Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February|| A Month is Review


It's that time again! 
Wow... February flew by.

One of my goals for this year is to do a monthly wrap-up at the end of each month for reflection purposes. I know I didn't do one last month shhhhh. Since it's a new year, I decided to update the list of things I'll include in these posts. (The changes are pretty small.)

  • Reading Wrap-Up
  • Book Haul (ARCs, e-books, and everything in between)
  • Life-related things I did that month
  • Blog post of the month 

So without further ado....



I didn't have a particularly good reading month *sad face*
I'm focused on reading all of my March/April ARCs at the moment so I didn't have time to get to books that I really wanted to read *more sad faces* 



(I have a full review for Ever the Hunted here if you would like to know my thoughts!)

Ratings:
  • Ever the Hunted: 3 Stars
  • All the Bright Places: 2 Stars
  • Saga Volume One: 5 Stars (I'M SO OBSESSED WITH THE ART)
  • Saga Volume Two: 5 Stars

I didn't really like All the Bright Places at all. But if you're a John Green fan you'll LOVE. 



I received two Amazon gift cards for Christmas and I... went a little crazy with the books xD


I purchased Saga V. 1-3 (I would have bought volume 4 but it's $4 more than the other volumes. What's that about?!)
Anyways... I've already read (and loved!) Volumes one & two of the series so I'm excited to dive into volume 3!


 
I also bought Caraval by: Stephanie Garber (finally) and Frostblood by: Elly Blake! (I bought them for an event which I'll be talking about a little later ☺)



I couldn't resist getting this beauty! City of Saints & Thieves sounds absolutely AMAZING. Read more about it here!


The rest of the books I bought include:

ARCs for review:




I've been slowly starting to visit more and more blogs *cheers* so I actually have a favorite post for this month!

My favorite post is from Amber over at Du Livre! It's a short post but it's part of her First Thoughts feature and I RELATE SO HARD. View her post here. (She's also one of my favorite blog humans just in general so while you're there make sure to look at alllll of her other posts. Alllll of them.)




My month consisted of Books, blogging, and studying (Curse you random tests before finals!)
But I did get the chance to do something fun...
*Drumroll*

I got to meet Stephanie Garber and Elly Blake!

I wish I could be someone who posts pictures of the events afterwards but either I forget to take pictures OR I look super awkward/creepy in pictures. (Usually both haha.)
With that being said, I don't have any pictures to show y'all. But I will say that both ladies were rays of sunshine and I'm so so happy I got to talk to them! (Stephanie and I bonded over our mutual dislike of Chaol. Sorry Chaol fans!)

I also got to see Sarah from The YA Book Traveler! This is the second time I've met her in person and she's an absolute joy. ☺


I think that's about all for this month!
I hope you had an amazing February.

Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day!



Thursday, February 23, 2017

If you've read... Then you should eat...


Welcome to another edition of "Faith Loves Food!"
(Okay, not really, but I do love me some food.)

I'm sure you've all heard of the classic, "If you've read ... Then you should read..." I actually really like to see what people recommend! I was going to bring y'all one of those posts but then I thought about food and, well, we're here haha.


How will this post go?
Well, I'll recommend you a book and then I'll also recommend you a food to eat while reading/discussing/thinking about said book. (The food will coordinate with the story.)

So without further ado let's discuss LE FOOD AND BOOKS.





First up on the list is, of course, Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda! This book is SUCH A GOOD BOOK. Seriously y'all I can't believe I waited until this year to read it.

*pushes oreos toward you*




Yes, my friends. The delicious, scrumptious, mouth-watering November Cakes aren't just fictional!
 *cue the celebrations*


Picture from Maggie Stiefvater's blog.
Don't they look like everything?!?! Maggie has a recipe for the cakes on her blog (which you can view here!)
I haven't made them yet but I'll have to soon! I'm not sure how long I can go without these GLORIOUS ANGELIC CAKES.







I can't say that I've personally had Dal before. However I can attest to the fact that Naan is absolutely AMAZING (much like TSTQ.)


Picture is from whiskaffair.com
I found a recipe from The Whisk Affair through Pinterest and it looks SO. GOOD. Don't you just want to devour it?! I'm a fan of Indian food so I can't wait to try this one!




Chocolate = AMAZING
Wintersong = AMAZING
Chocolate + Wintersong = EVERYTHING

I read the glorious Wintersong back in December and I really really enjoyed it! The story was darkly seductive and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get over the Goblin King....

If you've read the book then you'll (maybe?) remember that there's talk of a chocolate torte.

Picture from the food network

*All the heart eyes* am I right?!

You can find the recipe to make this deliciousness here!

...and If you haven't read Wintersong yet then get reading! Actually, first whip yourself up some chocolate torte and THEN get reading. 




I know that wasn't too long of a list but I'll for sure make another list similar to this one a little later on. (After all you can never have too many books or too much CHOCOLATE.)


Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
=D




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




Review|| A Court of Wings and Ruin (and lot's of cringe) by: Sarah J Maas

I don't usually like to review sequels because then the review can't truly be spoiler free (which is a huge bummer). BUT I ha...