Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak: NetGalley Review

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Title: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Rating: 2 stars

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

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Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak follows Lu after her summer after graduating high school doesn’t go as planned and she is now faced with being single. She still must maintain her job as a journalist for a love column and meets a couple that may just be the break she needs for inspiration and starting the healing process.

I didn’t have any expectations going into this book and so when the characters didn’t really stick out to me it wasn’t upsetting. This is book is a typical contemporary about love and break ups. Lu wants to get back with her ex and never sees the the one guy friend who is always there for advice as someone more than just a friend. She makes horrible decisions and tries to fall in love with someone she just met and when that goes sour she still doesn’t see the person who has always been there for her.

Out of all the characters I liked Pete the most. He stuck by Lu through all her bad decisions and still tried to push her down the right path. At times I thought they would get together and when I was on the last chapter I had high hopes but sadly that ship never sailed. I think it would have been a better ending if it did.

There wasn’t much character development besides learning of one couple’s relationship and Lu becoming okay with her own break up. The pace moved quickly and the plot was okay and those are the two reasons why I kept going with this book.

Overall, it was okay. Maybe if I was younger it would be a different story but this book just wasn’t for me.

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Friday Favorites: Fictional Worlds

Book Tag

Hello, fellow book lovers!

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.

Fictional worlds are something that I love. I enjoy being able to escape to a different world each time I pick up a new book. I get to immerse myself in a new culture and learn what it is like to live in such a place. It is awesome and makes me want to pack my bags! But alas, it doesn’t work that way sadly.

Anyways, here is my list of favorite fictional worlds:

1.) Prythian (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

2.) Middle-Earth (Lord of the Rings)

3.) Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia)

4.) Azeroth (World of Warcraft)

5.) Achleva (Bloodleaf)

6.) The Witchlands (Truthwitch series)

And there you have it! My wonderful list of amazing fictional worlds. Yes, I through in a videogame world but there are books about it and it is still fictional, ha.

Do any of these make your list? Let me know!

A Pack of Blood and Lies: NetGalley Review

37531542Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Publication Date: April 30th, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

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A Pack of Blood and Lies follows Ness as she returns to her hometown after her mother dies. One Secret Boulder keeps is that there are werewolves. Ness is one and since being absent her pack is all but inclusive especially because of her gender. As she vies for the alpha role, she must confront her past head on and the secrets that could change everything.

Ness is a girl who is strong and independent and her background has molded her into that. She is loyal and stands up for what she believes and doesn’t back down when times get tough. Even though she is cocky at times, her actions are always normal human responses and I appreciate her being so real. The banter between the younger pack members was wonderful and made me want to be a part of their bunch. The relationship in this book is your typical hate/love and it had its cheesy moments but I was all for it!

Going into this book I wasn’t sure what to expect and frankly I was pleasantly surprised. I love a good werewolf plot and this one did not disappoint. There were a lot of twists and even though a few were obvious, a couple of them took me by surprise. There is romance, murder, and unique family dynamics like the wolf packs.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and even when I took a break from reading I still kept thinking about the book and what could happen next. It drew me in and I literally can’t wait for the next book to see what the pack is doing. If you are a fan of Twilight or just enjoy a good werewolf romance then this is the book for you!

The Warrior Maiden: Book Review

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40590283Title: The Warrior Maiden
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: YA, Christian Fiction, Retelling
Rating: 2 stars

The Warrior Maiden follows Mulan as she makes a decision to not marry and chooses to take the place of her father in the war against the Teutonic Knights dressed as a young boy. She meets Wolfgang, a fellow soldier, who could change everything.

I went into this book with not much expectations since I hadn’t read anything by this author before but wanted to read this since it was a Mulan retelling. Sadly, most retellings are a let down for me and this ended up being one too.

When it comes to Mulan, she was just alright. She seemed more concerned with finding love and it was pretty annoying. Even with her dressing up like a young man she just lacked being strong and certain of herself until the end of the book. I didn’t connect with her or any of the other characters.

The plot was centered more around romance than action and that is definitely one thing I didn’t care for. She was more focused on that than not getting caught. Since this was a Mulan retelling I was expecting action since they are in war but it lacked. The world building also wasn’t there and it was hard to picture some of what I was reading.

Overall, it just wasn’t for me. There isn’t much to say about it because it just left me not interested. I am sure others would love this book especially if you love romance but I am starting to think books based around that just aren’t for me.

Greek Gods Book Tag

Book Tag

 

Hello, Fellow Book Lovers!

I have seen a couple people do this tag and wanted to get in on the action! This tag was created by Zuky @ BookBum. It is a great tag as I love Greek Gods so what is better than combining books with them?! So, without further ado, let’s get started!

29236299Zeus: King of Gods- Your Favorite Book

It’s hard to pick my favorite book because I love this whole series but if I had to pick just one it would be Gemina. I loved the characters and Hannah’s determination to save her dad at all costs. Plus, cows in space is definitely interesting!

 

 

 

 

23395680Hera: Queen of the Gods- A Badass Female Character

 

Since I like this whole series, I might as well throw in the first book in this tag too! Kady Grant kicks so much butt in space and even though at times it may scare her, she still risks her life to try and save as many people as she can.

 

 

 

32949202Janus: God of Beginnings- Your Favorite Debut

I read this book at the end of last year as an eARC and absolutely loved it! It is set in a WWII type setting with planes and guys in suits. It is a great story and I think everyone should give it a try.

 

 

 

 

 

29486Athena: Goddess of Wisdom- Your Favorite Non-Fiction Book

I ready this many years ago based on a recommendation from a co-worker. It gives you an interesting look into the stripper industry from someone that did it on a whim.

 

 

 

 

 

588495Aphrodite: Goddess of Love- A Book You Adore And Recommend Everyone Read (Other Than Your Favorite Book)

 

This is my favorite classic of all time and I think that everyone should read it! It’s better than Twilight!

 

 

 

 

39863312Hades: God of the Underworld- An Evil Book You Wish Didn’t Exist

I did not like this book at all. I have only every given a 1 star rating to a couple books and this went into that category. It was just weird and not in a good way.

 

 

 

 

35429999Poseidon: God of the Sea and Earthquakes- A Beautiful & Ground-breaking Book

 

I am not a huge fan of the contemporary genre but I do manage to find a few that I like and this one I absolutely loved! It deals with loss and finding yourself again. Definitely a great read!

 

 

 

28449207Apollo: God of the Arts- A Beautiful Book Cover

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book but I do love the cover! The colors just mesh so well together and the months are beautiful. It is quite shimmery in person and just gorgeous!

 

 

 

28374007Hypnos: God of Sleep- A Book So Boring You Almost Fell Asleep

 

I hoping to really like this book but it just was utterly boring. I am glad I listened to the audio version otherwise I don’t know if I would have ever made it through. I did read the other books in the series and liked them a lot more.

 

 

36621586Hermes: Messenger of the Gods- A Book You Sped Through

 

I absolutely loved this series and when I was approved for this eARC I dived right in last December! It was a great read and just too good to put down. I also shed a few tears. It was probably my favorite book in the series.

 

 

 

And that’s it for this tag! If you do this tag, let me know because I love seeing the answers people give!

 

The Governess of Penwythe Hall: NetGalley Review

40590427Title: The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall follows Cordelia Greythorne, the governess to five children and when their father dies from an accident, she now must confront her past as her and the children head to their uncle’s house which isn’t far from her late husband’s home.

This isn’t a typical read for me as I am usually reading fantasy but I do love to read historical fiction! I guess you could say it is a guilty pleasure of mine and this book did not disappoint.

Cordelia Greythorne has a tragic past and I loved learning about it throughout the pages. She doesn’t let it get the best of her even when she is confronted with it multiple times. Jac Trethewey isn’t always seen in the greatest light by his nieces and nephews but I quickly fell in love with him because its hard not to. He is kind, loyal, and wants to do anything to protect Cordelia and the children.

The plot for the most part felt like a Hallmark movie and it’s probably why I loved it. There isn’t much romance but the relationship in the book is slow to blossom and it makes it feel authentic.

If you love historical fiction mixed with a bit of danger, a tragic past, and a man that will steal your heart then definitely check this book out!

Get To Know The Blogger Tag

Book Tag

Hello, Fellow Book Lovers!

Today I am sharing a book tag I was tagged in by GoodeyReads. I love her blog and instagram so if you aren’t following her yet go do it! She is such a sweetheart.

The book tag for today was created by her as well. The rules are simple.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you!
  2. Link back and credit the original creator
  3. Answer book questions about yourself.
  4. Answer the other questions about yourself.
  5. Change the last 5 questions when you tag someone else (if you want! – the more random the better)
  6. Tag at least 3 people.
  7. Have fun!

 

A Book About Where You’re From (City, State, Country- your choice)

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I have not read this series yet but my sister has.
They are based in the state of Minnesota which is where I am from!

A Book About Your Favorite Non-Bookish Hobby

I actually don’t have one for this question. I don’t read much non-fiction and when I do it usually about historical events or murders, heh.

A Book About A Fear Of Yours

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Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Don’t get me wrong, I really love this series so much! I recommend this series to anyone and everyone. But, the virus makes them like zombies and frankly, I don’t dig that. I am terrified of zombies or people that look like them and hunt people down. Its a huge no go for me!

A Book About Something That Brings You Joy

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I love, love, love dragons! So, what better book that brings me joy than the very first book I read with dragons!

A Book About Your Career/What You’re Studying In School

I do not have an answer for this question since I am a stay-at-home mom and don’t read books about it.

What Job Would You Be Terrible Doing?
I would be terrible at anything to do with math like accountant. I am better at anything that has to do with being creative!

What’s A Subject You Wish You Knew More About?
Hmm, this is a tough one! I would have to go with the crusade era because I loved the medieval times and this was a very interesting period in history.

In Your Opinion, What Is The Best Day On The Calendar And Why?
Would it be cheesy to go with my wedding date? I have known my husband for over 10 years and have been married to him for 5. I love celebrating that day with him because he is literally my best friend!

What Is The Craziest Item You Spent Way Too Much On?
Books. Being a bookworm is expensive especially if you want exclusive/ special edition copies!

What’s A Quirky Thing You Do?
I am not good at sitting still so my head is usually nodding or my leg shakes. Its a habit that runs in my family, hah.

I am tagging,
AfictionReality Bookingway ReadsBetween Folded Pages

If you aren’t tagged, feel free to do it! Please tag me in it if you do because I love to read the answers.