Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cleaning Out My Kindle

I'm currently on a mission to go through and delete or read Kindle books that have accumulated on my Kindle. Here's three books I've recently given a shot:

25445105Ride Me Hard by Shari Slade

1.5 stars

This is a motorcycle "romance" in 90 pages. There isn't much to describe because it's a motorcycle romance. This novella doesn't really offer anything knew to the genre and continues to perpetuate the alpha male who is entitled to staking his claim. All the usual stuff, but this one lacks substance and pales in comparison to motorcycle novels like Nine Minutes. The characters are just there and offer no substance. There's no characterization and no plot. I've read worse, but it's a Kindle Freebie. It's fun to read for free, but not worth buying.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 2.25

Character Scale: 1.5

Plotastic Scale: 1

Cover Thoughts: Stereotypical motorcycle cover for a stereotypical motorcycle novel with no plot.

Break Me In by Shari Slade

1 star

This novella continues where the first book leaves off. Star is on her way to enter the motorcycle club under Noah. The first novel in this five-part serial wasn't great, but it was a good set up and had me interested in where this series was going. It was offered for free within the first book, so I decided to pick it up because I was intrigued to see where this story was going. Not surprisingly it quickly went down hill. The plot is just too confounded and quickly turns into this whole pissing contest for domination between Noah and the MC gang's leader, Dev. Once Noah beats Star with a whip and she "puts on a show", but kind of loves it, was when I was done reading this series. The book leaves off with a cliffhanger, but I don't care about what happens to a member of Noah's family that I haven't even met. It's just poor writing, characterization, and plot development.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 1

Character Scale: 1

Plotastic Scale: 1

Cover Thoughts: I swear I've seen this cover on ten other romance novels.


Demon Kissed by H.M. Ward

DNF @ page 28
I don't think I'm the target audience for this at the moment... or ever again. If I had picked this up years ago, I would've gobbled it up as quickly as I did the House of Night novels. Speaking of HoN, this book resembles a striking resemblance with the concept of being given a mark at a certain age (coming of age). The mark is on the forehead in both instances and the only difference is angels and vampires. It's all the same coin. The writing is awkward and there were several times I couldn't make it throughout one page without cringing more than once. An example:
"Inseparable things- I learned- could be separated, but it hurt like hell."
This book tries and because it's the author is giving her best effort I won't star this as 1 star. This just isn't for me, but many people enjoy this novel, so give it a try yourself.


Have you read any of these books? Are you cleaning out your kindle or bookshelves? Let me know down below in the comments!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Books I've Read in 2017 #6-12

Hi, everyone! Today I have a wrap-up of the books I've read in 2017. I have a previous video for books 1-5 and you can find it here. Hope you enjoy the video!

The Books:
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Drowning Instinct by Isla J. Bick 3.5 stars (this is subject to change when I write my review)
Outcast by Adrienne Kress 4.5 stars
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 5 stars (for a second time)
Captured by Erica Steven 3.5 stars
Renegade by Erica Stevens 3.5 stars
The Gunslinger by Stephen King 4.5 stars  

Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on picking up one of these? Let me know down below in the comments!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Video Review)

Hey, everyone! Today I have my video review of Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I hope you check out my thoughts. I will be writing a physical review for this book (at some point), but until then here are some of my thoughts and why I gave this collection of short stories 4 stars.

Have you read The Bazaar of Bad Dreams? Are you a Stephen King fan? Leave me some recommendations down below in the comments!

5 to 1 by Holly Badger

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

DNF @ 15% (2 stars)

In 2054 India, the ratio of boys to girls is 5 to 1 and the rulers of Koyanagar have decided that marrying daughters off to the highest bidder is the best way to ensure survival and provide more daughters. I was interested in the premise, but this book just didn't live up to what I expected. This novel is told in alternating perspectives of Sudasa, a reluctant bride, and Contestant Five. My problem is that Sudasa's is told if verse form and Contestant Five is told in prose. I personally love verse novels, but this doesn't not translate well between formats and this is not the type of genre that is meant to be told in verse. The reason why Ellen Hopkins does it well is because she writes about real situations that are easy to understand and already laid out in society- drug addiction, prostitution, etc.- but a dystopian novel is not meant for verse. Prose is important to the dystopian genre because it steps up the society that is being introduced, but I was confused and frustrated pushing through Sudasa's odd POV. Bodger does try to redeem herself with prose from the male counterpart, but it is not worth slogging through uncomfortable attempts at free verse to get into the meat of this story. This is just a book that is not for me.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 1

Character Scale: 2

Plotastic Scale: 2

Cover Thoughts: This cover is absolutely gorgeous and I love how intricate the designs are.

Thank you, Netgalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read 5 to 1? What did you think of it? What book has a beautiful cover, but not so beautiful writing (to you)? Let me know down below in the comments! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

31451174A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy


*There’s going to be spoilers for the two previous books, so adios and come back when you’ve read the books. I’ll try to mark spoilers for important sections of this book DON’T CLICK ON THEM because you will be hella spoiled. *

A Court of Wings and Ruin picks right up with where ACOMAF left off. Feyre is back in the Spring Court and pretending to have been under Rhysand’s spell in an attempt to thwart Tamlin’s alliance with Hybern’s King. Feyre’s number one goal is to tear Tamlin down and what better way to accomplish this than to turn the Spring Court against him. This is the plot of Part 1 and from then on, we reach the main plot of the novel, building alliances and going to war with Hybern. That is the plot of ACOWAR, but from here on out I will be going into depth on what I think, but major spoilers will be marked.

My biggest bone to pick with this novel (get it, cause of the Bone Carver, hahaha) is Maas is atrocious grammar in a finished copy!!!! Y’all this is ridiculous. This is a finished novel, which means it has been edited multiple times, but contains simple punctuation errors.
Tally of Errors: 19
Another annoying feature of Maas’ writing style is her technique of omitting words or gestures and only alluding to them being foul. There’s a lot of “I gave so-and-so a foul gesture.” What is this foul gesture? Why can’t you just say, I flicked the mofo off because they are testing my patience? Also scroll down to the couple section and read about my thoughts Maas’s perpetuating negative homosexual stereotypes that are already perpetuated by trashy TV shows. Spoilers in that section though, so you are forewarned.

Besides Maas lacking common knowledge on when to use a question mark and not a period, the world building in this novel is strong. Maas continues to set up a vivid world within Prythian and makes the courts we visit tangible. The battle scenes are gruesome and there are plenty. This is a novel of war and while there’s a lot of chapters that focus on planning, meetings, and love scenes, there is quite a few battle scenes and the resulting final war scene is quite intense. Maas may lack in common writing abilities, but grammar isn’t everyone strong suit (it apparently isn’t her editors either). Maas is strong in world building, imagery, and character development. Maas is great at character development. I think that’s her strongest writing attribute and it really shows in this novel.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5(I’ll overlook those errors because the writing was very good.)

The depiction of war in this novel is very well done. Our first battle is an attack on the Spring Court. The war is chaotic and really shows that there is no reason to war other than cruelty and the feeling of entitlement. Feyre acknowledges how hard it is to kill people, but how it is easy for the magic to do it with no hesitation. She is also a strong fighter and she really shows her strength in drowning soldiers alive. It’s brutal and it is a quick battle, but it’s effects are long lasting. The dynamic between the seven courts at the meeting is really interesting. I do like the Dawn, Day, and Winter Courts immensely. The Summer Court is still a really interesting factor, but there is beef between Tarquin, Feyre and Rhys. The Autumn Court is full of arrogant, angry he-mans and I don’t care for them one bit. The Spring Court Dynamic is the most volatile and complicated because Tamlin is a whiny baby who is hurt that his favorite toy has been snatched away. It makes for a very unbalanced dynamic when only five out of the seven seem to be in an alliance against Hybern, a foe with an almost never-ending army.

The characters in this series have stolen my heart. Characters I loved, I’ve grown to despise and characters I’ve hated, I’ve grown to love. There is a lot of fantastic character development and this novel relies heavily on whether or not you love the characters in the center of this story. If you don’t like Feyre, chances are you won’t like this story because this is Feyre’s story which means everything is from her POV (and this also means that we may not see the bigger picture because of Feyre’s biases). If you don’t like Rhysand, you should’ve stopped reading long ago because this novel is as much about him as it is Feyre. Although sometimes I think Rhysand is more important than Feyre in this story because he is the backbone of so many scenes and decisions that contribute to Prythianwinning in the final battle. If you don’t like the Inner Circle of the Night Court, well you are definitely reading the wrong novel because these characters are in almost every chapter once Feyre leaves the Spring Court. If you don’t like Nesta and Elain, well, you’ll learn to love them. I know I did. Essentially your enjoyment of this novel and this trilogy as a whole depends on your fondness of the characters. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Bad because people will definitely hate these novels if they hate Feyre and good because it makes these novels stronger. Having characters that incite different emotions creates a strong storyline.

My favorite thing about Feyre is her ruthlessness. She is brutal. She is ready to take these bitches down and she does it in some pretty uncomfortable ways. Feyre becomes a master manipulator and it is a huge change from the docile hunter scared, but brimming with hate towards Fae in the first book. Feyre steps up as someone who has to rule over her people as well as someone who has to stand strong. I also love the sister dynamic in this book. It is much stronger and it is a positive portrayal of how strong the bond between sisters is.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5

Rhys is my baby and having him gone for the first hundred pages was torture on my soul. I was still good with Feyre destroying the Spring Court, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t miss him because I did. I also know that letting Feyre go was hard on him, but Rhys knew how important this was to their cause. Rhys is my love and my feels were rampant when they were reunited because YAAAAAAAAAAAS. One of my favorite traits when it comes to Rhys is his kindness. He will help anyone in need especially those who are displaced and in need of refuge. He warms my soul. Rhys will sacrifice everything, too much of himself to save the world, but the other High Lords have to be convinced. Rhys is a beautiful soul and I love him so, so much. He’s so nice that the other High Lords forget how powerful he is and it isn’t until he silences Tamlin by taking away his speech that everyone remembers. Rhys’ ending speech to the Inner Circle is the most beautiful part of this novel and it broke me and my emotions. Page 666 was fucking with everyone’s emotions and I can’t with Maas. She was really trying to destroy my soul.

Swoon Worthy Scale: BROKE MY SCALE

Here’s where I’ll talk about all of the characters. This is no particular order, just how I took notes in my book:

Lucien- At first I hated him. How could I not? He betrayed Feyre’s friendship after the Under the Mountain by letting her be locked up and suppressed by Tamlin. His betrayal went even further at the end of ACOMAF when he stood by Tamlin and Ianthe as Feyre’s sister were thrown into the Cauldron and turned into High Fae. I immediately felt a war within myself when it comes to Lucien because while I hate his actions, I love him. He chose to be on the wrong side of the war, but that doesn’t mean he is a despicable person. His friendship with Feyre begins to blossom again and really made the Spring Court scenes entertaining. It was also interesting that Feyre purposely got a little too close to Lucien to arouse speculation within Tamlin that they may be lovers. Feyre is brutal and it may have not been fair to Lucien, but he wasn’t on my good side at the beginning of this novel. Lucien is a character that quickly regained my love. He helps Feyre leave the Spring Court and travel with her the Night Court. The fact that Lucien becomes an ally of the Night Court and is a key player in finding a possible ally shows that he is capable of being his own person. In ACOMAF, he seemed to bow to Tamlin’s commands like trained lap dog, but in here, he steps up to plate and is the one to command situations. Even more interesting is the knowledge that Hellion is Lucien’s father. I’m curious to see how this plays out when Lucien finds out. 

Jurian- Jurian had everyone fooled. He’s a master manipulator and that’s why he was able to see what Feyre was doing while he was there with those insufferable twins. I was honestly surprised when it was revealed that he has been a spy against Hybern this whole time. Like what? The more I think about it the more it makes sense. Feyre never knew Jurian, she only heard stories of him. Everyone assumed Amarantha’s torture and dismemberment would drive him insane. No one who actually knew him was around him and it makes how Feyre wouldn’t see it and how those who did know him (Rhys and Mor) wouldn’t see it because well they were the ones to pass on the stories and are biased in their memories. The truth stares us in the face, but we see what we want to see.

Tamlin- THIS SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!!! I recently saw someone post about how they didn’t understand why everyone vilifies him. Wanna know why? Because this prick throws a TABLE in a fit of rage at Feyre. Granted she stood in the way on purpose to get the brunt of it, so she could use it as an emotional ploy to turn Tamlin’s soldiers against him, but he threw a table at someone he claims to love. Why would I love him? Sorry, you can have him. I’m not looking to have a table thrown at me and not be able to properly walk without feeling sorry like Feyre. “Not when he saw the purplish markings and knew that if they were on a human, I might have been.” What a Romeo! Tamlin is a mixed bag. He claims allegiance to Hybern and then pretends not to be in alliance. Then he sets up another attack on the Summer Court  after pretending to be kind-of in alliance with the five courts. 

Ianthe- This is my least favorite character in this trilogy because I liked her in ACOMAF. I felt played like a fiddle when I saw her true colors and I continue to despise her callous cruelty and manipulation that causes harm. Her actions with Tamlin’s soldier made me absolutely RAGE and I couldn’t wait for to go. She rapes men and thinks it’s all honkey dory because they are aroused, so they must want it even if they say no. I do commend Maas for breaking the stereotype in novels with women being raped and showcasing a woman who enjoys raping and manipulating men. Feyre crushing her hand was brutal, but I don’t think it taught her any lessons.Seeing Ianthe being fed to the Weaver was the most satisfying moment. I couldn’t have seen a more fitting demise. 

Cassian- I LOVE, LOVE Cassian. He is funny and loyal to his friends. Cassian has a great scene where he pretty much lays his soul bare to Feyre in expressing how as a High Lady of the Night Court she is all of the Inner Circle’s to protect. She is no longer just Rhys’, but every member of the Night Court’s responsibility.

Azriel- I think Az is my favorite of the Inner Circle. He is a tortured soul surrounded by darkness, literally, he can control shadows and darkness. I have a special place in my heart for him because he is so gentle and kind.

Amren- Amren’s sass levels are on point. Every scene with Amren is guaranteed to elicit a laugh because she is so snarky and calls everyone out on their BS. We get a little bit more on her backstory and it touched my heart because Amren is a monster who longed and wanted when monsters are supposed to. My biggest fear with Amren was that she would give up her body to protect the Night Court and be lost forever. [Naturally, Amren sacrifices herself to destroy Hybern’s army and it is the so sad and devastating. Doesn’t last for long though because naturally she returns from the Cauldron as a High Fae.  

Mor- I love Mor. She’s a good friend and a strong fighter. She fights alongside Feyre and remains a constant close friend. I really enjoy their dynamic and the strength of their friendship. Scroll down to the couple section for my thoughts on the big reveal about Mor.

Elain- Elain is very fragile and she’s quite innocent. It’s obvious that having her mortality ripped from her has left her broken and unsure of her purpose. She can no longer marry the boy she was meant to and the Cauldron is the most comforting experience, especially for someone like Elain. I also predicted Elain’s gifted from her first mutterings and random catatonic state. Maybe, I’ve read too much about seers, but I can spot ‘em and I was right. Elain is a seer, but this important quality is easily spelled over Hybern which makes life harder because of course magic can mask plans. Elain is the most surprising character in this battle. She was the one to slit the King of Hybern’s throat and this was a huge character development. This moment also shows the bond of a sister and how we will go against our core beliefs to save our loved ones.  

Nesta- We all know Nesta is a bit of a cold-hearted bitch. She was cruel to Feyre constantly in ACOTAR and she grew on me in ACOMAF. In ACOWAR, I actually LOVE Nesta. She’s become one of my favorite characters in this trilogy. We learn that Nesta pulls a piece of the Cauldron out when it turns her. This means she has a piece of Death inside her. She is Death. I can’t think of a more fitting ability for Nesta because Death is a cruel part of life and Nesta is cruel. A gentle person cannot wield Death, but Nesta can and I’m curious to see her master it. Nesta is a brutal when it comes to beheading King Hybern and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

The Bone Carver- I love this character. I think he’s creepy, but so interesting. He also learn that he is death. Obviously, I mean he carves bones, but it’s a solid confirmation that comes in handy in the war. He sends Feyre out on a goose chase to obtain the Ouroboros from Hewn City to ensure that he will help in the War. The catch is that most go mad upon looking into it. The Carver’s death was sad AF. I mean damn, he wanted to die and it was so sad. 

 The Suriel- This creature is one of my favorite in this trilogy. I LOVE this character and the guidance and truth it has provided throughout these books. The Suriel’s death destroyed my soul. Of course, Ianthe would take such a wonderful creature out of this world. I cried so hard. 

Feyre, Nesta, and Elain’s father showing up at the helm of a ship with soldiers was so unexpected and it made my drop. Even sadder was his death and I kind of feel like it was not necessary at all.

Character Scale: 5
Villain Scale: 5

Here’s where I talk about the romantic partnerships/developments:
Maas likes to pair her characters off to one another. That’s not a bad thing for fangirls, but it certainly doesn’t show good quality writing if every character has to be in a relationship to show their worth. I’m going to talk about my thoughts on the relationships and new romantic developments/possibilities/predictions. HUGE SPOILERS, so you can skip this section if you would prefer to, I’ll put a big bold warning when it’s done.

Lucien & Elain- Lucien has knowledge that Elain, Feyre’s docile and gentle sister, are mates. The situation is really depressing because Elain is engaged to a human boy who comes from a line of Fae Hunters and is now a Fae. Lucien pines after and longs for his mate. It is also revealed that mating bonds can be rejected. To be honest, I see Elain rejecting this bond and ending up Azriel. Unpopular opinion: I don’t want Lucien and Elain together AT ALL. If Lucien ends up with anyone it’ll probably be Vassa, the swan queen.

Cassian & Nesta- At first, I was a strong believer in, “Cassian can do so much better than Nesta”. My feelings quickly shifted because their banter gives me life and it is a lot of fun to see someone so stoic be so quick witted. There’s a quote by Cassian in a big reveal concerning Nesta and OMG my feels. (view spoiler) The ending battle scene with Cassian and Nesta fighting Hybern’s King was the most emotional thing. I was having a panic attack because of how intense this was.

Mor & Azriel- Surprise, it doesn’t exist! SPOILER Alert Mor confides in Feyre that she is bisexual, but prefers females. I honestly don’t think that this was Maas’ original intention for this couple, but the backlash with her having lack of diversity made her come up with this. In all honesty, I’m ashamed her fans drove her to this because now it makes it seem like Mor is manipulative and cold and doesn’t care about hurting Az by leading him on for five hundred years. This puts a sour taste in my mouth because it allows people to think that bisexual or lesbian women are only leading people on. It’s a stereotype that has been perpetuated in our media and people who scream about needing diversity in everything have lead Maas to continuing this stereotype. I don’t like this at ALL. I love Mor and still respect her, but I think this is a horrible way to treat someone. I’m going to tell you something people may not want to hear: NOT ALL WRITERS CAN WRITE DIVERSELY. All these diverse stories are coming out that further perpetuate stereotypes and do nothing for the people they are representing. This is a prime example that some authors can’t write diversely because they do not KNOW DIVERSITY. Maas is comfortable writing straight, white characters with wings and Fae powers. That’s okay. What’s not okay is how everyone is forcing other people to write diverse stories when some people just can’t do it. I can’t write from the point of view of an atheist because I’m no longer atheist. That mindset does not reside in me and I’d be a bias writer who would piss off atheists and perpetuate stereotypes. This is the same situation. I still love Mor and I understand her reasoning, but I don’t agree with her actions.

Predictions on who the next book could follow or what I want to see:
I want to see something about a half-Fae, human and Fae. I’d love to see a story about one rising up from below the Wall and becoming an ambassador of the people, but I don’t Maas will write that. I just desire it.
I want to see a book about Lucien. I think he will make a wonderful High Lord and it won’t be of the Autumn Court.
I want to see more Cassian and Nesta because that last scene of the battle proved to me that this is a couple I want more from.
I want a story of Vassa, the swan by day, queen by night, because I think that would be really interesting.

Overall, this book has problems, but I honestly don’t care. This is one of my all-time favorite trilogies and this is my favorite book in the series. It is wonderful. Despite the four flaws I had, I one-hundred-percent stand by my 5-star rating because this book deserves it. I LOVED this book to bits and pieces.

Plotastic Scale: BEAUTIFUL

Cover Thoughts: This cover is so gorgeous. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

What were your thoughts on ACOWAR? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know down below in the comments!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Second book in the A Court of Thorns & Roses trilogy/series

5 stars

“I was the butcher of innocents, and the savior of a land.”

*There will be spoilers for this book and the previous one* Don’t click on spoiler tags, man, they are legit for this book.

ACOMAF stars where ACOTAR leaves off and we are left with a strong character who has been remade as an immortal High Fae. While Feyre may be stronger than ever physically, her mental state is weakened. She suffers from heavy post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) and is plagued with nightmares. To make matters worse, she’s trapped in a deal with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, and must uphold her end of the bargain to be whisked from the Spring Court and her lover, Tamlin. This is where I’ll stop the summary of this novel and from here on out that there will be heavy spoilers for ACOMAF, so come back to this review after you’ve read the book (and if you aren’t interested in reading stay and get comfy).

I LOVE ACOMAF a billion times more than I did A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was swept up in that Beauty and the Beast retelling that featured fae and evil queen Under the Mountain ensnaring millions as slaves and decimating Prythian. A Court of Mist and Fury is a completely different story. This is told in the vein of a Persephone and Hades retelling, but my favorite thing about this story (and how I describe it to my friends and family is) that this story is the follow-up to what living with the Beast is like. Everyone has always questioned what the repercussions of Belle’s love for the Beast are. Maas does a great job of painting (haha Feyre pun because she loves to paint, well not in this book for a long time, but she eventually loves to again) what living with the Beast is like and to be honest, not everyone wants to live with one and I know I don’t. Sometimes the Beast is only a phase in our seasons that we must learn from and facing in kind of abuse, emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse, is the hardest thing a woman can face especially a woman who has just become a new person entirely and defeated death. I used to love Tamlin, I did, but I also saw his flaws. I loved his flaws because I’m a sucker for a Beast retelling, but Maas shows that some people can’t fight their inner Beast and it can hurt those around them.

BIGGEST SPOILER OF YOUR LIFE FOR THIS SERIES (But is it really a spoiler on BookTube and the Internet at this point?)

Feyre finds solace with Rhysand. The man who is painted to be vicious, brutal, and have no care for others. This is not the man that Rhysand is at all, but a mask that hears to protect the city of Velaris, a city that has gone untouched by enemies and many do not know of its existence. Maas does an excellent job at brining Velaris to life and it is a place I’d love to visit. The Night Court is mesmerizing and Maas really shines at creating a world hidden from the world. Rhysand’s love for this city is so beautiful and it heals Feyre.

Whimsical Writing Scale: My Soul is Crushed, BYE.

Feyre is broken. She’s disjointed and disconnected from the world streaming by her and it is so sad, but so realistic. I’ve never been able to buy that characters are invincible and able to keep fighting and not deal with their mental grief, but Feyre is desolated by what happened Under the Mountain. It has destroyed her and she has to learn to heal, but it takes a very long time to heal. It is hard for her to heal in her own home because she’s essentially a prisoner within the Spring Court and with Tamlin’s watchful eye, he won’t allow her any freedom. When she’s whisked away, or as she puts it, stolen away she becomes the guest of a hated enemy in the Night Court. In my review of ACOTAR, I compared Feyre to Katniss Everdeen and in this book, she becomes Feyre Acheron, Cursebreaker. She is no longer in the shadow of literary heroines and she steps out of the mold to become her own character. Feyre is strong and she has weaknesses. She is selfish, brash, impulsive, but she cares for those who win her heart and she is able to wield power that most main characters would give up at learning how to control.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5

“You say I should be weapon, not a pawn— they seem like the same to me. The only difference is the one wielding it.”

Maas can write a hero like no other writer. We are lead to love Tamlin because Feyre loves Tamlin and despise Rhysand because Tamlin hates him, so Feyre hates him. Rhysand is alluring and so much more of person than a pawn in a story in this book. Rhys does things Tamlin didn’t, like teach Feyre how to read. He’s also sensual and sexy in a way most heroes aren’t and where can I sign up for a Rhys? Rhys doesn’t manipulate Feyre, he lets her heal and try to make her decisions (which is hard for her because she does everything with Tamlin in mind, instead of herself). The thing I love most about Rhysand is that he knows Feyre is his mate. He doesn’t force her to love, in fact, he was willing to let her marry Tamlin if it would bring her joy. The only reason he stole her away before it could happen was because Feyre was freaking out and didn’t want to marry him. He never once is that typical alpha male ready to dominate and force his mate to become submissive to his desires. He breaks the trope. 

“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful. There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”

Swoon Worthy Scale: Broke My Scale

“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety. And I’m thinking maybe he knew that— maybe not actively, but maybe he wanted to be that person for someone. And maybe that worked for who I was before. Maybe it doesn’t work for who— what I am now.”

The Villains- Tamlin is a douchecanoe. Major douchecanoe. I want to push him down a river and hope an Attor comes and eats for dinner. UGH. He boils my bones and makes me rage. I can’t stand him and his actions at the ending just prove that he is the scum of the earth. He sells the Spring Court to Hybern in alliance to win Feyre back. Allows Ianthe to kidnap Feyre’s sisters and throw them in the Cauldron. Complete RAGE.

“I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”
More reasons why Tamlin is a douchecanoe and has be stopped from smothering women with his alpha male bullshit. Don’t get me started on Ianthe’s annoying insufferable ass. She has got to go. I think I liked her at the beginning of this book, but by the end I was ready to fillet her on a grill and after ACOWAR, I hate her more. Do not like her at all and she has got to. Hybern isn’t nearly as scary as Amarantha, but he comes in and starts fucking shit up. He has also got to go.

Villain Scale: 5 (these bitches have got to go)

The characters in this series warm my soul. Amren, Cassian, Azriel, and Mor all have a special place in my heart and I love them so much. I have never connected to a friend group (other than the Golden Trio) in the way that I connect to those in the Night Court. They are wonderful souls and who have lived long lives and seen horrors. The Bone Carver is one of my favorite creatures Maas has introduced. He is so unsettling and I love him. There are also Feyre’s human sisters, Nesta and Elain. Very different from one another, but both have equal places in Feyre’s heart. I can’t lie and say that I love these two because I don’t, but they have grown on me more. I like them much more than I did in the first book, especially Nesta, who I initially hated. I’m conflicted about Lucien. I love him, but he didn’t help Feyre and he saw her suffering. Dude, break bro code and save a sister from slowly sinking into nothingness.The Suriel, is also a creature that holds a special place in my heart because this creature shows up again and presents the news that I love that Suriel. That creature is always showing up and dropping truth bombs.

If you haven’t read this book, I pretty much spoiled everything for you except the ending. I’ll be here to spoil that in my review of ACOWAR. I hope this review made you squeal in agreement with my rampant fangirling because it took me three hours to write. I love this trilogy, I’m calling it a trilogy because it is and those extra books are just that, extra. If you read all this and haven’t read this book and have no clue who the characters are that I’m talking about, you should go buy a copy.

Plotastic Scale: 5 This plot y’all… one of the best I’ve encountered in a sequel.

Cover Thoughts: Tbh, this is my least favorite of the covers so far. I do like the subtle illusions to Illyrian leathers and the tattoos on Feyre’s hand give the story away. Still it’s a great cover, just not the best in the trilogy.

What are your thoughts on ACOMAF? Are you a fan or do you hate it? Let me know down below in the comments!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Books I've Read in 2017: #1-5

Hey, everyone! I'm back with a video talking about the first five books I read in 2017. 

The Books:
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All the Ugly Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood- 5 stars I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book so much. It's taboo and a topic I wouldn't recommend for everyone, but this book touched my soul. 
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel- DNF @ 41 pages See my review here as to why.
BIG by Emme Rollins- DNF @ 12% See my review here as to why. 
Herbert West-Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft 4 stars This is a really creepy story, but it's a lot of fun and is a strong Lovecraftian story.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Any that you're interested in picking up? Let me know down below in the comments!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Pocketbook of Sunshine and Rain

35049619The Pocketbook of Sunshine and Rain by Nenia Campbell

4.5 stars

I'm new to poetry. The only poetry I've really read before this year was Edgar Allen Poe and Frost, but this year I tried Milk and Honey. I liked Milk and Honey, but something about it felt forced and fake in certain areas. My biggest problem with the poetry was just a couple of random words strewn together to create a meaningless sentence. This on the other hand was a poetry collection that really spoke to me. I've been wanting to get into poetry, but never really know where to start. I'm a friend of Nenia's and was excited to check out her poetry collection since I've known her on GR for so long and remember when she started working on the collection.

These poems are beautiful. There are a few hit or miss ones, but the majority were gorgeous and had me shaking my head in agreement or saying, "THIS!!" while reading. I don't really know what else to say about a poetry collection other than that this is definitely one that you should check out. I'll leave a couple of my favorite poems down below and hopefully that will convince you to buy this because I think it's absolutely brilliant and a lot of these poems touched my heart.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 4.5

This is my favorite:
we buried the corpses of our arguments
beneath the dining room table
picked over the bones, emergent,
and threw them at each other
a knuckle bone here
a rib there
no prayers were said
no flowers laid
only a hailstorm of finger bones
to lard our dinner conversation
picking the shards out of our teeth
we spit them at each other
always hoping someone would choke

Another great one:
a path of stars
growing, spiraling
swirling in the darkness
not everyone sees a path of stars
spinning above them
feels the light pouring down
drowning the world
a path of stars like whirlpools
conceived by separate suns
a starry night

I hope I convinced you to pick this collection up. I'm not a poetry buff, but I do know emotions and Nenia's emotions were spoken in this collection beautifully. All empathetic souls should pick up a copy.

Cover Thoughts: It's adorable and it really fits the tone of the collection.

Are you interested in picking this collection up? What's some of your favorite poetry books? Let me know down below in the comments.  

Short Stories That I Enjoyed in the Last Two Weeks

Hey, everyone! I've been away for a while. I moved into my apartment, started my intern teaching tenth graders at a local high school, d...