March ’17 TBR – Historical Fiction Theme

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Hello everyone!

As you read this, I’m probably at the airport waiting to get on a plane to take me away from the place I’ve called home for the last four years. I can’t really tell you how that’s going to feel like right now, because I’m doing this a whole week before but I can tell you that at this moment I’m both really sad and really excited. I hope this change brings me a lot of new opportunities and I am planning on taking advantage of everything new that’s comes my way. If you’d like to stay up to date with my trip, you can probably see some updates on Twitter, so follow me :). Anyway, I’m here to talk about the books that I hope to read in March. All of these are very tentative because I have no idea how much time I’ll have to read but hopefully I get at least a few read.

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Book Traveling Thursdays Feb. 16th – There’s Still More Love to Share…

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It’s BTT time! This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page.

This week’s topic is There’s still more love to share… Choose a book that deserves more love. There’s a lot of books that I feel don’t receive as much love as I think they should but most of them haven’t been published in international countries which would make this post really boring. So I went really far back in my read list to a book that I really enjoyed that I haven’t talked about in awhile.

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The Lunar New Year Book Tag

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I’m here today to share a tag with you! I haven’t done one since December so I’m feeling kind of rusty so bear with me. I was tagged by the awesome Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts who created this tag with Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit all about the Lunar New Year. I don’t really know much about this particular celebration but I know it was actually on January 28th and (as found on Tiff’s post) it revolves around the Chinese zodiac, which based on the year you were born and a corresponding animal. There are 12 animal signs and they each represent different personalities. They created the book tag based on those.

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T5W Jan. 25th – Favorite Underrated Books

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Underrated Books. I have a really hard time with the word underrated. I never really know how to classify a book as underrated. I know there’s a lot of books that I’ve read that not many people that I know have read as well, but that doesn’t mean anything in comparison to the rest of the world. So what I did was go on my read shelf on Goodreads and picked the books that I’ve enjoyed the most that have the lowest average rating.

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Book Review – Imprudence by Gail Carriger

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Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: July 19th, 2016

Publisher: Orbit

Format: Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Read: December 2016

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4-5-stars1

Synopsis
London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book picks up right where the first one left off. My biggest issue with this series in particular is that the pacing is really slow, when I’m used to Carriger’s books being constantly fast paced and entertaining. This one has specific scenes that are action packed and some that are full of crazy and unexpected situations but its definitely not the entire time. This book in particular deals with a lot more romance and familial relations, from the main character’s perspective as well as others. I definitely liked the story line in this one a lot more than the first book.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This is the part that I can always count on when it comes to these books. The writing style is done really well in my opinion. It’s always really descriptive and detailed, though it can get a bit much for some people. While it’s historically accurate and really verbose, it’s easy to read and really freaking funny. As for the narration, there’s a lot more growth in the character from the first to the second book and that is shown in the way she speaks to the reader. It’s still quirky and entertaining but you can see how the adventures she’s had and her current struggles have affected the main character’s thought process and personality.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m happy to say that this part has improved, yay! I was not the biggest fan of this cast of characters in the first book but they’ve definitely improved in this one. There’s a lot more character development, a lot more background on most of them and some new editions that I really enjoyed learning about. Rue as a main character has also improved for me. She got on my nerves really easily in the first book and while she’s still kind of arrogant and spoiler, she’s also a lot more mature. She’s not as annoying though still kind of clueless about some things though very smart about others. She’s struggles a bit emotionally in this book, considering the family issues she has, and I enjoyed seeing more depth to her. She’s honest and bold though very guarded with her heart. I really loved the views on sexuality that this book had, specially considering the time this book is set in. Rue is very clear on her wants and desires as a woman, and has a very forward thinking approach to sex. I loved to see a historical romance starting in such an unconventional way for them. The side characters are definitely more developed in this book as well. Each one has their own little things going on as part of the whole plot process. There are always so many different pieces to Carriger’s book and it’s always plausible to expect to see characters from the earlier series show up again. This one has a lot more new and old character show up and I have to say that in this entire cast my favorite is Tasherit.
She’s badass as hell.

Emotionally

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Top 10 Books of 2016

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It’s that time of year where I talk about my favorite books of 2016. I did this last year as well and on the very last day of the year too. It’s very important for me to spend every single moment that I can reading to make sure that this list is super accurate, because you never know, I could read a new favorite in this last week of December!

I will be sharing the books, their Goodreads link, my review if I have one and two sentences for why I love them.

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Book Review – Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2)

Author: Ryan Graudin

Publication: November 1st, 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 496 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Read: November 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.
For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I was totally and completed pulled into this book from the minute I started it, no joke. The plot is powerful, emotional and full of suspense. It was slow at first which threw me off a bit since the first book was so action packed. However, it was filled with twists and turns and dealt with death, violence, lots of blood, power and hope. I do have to say that every time I stopped reading, I was reluctantly to pick up the book again because I knew that it was gonna hurt and it fucking did. Not sorry for that curse word.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve come to really like Graudin’s writing style. It’s poetic in the way that she weaves sentences which sounds weird but it’s actually really cool while still keeping up the intensity, power and emotional within the characters’ voices and narratives. There’s several POVs and they all read very distinct to me. It’s simple, detailed, descriptive and very engaging.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
Goodness, this cast of characters. They definitely make this series for me, they are amazing and complex and interesting and I just love them so much. Yael is the baddest badass lady to hit the book world. Honestly, I don’t know this series isn’t more popular because she’s freaking amazing. She’s angry and yet kind and open to people. She’s really smart and savvy about the world she’s a part of. She’s determined and strong and stubborn. I absolutely love her development, specially in this second book. There’s so much that happens around her and to her and it changes the way she is in such a deep way but makes her so much better as a character. I just think she’s amazing and it’s astounding to me how she could push forward in life so much to get to the point where she is at the end of this book. There’s a lot of side characters in this book, specially ones where we get their POVs. I loved most of them, I can say that there’s one in particular that I do not like at all in this book. My opinion of them quickly went downhill and I am very, very mad about how their specific story line came out. However, there are a few other side characters that I love with every fiber of my being. I keep them in a safe little place inside my heart where all my little cinnamon rolls live happily ever after. Yes, I’m a weirdo.

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Book Review – The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publication: April 26th, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 420 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is an amazing sequel and finale. It’s so intense and full of twists and turns. This one in particular is a lot slower paced and it doesn’t have as much action but it doesn’t away from the excitement and power of the story. There’s a lot of different parts and pieces in place and deals with war, romance,  betrayal and heartbreak. I loved it but it was not what I was expecting to happen.

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love and adore Ahdieh’s writing style. It’s engaging and addictive. It makes the story really easy to read even though it’s poetic and lyrical. It’s beautiful, powerful and emotional. It packs a serious punch and manages to tell the story perfectly, both plot and writing fit well together. The writing is detailed and descriptive and I love reading it, just makes it so much fun to experience the book.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I am utterly and completely in love with these characters. They are so real and so tangible even through the page that I couldn’t help but be enamored with them. Shahrzad is an amazing narrator and protagonist. I love her. She’s determined and so very smart. She’s powerful and self-reliant, though sometimes a little bit too much. She’s very sassy and she stands up for herself even when it’d be much better for her safety if she doesn’t. She knows how to spar verbally to kick some serious ass that way which I loved. She has a really strong temper and I loved her character development, I feel like she learns a lot about herself and her family in this sequel. Khalid breaks my heart, that poor baby. He’s still so broody and apologetic. But he’s also strong, and smart and just tenacious. He’s always ready and steady for any confrontation that comes his way,  big or small. I loved how he did what was best for his country and not what he wanted to do, it shows a lot of integrity. I’m glad that we got to see a lot more from the side characters in this sequel. Not only ones that we came to love in the first book but also ones that were more behind the scenes. They’re all complex, interesting and intriguing. Their motivations and actions cause a lot of disruption and make the story that much more entertaining.

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Most Anticipated Winter Releases

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I am back today to talk about my most anticipated releases of the upcoming winter season, from December 2016, January and February of 2017. Honestly, my mind if blown that we’re almost to 2017 already! There’s been so much talk lately of all these new and shiny 2017 releases and I’m really excited to talk about some of the ones that have specially caught my eye. I have a total of 16 books to talk about so make sure to click on the cover if you would like to see their Goodreads page:).

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