Monday, March 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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

This Spring, I have decided it's time to re-read books that I own that I do not have reviews for. It's a fairly short list, but I also am going to continue down the path of reading my owned unread books. I still have a few.

Currently Reading


UnRead Books

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: The Assassins of Tamurin by S.D. Tower || Friday 50/50: Character Most/Least Likely to Commit Grand Theft Auto

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.

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.

So, this is going to be my next re-read. I haven't read this in years, and I don't have a review for it because I read it just after I found Goodreads and before I started blogging.

She was only eleven years old and an orphan, yet the people of Lale's village hated her and drove her into the wilderness. Cast out, she followed her destiny to a place of dark and shadowy purposes, a school for foundling girls in the land of Tamurin. There Lale found affection, sisterhood and a home...and a profession that may cost her everything she loves. Driven by the darkest sorcery, she must conceal the truth of what she truly is...

Book Beginning:
The people of my village cast me out when I was eleven. Or at least I believed I was eleven, for neither I nor anyone in Riversong knew the day or place of my birth, much less who brought me into the world

Page 56:
For a day and a half we rode across the valley, the mountains looming ever nearer. 

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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.

Most Likely
Jace Herondale
He kind of already did in City of Bones with the Motorcycle.

Least Likely
Anna Whitt
She's just too nice to steal anything or really do any harm to anyone if she can avoid it.

Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Title: The Fever King
Author: Victoria Lee
Series: Feverwake #1
Genre: Sci-fi/YA/LGBT
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Edition: Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Source: NetGalley

   In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
   The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
   Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.


This book is kind of hard to review. I don't know if I like it or not in some ways... I mean it's very well written. There's a lot to like about this book. It has some very well done representation with the main character being a bisexual mixed-race Jewish boy. The plot just fell through for me a little.

There is a twist near the end, or what I assume is supposed to be the twist. But it came across kind of strangely to me. There really wasn't a lot of set up for it, and typically with twists, there are still clues. So either there really wasn't any, or they all just went over my head. Maybe some people would prefer that, being blindsided by a twist. But for me, it felt like it came out of nowhere. That it was just kind of thrown in there. 

The romance was done very well. Though, I don't really know how to call this a romance exactly as the two characters spent most of the book kind of hating each other. Noam thought Dara was attractive from the start, but I never caught when Dara started feeling anything for Naom.  Even after confessing their feelings. But I will say that this book does a great job with Bisexual representation. 

“I meant it when I said I wasn’t gay,” Noam said.
Ames looked disbelieving, but she didn’t pull away.
Noam smirked. “ Bisexual isn’t gay”

All-in-all this book was just okay for me. The writing is very good, the characters are great, the setting while strange and not always making sense is good. The plot kind of fell short for me. I just don't know what anybody's end goals were by the end of the book. Nobody really says what they planned to do if they succeeded. Sacha, what did he plan to do. We only kind of know what Lehrer wanted, because Dara told us. In hindsight, the plot was kind of convoluted. A lot didn't really add up or make sense at times. These things will most likely be covered in the sequel. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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

I don't read many Stand-alone books, but that's mostly because there are many, or they are really hard to find, stand-alone books in the Fantasy Genre.
This list is in no particular order.

Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale by Molly Lazer - This is a Cinderella re-telling, using many different versions of the tale, creating a very unique story. Things were wrapped up, but considering some things (that are spoilers, so I'm not going to say) I feel that there could be more story to tell.

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle - Also, the story at hand was nicely ended, but I just think there is more to be explored with this book and the setting.

Freeks by Amanda Hocking - There are enough side characters each with their own unique personalities that there could be more books that focus on them.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge - My favorite Rosamund Hodge book. It might not need more, but I want it.

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant,  Katherine Applegate - This book had a pretty open ending. And while there is a prequel novella listed on Goodreads, I don't think it will answer any of the questions I had when I finished this book.

Puppet by Pauline C. Harris - I just had some unanswered questions. And the setting is both weird and interesting.

The Assassins of Tamurin by S.D. Tower - It doesn't need to be an exact sequel, but maybe more stories about/from the assassin school. 
I also haven't read this in years, and I want to re-read it.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama - Another book that had a very open ending. I recently donated this book, after I realized that I was keeping it mostly because that cover is gorgeous. It was really good, but I didn't plan on re-reading it so I passed it along. It also had a prequel novella, but meh, not what I want.
(but seriously, that cover is gorgeous)

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay - I just want more of this world.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I felt the ending was a little open, and wanted to know more about the aftermath. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Music Monday: The Rose

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

Where the HECK have they been, and why did I only just now hear about them?