The Reading Rush TBR

It’s my favorite time of the year again the BookTubeAThon… wait hold the phone. Recently the BookTubeAThon has changed its name since last year to include everybody from all platforms and is now called The Reading Rush! I’ve participated in this readathon ever since it was started so to say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. The past few years for this readathon I have been moving at this time so not much reading has taken place, but for once I’m not moving and I can’t wait to get home from work every day and read! In the video below is my TBR for The Reading Rush. What books do you plan to read?

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Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

Title/Author: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craighouse
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Paperback
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. 

The Haunted Book Review

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!

Chipotle Book Tag

If you would ask me what are my favorite things in life I would be able to answer that question in a heartbeat! Chipotle and books. So since I love these two items so much and talk about them consistently my mind had this amazing idea the other night. Let’s combine Chipotle and books and make a book tag about it. And ladies and gentlemen that is what I did!

Here are the questions to the tag. Feel free to add or subtract questions based on your Chipotle order. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button since I’m so close to 1,400 subscribers and I will be doing a holiday giveaway soon!

Questions:

1. Rice: What book is the foundation of your reading?
2. Meat: A book that has a lot to offer?
3. Veggies: A book that is just there/alright.
4. Salsa: A book that has spiced up your life?
5. Cheese: A good wholesome book.
6. Lettuce: A light quick read.
7. Hot sauce: A book that is terrifyingly spooky and hot.
8. Chips and Salsa: A book that you could snack on forever.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

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Once again I am back for another Top Ten Tuesday! For today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic it’s the Top Ten Best Books I Read Overall in 2015. If you haven’t read any of these books in 2015 you should make sure they’re on your 2016 TBR list!

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1.The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

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2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

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3. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

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4. The Death Cure by James Dashner

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5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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7. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

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8. Paper Towns  by John Green

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9. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

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10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance-Road-315x471Title/Author: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Genre: Western, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 318
Rating: ★★★★

This new and refreshing standalone western novel brings light into the YA world. When I first heard about this book I was quite hesitant with western being in YA literature. Over time I started to think more and more about this book, and once the cover was released I was sold. The cover is even more stunning in real life and the hardback resembles a leather book (which makes a reference in the book). Once I picked this book up and began reading it, I fell in love with it. In the beginning it’s basically Mulan meets a Western world which was pretty darn interesting. I also loved all the gunslinging action packed in this book along with the language making it seem as if they’re back in 1877.

Even though I highly enjoyed this novel, there were a few negatives. At times I felt the novel was a bit predictable and there was a tad bit of romance that this novel and I could have lived without.

Overall I rate this novel 4/5 stars. This book was beyond refreshing and it was very nice to see something new in the YA world. If you haven’t picked this book up, then you’re missing out. I highly recommend this novel if you would like to try something new and to go above and beyond your comfort zone.

 

 

Book Review: Vicious by Sara Shepard

After finishing the last and final book in the Pretty Little Liars series I’ve decided I need an award. I’ve put up with all fifteen books to finally reach this last novel. Let’s just say I had very high hopes going into this installment, but I became quickly disappointed. I’ve broken down my review into two parts; pros and cons. Here are my thoughts about Vicious by Sara Shepard.  Also if you haven’t read this book, this book review is full of spoilers just to warn you!

Pros

  • I call sticking around for the final installment a pro. Seriously who puts up with all this crap and drama this series gave out and still reads it?
  • I also loved how all the girls came together once more and all became friends. Much deserved happy ending.

Cons

  • My first con has to be the pacing of this novel. While Toxic dragged on, I felt as if this novel lacked the speed and action it deserved. The beginning of the novel felt like it took forever to read, but once I moved past that, things were still quite slow. The only really plot twist we had was a huge predictable flop. I thought this novel would have tons of mystery, suspense, and a few big plot twists. Maybe my expectations got in the way, but I was very disappointed with this aspect.
  • Prediction. I had many theories set up after Emily went “missing”. From that point on in the novel I made many predictions, and almost all of them came true. I was upset with this point hoping that this novel would have a more wow factor.
  • How Ali got caught was another huge con of mine. This really let me down. I was hoping all the girls would catch her and not only serve her a taste of her own medicine, but get caught in an awesome way. It really upset me  that the only one to find her was Emily. Not only that, but it took two seconds to take down Ali. I wished Ali and Emily had a bigger and greater fight against themselves rather than just a small fight in the lawn.
  • And last but not least the ending. The last sentence to be exact. “Soon enough, I’m coming to get you all” WHAT THE HECK. WHY. JUST WHY. I was so mad it ended with this sentence. Like what the hell Sara Shepard. You can’t keep doing that and dragging out the series even longer than it needs to be. I get you want Ali to come back and get the girls. Whatever. I got that part. But this series could have ended at book eight and just been fine, but with stalling it out to be twice as long with nothing really happens between books seven and fifteen is just infuriating. Whatever. I’m just glad I’m done with this series now. Sorry about this short rant as well.

It’s safe to say that I’m glad this series is finally complete and that I finally finished it. I don’t think I will be picking up any other books by Sara Shepard for a long while. I wished this novel had a bit  more action, mystery, suspense, or even a huge awesome plot twist. With being disappointed I decided to rate this book 2/5 stars. It would have been a one point five star rating, but since I’ve stuck along this far I’ve decided to bump it up to another star. My only advice about this novel and this series is either stop at book eight and save your time and money, or read till book eight and just skip to this book.