Most Anticipated Spring Releases

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I am back today to talk about my most anticipated releases of the spring season, from March, April and May of 2017. So I totally forgot that this is something that I do at the beginning of each season and obviously spring is halfway through or almost over by the time I’m sharing and most of the books have already been released. In my defense, the month I would’ve been sharing this if I’d remember was the weekend I moved and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it anyway so there. I have a total of 24books to talk about so make sure to click on the cover if you would like to see their Goodreads page. Let’s look at some books anyway, shall we?

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Sara 101: Favorite Female Characters

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I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

When I was thinking about what to share in this feature this month, I started thinking about female characters (mostly because of the discussion post from yesterday) and how I say that a lot of female characters are part of my favorites list but I haven’t actually made a list. So I decided what better way to help myself and to share something with you all, than to make a list of my favorite female characters and turn it into a post!

I usually try to rank these kinds of lists as best I can because I like to keep it that way for myself but this one is just too hard. The top 3 are absolutely my absolute favorites but the rest of this list is just from last read to most recent read.

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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 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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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.

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Book Review – Prudence by Gail Carriger

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Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: March 17th, 2015

Publisher: Orbit

Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Read: December 2016

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It has come to my attention that this book may have misrepresentation of Indian/Hindu culture and religion. This review explains it more.

Synopsis
ON BEHALF OF QUEEN, COUNTRY…AND THE PERFECT POT OF TEA
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea.
But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Unlike most of Carriger’s books, this one in particular is slow and a bit weak plot wise. It was boring sometimes which has never happened to me with one of her books. There was some action and loads of crazy situations but that felt very disconnected. However, I really enjoyed the expansion of the world specially in terms of supernatural creatures and the characters we get to see.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I’m a huge fan of Carriger’s writing style. It’s very simple yet descriptive and detailed. It’s historically accurate so it may be confusing to read in the beginning but it has amazing humor and is full of sarcastic quips and barbs. However, because of this particular POV, it can get a bit immature and naive. It’s quirky and whimsy and it was a bit frustrating at times.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is probably my least favorite part of this book. I tend to like Carriger’s main female characters but Rue kind of rubbed me the wrong way. She’s very naive and clueless. She has a tendency to act immature as well as really spoiled and arrogant which was annoying. She’s imposing and bossy which reminded me of her mother but it was almost like she was trying too hard at it, not like a specific part of her personality. She’s inventive and she comes up with a lot of crazy ideas and schemes which is fun. I liked her a lot more when I could see her interacting with the rest of the cast. She has two of her best friends accompany her on her journey, Primrose and Percy who are twins. I really liked both of them because of their differences and their similarities and how that played into their twin dynamic. I’m glad it was something that was explored in this book. She’s a very sensitive and girly girl, very conscious of society and how a lady of her social status has to act in these times. He on the other hand is more focus on books and learning and has a very quirky way of thinking. He’s much more reserved and would rather spend his time alone. Then there’s Quesnel who I was very happy to see all grown up and holding his own in the scientific community. He’s very cute and flirty and kind of what a player would be then. It was very interesting to see how all these very different people did or didn’t get along in such close quarters.

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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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December ’16 Wrap Up

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Hello everyone!

It’s late on the last of December but I am here today to wrap up all the things I read, posted and accomplished this month. December was definitely not the way I expected it to be. Between sickness, lots of freaking work and lots of family functions, I was a lot busier than I thought I would be so I didn’t read as much as I wanted. But I didn’t read some great books this month that I can’t wait to share with you.

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December ’16 TBR – Shape Shifters Theme

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One more month added to my urban fantasy and paranormal reads. I was originally going to read books about werewolves since I’m a huge fan of them but I realized that I also have a few books were characters shift into things that are not wolves that I also really want to read so I made it a more inclusive theme. On another note, IT’S FREAKING DECEMBER! How the hell did that happen guys? I’m super happy though since Christmas is my favorite holiday. I’m spending every single day in this month singing Christmas songs #noregrets.

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Book Review – Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

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Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 3rd, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: October 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t know what else I can say about these book without starting to sound repetitive, so I’m just not going to try, okay? The plot is action packed and totally entertaining. I was a bit taken back with how it flowed and what ended up happening but it was a good surprise! This story is intense, powerful but definitely a lot of fun. The romance is finally a bigger part of the plot but it doesn’t take away from its charm. The ending was really satisfying though I’m gonna miss this cast.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
This author’s writing style is so unique. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. It’s very sarcastic and quirky while still maintaining it’s historical accuracy. In this book in particular, the narration sounds a lot more mature and the pace is medium, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. I’m looking forward to reading all of her books.

Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THIS CAST! Honestly, this book just made me completely and totally fall in love with every single character that makes up this crazy espionage crew. Sophronia has grown a lot in the course of the series. She’s mature and smart and clever. I love the dedication that she shows in this book in particular. She throws herself into danger in order to save like everyone which just shows how caring, loving and selfless she is. She’s really confident in her abilities but she also works really hard to make sure the evil guys don’t win! While the side characters aren’t as prominent in this book (at least toward the end), I absolutely love all of them. They’re complex, diverse, endearing and interesting. I love the dynamics between them and how much they care about each other. It was great to see how their lives are kind of shaped now after Finishing School and I’m really happy that Carriger is sharing some novellas about the side characters because I definitely wanted to know more.

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Book Review – Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publication: November 4th, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal

Read: September 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.
No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As always with this amazing author, this book was entertaining though much more action packed than the previous ones. It’s also a lot more serious and intense than the books before it. It’s fun, mysterious and has more elements of romance which I was a huge fan of! It sets a lot of things up for the last book as well as the future of the characters.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I really love Carriger’s writing. It’s simple yet detailed and descriptive. The narration is incredibly funny, sarcastic and quirky. Though at the same time, it’s historically accurate which makes it an intense yet entertaining combination. It’s medium paced but it’s also a lot more mature now.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I love the characters in this series so much! They’re all so interesting and intriguing and entertaining. They work so well together and their dynamic is so great. Sophronia is so awesome! She’s a great narrator and protagonist in my opinion. She’s definitely much more mature in this book, you can see how time and experience has changed her personality toward the better. She’s grown. She is still curious and intuitive, but in this book in particular, her caring nature really shines through. She’s adventurous and confident and incredibly smart. I just really love her. The side characters are so freaking incredible. Sophronia tends to take the spotlight but she’s nothing without her crew. They’re all an integral part of her life and her adventures. And this book is definitely showcasing their relationships with each other as well as their growth and maturity. They’re funny and diverse and complex. I’ve just really enjoyed seeing them grow and I love how they interact with each other. I need more of them!

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