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Why I Started Blogging and Why I Love It |Blogmas Day 6

Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me. Every time I write, I feel like I am improving. This has been such a fun adventure, and I am so happy I get to continue it with all of you! Thank you for listening to my thoughts on the adventures I go on.

I started this book blog because I needed to talk about the books I read. All of my friends and family would pretend to listen to me or be interested in the books, so I never really could talk about what was happening. I also was made fun of for being so into my books, but here I can get my feelings out without to much trouble. Blogging is also a helpful way for me to sort out how I feel about the books and the characters. Sometimes when I am reading, I get so caught up in the world that I am not taking in everything that is being set up. When I go to write about it, I can finally see all the things I didn’t put together!

I didn’t start the blog for this reason, but I love looking back on the blogs. I can look back at what I have read and remember what happened in the books, which is super helpful when I’m waiting for the next book in the series to come. I also like to look at my reactions to books, and then how I think of the book now. I like to see how much I loved a book when I read it. The feeling of finishing a book is so exciting and sad at the same time, and I’m happy I am able to document that.

The bookish community is so wonderful. I’m so happy I have entered into a community where we can share thoughts and opinions! The bookish people are some of the most welcoming people I have ever met! Thank you for letting me be me.

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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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I Finally Read The Selection Blogmas Day 3

Many people have already read The Selection Series, probably when they were in middle or high school. Here I am at the age of 23 and just read them for the first time. Why did I wait? I honestly don’t know. This book had been on my TBR list for a really long time, and I never got around to buying it! Yes, I bought all five books, but I’ve only read the first three….so far. I have so much love for these books, and I wish I would have started reading them sooner!

The Selection: Parts of this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, another part of this book reminded me of Divergent. If were to mix both of those out, take out the violence and turn it into The Bachelor: Royal Edition, that would be this book. I really can’t believe that I put this book off for so long! I have to say, I didn’t like Aspen when the book started, and he just got worse and worse as the book went on. #Maxonforever Honestly, this was really predictable, but I’m actually okay with that. Why? Because this book was probably meant for middle/high school readers, and I’m an adult. I read each of these books in like a day, but honestly, I would have sat in a chair and read it all at one time if I was able to! I loved that this book didn’t start out as full on love triangle. I appreciated that America told the Prince that she had her heartbroken and didn’t want to be with him. It’s so refreshing to see that happen in a book!

The Elite: I read these all back to back so that I might have some things in the wrong book, but stay with me. This is the book (or the moment) where my dislike for Aspen, turned into hate. He showed up as a guard, broken up with America, and still inferred with her life with Maxon! I do place a little blame on America, but I know how hard it can be to let go of a person you love. Aspen should have gotten over himself and let her be. He is the reason she is in the palace in the first place. He plays mind games with her that I really kept hoping he would die. I also enjoy this book because of the friendships that are shown in the book. I love the girls in this book and so many different personalities! I mean, they may be cliche, but I really wouldn’t change it any other way! This was probably my favorite book out of the three. I really didn’t put the book down unless I had to, and I was even thinking about it at work. So much happens in this book, and I don’t even know how to process it. We had death, people coming back, fighting, attacks, love, and so much more!

The One: I needed this book to be longer. First, let’s talk about how we not only have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Aspen; but we also have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Kriss. I would have loved to know what was going on in that relationship! This added so much to this story and had me a little worried. I know there are two more books after this book, but still. But in the end, all was right with the world. I even started not to hate Aspen as much, once he and Lucy became a couple. The one thing I really did not care for was one that the secret relationship between Aspen and American was hidden and lasted for so long. I also didn’t like how quickly Maxon and America got back together. It just seemed a little rushed for me. I feel like there would have been a lot more issues when they got back together that the book seems to skip over.

Tell me your thoughts on these books!

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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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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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Is Orphan Train That Good?

 If you like books that aren’t that along are about the past, live the life of someone who struggled, I have a book for you. The Orphan Train is a full circle book that tells the lives of two people who face many of the same challenges years apart. This book gave me so many feelings. I honestly might have thrown my book at one point because I was mad. Like why kill such good characters?? I saw it coming by doesn’t make it any easier! I loved the characters in this book. We were introduced so many different people, and there were very few that I actually didn’t like…and one that was very creepy. Many people were telling me about this book and how I should read it, so I bought it. I didn’t plan on reading it overnight, but sometimes these things happen! 

This story was like listening to grandparents and great grandparents telling a story. There was so much history that we never really get to learn about! Sadly though, I feel like there was a lot left out of this story. The book its self was pretty short, and some things were missing. I don’t know much about the Orphan Train, but feel like this was water down version of what happened to these kids. With that being said, the book did have some scenes that gave some insight into how bad things were and where that was pretty interesting. The story of Vivian’s life was inspiring and was a good reminder of how much we take for granted. 

All in all, this was a good book. It was a pretty easy ready and I would recommend it to anyone that likes heartwarming books! The author was able to make the pictures in my head and see the people I was reading about. I would give this book about 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a bad book. I wish the book was longer and had more details.

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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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I am a Warrior.

**Disclaimer: I was asked to do a review on this book, but all opions are 100% my own.**

When I was asked to do a review of We are All Warriors fighting our own battles by Gurpreet Kaur I was a little hesitant; 1. because it’s a book of quotes and poems (which I’ve never read before) and 2. because it is an ebook, and I’m just not a huge fan of ebooks. I went ahead and read it anyways because why not? I’m all about expanding the types of books I read! Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this book!

This book really hits home on a few different things in my life and the kinds of things that are going on in society right now. I’m not joking when I say I actually wrote down in a notebook and took a screenshot of a lot of the things in this book. Kaur has a way of captivating our feelings and just making us go whoa. If any of you listen to Sadie Rob’s podcast on great quotes, I would send ALOT of the material to her to talk about. It really does have some truly inspiring things in it, but at the same time, there were a few things that I just could not get into to. The book is an easy read and worth the money, go and grab yourself the book, read it, and come to me and let’s talk about it. I really would love to talk about how this book affected everyone!

I would give this an 8/10. It’s for all readers, and I truly think that anyone can get something out of it. It’s pretty short and packed full of great stuff! It wouldn’t be something I would take on a train or plane ride since it is short, (Maybe that’s how this genre of books are, I don’t know) but if I needed a good pick me up or just something that I needed to connect with, this book would be at the top of my list. I think I’ve read it twice now honestly, and I keep finding new stuff.