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Top Ten Tuesday – Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names.

 

Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

 

What book titles do you think would make good band names?

book review

Book Review: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

cdBook: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: Courting Darkness #1
Genre: YA historical fiction, fantasy

When Sybella accompanies the Duchess of Brittany to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands.

As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.

 

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

I loved the writing of this book and liked reading about all the court politics that are prominent throughout these books but I didn’t love Courting Darkness as much as the original trilogy. The other books felt compact and focused on the character of each book but Courting Darkness didn’t. This book has a direct sequel so it ends on a cliffhanger where the other books in the His Fair Assassin trilogy felt more like companion novels to each other and they only focused on one character arc. This made the book feel dragged out with a lot of filler parts.

I don’t think we needed to revisit Sybella and her storyline, I thought there was some unnecessary drama added to Sybella and Beast’s relationship for no reason. I also didn’t see the reason why Genevieve has a pov in this book. I didn’t dislike her character, I just thought that her pov never really moved the story along or did much for her character growth.

Overall I thought this was an okay read. I liked the court politics and thought they were very intriguing but I felt let down by the characters and thought their storylines were unnecessary.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About. There’s no particular reason why I haven’t talked about any of these books, they are just books I haven’t talked about as much as other books but I’ve still loved them.

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Solanin by Inio Asano – Solanin is a standalone manga about a woman who is stuck in a job she hates and doesn’t know what to do with her life. I loved this manga and I think it talks about relatable topics.

Shoot the Messenger (The Messenger Chronicles #1) by Pippa DaCosta – This is a sci-fi reverse harem series and I loved how action packed and interesting the story of this series in, it has a lot of twists in it.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – This is a book that’s hard to describe but it’s told in two povs, one of them being an old man reflecting on his life and the other is a young girl trying to help her mother. The writing of this book was so beautiful and it’s such a quotable book.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Mirage is a YA sci-fi/fantasy book and I really liked the writing of it. The characters and storyline were both captivating to read.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost – This was one of the first adult urban fantasy/paranormal romances I ever read and I loved it. I flew through the books in this series and rated nearly all of them 5 STARS apart from the last book in the series which I really disliked.

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Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer – Proof of Forever is a YA contemporary with a slight time travel twist. I love books about friendship and books and time travel so the fact that this book centred on both was great and I loved it.

Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1) by Sandy Williams – I’ve loved the first two books in this series and I’m eagerly awaiting the next. I loved The Shadow Reader trilogy by Sandy Williams too and I think both it and the Anomaly series are very underrated.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – This was such a unique book because it’s about a dog’s life through the dog’s point of view and I loved it.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa – I loved this vampire series when I read it years ago, I thought the characters were all so intriguing and I enjoyed the plot.

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jesse Mihalik – I read this last year and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, it’s an adult sci-fi space opera with romance.

I didn’t realise how much sci-fi books I’ve read and loved until I made this list. What books have you enjoyed but rarely talk about?

Readathon

Easter Readathon TBR 2020

I participated in the Easter Readathon last year and really enjoyed it so I was very excited when I heard it was happening again this year. It starts on Friday 10th April and runs to Monday 13th April and is created/hosted by Kate from ReadingThroughInfinity, you can check out more of the details about the readathon here. The readathon starts tomorrow so this TBR is going up a little last minute but I’m still very much excited for it.

My TBR:

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The Golden Sheep vol 2 by Kaori Ozaki

 

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Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie

 

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A Throne of Swans by Elizabeth and Katherine Corr

 

The reading challenges for this readathon are:

1) Read a book that gives you spring vibes
2) Read a book about new beginnings
3) Read a book that’s under 250 pages
4) Read a book with yellow or green on the cover
5) Read a book involving family/friends

You don’t have to do the reading challenges but I decided to do them because I noticed that The Golden Sheep vol 2 fits nearly all the challenges. This manga is under 250 pages and has yellow and green on the cover. Even though I’m onto the second volume, the first volume was about the main character moving back to her old hometown (like a new beginning) and reuniting with old friends after a lot of years. The only challenge I’m not sure about is spring vibes because I don’t know if the second volume takes place in spring but the colours on the cover have kind of spring vibes so I’m counting it anyway, haha. So yes I somehow managed to fit all the challenges around the one manga volume I know I’ll definitely read.  I’ll be updating my progress on the readathon on my Twitter (KylasLibrary) so be sure to follow me there.

Are you participating in the Easter Readathon?

book tag

Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

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I thought it’d be fun to do a Spring book tag and I have seen this one going about so I thought I’d do it. This book tag is called ‘Spring Has Sprung’ Book Tag and the original booktube video can be found here.

QUESTIONS:

1. Flowers: All the flowers we remember are blooming again. Pick a book that’s a fresh take on a retelling.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I haven’t read many retellings so my options were limited for this question.

2. Cadbury Mini Eggs: Obviously the superior springtime candy of choice. Pick a book that you consider to be a sweet treat.
A Sky Painted Gold and Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood – I’ve cheated by picking two books for this question but I enjoyed these books a lot and I think the stories in them are sweet and beautifully written and I’d highly recommend them.

3. Allergies: Seasonal allergies often make your eyes water. Pick a book that made you cry.
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles – I loved this book and it was one of my favourite reads of last year. I feel like I’ve heard no one talk about it which is a shame since it’s such a great book with emotionally charged writing.

4. Spring Cleaning: Out with the old and in with the new. Pick a book to unhaul.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I have the first three books in this series and although I liked the first one, I didn’t enjoy the others as much.

5. Spring Break: It’s the perfect time for an adventure. Pick a book involving a road trip.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – This book isn’t centred on a road trip but Alec and Magnus do travel a lot in it so I think it counts for this question.

6. Mating Season: It’s that time of year in the animal kingdom to make some babies. Pick a book with some smutty delights.
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – I loved this series, it’s a great adult urban fantasy series and one of my favourite vampire series’.

7. Rainbows: I just feel like Spring is made of freaking rainbows. Pick a book featuring an LGBTQ+ character(s).
The Diviners by Libba Bray and I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – Again I cheated by picking two books for this question but I couldn’t help it, I loved both these books.

8. Spring Awakening: Pick a book that’s also filled with completely dysfunctional characters.
In the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski – The characters in this series are cold blooded killers and they are all so dysfunctional but they also make the books so interesting to read.

9. In like a lion, out like a lamb: Pick a book series that didn’t get better as it progressed.
Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet – I liked the first book in this series and thought it might be a new favourite series of mine but I felt like the sequel wasn’t as good.

10. Fun in the Sun: Tag some Friends!
I tag whoever feels like doing this tag! 😀

What would be some of your answers to these questions?

wrap up

March Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In March:

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS
This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and I’m so glad I loved it. I loved the world Sarah J Maas has created and the characters are very interesting especially Bryce, I loved her. I’ve already talked about my feelings on this book in a much more SPOILER detailed post earlier this month so if you want to read my spoiler talk of this book, here it is.

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 4 STARS
I enjoyed this book and I loved reading about Alec and Magnus’ adventures. I’m so surprised at how much I love Alec now compared to when he was first introduced in TMI. I was a bit underwhelmed by the plot of Red Scrolls. It didn’t feel like a full length book plot, it felt more like a short story kind of plot set in the Shadowhunter world if that makes sense. I still enjoyed it but what I loved about the book was definitely reading more of Alec and Magnus, I loved seeing Alec come more out of his shell with Magnus.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 STARS
I really wanted to love this book, it sounded so good but I was disappointed by it. I liked the dual past/present timelines and I loved the slight magical elements to the story but I really disliked the protagonist Meche. I know Meche is a teenager and obviously since it’s a YA book I try not to judge characters too much but Meche was very unlikable even in the present timeline when she was older. I didn’t like the way she talked about her friends and I thought she was a very selfish character.

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J.R Ward – 3 STARS
I enjoy reading about the BDB world and the characters within it but I find a lot of the trainees in the Legacy series to be forgettable. I didn’t really care much about Boone and Helania and I disliked their ending but I still enjoy the writing and world of these books so I ended up giving it a 3 STAR rating. I was mainly interested in Syn in this book and I’m excited to read his book.

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare – 4 STARS
I loved Chain of Gold and reading about the characters from The Infernal Devices as parents made me so emotional. I loved the characters in this series and Cassandra Clare does such an amazing job of bringing characters to life and making you love them. I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas *SPOILER* Talk

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4) by Annette Marie Book Review

Spring 2020 TBR

Single-Word Book Titles

Emotional Historical Fiction Books

 

What books did you read in March?