The Caged Queen: Book Review

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35843937Title: The Caged Queen
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Rating: 5 stars

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The Caged Queen follows Roa who helped take the throne for Dax and now stands by him as his queen. Rumors are spreading about the king and the death of her sister has the chance to be righted. She will have to decide if she is willing to risk everything.

I was hesitant to start this book because of the mixed reviews and the fact that it was about Roa and not Asha. Roa wasn’t a character I really enjoyed in The Last Namsara but I am glad that I quit putting it off because I fell head over heels for Roa and Dax!

It took me a few chapters to not hate Roa or Dax. Rumors are spreading and Roa is quick to believe them. It gets her in all sorts of trouble. Because of that, I wasn’t sure if I hated Dax or if Roa was just being naive. I wasn’t sure if I liked where the plot was going and part of me wanted to not continue but I pressed on because I loved the first book and the world the author created.

As the plot progressed, the characters were fleshed out more and I began to feel bad for Roa. We learn about her childhood growing up, her sister, and how Dax fit into all of it from the beginning. The flashbacks really draw you in and I loved them!

The last 70% of the book was not what I was expecting but in a good way. I didn’t care for them in the first book but I love Dax and Roa so much after this one! It was a perfect edition to this wonderfully crafted world and now I am even more excited for the third book coming out in November.

Overall, it started off not so great but by the end it had me hooked! If you haven’t read this series yet I would highly suggest doing so! They have a great plot, interesting characters, and tons of action and betrayal! Plus, who doesn’t love dragons?

What DNF Means to Me

Hello, fellow book lovers!

I wanted to take a minute and talk about DNFing. I have seen others talk about it and I think it is a good topic to discuss because everyones opinion of it is different!

In 2018, I only had to dnf four books. I’d say that is pretty good. This year I have yet to dnf any, not because I haven’t wanted to, but I have a hard time doing it.

One reason I don’t like to dnf is because sometimes books get better halfway through. Another reason is if I am already halfway through I have already spent time on it and would like to see it through to add to my books read even if it doesn’t get better.

I honestly should dnf more but for those two reasons it is hard!

How do you feel about dnfing a book?

Top Ten Tuesday: Character’s I’d Switch Places With

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

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 about characters I’d like to switch places with! There are a few I have in mind that I think would be great. Let the list begin!

 

1.) Donatella (Caraval)
Who doesn’t want to be a part of the Grand Caraval? I would pick to be Tella over Scarlett because I just liked her a bit more.

2.) Feyre (Acotar)
She is strong and has a great support group that always has great times. Plus, Rhysand,

3.) Kestrel (The Winner’s Curse)
I really liked her character and fell in love with Arin.

4.) Safiya (The Witchland’s series)
She can tell if someone is lying and has Merik who loves her. It’s a win-win.

5.) Vasya (The Bear and the Nightingale)
She is my favorite female character so of course I would switch with her!

6.) Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
I know this is a movie character but oh well! There is a great library and a Prince in disguise!

Would you switch places with any of these characters?

The Lord of the Sabbath (Nation of the Beasts): NetGalley Review

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41710781Title: The Lord of the Sabbath (Nation of the Beasts)
Author: Mariana Palova
Genre: Adult Fantasy-Paranormal, Horror
Rating: 2 stars
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

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Since Elisse came to New Orleans from India a storm has been brewing. He left everything behind to find out the truth about his father and leave the creatures that haunt him. He will learn more than he thought in the swamps. Not everything wants him alive and he will have to battle his nightmares to stay alive.

One thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. The synopsis also sounded amazing and something up my alley and without much hesitation I decided to request this interesting book. Although I wanted to love this book there were a few things I didn’t like about it that ultimately made me give it a lower rating.

When it comes to Elisse, a little bit was said about his background in the first few chapters since part of the plot is about finding his father in America. Throughout the rest of the book he just felt really flat and nothing interested me about him and so I lacked connection. Throughout his journey in New Orleans, we are introduced to other characters and again, they felt really flat to me. I didn’t connect with one which was a huge bummer!

The plot was interesting and it was nice to see the author add voodoo into the mix since the setting is New Orleans. My one big complaint with the plot is that at times it felt like there was too much being thrown in and it left me confused with why certain events were taking place. The action was also very subtle and it didn’t leave me feeling interested in the fights against the creatures. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing style and that may have contributed to my issues with certain parts of the plot.

Overall, this book just wasn’t a fit for me. I know others will enjoy this book even if I didn’t. If you are into voodoo, Loa gods, and zombies, you should definitely give this book a try!

March TBR

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

Last month I didn’t finish everything on my monthly tbr but I managed to finish half so I would call that a win! For March, I am not going to put too much on my list because I am still away helping family and will be for the whole month. Hopefully I will be able to knock out these books!

Books I hope to finish for March:

 

February Wrap-up

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

This month wasn’t as good as other months I have had for reading but that’s okay! I had a reading slump at the beginning and then halfway through the month I got on a plane with my daughter to come help my family with my grandma who needs someone with her 24/7. Trying to find time for reading has been a little difficult but I am trying my best! I managed to read 14 books and 1 manga so I would say that is pretty good.

Favorite Read: Bloodwitch
Worst Read: RoseBlood

5 star:
Kissing Coffin (Vampire Kisses #2)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Spinning Silver
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3)
The Caged Queen (Iskari #2)

4 star:
Blood Heir

3 star:
Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)
Daughter of the Pirate King
The Warrior Maiden

2 star:
The Gilded Wolves
RoseBlood
Wintersong
Three Dark Crowns
The Lord of the Sabbath

Mangas:
The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol. 5

 

What was your favorite read of February?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book Review

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15881Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrest
Author: J.K. Rowling
Rating: 5 stars

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“The heir alone would be able to unseal the Chamber of Secrets, unleash the horror within, and use it to purge the school of all who were unworthy to study magic.”

I don’t believe I need to add a small synopsis as Harry Potter is well-known, whether its been read or the movies have been seen. I have made it a goal this year to get through the series as I have seen the movies many years ago and as many are on their reread of this series for the 3rd time, I am just getting started!

To me, the second was better than the first. I gave Sorcerer’s Stone 4 stars as it just lacked for me. Chamber of Secrets brings back all of  the characters back for a second year and as with series, they developed and I became more intrigued by them. Also, we get more Fred and George. I am always here for those two! I am also glad we got to see more of Ginny. Snape as always, is hard to describe when it comes to his actions. He is one of my favorites though.

The world building is always wonderful and I love being able to dive into this world in a whole new way. I can’t wait to continue the series and see how it compares with the movies!

Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?

Spinning Silver: Book Review

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36896898*Minor Spoilers*

Title: Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Rating: 5 stars

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Spinning Silver follows Miryem who is from a line of moneylenders. She takes over the business from her father and sets out to back what is owed no matter what. Her grandfather gives her a poach of silver which she then turns into gold. Her ability can cause more harm than good and she will find out just what that is.

I was really looking forward to this book after finishing Uprooted and I was not disappointed! This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and although I don’t know much about the original, I did enjoy this take on it.

Miryem is a great and strong female character. She takes her family’s poor situation and turns it around. She becomes who she needs to be for the job and I respect that. Irina is another strong female character and will do anything to keep her people safe even if that means making a bargain with a demon. There are quite a few different PoVs in each chapter and sometimes it was hard to follow but it did make for a better understanding of those characters.

When it came to the Staryk King, I wasn’t sure how I felt about him at first. He was rather rude and didn’t care about Miryem even though he had struck the deal. As the book progresses and we see more from him and how he tries to help with I started to feel bad for him, given the predicament he found himself in. I’m not going to lie, the ending with him was the best and made my heart melt!

As always, the author does a great job at building the world and the characters in it and makes it easy to fall in love with it all.

Overall, I am so happy with this book and glad I was finally able to read it. If you enjoyed Uprooted and haven’t read this yet, definitely get on it!

 

 

 

Friday (Least) Favorites: Book Boyfriends

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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.

For Top Ten Tuesday last week I listed a few of my book boyfriends as I have a long, long list! For this prompt I was going to give you another few of the ones on my list but decided why not make it interesting. Instead, I am going to list my least favorite book boyfriends that many seem to love. I am so excited for this!

1.) The Darkling (Grishaverse Trilogy)
He was a character that was talked about quite a lot on Instagram way before I read these books at the end of last year. At the beginning of Shadow and Bone I was like, “Oh he isn’t so bad,” but then it all went downhill and he became the most hated character of that trilogy for me. I still don’t get the appeal and never will.

2.) Cardan (The Cruel Prince)
He is probably the one I dislike the most. He was okay in the The Cruel Prince but then I read The Wicked King and I will never think of him the same after that. There was a really weird scene but I don’t want to giveaway anything so I will just leave it at that.

3.) Rowan (Throne of Glass Series)
I know, I know. He is quite popular but frankly he is another one I don’t understand the appeal for. He just didn’t set my heart a flutter and that’s okay! I free up my list for other ones!

And that will complete my little list! There isn’t many I haven’t liked but I feel like these three are pretty popular so I guess this could also be an unpopular opinion post.

Are any of these a part of your book boyfriend list?

Dance of Thieves: Book Review

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Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Rating: 2 stars

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Dance of Thieves follows a young former thief and the leader of an outlaw dynasty as they battle it out and fight for their lives and even their hearts.

Going into this book, I had a few expectations. I had seen many good reviews and was really excited to dive in. Unfortunately, it was a big let down for me and I just didn’t enjoy it.

The first character we are introduced to is Kazi, a former thief who now works for the queen. I couldn’t connect with her no matter how hard I tried. The Other main character of the book is Jace and just like Kazi, I just didn’t like him and couldn’t connect to him. Another reason, I didn’t like the book was the romance. They hated each other and not even half way through the book they were already thinking about wanting the other and I am just not a fan of instant attraction/love.

When it came to the plot, I couldn’t get into it either. It was slow paced in the beginning and I was hoping it would pick up but there just wasn’t enough action to keep me satisfied. Most of the time I can look over the plot or characters and still like a book but both were just a let down for me.

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. There were too many things I didn’t like. I know many that have loved this book and rave about it so don’t let my review stop you! I think I just have an unpopular opinion and that is okay!