Title/Author: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 402
Rating: ★★★★ stars
I’m not familiar with the 12 Dancing Princesses story, so I went absolutely blind into this book (other than the hype I received at ALA MidWinter Conference).
Annaleigh, her 11 sisters, father, and stepmother live in a manor right next to the sea. The 12 girls are princesses that sneak off in the night to go dancing and to get away from their town who thinks the family is cursed. One by one each individual girl slowly gets picked off and dies. As the tension grows and Annaleigh slowly becomes mad, is this all just a horrifying dream or reality?
The cover is beautiful. I love all the detail on it and it gives off a good feel to how I was picturing the book while reading it. I felt this story was a nice slow burning pace seeing how our main character slowly starts to go mad towards the end of the book. The end of the book was very interesting and the stepmother ended up giving me vibes of Melisandre from Game of Thrones.
However, I felt that there was this weird love triangle to be forced between Annaleigh and two other characters. Eventually, I grew tired of the dancing plot and was ready for the end of the book.
Overall this book was definitely interesting and is worth the hype. 4/5 stars. If you liked the Selection series by Kiera Cass I think you would enjoy this book.
I received an ARC from the publishing house at ALA MidWinter Conference.
Since it’s the summer time again, that means a new spooky book by one of my favorite authors gets released. The Haunted by Danielle Vega is one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2019. This book was released on June 4th but I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy at ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle this year. Below you will find my review which contains all my thoughts, feels, and opinions. Enjoy!
Before I get into my review of The Haunted by Danielle Vega, first there was a vlog behind it. I absolutely love reading and vlogging my journey through books and it’s become one of my favorite things to do! This way you get to see my live action (kinda?) to the specific book I’m reading. Last year I did one for The Merciless IV: Last Rites and I really enjoyed it. So with a new Danielle Vega book coming out this summer, I thought what the heck I’ll do it again! Here’s the vlog of my journey through The Haunted by Danielle Vega.
Title/Author: Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous by Henry Carroll (Editor)
Genre: Art/Photography, Non-Fiction
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Page Count: 128
Rating: ★★ stars
Okay, after finish this book I didn’t realize I would have this much to actually say about it.
First things first the photographs were beautiful to look at and I really enjoyed the technical tangent sections. And that was it. I definitely thought this book would be a more of an insight with more tips and tricks and the only thing I really “learned” from this book is to be yourself (which I already do). It would have been interesting to see their very first photo and compare it to their most recent one because I felt like most of the book it was welp I’m an iPhone photographer turned professional photographer which made me feel unrelatable. I wished we also got more tips and tricks instead of learning just a paragraph about how the Instagrammer takes their specific photo. Also, we needed more CONTEXT. This book lacked so much when it came to the actual point of the book. I want to become Instagram famous not know the background on of a famous Instagrammer I never heard of.
I’m sure there is a YouTube video out there that can provide you with more of a helpful insight look behind becoming Instagram famous in probably five minutes or less compared to this book. Overall, this book is a ⅖ stars for me. If you like a book with beautiful photographs with little to no context or information than this book is for you.
Ah, the month of October was a refreshing spooky month filled with great reading. I ended up reading 4 books and the overall rating was ⅘ stars. I’m also so glad that the Spook-A-Thon had happened this month which got me the drive to read Halloween vibed books.
I’m also sad that October is over. I was getting in this reading groove and it was fun and made reading seem not like a chore. Now that Halloween is over I’m hoping to get back into a schedule where I can make more time to read and also bullet journal my reading progress this month. I also have a few goals that I want to make a list of to try to complete by the end of the year.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy my October Wrap Up and I wish you the very best reading month in November.
Recently I read one of my most favorite reads of 2018 called Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner. It’s a middle-grade graphic novel that’s perfect for this spooky season and Halloween. If you want to hear more of my thoughts and feels be sure to check out my book review I uploaded on my YouTube Channel!
Check out my book review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKq2JJtbwEs&feature=youtu.be
In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.
Summary from Goodreads.com
After somewhat enjoying The Testing I had a hopeful mindset towards this sequel, but I was seriously mislead. This book was so annoying. Every time I would get the chance to pick this book up, my mind and body were telling me to avoid the annonce. If only I listened to that little voice in my head.
Cia: Her POV was atrocious to read from. Throughout the novel I’d gathered that she is “too smart” and that she constantly questioned things. She always seemed like a perfect character and that’s something I don’t like. All characters need to have flaws! I just didn’t understand her character especially when it came to the “LOVE” interest part. That part in the novel made it weird and also made me feel uncomfortable as a reader.
Even though this is book is classified as YA/Dystopian, this trilogy reads as if it’s a middle grade. There were a few things that annoyed me when the author went into detail. She kept talking about what had happened or if it had happened in The Testing, and how the Earth went to crap. Another big annoyance was how Cia ALWAYS asked questions aloud in the text. I couldn’t make my own thoughts or stir questions in my head if I wanted to. If I was reading and saw a question mark I would normally skip past a few questions and read onto the next paragraph.
My personal feelings would be to skip this book or series altogether. I rated this sequel a 2/5 stars. It was upsetting that I would pick up this book and regret picking it up every time. I don’t mind if a character has an annoying point in the book, but throughout the entire novel Cia’s annoyance grew on me. I felt like I was wasting my time while reading this installment, which was truly upsetting. I will not continue on and finish this trilogy.