Friday, March 31, 2017

March||| A Month in Review


Hello again friends!

Before I get into March things I'd like to quickly give y'all an update. You might be able to tell but.... I screwed my blog up xD  I thought I wanted to try a new template, and I liked the template at first, but I couldn't edit it or personalize it. 
.... and because I'm me I didn't save my previous template. Thus my blog looks different. But I've finally gotten Disqus back (THANK GOODNESS) and I sincerely apologize if you've commented in the past week and I haven't replied. Blogger got rid of your comment ☹
I'm striving to make my blog even better than it used to be and I thank you for your patience (since I'm on ThE sTrUGgle bUS lmao.)

Without any further ado... let's get into the struggle that was March 2017!



Soooo I only read 2 books this month; one I started in February. I had some finals along with a plethora of other tests this month and reading seemed like a chore. I feel like when reading becomes work you shouldn't be reading. :/


Ratings:

  • The Bone Witch: 4 Stars
  • Summer of Sloane: 3 Stars


I have full reviews of both of these books! Summer of Sloane Review ⇢ The Bone Witch Review






I actually got Milk & Honey last month buuut it's in the picture anyway haha.



The books pictured:


I was absolutely ecstatic to be contacted by a Bone Season Representative this month!  Thank you for the ARC Shae ♡




*I wasn't able to visit many blogs this month so I don't have a post of the month. I would love if you shared your favorite post in the comments!



My life this month? School. Buuut there were some good things that happened this month! I got an A on all of my finals (WHOOP! WHOOP!) 
I also just got back from seeing Beauty and the Beast! I adored the movie and I think all of the characters were cast perfectly. 
I also got my first order from The Melting Library this month! I've been eyeing bookish candles for the longest time and I'm so excited I finally got my hands on some!







If you want to check out these gorgeous candles then you can click here!


Speaking of exciting bookish candles... I got chosen as a rep this month! *INTERNAL SCREAMING*

The shop is Flattering Candles! Kelly is a lovely person and I highly recommend her candles ♡




*Whispers* My rep code is: Bookspiration10 for 10% off.


Thank you for reading my monthly ramblings and I hope you have an amazing April!
=D


Saturday, March 25, 2017

I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP: Book Edition


*WAVES*

It's been a while, my friends. But I'm back today to talk about one of my favorite things ever: Bookish Pictures. I've been super into taking pictures of les beaux livres lately; particularly title-page close ups. The picture's all look pretty similar (whoops xD) so I thought...
Why not share them on here AND recommend some diverse reads?
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE.
I'm also going to be recommending some Bookstagram accounts because, trust me, they're G O A L S.

Let's get into it!



City of Saints & Thieves by: Natalie C. Anderson is a murder mystery that takes place in Kenya; while I haven't picked it up yet I NEEEED to soon!








The Star-Touched Queen by: Roshani Chokshi is EVERYTHING. I'm so so so so so SO excited to read A Crown of Wishes!



The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas is just... wow. It's a book for everyone and if you haven't picked it up then you must ASAP.



When the Moon was Ours by: Anna-Marie McLemore is another book I need to read asap. From what I can tell, it's going to be amazing. 

Now let's look at some Bookstagram's that are G O A L S.





Much like her candles, Raquel's pictures slay. I mean, are you seeing that Harry Potter picture?!?! OHmAGooDnESS.





Karina's feed is super aesthetically pleasing MY EYES CAN'T EVEN HANDLE.




I'm crying Ellie's feed is SO GORGEOUS. ASDFGHJKL.




*Whispers*

Anisha's feed is hella cute and I'M L I V I N G.


What are some of your favorite Bookstagram accounts?
Do you Bookstagram?
&
Have you read any of the books mentioned?


Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review|| Summer of Sloane by: Erin L. Schneider



*Thank you to Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles  for the ARC.

I'm a big fan of shocking first lines and, "The condom must've broke" is a pretty good way to immediately grab my attention.

I was expecting Summer of Sloane to be a cutesy beach contemporary with a touch of romance (and drama just based off the premise.) But what I got was cliché romance overload and drama that made me SUPER anxious. (The last 100 pages OHMYGOODNESS.)

Soooo let's break my thoughts down!


I really enjoyed the setting (cutesy books in Hawaii for the win!) I think the author did a good job of describing the landscape without going overboard. (Which I personally think is important when the landscape isn't vital to the plot.)

The characters were... nothing special. Sloane starts falling for Finn while she's in Hawaii... What's that? Who's Finn? You know, just every cliche male love interest rolled into one character. He's got dark hair, tattoos, a motorcycle, and a troubling back story. Sound familiar? 
I know I sound salty (ahaha) but I really didn't hate Finn. Like all the other characters, I enjoyed seeing how he developed throughout the story. Though, I especially loved seeing how our girl Sloane developed.
She starts out weakened and saddened by her situation (who wouldn't be?!?!) But she gradually comes to terms with her life and learns to do things because she wants to and because they make her happy. 
I also enjoyed Sloane's brother and some of the other side-characters such as Mia, Sloane's bestie in Hawaii, and Finn's little sister. Everyone brought something new to each scene. ☺

However...
One way to immediately make me as salty as the ocean is to throw in stereotypes. In this case, the girl with the big boobs is the slut trying to get with Sloane's man. This was such a small aspect of this book, it probably made up less than 1% of the story, but it bothered me deeply. 
(I just needed to mention that real quick xD)

Sliding away from the negative, I really loved Sloane's parents! They broke away from the constant string of crappy parents we see in YA. While they may have not been present CONSTANTLY you could still tell that they loved their children with all of their hearts. 


Overall: If you're a fan of beach-y romance contemporaries then you'll probably enjoy Summer of Sloane. If you enjoy romance/ friendship drama then you're really going to get a kick out of Summer of Sloane.






Thank you for reading and have an amazing day!




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ARC Review||| The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco







*Before we get into the review I want to quickly say thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts!


Can we take a second to admire that cover.... 
*all the heart eyes*


So I received The Bone Witch back in November and, at that time, my enthusiasm for this book was at an all time high. Necromancy?! HECK YEAH. But my enthusiasm slowly started to dwindle because of all the negative Goodreads reviews. I became afraid to start the book because I didn't want to hate it.

Friends. Please don't let the Goodreads rating for this book keep you from reading it. While I wouldn't recommend the book to readers trying to get into fantasy, I would recommend the book to people who already love fantasy. 


Chupeco's writing is truly stunning. The writing reminded me of Roshani Chokshi's writing because of its effortless poetic beauty. *Whispers* I think you should give The Bone Witch a try just BECAUSE of the writing, if not for any other reason. 


With that being said... 
I do have to say that I was confused for a good chunk of the book. But I didn't mind...? Let me explain.
I was enamored by the world and the characters to a point where I didn't really mind that I was confused by the plot. If that makes any sense... 

This book kind of reminds me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the sense that the plot is kind of confusing but the world and the characters are just so unique that you can't help but enjoy the story despite everything else.

(The formatting was also super messed up in my E-ARC so that didn't help with my confusion ahaha.)

I personally never formed a bond with any of the characters. But I did really love following an MC that's a "villain."
...which brings me to another amazing part of this book.
The diversity. The MC was a POC and I believe that the cast of characters was pretty diverse as well.

If you're hesitating on picking up this book because you don't want to be confused with the world then let me tell you some good news! I believe that there's a section in the back of the book that gives you the names of all the kingdoms, their rulers, and a short blurb about their history. (If only I would have known that was there.... xD)

The ending.... 
THE ENDING.....
Y'all the ending made the entire book. 
But you can't find out why I'm so in love/shocked by the last chapter if you don't read the book *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*


Overall: The story was a little on the confusing side but the writing was beautiful and the world was intricately woven to literary perfection.


Quote:

"There is no greater strength than the ability to understand and accept your own flaws."






Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bookcitement|| March New Releases (The Fantasy Books Though!!!)



Welcome back to another new release excitement post!
I'm especially excited for this month's new releases because there's books by Laini Taylor (the fantasy queen) and Roshani Chokshi (the word goddess) coming out! 

The list for this month is pretty long so I hope you find some new books to pick up!





Traitor to the Throne by: Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands was AMAZING. I'm absolutely in love with the characters and the world. (10/10 recommend!) I've already pre-ordered Traitor to the Throne and I can't wait to see what happens. 



The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco
I'm actually trying to finish reading this one today! If you like Fantasy and super descriptive writing then you're going to love this one! 




I'm not a huge contemporary fan BUT the synopsis for this one sounds too good to pass up! 





I still have to read The Serpent King (shhh I'll read it eventually!) But I'm intrigued by the cover and the synopsis of this one!






The End of Oz by: Danielle Paige
I've been meaning to continue this series for FOREVER. Maybe some binge-reading is in order.... 







Nemesis by: Brandon Reichs
"Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies"
Interesting....






Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor
I have no idea what this is about buuut NEW LAINI TAYLOR BOOK NEW LAINI TAYLOR BOOK. My heart is happy ahaha.



Blood Rose Rebellion by: Rosalyn Eves
I have an ARC of this one and I'm so excited to pick it up! My family is Hungarian and this book takes place in Hungary (Whoop! Whoop!)



A Crown of Wishes by: Roshani Chokshi
I ADORED The Star-Touched Queen so I'm excited to delve back into Roshani's gorgeous writing!







Which March releases are you most excited for?
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!



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...