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.
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!
I bought this book solely based on the fact I saw that OwlCrate had something that was inspired by this book coming in one of the books, and geez what a good buy! Caraval by Stephanie Garber was such a fun book to read! My head was spinning while reading this book! If you haven’t yet, go out and get this book!
Caraval is a place of trickery and confusion. Anything could happen, but it might not all be real. We follow Scarlett’s story through the five nights of her greatest and worst adventure. The only thing is, her sister is being held captive, and the only way to save her is by winning Caraval. She meets a few people on this journey, but can she trust them? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I want to be able to trust Julian. But I just don’t know where he really stands. Does he stand with or against Master Legend? Is he just part of the game? There’s also Tella, whom I really want to be part of the game.
I felt like I was in Caraval while reading this! I didn’t know what a dream was, what was real, or what was an illusion from the game! It was so hypothesizing! This book is a MUST READ! Garber did a fantastic job in creating a world that that only had me wondering what was next, but made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t put this book down.
If you’re a reader who loves a book with surprises and twists and turns, this is a book for you! I really didn’t know what was coming next! This book had me at the edge of my seat! I read over the course of a week, but I would of read it in a day if I had the chance to do that! It’s an unforgettable ride!
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.
**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.