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Monday, February 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have on my 'Want to Read' List, That I'll Probably Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And has recently moved to That Artsy Reader Girl's site. 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I'm going to slightly alter this topic, to books I want to read, but probably never will. 

I had this book on my shelf for three years and I never made it past the first page. I was really excited to read it before I owned it. But as soon as it got to my shelf I just completely lost interest. I recently donated it.

I read the first two books years ago, something close to five years ago. The second book ended on a such a weird note that I was unsure if I actually wanted to read this third and I think final book. The world was interesting enough that I wasn't completely turned away from reading it. But at this point, it's been so long since I've read the first two that it's unlikely that I ever will read this.

I added this to read I don't even remember when. It still sounds interesting, but it's unlikely I'll ever get around to reading it. I don't own it, and I haven't had a chance to check if the library has it. 

This one actually still sounds interesting enough for me to hunt it down to read. Again, I'll be going with the library, as book buying is at a standstill until I read the ones I already own.

Unlikely to read this one since I've started hearing mixed this about this series. A re-read of the synopsis sounds a lot like a watered-down version of Across the Universe.

I must have added this one when I still liked Vampire books. After reading to many that sucked (no pun intended) I have lost interest in the genre of Vampires

Another Vampire book that was added back before the genre got stale for me.

I had to re-read what this book was about, I think I added it because at the time everyone and their Grandma was talking about this book and I jumped on that hype train but never got around to actually trying to read it. Which is fine, because I don't even like zombies.

Now, this one I most likely won't end up reading because it's been years and still hasn't been released in English, only in German. I want to finish reading this series, but I have to wait and by the time it's in English I will have completely lost interest.

The hype has just died for me, the concept still sounds interesting but I've had it on my want to read list for nearly 4 years.

Cover Reveal: Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch




Let us know what you think of the cover for Unraveled (Perfected, #3) by Kate Jarvik Birch, which releases April 3, 2018!

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About Unraveled:

Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free. After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie. They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation...they’re planning a mass extermination. Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.

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About Kate Jarvik Birch:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals, including; Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids.

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Review: Scala by Christina Bauer

Title: Scala
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins #2
Genre: Paranormal/YA/Romance
Publisher: Monster House Books, LL
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Edition: Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Source: Library
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iBooks

Synopsis:
Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis has transformed into the Great Scala, the only being with the power to move human souls to Heaven or Hell. Although she no longer fights demons in the Arena, Myla still has tons of ass-kicking to do as she redefines the afterlife and rebuilds Purgatory's government. Unfortunately, her world falls apart faster than she can put it together. An enemy out of Myla's past is sapping her powers, making her weaker by the day. Even worse, her angel bound-love Lincoln has mysteriously disappeared. As her true enemy becomes clear, Myla discovers that all the after-realms are at risk. After losing so much power, does she still have the strength to save her world?

Review:

This book, while still good, wasn't as good as the first book. It was shorter by almost half so that made the plot feel really rushed. It was set over a shorter period of time, but there were some elements that I would have liked expanded on, some plot points that were told rather than shown. 

There were characters that had more of a presence in the first book that were left out almost entirely in this book. Maybe their importance wasn't as needed, but they were important to Myla as a character in the first book and I don't see people like her parents being less important. Especially since we never really got to know her father in the first book.

I had forgotten Adair's role in this book, and I felt it was a small let down that the final battle with her in this book happened so quickly. It was amped up to be something bigger than it turned out being. 

This series is still a lot of fun to read, and I can't wait to read the books that didn't exist when I first tackled this series. I have less to say about this book because less happened than in the first one. I really look forward to reading the books that have been added to this series.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Ice Kingdom (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai #3) by Tiana Warner || Friday 50/50 Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Synopsis:
     Meela and Lysi have unleashed Sisiutl, legendary two-headed serpent of the Pacific Northwest. It was supposed to be an ally that would help them win the war. Instead, it has fallen under the control of King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. If Meela and Lysi can’t stop him, Adaro will use the deadly serpent to rid the oceans of mankind. 
     With the American military using catastrophic weapons of their own to retaliate, Meela and Lysi must make peace between humans and merpeople before one race destroys the other. The journey will risk their lives and put their relationship to the test—but the vengeance that has been consuming Meela’s thoughts, day and night, might prove even more dangerous.





Book Beginning:
Meela
Three days as a mermaid and all I'd manage to learn was how to not die.

My 56:
Meela
I pointed southwards, then back to Spio, trying to make sense of this. Though I'd never met him, I felt a wave of relief on Lysi's behalf that he was alive and unharmed.







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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.


Favorite
The Weasley's of course. I wish they were real so they could adopt me.

Least
Hm, I honestly don't know. There are plenty of families in books where I hate most of the people in the family. But it's never the entire family. Even if I go with more from Harry Potter It's just Vernon and his sister who are really terrible, with the Malfoy's it's mostly just Lucius, with the Blacks; Sirius and his brother are still good people at their core.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

Title: Angelbound
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Paranormal
Publisher: Monster House Books, LLC
Publication Date: December 17th, 2013
Edition: Kindle Edition, 525 pages
Source: Library
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

Synopsis:
     Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.
     But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?
     Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.
Review:

I read this book shortly after I started to get better at writing reviews, It was part of a bind-up of what was at the time the first three books. Armageddon was the third book at the time, now it's I think the sixth. It honestly wasn't a very... comprehensive review. Now that some time has passed, and I have re-read this book, I want to write a review that does it justice.

The major gripe I have with this book is the very beginning. Myla's mother in the first chapter is written very inconsistently. She starts off with a some-what hardass personality when telling her daughter to get out of bed for school, then just a few pages later she's this completely different person who is more of a gooey parent and get's terrified of her daughter fighting in the arena despite the fact that she's been doing it for years and it's mentioned more than once that the Quasi-demons don't have a choice when they are ordered to do something by the ghouls. It was a little bothersome, but not the worst thing a book could do. There are other times when her mother is having a somewhat meltdown and Myla asks her what's wrong and her mother seems to expect her to recognize something that she's never seen before. Basically, most everything surrounding her mother is what I didn't like very much about this book.

Something else that I didn't necessarily like or dislike but almost felt wasn't needed, was the plotline around her shitty friend and her friend's new boyfriend. I get that they didn't want Myla to be friendless, but they might as well have for all the character added to the story. It was barely a subplot. Just an oddly jealous friend, who's demon side is envy, who got pissy about Myla making a new friend but wasn't upset in the slightest when she thought that Myla had feelings for her boyfriend. 

What I loved, was Myla as a whole, her arena fighting. Just everything that was more about Myla than any of the subplots. How the romance with Lincoln progressed, and all her interactions with him in general. I also really liked Walker, his character was very interesting in my opinion. I really like that the romance between Lincoln and Myla didn't happen until about halfway through the book. It was a good 'Hate to Love' romance. One of my favorite tropes.

I almost would have preferred that the dreamscapes sent to Myla weren't something that her mother approved of, her knowing about them didn't really add all that much to the story if you take into account that her mother's reaction when Myla found out to certain things about herself. It didn't seem to help the story move along anymore smoothly with her mother knowing and approving of Myla having messages sent to her in her sleep. 

Small complaints aside, I still really love this book. Some of it might just be nit-picking, but at the end of the day I still enjoyed it and want to read the rest of the series.