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If You like Red Queen, I Got A Book For You! |Blogmas Day 5

If you like books about an enslaved heroine who needs to start a rebellion to get her crown back, Ash Princess is for you! This book has gotten some hate due to it being just like every other book, but it’s honestly worth the read! The story reminded of the Red Queen in many ways but was different enough that it kept me entertained! This book could be triggering for some people; there is violence, rape (not graphic), and abuse.

Ash Princess is the first book written by Laura Sebastian, and I’m in love! This being her debut book, it’s so good, cliche, but amazing! One of my favorite things in this book is the love triangle! Theodosia develops feelings for a friend from her childhood, Blaise, and the prinz of the nation that took her captive, Søren. I love this triangle because there really isn’t someone that would be best for her. One is being overrun by power, and the other is the heir to the nation that enslaved her. I really love her relationship between her and Søren. Søren is like a lot of princes in books, he doesn’t like his father’s policies, wants to change the world, and wants peace. They are the typical, star-crossed lovers, but she will not admit that she is in love with him. She’s not even sure that it is true.

This book had a pretty dark side to it. The Kalovaxian have a history of going from place to place, killing, and enslaving people. As the book goes on, Theo learns that they also raped some of these people as well. The king also sews the mouth shut of the servants in the place. Not to mention the number of people that he has starving in the mines.

It did take me about 100 pages to get into the book, but once I got there, I couldn’t stop reading! I stayed up all night to read the book! I can’t wait to read the sequel Lady Smoke! I am hopeful that the sequel will stray away from all the other books like this, but keep its charm! 

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The Wicked Will Rise: Blogmas Day 2

The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was an interesting read. I feel like nothing really moved forward with the plot; it just took a turn. I LOVED Dorothy Must Die. It was magical and a story I hold dear to me with a twist that I love! Now here we are with the sequel, and I really don’t know what happened. This book was a filler like no other. It did have some really good parts, but it also had some parts that I don’t know why they were there. I can’t tell if I like this book or not. I read it in a day, but I never got absorbed in it. There was just so much that I feel like it was missing. We didn’t get the same sense of adventure as we did the last book. There was no big battle that would change OZ (although something else did happen).

Within the first couple of chapters, a second villain dies, along with a rat. This was the first thing wrong with this book. Why kill the rat? It was simply harmless, deserved a better death, and died in such a cliché way. I actually am genuinely disappointed that she died by getting eaten by a lion. Why not give it a heroic death? There was very little sadness, and seeing that it was Amy’s only thing form her mom or even home in general left, you would think that the death of the rat would have hit her more.

Then we have Pete/Ozma. I love that they ended up being the same person, but I don’t like the mix between them. The fight for control was really underwhelming and kind of just got in the way. Pete also careful and didn’t want to be near Dorothy or any of the “good” people of Oz. After a talk with Glenda, he just decides that she can help him? Yeah, he just found out that he might disappear after Ozma is cured, but still. The only book is about how she and Dorothy can’t be trusted, and then he just goes running to them? Which, in turn, kills a unicorn tiger, a fairy, and ruins a whole another land. That the end, he and Ozma are separated anyways by the wizard that be trusted.

Let’s talk about Nox for a second. He got lost while teleporting, so he ended up on the Island of the Lost. NOX GOT SOFT! He says being on the island made him think, but I feel like sitting by yourself on an island doesn’t make you that soft. Like he was all I want to talk about how I feel, and I don’t have many walls up anymore, who is this? Nox was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and right now, I can’t deal with him. Where is the old Nox? Is this not the real Nox?

I’m so excited to finish this series! These books are perfect for people who love the Wizard of Oz! I can’t get enough of these books! I’m so excited to see how this series will end. I honestly hope that maybe juts Dorothy will turn around and become good again.

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Is There A Best Way To Read? Blogmas Day 1

There are so many ways to read a book; we have physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are so many upsides and downsides to them, but which is the best? Today, We are going to take a look and see what is the are the pros and cons of each of these and see if there is the best version of a book!

1.       EBooks

Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.   

2.       Physical Books

I am a little bias here; I love physical books. They have the book smell and have fantastic designs, a lot of the time. Physical books are also great for letting people know you are busy. People see you holding a book, and they know you are doing something and sometimes walk away. They also don’t lose their charge! This may be an only me thing, but I also feel more connected to the book when I have a physical copy. Another great thing about physical books is that there are so many different versions of the physical books. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, movie covers, original copies, author’s editions, etc. These books are also great for taking pictures! I feel like you can do so much more with photos when you have a physical book compared to a flat device like a kindle or phone. I could keep going on about why I love physical books, but there are some downsides — one being that the slightest amount of water can ruin a book. Unless the books get a lot of water one it, it’Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.ll usually be fine, but that spot will never be the same. Also, covers and pages get ripped and bent. This often shows how much a book has been read and loved, but it’s not always fun to have to be so gentle it won’t rip more.

3. Audio Books

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used an audiobook before because they don’t sound appealing to me. Many great things come with audiobooks. Like ebooks, they can go anywhere with you, but you can listen to it. This means that you can listen to a story while working out or read without getting car sick. This is also a great alternative to music! It’s a great way to read books without having to sit down and open up the book! The downside is that it will drain your battery, and you might miss some things if you space out.

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My Favorite Halloween Book?

It’s the best time of the year! It’s getting cold out, the leaves are falling, and we are getting into the holiday season!we are so close to our first holiday, Halloween! What better way to get in the spooky spirit than to read a mysterious book? This year, I got a new spooky book from Owlcrate, and it is by far my favorite spooky book! The Bone Houses is crazy good. It has the right amount of adventure, suspense, and scare to make it a great Halloween read! 

The Bone Houses reminds me of The Walking Dead meets The Black Cauldron, but a less gory. From the very first page, there was so much going on! I’m not usually a zombie person, but holy cow, this book had me captivated! I actually lost track of time reading this book! I missed a meal and almost forgot to sleep while reading this book! The book was full of twists and turns, and oh how I loved them! Emily Lloyd-Jones did a beautiful writing this book that actually becomes a movie in your head! I forgot I was even reading at times. This book was just amazing, and I can’t stop praising it! 

This book follows a teenage gravedigger and mapmaker who go a quest to stop the bone houses and find a family. Their weapon? An Axe. How awesome is that? Forget swords, or bows, Ryn single handily defeated these bone houses with an ax! Another thing that I liked about his book was the relationship between the two main characters! The dynamic between Ryn and Ellis is not the same kind of relationship we find in many other books. It was pretty refreshing to see the male in a series rely on the female. I also really appreciate that their love story was not the center of the book. It was not really formed until the end, and it didn’t impact the book too much!

This book is a 10/10! I would suggest it to anyone! It’s not part of a series, so it’s a great standalone to get you in the spooky season! This book never got boring! Plus, it has a beautiful cover! Let me know your thoughts on this book!

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Let’s Talk About the New Hunger Games Book

I’ve been waiting for this. The Hunger Games is like my Harry Potter (I am pretty obsessed with Harry Potter, though). When I heard rumors of this book, I was really hoping for Haymitch’s story. Like for real, how awesome would that be?! Sadly Susan Collins decided to give us the story of the first District 12 winner. I really think this book will be interesting, we are going to see what Panem looked like after the civil war. Maybe we can get to know some relatives of our favorite people? It’s Titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, what does that mean? What kind of story are we going to be getting ourselves into?

Let’s talk about this cover! It is something totally different than the rest of the books. The main books all have plain backgrounds and a picture of the mockingjay, so this cover was a big surprise! The green and black on the cover reminds me of a villain on a TV show like I’m going to be hypnotized! We also have a mocking jay, sitting on a branch, with a snake. I don’t even know what to think about this. Is the main charterer going to be sneaky? Is it to say there was a worse president than snow? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

There are so many things I want in this book, one of them being I want it to feel like the rest of the books. I don’t want it to feel non-related to the world we know. I know there are going to be differences due to it being 64 years before the story we know, but I don’t want to be completely different. I also want this book to go into more depth about what District 12 is like. We saw a glimpse of what it was like, but that was after the coal mine explosion. Was it different before? Also, there is so much time between the books how much has District 12 progressed?

I need this book now. I can’t wait until May. There are so many questions! Will there be a prequel movie? Will we ever get Haymitch’s story?? Or Effie’s Story?? Can we get a book about what happened to Gale after Mockingjay?? Susan Collins, please help me!

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House of Salt and Sorrow

Can I just say WOW! This book was pretty incredible! I never heard the stories of the 12 Dancing Princesses, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book, but I’m in love! The world of a mix or balls and glamour, and also dark and full of sadness. I haven’t read a book that me want to read all night for quite a while! I read it in about a week! This isn’t really a short time, especially since it’s 400 pages, but I work College Sports, and in the past 3 weeks, we had three football games, two hockey games, pep rallies, and countless volleyball and soccer games. So to read this book in only a week is a pretty big deal!

First of all, I love cover! It’s one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! It made the story even more magical! The characters in this book, were great! I was absolutely in love with Fisher and Annaleigh! Very much wanted them together in the end, but thank yo Erin Craig for ruining that. This was such a magical journey full of balls and dresses and death and sadness. I really didn’t know who was behind any of it or if it was in Annaleigh’s head! I was always wondering who would be next!

Secondly, The stepmother was a great addition. I loved the story of the stepmother just trying to get the kids to like her. I know a lot of it was a little fake since she ended up being behind EVERYTHING! She was indeed a step-monster. Throughout the entire book, she was trying to be happy and get the girls everything nice, but really she was the one who wanted a son so badly she risked having all of them killed. For some reason, though, I really didn’t want her to die. She really didn’t want them to die, she just wanted a son.

This book so dark and a little suspenseful. It’s a perfect read for a person who scares easy (aka me) for a Halloween read! It has the right amount of suspenseful and creepy parts mixed with juts enough of a comedy and love to make many things happen at once and keep you interested in the story. I really couldn’t stop reading it! Such a good book! I wish it had a squeal, but I really don’t want anyone else to die! I really recommend this book! I will probably keep this book and read it endlessly.

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Good book, Bad Series

Let’s talk about one of my favorite series of all time. Red Queen. This series had so much potential, but what the heck happened to the end? This book had so much potential, and I was really hoping for a movie, then I got to the third book, and I was done. A lot of readers even said they gave up on this series, and it was such a letdown! But why? Today we are going to go book by book to figure what happened to this series.

1.            Red Queen

This book was SO GOOD! I don’t want to spoil the best book out of this series in case you want to read it, but I would reread it. The only complaint I really had with this book was that I felt like I had read it before. Parts of it reminded me of Divergent, parts reminded me of Deliurm, and other parts reminded me of the Hunger Games. It had a lot of the same characteristics as the dystopian kind of books, and to be fair, there are a lot of them. There so much going on in this book, and I love the twist and never knowing who to trust!

2.            Glass Sword

Even though a lot of things happened, this was definitely a filler and set up book. We had a reunion for some characters and others we lost. What I did like in this book was that even though they were gathering an army, the villains were still very present, and we saw them win and lose. The newly introduced characters in this book were terrific. There were so many different types of personalities and values in each of them. A lot of books would the background characters similar to each other in the way that they come off to the reader, but most of the characters in this book were so different it was easy to love them! This is probably one of the best sequel books I’ve read. The love triangle I actually like. I switched teams a lot, and that is VERY uncommon for me.

3. Kings cage

This is where I got lost. I don’t know to understand what this book was setting up for. I honestly took a reading hiatus because of this book. It took me forever to finish it! It was kind of repetitive and didn’t actually get good until the middle/towards the end, with a genuinely good twist. This book did have a good fighting scene, but as a whole, this book kind of was a letdown. If you want to more on my thoughts about this book and read King’s Cage Made Me Stop Reading.

4. War Storm

*Spoilers*

What kind of ending was that? Just honestly, what were they thinking? The whole conflict of the book was ended because a mother didn’t want her daughter to die. What. A mother changing her mind ended a civil war and a war between nations? What? This had too much potential to be good! Maven could have somehow been saved, someone could have been brought back to life, Mare’s dad could have fought, something! We had four books, and that’s how it ended. Then we didn’t even get a good idea of what happened after the war. Mare went back to her family and chose to be with Cal. I wanted so much more, like how they mix sliver and red bloods? How did the new bloods fit in? I just wanted more out of this, I feel like it was rushed and not really thought through.

If you have read this series, let me know what you think! Even though the middles and ending of these books were not the best, I still i might reread them! These books will always have a place in my heart!

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Why King’s Cage Made Me Stop Reading.

**There are spoilers in this review**

I love the Red Queen series, almost as much as I love the Hunger Games or Harry Potter. I love the world, the characters, the storylines, just everything about the books. I read the second book in two days, I think. Well, here we are almost a year later after I read the second book and my love didn’t change until I finished King’s Cage.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a great love for this series, but what the actual heck. We spend a lot of the book with Mare in prison, which was fun for the most part. About halfway through the book, I got bored of that, but Victoria Aveyard did an excellent job at keeping it exciting and making it not feel like the same day over and over again. While Mare is in this prison, we find out that Farley is pregnant! Like this just broke my heart. RIP Shade. But we find this news out through Cameron’s viewpoint. Was it just me or did anyone else find she storyline a little weird? I honestly was kind of bored and didn’t want to read her chapters. That’s not what made me stop reading though.

For two and a half books, we have been building this love story between Cal and Mare, just so that Cal can be given an ultimatum; to be with Mare and give up his crown, or marry Evangeline and become king. That was all fine, UNTIL HE PICKS EVANGELINE! Like what?! He tells Mare not to worry about anything, sleeps with her, protects her, and when given a chance, he doesn’t pick her. Like I understand why, and I love that the author did this, but seriously? And then end the book there? Like what the actual heck.

I honestly took a week or so off of writing and reading because I was so mad at Cal. I know he’s a fictional person and all, but he made me angry. I tried to read the book three times before I finally was able to get passed it. All in all, though, it was a good book, with a twist I didn’t see coming. Per the usual, the storytelling is excellent, the dialog is perfect, and some part made me laugh. I do suggest reading this book or actually, go ahead and reread the whole series. I know I will be..after I get over how it all ended, but that; s for a different day!

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Dorothy Must Die….?

***Disclaimer: I bought this this book. I am not affiliated with any brand or company and do not receive any money from any purchase. My opinions are my own and are completely unbiased**

I must say that I did not expect to like this book, but Danielle Paige page….thank you. This book combined my childhood and my present life and completely shook it. This book is an unexpected adventure with so many twists and turns I really don’t know what to expect for book two! Dorothy Must Die is a story that I didn’t know I needed in my life. Surprisingly enough, this story, as well as The Wizard of Oz, is a book that I could see myself as the main character at times.

Obviously, Paige took the story of The Wizard of Oz and made it her own, and her version of what happened after is crazy. ***Spoilers Ahead*** Amy Gumm is the narrator that takes us to Oz. This Oz isn’t the OZ that we know, this Oz is bleak, and the magic is being drained. By who? Dorothy. Amy eventually gets roped into a quest to kill Dorothy and restore OZ to its former glory. Who ropes her in? Well, wicked witches, of course. How is she supposed to do this? Well, Amy nor we know the answer that. In this Oz, wicked is good and good is wicked, and everything is backward. The story takes us on a roller coaster of emotions while some characters die, some are freed, and others show their true self.

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like the book when I first picked it up, and the first chapter or so I thought that maybe it was a bad choice. The book felt like it was a book it was written for younger kids but had a lot of cussing in it. Then there were a few things that just felt a little too made up and magical even for Oz, like a wicked witch crying diamonds (even though it had been a curse). But after I got passed that this book was actually really good! I read it in about two days and almost stayed up all night reading it! The story is very captivating and so much fun! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves twisted fairy tales!

Author's Website:  http://daniellepaigebooks.com/ 

Book Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dorothy-must-die-danielle-paige/1115554770?ean=9780062280688#/