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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.



I have been really busy these past couple weeks. It was the first week of school for the smol boy, First Grade, Hopefully things will even out soon. 

Because I've had such a slow reading year, I am still working through books I've had for over a year. But I've been good lately and not requesting books from NetGalley and focusing on the books I already have. Not counting the books I'm already reading these are the ones I'd like to either start or, in an alternate universe, finish by December. 


Re-read

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Adaptions I'd Like to See*

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 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

It's been a hectic summer for me, and I havent done a great job in the read, reviewing, blogging thing because of that. But with today being the first day of school, I hope to get back into the swing of things.
 I don't really watch a lot of TV, so I changed the topic a little. Here is my list of adaptations I would like to see, *(if done right).
With how hard it is to find actors who look the part, and how I read about 97% fantasy, I think most of these would be best as an animation of some kind. There are a couple of outliers that could work better as live-action.


  The visuals would be amazing as animation, and with the cast of characters; animation is really the only way to do things justice.

  This one might work as live-action. Either way seeing this beautiful series done as a series of movies would be lovely. So long as whoever makes it doesn't do that annoying thing where the last book is stretched into 2 movies.

  One of my favorite series, not only is the story great, it has a fantastic cast of characters. And this one I think might actually be better as Live-action. Even though I don't trust any studio to do some of the characters "right".

  As I think of this series as a PG-13 Game of Thrones (In the sense of the vibe I get from the series) if HBO or Netflix did live-action movies or TV series for this book series, it could be amazing.

  Or Throne of Glass, either one really. Maybe ToG as a tv series, and CotaR as movies. Since there as fewer books in that series.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/New Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Edition: Hardcover, 699 pages
Source: Purchase
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Synopsis:
   Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
   Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
   As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Review:

Well, I tore through this book much faster than I did the last one. Read it in about a week, whereas the other took me a few months. I think part of it is, this book seemed shorter, because it's thinner. It has more pages by about 70 pages, but those pages are thinner. Mild spoilers, so if you haven't read the series and want to, maybe stop reading now?

I liked the romance in this book more than the last two, for a couple reasons. It's been a while since I read the first book, but I never really "got" the romance between Feyre and Tamlin. It felt artificial, and a little like she loved him because he "saved" her, and he loved her because he was somebody he could protect. A long-term relationship between them would have been toxic in the long run, even if she hadn't been changed. And while I am pretty much done with the whole "mate" thing in romance books to justify Insta-love. I did think that Rhysand and Feyre made a little more sense than Feyre and Tamlin. Maas tired real hard to make their romance develop more naturally, but it was still a "fated" love, based on not much more than a predestined-type romance. It kind of takes the prospect of choice being removed.
...I'm starting to babble.

Feyre remains my least favorite character in the series. I know she's the main character, but she is the least interesting. The only reason why I am remotely looking forward to the other two books (not counting the novella) is I am hoping to learn more about Nesta and Elain and their new powers as Fae. Rhysand is only slightly more interesting than Feyre. But that's because he has some depth to his character. 

The rest of the main cast of characters are the ones I am most interested in. Mor (The Morrigan), Armen (Who I am still not 100% sure what she is), Cassian, and Azriel (especially Azriel) are the most interesting characters.

And the rest of the High Fae court characters I couldn't care less about. 90% of them were introduced in this book, I don't remember book one very well, and I wasn't attached to them in any way. I know that had to have been in the first book because of how Feyre was made into a High Fae at the end of the book, but I don't remember anything about the characters.

Which brings me to complaint number one. This series was rushed. Especially in this book. The first half or so was really interesting, the attempt at political espionage. It was a hearty attempt, but it was rushed in a way. So much happened in such a short amount of time that as a reader, I hardly had time to process some of it before the next big thing happened that required a reaction. And these "big" things were broken up not by developing newly introduced characters, but sex scenes. Most of them were really out of place and the page space could have been used to develop characters, or spend some time with Lucian on his quest. Anything else really than the oddly placed sex scenes.

I wish Feyre actually fought in the war, instead of standing on the sidelines. It made sense why Nesta and Elain were, they hadn't been trained to fight at all. Feyre is supposed to be a warrior-type Queen, yet she just stood there half the time. Unless she was being selfish and reckless running off doing her own thing without telling anybody or bringing back-up. Mor was right to be pissed at her when she did that.

I feel like the ending was too convenient, Feyre and her group didn't really suffer any losses, nothing huge anyway. It didn't feel like a "real" war with things, for the most part, turning out good for them. It might seem weird that I wish more people on the "good" side, died... but it's just that the majority of the people who died, were nameless and faceless soldiers. Nobody of prominence or in a high position, like one of the High Lords, died. I think it would have added something to the ending of the book if something like that had happened.

I would like to mention that I did not hate this book, just a lot of it felt misplaced, rushed, or both. The novella that's supposed to bridge the first half of series with the rest of it, is one I plan on borrowing from the library. Eventually.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Music Monday: BTS Love Yourself : Answer

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up




Well, I was hoping to start sharing different music I like. But they just dropped a new album, and feel that I must share it, along with the one MV they have out for it. Shame me if you want...
MV has subtitles.






Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon || Friday 50/50: Ugly Cover With the Best Story/Gorgeous Cover With the Worst Story

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:
   The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
   Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population. 
   But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. 
   Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…



Book Beginning:
November 2, 2059
The light  scalded my borrowed eyes. I was still inside a different body, standing on the same floor, but everything had changed.

Friday 56:
"Right. My idiot supervisor has some role in the installation of large scanners. Today he got news that the core needs maintenance for the first time in a year. I wasn't chosen to work on it," she said, answering that had jumped on to my tongue, "but I overheard him talking to the group that's been selected. I know where it is."



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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.


Ugly Cover, Good Book


Pretty cover, Bad Book