Twice the Demise: Book Review

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44447326Title: Twice the Demise
Author: Maureen Joseph
Genre: Gothic Romance

Thank you spotlight.tours and author for the review copy! All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis:Polly Deuce is not your average undertaker. She loves MP3 players and is somewhat a luddite. She lived a non-eventful life in her little goth bubble till her childhood best friend, Michael Nabakov, turned her world upside down. For many years, he had managed to keep his identity and motives under wraps. Polly is caught between her guilt with the familiarity of Michael’s presence and a strange yearning for his dark pursuer.”

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My Review:

This book really surprised me and I found myself having a hard time putting it down! The characters didn’t have too much development but I feel that the book was more plot driven than anything. Which, I didn’t mind at all. They were still interesting to read about.

The only issue I had was the writing style. I had a hard time getting into it but since I was enjoying the plot I pushed myself to get past it.

Overall, the plot was dark, intriguing, and that ending was intense! If you are into gothic romance then definitely check this book out!

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Friday Favorites: Books Set in High School

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Hello, fellow bookworms!

Today’s post is a tag that was created by Something of the Book and she has a whole list of Friday Favorites to follow. They are awesome and it is a fun way to find new books with a twist and see how others have answered it!

Most books I read are set in fantasy worlds with no schools, so this is quite hard! I am going to list any type of school though, like private schools because I mean, they count right? So without further ado, here is my list!

398632591.) The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

This is a fun contemporary drama set in a private school for spies! I have a review for this one here.

 

 

359989372.) Dead Queens Club

This is another contemporary drama that was pretty interesting and was a re imagining of King Henry VIII. My review for this is here.

 

 

274053513.) How to Hang a Witch

This one I listened to as an audiobook on a whim and actually enjoyed it! I did read the next one and liked that one as well.

 

 

2631474.) Vampire Kisses

It’s cheesy but I love it! These books have been a part of my life since I was like 15 so yeah. I will always love them.

 

 

41865.jpg5.) Twilight

I am going to finish off my list with this one because why not!

 

 

 

What’s your favorite book set in school? Let me know!

Disney Book Tag

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Hello, Fellow Book Lovers!

Today’s post is a book tag that was created by Kat @ Katytastic and if you click the link it will direct you to her youtube channel which is great!

I have seen this tag a couple of times and since I love all things Disney I decided why not!

 

The Little Mermaid- A character who is out of their element
The first one that came to mind is Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series. I am not going to say why because *spoilers* but she really does fit into this category!

Cinderella- A character who goes through a major transformation
Bella Swan goes through a physical transformation and even though it may be physical it also changes how she has to live her life as well.

Snow White- A book with an eclectic cast of characters
Aurora Rising fits this so well since the squad is filled with diverse characters. Definitely a great group of people!

Sleeping Beauty- A book that put you to sleep
Three Dark Crowns was very slow and I am glad I listened to it instead. I am also glad I gave the rest of the series a shot because it did get better!

The Lion King- A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
Asha from The Last Namsara.

Beauty and the Beast- A beast of a book that you were intimidated by but found the story to be beautiful
I can’t think of one for this!

Aladdin- A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
Katherine from Three Dark Crowns.

Mulan- A character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Veronyka from Crown of Feathers.

Toy Story- A book with characters you wish would come to life
A Court of Thorns and Roses is definitely my top pick. I love them all!

Disney Descendants- Your fave villain or morally ambiguous character
AIDAN from The Illuminae Files. He is just awesome!

And that’s it! I really loved this tag. If you do it let me know so I can check out your answers.

 

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WWW Wednesday (6/12/19)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

43093526.jpgCurrently Reading:

I haven’t started since I just finished my last read last night but i have decided to read The Cruel Stars. I am excited to dive into a sci-fi since it has been awhile since I have read one!

 

 

43822758Recently Finished:

I recently finished The Lady Rogue and it was quite enjoyable! It doesn’t come out until September which means you’ll have to wait for my review!

 

 

37570566.jpgReading Next:

This is always so hard and usually I have been not sticking with what I pick. I will most likely be reading Grim Lovelies since I just picked it up and it looks interesting!

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Hello, Lovelies!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is all about unpopular bookish opinions! I have quite a few and I have mentioned them before on here, I think, as well as my Instagram. There have been books I didn’t like and characters that are big no’s to me. There are tropes or just things I don’t like in books and I will discuss all these opinions today!

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1.) The Cruel Prince/Wicked King was a no for me

TCP was a bit better in my opinion than WK and one big reason I didn’t like this series is because of the characters. Cardan is weird, especially in WK. I really don’t get the hype for him because he seems pretty toxic, but to each their own! I also wasn’t a fan of Jude or any of the minor characters. The plot was okay but the books just don’t appeal to me.

2.) Strange the Dreamer was a boring read

I read this book because of all the hype and it just let me down. The writing and descriptive details were nice but the plot seemed to just drag on. I didn’t connect with the characters and so it just wasn’t for me.

3.) I like love triangle

Sure, some can be poorly written but I love when people fight over someone. I love it!

4.) I’m just not a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s writing

I said it! I didn’t like The Grishaverse trilogy. It felt rushed in some ways and other ways felt long. I really didn’t like The Darkling. Although I will say what happened to him was very anti-climatic. Six of Crows was better but its been a long while since reading that and I still haven’t picked up the next book. I think I gave SoC  4 stars but looking back it would be more of a 3. I fell into the hype and didn’t want people to hate me! But, all books won’t be liked by everyone.

5.) I still like Tamlin

I know, I know. Everyone hates him. Sure, he made some bad decisions but people like The Darkling and Cardan so I am allowed this one. I actually didn’t want to finish the series because I googled what happened and wanted to keep my happy thoughts about him, haha. I hope he gets his happy ending.

6.) I didn’t like Throne of Glass especially Aelin

The first book was boring to me and the series didn’t really pick up until book 4. Aelin just felt too powerful and just overall wasn’t a fan of her.

7.) Mangas, audiobooks, and graphic novels count!

I mean, its still a book just a different delivery.

8.) Insta-love is blah

I do not like it and I never will!

9.) Swear words in books make me cringe

I don’t use them so I just prefer them not in books.

10.) Dirty scenes make me laugh

I will never read a romance novel because of this and even the ones in Acotar made me giggle. Most of the time I just skipped over them.

 

There you have it! Do any of these make your list? Let me know!

The Poison Thread: NetGalley Review

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Title: The Poison Thread
Author: Laura Purcell
Genre: Historical Fiction/Gothic Horror
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder.

When Dorothea’s charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread–because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations–of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses–will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.” (Goodreads)

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My Review:

I had such high hopes for this book ever since I laid eyes on the cover and read the synopsis. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! If I hadn’t been so busy with what life requires of me I would have read this in one sitting.

Dorothea is an interesting character because she loves studying phrenology and goes to a prison to interview female murderers. I enjoyed her character because she goes against the grain when it comes to societal behavior for women of that era. She thinks for her own and doesn’t listen to her father, especially when he says no talk about her work to suitors.

Ruth’s story was intriguing and disturbing at the same time. Her life was far from easy and at times when you thought it was getting better a dark cloud comes. I wanted to know more and more about her life as I read each page and felt like Dorothea, questioning everything I had read. Ruth felt so innocent and yet mad but who really knows since all murderers seem innocent at times. I am still trying to grasp my thoughts around the ending!

Dorothea and Ruth each have their own chapters which let you dive into their lives and understand their characters on a deeper level. The plot is always thickening and when you think you know the answer, another plot twist comes out of nowhere and leaves you in shock. The minor characters will have you hating some and loving others. They may be considered minor but add to the plot in such a way that they don’t seem minor at all.

The Victorian England setting was great and the details of sicknesses and even phrenology brought more to the story and added a great historical touch.

Overall, I really loved this dark and disturbing book filled with rich characters and a wonderfully crafted plot. It will have you on your seat and trying to find out the truth for yourself!

Down the TBR Hole #4

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

We are back again for another Down the TBR Hole which was created by Lost in a story and I am so excited to do it!

We have all been there, or are still there, where our tbr is bigger than we had imagined. I’m always adding new books and then reading books that aren’t even on my tbr but are books that I happen to see at the library. It’s a never ending cycle and this was created to help with the chaos!

Here is how it works:

  • Head to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 or how many you’d like to do
  • Read the Synopsis of each book
  • Decide to keep it or remove it

Hopefully I will be able to get rid of a few so here we go!

43000.jpg1.) The Last Prince of Ireland

I have an obsession with Ireland so I definitely want to read this one. My tbr just always drags me down!

Verdict: Keep

 

54702.) 1984

I know this is a classic and one that I should probably read but honestly, I dislike a majority of classics.

Verdict: Remove

 

46713.) The Great Gatsby

I really dislike Daisy. She’s a jerk but I will read this since I have only seen the movie.

Verdict: Keep

 

300932.jpg4.) Lion of Ireland

I have this sitting on my shelf in my office so it will be read!

Verdict: Keep

 
331830.jpg5.) Keturah and Lord Death

I have had this on my tbr for awhile and I still would like to get to it because it sounds so interesting!

Verdict: Keep