Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Author’s That Share My Name

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

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 Reasons Why I Love….. I am always unsure what to do when it comes to making up my own prompt. Luckily, I had an an idea and I am running it! Here goes, Reasons Why I Love Author’s That Share My Name! Now, I have only read books by two authors who share my name but that’s okay because I really like their books and I want to talk about them!

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1.) They share the same name as me. Yes, this is number one. Joanna is not a very common name and when I find others with it then it instantly gives them points!

2.) Brothers. Every good book needs brothers and they write them so well!

3.) They write YA Fantasy. Need I say more? It’s the genre I am always drawn to.

4.) They write so beautifully!

5.) The world-building is always top-notch!

6.) Their covers are gorgeous!

7.) They write about things that intrigue me (One writes mythology and the other has a cool take on WW2)

8.) Their characters really come to life!

9.) They are always so nice and friendly! I have enjoyed my conversations with them.

10.) Did I mention they share the same name as me? 🤣🤣🤣

 

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Have you read any books by an author that shares the same name as you? If not, have you read any of these books?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty

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39295192._SY475_Title: The Traitor’s Kingdom (The Traitor’s Circle #3)
Author: Erin Beaty
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication date: July 9th, 2019

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A new queen under threat.
An ambassador with a desperate scheme.
Two kingdoms with everything to lose.

Once a spy and counselor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now an ambassador representing Demora, Sage is about to face her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival kingdom.

After an assassination attempt destroys the chance for peace, Sage and her fiancé Major Alex Quinn risk a dangerous plot to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty. (Goodreads)

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So I finally decided to finish this trilogy! This book was the perfect ending and it was everything I wanted and more!

There isn’t many books that make me giddy. Sage and Alex are adorable. They go through a lot together but always remain loyal and lean on one another for support. They have their fights but everything is worth it in the end. They are perfect and just make me so happy!

There is a lot of growth throughout each book for Sage and Alex but also a lot of the other characters. I also enjoy seeing Lani again in this book because she was such a great character in the second book. She is definitely a friend that everyone should have because she is loyal and will hurt the man that hurt you. Sisters before Misters! Am I right?

Of course, there are many other relationships blossoming along the way and I was here for everyone. They also did burden the plot and I’m glad everyone got what they deserved. Who doesn’t want happiness?

The plot was a bit slow at the end but when assassins come into play and threaten to separate the greatest pair I was all in! I did call who the mastermind was but I was still off on other things so I wasn’t upset about that. It wasn’t my favorite plot out of the three books but it was still worth reading.

Overall, it was a perfect ending. Honestly, probably one of the best endings for a series that I have read all year. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Recent DNFs #1

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Hello Readers!

I don’t know what has been with me lately but everything I have picked up recently has either been a DNF or a lower rating read.

Could this mean I am on the verge of a slump? Who knows. All I know is that nothing is working for me!

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1.) Switched by Amanda Hocking was one I didn’t get very far in. The writing reminded me a lot of Julie Kagawa’s and knowing I am not a fan of her books I decided not to continue this one.

2.) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was dnfed basically immediately, haha. I had read The Bride Test before and knowing that that one was a fine read it maybe had something to do with me not wanting to read this one. I also didn’t care that they started talking about sex right away. I’m a prude, sue me.

3.) Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett has a beautiful cover but it is rather boring. The premise us unique but I couldn’t get past the boring characters or the writing. I did get through 30% and decided to call it quits.

4.) The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty was a book I was excited to read. Unfortunately it was just rather slow. I also didn’t care enough about the characters to continue on. I got through 20% and said not anymore. Maybe it’s just my mood. I don’t know.

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Is there a book you have dnfed recently?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday (2/3/20)

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Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

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34814099._SY475_Title: City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017

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“Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .” (Goodreads)

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I have seen so many good reviews for this book and have had it on my tbr for a bit. I did just get it from the library so hopefully I can get to it this month!

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

First Lines Friday (11/29/19)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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“A boy went missing the night of the storm. The night snow sailed down from the mountains and howled against the eaves of the old house as if through gritted teeth–cruel and baleful and full of bad omens not to be ignored.”

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The book is….

 

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I am so excited for this book! I finally got it and I was thinking about starting a different book but honestly the first few lines have me hooked!

Have you read this book or any by this author?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful For (Blogging/Reading Edition)

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

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 a thankful freebie so I am going to talk about what I am thankful for when it comes to my reading life and blogging life.

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1.) Libraries

I am so thankful for libraries! It saves a lot of money when it comes to reading new authors or even new genres. It also keeps me from buying every single new release. I’m thankful that I have a few to choose from and that they also have their e-catalog for ebooks.

2.) Book Boxes

I am thankful that I am able to get the ones that I do. It makes it easier since I am in the US where most are located and I’ve seen the prices for other countries when it comes to shipping.

3.) Easy Access to Books

This also goes with libraries but I am also thankful for being able to have all sorts of different book stores and online sites. It’s easy to find a book I would like to read when my library doesn’t have it.

4.) Followers

Some days I wonder why I don’t have more followers but honestly that shouldn’t matter. I need to and am thankful for how my blog has grown over the past year and I love what I do so thank you! ❤

5.) Blog Tours

In the last month I have been able to get on a couple blog tours which will be my first ones! I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this!

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I’m literally so thankful for all of this and more! It’s great to be able to reflect back and see what I have to be grateful for that I don’t always appreciate enough.

What is something you are thankful for when it comes to your reading/blogging life?

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Bookish and Comic Fandoms: Where We Belong Tag

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Hello Readers!

This is a tag all about fandoms. I love fandoms and so this is perfect for me to do.

I was tagged by Nen & Jen for this great tag! They have a wonderful blog and if you aren’t following them yet then you definitely should be.

This tag was created by KB from KB Book Reviews.

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Rules:

  • Tag the creator + who tagged you.
  • List your fandoms and where you belong.
  • Tag 4 (or more) people to keep it going!
  • Have fun!

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I mean come on, look at his beauty!

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This one is hard because I was Edward for the books but Jacob for the movies. I am conflicted with my overall choice! I guess because I love vampires so much then Edward would win.

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I can’t say what it would be since I have never read or watched this one.

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Elves win all the time. Seriously, there is no contest!

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Again, I have never read/watched so I can’t say for sure where I would be.

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I’ve taken two quizzes and I always end up a Stark. I’m happy with that.

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Tagging:

Don’t feel obligated to do the tag. If you aren’t tagged and want to do it then feel free! It’s cool to see where everyone stands with fandoms.

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First Lines Friday (11/22/19)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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“My parents would kill me if they caught me reading manga at one in the morning, but I was too keyed up to sleep. I hunched over my tablet, trying to lose myself in the world of Robo Mecha Dream Girl 5. Usually I couldn’t wait for the latest issue and devoured it in a matter of minutes, only going back later to take it all in and absorb everything I’d missed.”

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I picked this one up from Book Outlet last month for under $2. It was such a steal! I do feel like I need to read another sci-fi soon so hopefully this will be great!

Have you read this book or any by this author?

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Brothers in Books

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Hello Readers!

I have been thinking about doing a post like this for awhile and today is the day I discuss it: brothers in books.

Who doesn’t like brothers in books? I mean, I can’t be the only one. They add a bit of drama and are usually quite different from one another.

There have been plenty of books I have read with them in it and I wanted to share my love for certain ones (and mangas!) with you!

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1.) Crown of Coral and Pearl

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2.) Beneath the Haunting Sea

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3.) My Dear Cold-Blooded King

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4.) Inuyasha

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5.) The Raven and the Dove

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6.) Caraval

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Are you a fan of brothers in books? If so, why do you love them? Let me know in the comments!

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A Treason of Thorns: Book Review

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41716322Title: A Treason of Thorns
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019

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“Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.” (Goodreads)

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I hadn’t seen too many reviews for this book but the synopsis and the reviews I did see where enough to convince me to rent this one from my library. I don’t know if I had any expectations before starting and maybe that was a good thing. There were so unique things included and there were other parts that just fell short.

Right from the start we are introduced to Vi and her family. It is a strange dynamic and makes me question why her mother married her father in the first place. I understand her mother was trying to protect her daughter but at the same time she comes off as a total dillweed. Although her mother is never physically present, the reader learns more about her through flashbacks. The same goes for Vi’s father. He is only present for a bit until its all flashbacks for him as well. I did like the flashbacks and thought that they added to the characters that were present in them since there wasn’t much about the characters besides that.

As for Vi, she is a very determined girl and because her mother tried to keep her from being a caretaker she never talks to her. I understand wanting to save something you love but at the same time Vi is very selfish about her choices. She also holds grudges and I would have liked to see her writer her mother by the end or something. I wouldn’t say I ever connected with her and even though her choices were questionable, I didn’t mind reading about her.

There are quite a few minor characters in this one that I would have liked more from. Esperanza and Alfred are an interesting couple and I would have liked them to be more present since her father was the king and she also wanted to help the house. Besides trying to make up plans and maybe stalling the king, there wasn’t much development for her. I think it would have been nice to read a point-of-view from her because it would have helped and then there would have been more from the king as well. The reason I wanted more from the king is because in the plot, he is a villain. He really isn’t in the book much and I feel like as a villain he also wasn’t very villainous. It could just be me but I just needed more from him.

The only other character I haven’t discussed is Wyn. Vi’s father brought him to their house to be a companion for Vi during her childhood. Since they were friends for so long I though the blooming relationship between them was unnecessary especially since it doesn’t play a huge role. Friendship between them would have been just fine and I feel like it would have stayed the same book.

When it came to the plot, it was unique and I liked learning about the great houses. It did give me Monster House vibes and actually made me want to go watch that movie. My only complaint about the houses is that I wish there was more information as to how they came to be. I needed a background for why all of it was possible. Other than that, there was some interesting plot twists and it had a good pace.

Overall, I liked the book even with the issues I had with it. I guess the overall theme was that I needed more especially from the minor characters who had a lot of potential.