Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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I know, I know. I'm super late to board this train.
Better late than never, right? Aheh. Anyway...

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in a series of romance/fantasy. It's based on Beauty and the Beast. I had no idea about this book except that I knew everyone had been reading it. So when I began to draw parallels between Beauty and the Beast and ACOTAR I was surprised but excited.
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale!

This book really does have it all. Gore, strong characters, romance, sexy faeries. The list goes on and on.

Feyre is smart, witty, and a ball of Hell Fire. She knows how to survive and has great strength through all of the hardships she has to endure at the hands of evil.

It was well thought out and executed in a manner I thought was amazing. I was put off by the amount of hype it was receiving but the hype was there for a good reason. I enjoyed the heck out of this book as well as ACOMAF which will be up next.

If you haven't started this series yet and don't mind graphic scenes of gore and sex, I'd advise you to pick it up as soon as possible!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

17 May 1 Comments

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin
Released: 3/8/16
Source: Paperback
Pages: 314
Rating: 5/5

I have no idea why it took me 3 years to pick this book up. I never fully like main characters in stories but Amani was a BAMF. She's insanely intelligent and witty and I really adored those characteristics in her. They weren't traits that were thrown in your face and made it seem like Amani was trying too hard. It fit very well with her character.

I really, really enjoy Hamilton's ability to craft a story that made me connect with the characters so easily. She conjures up words that make you envision the story in your head which immersed me in it and left me wanting more.

Amani has wanted to get out of Dustwalk all her life because she knows she's destined to be more than an extra wife to her skeezy uncle or a woman in a town of men who make women feel ashamed to be a woman.
I was rooting for her the whole time because it sheds light on how women are treated and thought of at times and I knew she was going to show exactly how bad-a she was eventually and literally "stick it to the man."
If I wanted anything out of this book it was seeing her prove to everyone she's still capable even being a woman and I got that and so much more!

The world building is fantastic as well! You would think that a book that's set in a desert where literally nothing is would be boring but it wasn't in any way, shape, or form. Hamilton managed to make it intriguing in a way that kept me turning pages until the very end.

Arabian and Western culture is something I'm getting more and more into so I know I'll have to pick up Traitor to the Throne ASAP.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Debra White Smith

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First Impressions was published first in 2006, but on April 17 they came out with this brand spanking new to-die-for cover!

I had a fairly small TBR list for this month so I decided to squeeze this one in as well. I started reading it immediately after I finished my previous book and I couldn't get it down once I got about 50 pages in.

Title: First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Author: Debra White Smith
Published: First in 2006, re-published with a new cover April 17, 2018
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary fiction, re-tellings
Star Rating: 3/5
First Impressions is a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice set in a small town in Texas.
Our main characters are Eddie Boswick, who's a lawyer and gets to play Elizabeth Bennett and William Davidson, a moody "cowboy" who lands the role of Mr. Darcy.


-It was a fairly quick read for me. I wanted to find out what happened next so I just kept reading until I finished it.
-Some of the characters were really good people I genuinely enjoyed.
-Even if some characters did annoy me, I felt like all of them had a role they needed to play and they all played it fairly well to boost the book along to the ending.
-I love the small-town vibe that was going on in the book. Close-knit communities are a subject matter I really enjoy reading about. I come from a small town so that's probably why it resonates so much with me!
-I love how well the actual plot was tied into Pride and Prejudice's plot.
-The snarky dialogue was a riot sometimes.


 -I really felt like this book had an agenda. I'm not a religious person at all so I felt like beliefs were being shoved down my throat.
Abortion, sleeping with multiple people, sex before marriage, and marriages motivated by money are key points in this book.
I was able to decently ignore how bad the author made all of these things sound and enjoy the book for what it was.
 Something that didn't require a lot of brain power to read that was decently light and fluffy and not meant to be taken too seriously.
If Christian values aren't your forte and they just flat out annoy you, I'd tell you to avoid reading this one.

-I felt like Eddie was super naive for a lawyer who had to have gone to school and couldn't have been all that innocent to the ways of the world...right?

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Review: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

05 May 0 Comments
I did not like this book. At all. The only part I enjoyed was the fact that it was a short book mixed in with decently sized quotes from people making it even shorter and helped me read it faster.

Here are a few reasons why I hate this book:

1. Jen really likes to show her fat phobia. 

2. Jen doesn't put enough emphasis on mental illnesses. I'm so, so glad that she's found a way for herself but not everything is as simple as getting up out of bed.
Sometimes the thought of getting out of bed and
 facing the day is so bad I actually puke.
Although I am taking the steps to get that under control, I still want to tell Jen that I would love nothing more than to stand up on my own two feet in the morning, stretch, and greet the day with a smile and an "I'm gonna kick ass today!" attitude. 
Sadly, the chemicals in my brain are working against me and no matter how much I kick and scream and try to claw my way through life I'm not able to do this on my own without intensive therapy and medication. I tried, for years and fell into a deeper pit that I almost didn't claw my way out of.
When you have a mental illness everything that seems easy and straightforward to others feels like climbing up a hill that's prone to mudslides after it's rained for a week straight.

3.Touching on another part of Jen's problematic attitude with mental illness: she mentions that even though we have mental illnesses, we still get... "perks." People feel sorry for us when they know we have a mental illness. When people feel sorry for you things get done for you and you get to stay in your "comfort zone." 
I'm so, so glad I have perks to my mental illness! Nevermind the fact I have to talk myself down from pulling every single piece of my hair out when I start feeling even a little bit anxious.

4. Jen believes that if you wish for things hard enough to make decisions that could potentially ruin your life then you'll get to where you want to be. Take, for example, her buying a car that she admits she didn't have enough money in the bank to buy.
If I did that in the situation I'm in now, I would be broke for the rest of my life. Some things are just not feasible for people who aren't as privileged as others.
Some people do have to think things through instead of just going for it and worrying about the consequences later.
Not everyone has family or friends to fall back on in case shit hits the fan.

If I DNF'd books this would have been my first. Severely disappointed in this book and Jen.