Editor Letter, Random, To-Read

Online Book Haul

Online Book Haul
Online Book Haul

Another Book Haul!

This book haul was planned for, not like the previous one I posted a few days ago… Oops.

I bought two books on amazon that I could not find in any of the bookstores near me, including those that are 30 and 50 miles away. Yes, I traveled that far for books. The books are:

  1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  2. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney

This coming Saturday “Book Blast from the Past” debuts and I’ve chosen to do it on Both Sides of Time, a book I read in my tween years that started my development into becoming the full blown bookworm I am today. When I first read it, I borrowed the book from my school’s library and wasn’t able to obtain a copy of it at the time. Both Sides of Time was first published in 1995, that was 18 years ago. For my generation, that was a long time ago. It definitely qualifies as a blast from the past type of book.

Saving Francesca is a book I stumbled upon while browsing GoodReads. It seemed interesting and I probably won’t be reading it soon as I have a bunch of other books to read already on my currently reading and to read lists.

I am going to try my best to update this blog frequently even though I am currently in the last semester of my college career. It is very hectic at the moment but it is in a fast-paced environment that I thrive.

Happy Reading!

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Reviews, YA Paranormal

Book Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodline #3) by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell (Bloodline #3) by Richelle Mead

GoodReads Summary:

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

What I liked:

Richelle Mead has done it again. Even though this is the slowest book so far in the Bloodlines series, it is still very good and did not bore me. I absolutely love it when an author can make a book that is not all fireworks and sparks still be very interesting and intriguing book. I was very pleased to see Adrian and Sydney’s relationship develop to the point where both of them knew exactly where they each stood with their feelings and with each other. Honestly, I liked that The Indigo Spell did not have this big cliffhanger in the last chapter but instead TIS seemed to have this feeling that the complete book in itself was a big foreshadow and a big cliffhanger for the rest of the series.

What I disliked:

Marcus Finch. I didn’t like his character or the developments that occurred around him. I can only think of two good things that came out of having Marcus Finch in the series. He was blown up way out of proportion for how little importance he had in this book. Knowing Richelle Mead though, he will probably have a big role further down in the series and I will have to eat my words.

Rating: 5/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book

3/5: I liked it (A fun read)

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

 

Editor Letter, Random

Blog Update/ Changes coming your way!

I’ve been debating whether to write a few book reviews on books I’ve read in the past or to keep things as they are. A few examples of books I might review are The Host, Vampire Academy Series, Bloodlines series, some books written by Sarah Dessen, and a few others. After much thought, I’ve decided to re-read some old books and write reviews on them. I want older books to get as much exposure as new and upcoming books are.

Previously, my book reviews didn’t have a set structure, I wrote whatever came to mind. This unorganized system worked for some time but I am not happy with it anymore. Book Reviews from now on will have a 3 part structure. This structure consists of a synopsis, what I liked, and what I disliked. Very simple yet effective. I want my reviews to have some substance to them but I don’t want them to be very long either.

Another thing I’m adding to this blog is something I’m calling Book Spotlight. This is basically my personal recommendation of a book with a synopsis of it. I will also write what other books are similar to the one that is on the “spotlight”.

Calendar (Can change without notice)

  1. Book reviews on books I’ve read in the past will be posted once a month on Saturday. (I’m trying to make this the first Saturday of the month)
  2. Book Spotlight will also be once a month but on Thursday. (The second Thursday of the month)
  3. Book Reviews on books I’m currently reading will be posted after I’ve finished reading a book. (These reviews have no set date)

The new changes will take effect in the month of March.

Sorry for such a lengthy post and I hope it was understandable.

Happy Reading!

🙂

To-Read

To-Read: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Hello!

The next book I am tackling in my “to-read” pile is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I couldn’t wait to know what happened next in Tris’ and Four’s journey in their dystopian world. I am currently halfway through the book and oh boy is it good! As soon as I’m done, I’ll be posting a review on it.

Other books in my “to-read” pile are The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter. If you have any suggestions on what other books I should read, just leave me a comment below and I’ll add it to my to-read list!

Happy Reading!

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Happy Monday!

Reviews, YA Paranormal

Book Review: City of Bones (Book #1 of The Mortal Instruments)

City of Bones (#1 The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones (#1 The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare

Out of the blue, I decided to read The City of Bones. About a year or two ago I remember picking up this book and wondering if I should read it but some other book caught my eye that day at the bookstore and ever since then, I had not given it another glance until a few months ago. I started hearing about TMI (The Mortal Instruments) left and right because the film adaptation of the book is coming out soon. I decided to read the book in order to see if the movie might be “worth” seeing.

The City of Bones ended up being action packed and intense! I was not expecting this at all. To be honest, I was expecting romance and lots of it for some strange reason. This book has almost every mythical and paranormal creature you can think of. There are vampires, werewolves, fairies, trolls, demons, etc. Seriously, they have about everything. They even have angels, the fallen angels and archangels too. When I say everything, I mean everything.

As the first book in the series it is just… okay. There was no mind-blowing thing going on in the book but it also wasn’t a bad read. Personally, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 or a B-. Take your pick. Honestly, I wanted more character development. The whole time I was reading the book I was so entranced with the action that the few moments where valuable information was given, the action/fighting scene overshadowed it. Another thing that really bugged me at first was how the author switched point of views. It was unexpected and at times, random. I feel as if it made the book a bit disorganized.

I probably won’t read the rest of the series but at least I gave it a try.

Now TMI fandom, please don’t bash me. We all have our opinions and likes and dislikes. 🙂

Oh and one last thing, DO NOT read this book all in one day from morning to night. It will give you nightmares and will not let you sleep. I was up imagining the horrible monsters described in the book and the whole Jace and Clary thing. Their issues are like none I have ever read before. I almost encourage you to read the book just so you can see what I mean.

This concludes my “review” of the book. These are my opinions and you are very welcome to disagree with me. 🙂

Happy Reading!