Monthly Obsessions #11

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I’m here today to talk about my monthly obsessions. This month has been pretty much filled with music and more music haha. I’m going to have a hard time deciding what I want to share with you today. January has been a month filled with anxiety and that’s no fun at all, so I’ve been trying to distract myself and all the things below have helped me do just that.

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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 Traveling Thursdays Jan. 5th – New Beginnings…

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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 New beginnings… Choose a book you would like to read for the first time again. I don’t really know if there are books that I would love experience for the first time again. I thought about Aristotle and Dante but I’ve already used that book for a BTT so I decided on another favorite book that I wish I could read all over again for the first time.

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The Stationary Book Tag

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I am back today to share another  tag with you. This week has been so crazy that it’s literally the day before this is supposed to go up and I’m just now starting this post (if you didn’t know, I always schedule the upcoming week’s posts on the weekend). I’m a little scatter brained at the moment so I hope this post makes sense! My friend Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Stationary Book Tag. Again, if you didn’t know, I hard write most of my posts and all of my reviews first before sharing them here so obviously I love pens and pencils and colors and I have a billion notebooks so I’m really excited to share my answers with you guys!

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

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T5W Dec. 14th – Series That Got Worse with Each Book

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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 Series That Got Worse with Each Book. I had to think about this a little bit because most of the time, luckily, as I continue a series the books continue to improve. But there have been some where the series just hits a nose dive after the first book and those are the series that I’m gonna talk about today.

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T5W Dec. 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

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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 Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017. There’s a lot of books on my TBR for next year (Yes, I am so obsessive that I have my entire reading list for the year written out and prepared). But there are a few that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, or that have been on my TBR for a long time and that’s what I’m sharing today.

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ARC Review – Ice Crypt by Tiana Warner

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Ice Crypt (The Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #2)

Author: Tiana Warner

Publication: July 25th, 2016

Publisher: Rogue Cannon Publishing

Format: e-ARC, 334 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology, Mermaids, LGBTQ+

Read: September 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from Rogue Cannon Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Meela has just returned from the Massacre—the annual attempt to wipe out the mermaids threatening her people’s survival. After forming an unlikely connection with Lysi, a mermaid she was trained to kill, Meela is determined to stop the war between humans and merpeople for good. She knows of a legendary weapon that could bring peace if she uses it against King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. But her people have plans for future Massacres and refuse to help her uncover it.
While Meela works in secret to unearth the Host of Eriana, Lysi is held captive under Adaro’s tyranny. Sent to the battlefront, Lysi joins forces with a band of rebels that could either bring her freedom—or have her executed for treason.
Separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, Meela and Lysi must find a way to defeat King Adaro and end the war that has been keeping them apart.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is action packed and full of precious folklore. It’s filled with violence, war and death. It had it’s slow moments and while there was action, it wasn’t as packed as the first book. There were a lot of plot twists that kept me on my toes and there was a bit more romance which I enjoyed it. The ending was open and I can’t wait to see what the last book brings.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing still worked really well with the story. It’s detailed and descriptive, almost to the point of being graphic, specially when depicting violent scenes which I must say was really interesting. It’s imaginative and steady paced. There’s various POVs in this one which was entertaining but it could get lengthy at times.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m slowly but surely falling in love with the characters in this series. Meela is an amazing protagonist. She’s determined and yet vulnerable. None of the characters are the same after their first Masscre and you can really tell how it has affected Meela as she narrates her story. She’s tortured and torn. She’s honest and is trying to do everything in her power to stop the war that is terrorizing her island. In this book we also get another POV which I really enjoyed. We get a closer look at the mermaid side of the war, their strategies, their armies and their different cultures. The latter was something I wasn’t expecting. I love that they weren’t all from one group and there was a lot more going on under the sea than we were privy to until this point. The side characters are also pretty great. There’s quite a few antagonists so it never felt like everyone was against just one person. And the characters we get to see more up close are complex, interesting and sometimes even sweet, specially in their relationships with each other.

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Book Review – Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner

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Ice Massacre (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #1)

Author: Tiana Warner

Publication: September 18th, 2014

Publisher: Rogue Cannon Publishing

Format: Kindle Edition, 375 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology, Mermaids, LGBTQ+

Read: June 2015

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4.5 Stars

Synopsis
A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.
The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.
Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.
For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book is so good! The plot is intense and exciting. This is not the usual mermaid tale that you’re used to. These are man eating, gruesome, violent mermaids and the plot definitely shows that. It’s bloody and harsh and all about survival of the fittest. It’s about how you can lose yourself in something you believe in, and not in a good way. There’s also an LGBTQ+ aspect that I wasn’t expecting but really enjoyed.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
The writing style definitely lent well to the kind of story the author was telling. It was dark and intense. Strong and gripping with great descriptions and lots of details. It’s extremely graphic so if you get squeamish easily, I wouldn’t recommend it but I loved it because it was real and powerful. It caught me completely and made me devour this book.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
There’s a few characters in this book though only one narrator which is Meela, a girl from Eriana Kwai who is preparing for the first Massacre with only female fighters. I really liked her. She’s strong, brave and smart. She’s conscious of what she’s doing and isn’t emotionally closed off to being affected to the act of war and of killing which I really appreciated. She’s determined to get through the Massacre and is looking out for the rest of the crew. Not only do we get to meet Meela’s crew but we also encounter a mermaid up close and personal. The side characters are all very interesting and complex. I definitely like some more than others as Meela did. Some let the environment get the best of them and others were just plain crazy pants. I really liked how the author showed those differences, how these extreme situations affect different people and what this thought process makes you do. This book focused a lot on friendships and what makes someone else an enemy to you.

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How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag

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It’s Saturday which means today is time for another tag. Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages tagged me to do the How to Train Your Dragon Book Tag which she created. I loved the first movie of this franchise and this reminded me of how much! I really need to make watching the sequels a priority but then again, I say that about a lot of movies. Anyway, this tag has a lot of questions and I’m gonna keep this as brief as I can.

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T5W Oct. 26th – Favorite Spooky Settings

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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 Favorite Spooky Settings. And I thought  a lot about what my choices could be because I don’t read a lot of spooky or scary books (besides this month) but I am easily creeped out by a lot of things. And this list turned out to be a mix of contemporary thrillers, paranormal retellings and some mythology as well.

Mild spoilers ahead if you have not read some of these books. Beware as you read.

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