate excerpts. Yet, there are also many reasons why I can't help but despise  excerpts. 

So what are the pro's and con's of excerpts?




You can get a feel for the author's writing style



Sometime's the first few pages may be a determining factor for whether you're going to buy the book or not. 



You get a feel for the characters. Maybe the main character is unbelievably annoying and an excerpt of the book saves you from enduring their horrible personality? That's worst case scenario, though.





The first *insert however many pages/chapters of the book are provided* get you so sucked into the story it physically hurts to not read more.



The excerpt ends on a dramatic part.
"Is that all?!?!" you ask to yourself.



If you can think of any more pro's and con's please feel free to tell me in the comments!

Anyways....

Sometimes it's just a better decision to wait for the full book. But excerpts have definitely been useful as far as finding potentially amazing books as well. Plus, sometimes you can't resist the temptation of an excerpt. We're only human, right?


Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
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