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 Vlog

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.

2016 Reading Challenges I’m Doing

Color Coded 2016

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Read nine books in the following categories.

Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.

Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
  9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2015/11/2016-color-coded-challenge.html

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Goodreads Awards Challenge

Rules

Choose one or more awards categories to conquer.

I am going to be choosing the categories Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, and Middle Grade and Children’s.

Within the categories, there are different tiers. Choose which one you’d like to aim for. You can change this at any time.

Young Adult Fiction Tier 1, Young Adult Fantasy Tier 2, and Middle Grade and Children’s Tier 1.

You don’t have to choose the same tier throughout multiple categories. For example, you could aim for Tier 1 (1-2 books) within Historical Fiction, and Tier 4 (9-10 books) for YA Fiction.

Some nominees are sequels. This isn’t a problem. If you haven’t started the series yet, then you can read the first book. If you are in the middle of a series, however, I suggest you get reading. If you quit the series and have no plans to continue, you can count the last book that you read.

DNFs count. I’m not going to force you to read anything you don’t want to. So tick that box!

Tiers

Tier 1: 1-2 books
Tier 2: 3-5 books
Tier 3: 6-8 books
Tier 4: 9-10 books
Bonus: Crackers Challenge (11+ books)

Crackers Challenge

So you might be wondering what this is. WELL. Some of you might want to shoot for the stars and read more than ten books within a category. Meaning, you’d have to look past the finalists and read one or more nominees which didn’t make it to the final round. Good luck, you brave souls.

Categories

This is just a few of the awards categories that I picked up from Goodreads. You can choose other genres if you like, but I didn’t think many people would be going for cookbooks. These are just the finalists, if you want to see all the nominees then you can view those on Goodreads.

For more information or if you’d like to sign up for this challenge I will insert the link here: http://booksofamber.com/2015/12/goodreads-awards-challenge-2016-announcement-and-sign-ups.html

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

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So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday I picked the Top 5 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year. I couldn’t think of 10 books so I just stuck with 5. Did any of my books make it on your list? What books do you hope Santa leaves under your tree?

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1.The 100 by Kass Morgan (or the whole trilogy).

I would love to read this book and compare it to the t.v. show!

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2. Eye of Minds by James Dashner

I loved Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy and I would love to read some of his other work.

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3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The main character is allergic to everything and I’m allergic to basically any animal that has fur so I think I could relate a lot to this book.

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4. Missoula by Jon Krakauer

This book takes place not too far from where I live. Even though this book is about a serious topic, I’d still love to read it and get to know more about the situation that went on.
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5. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Just a light fluffy contemporary I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Title/Author: The Heir by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 342
Rating: ★★★ stars

Sit down and stay a while because this is going to be one lengthy review.

 

From the first twenty pages of this book we see how Eadlyn is exactly like her mother and how she’s ten times more of a brat. We also know that deep down inside no matter how much she dislikes Kile, she’s hiding this huge crush for him (which is so predictable). And also Eadlyn starts pulling this “forever alone” crap about a third of the way through the novel which is not okay.

 

I totally called out the last 20 pages of the book. I strongly (I mean very strongly) dislike how this book/series is so incredibly predictable and I just can’t stand it anymore. I don’t mind if my predictions can be right sometimes, but with every little thing Cass tries to hint at just blows up because you automatically know what’s going to happen next.

 

Problems that I’m still having with this series include how I WANT more of the world/insight on why the citizens are having an uprising. I want to be shown and told why they’re fighting for this cause and what the actual people are like outside the castle walls besides the contenders for the selection. At this point in the series I’m sick of dealing with this selection crap and I want more politics and insight as to why this is considered a “dystopian” novel, because when I read it I get no dystopian vibe whatsoever. And if it’s considered a dystopian novel because the citizens are rebelling against the government that hardly plays a part in the series, then this is upsetting because this book and series is nowhere near a dystopian novel.

 

Even though there were so many problems with this book I did have a few likes about this installment. America wasn’t annoying at all and that finally her daughter finally got her crap together towards the end of the book realizing that she’s the problem and needs to actually be a human and show some feelings towards people. And that I also enjoyed characters such as Kile and Hale.

 

Even though this is my so called “favorite” of the series it still gets a 3 star rating. I enjoy this book way more than any of the other books in the selection series, but there are still way too many problems that I’m having with Cass’ craft at this point in the series. Examples include annoying and irritating main character, no dystopic feels whatsoever, and super-duper predictable plot.

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

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To and Top Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I decided to combine the two topics (five of each topic) that you could choose from Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To and Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

Top Five Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

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1. Mockingjay Part 2 (November 2015)

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2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 2016)

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3. Allegiant (March 2016)

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4. Ascendant (March 2017)

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5. The Death Cure (September 2016)

Top Five Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

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1. Papertowns

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2. The Fault in Our Stars

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3. The Scorch Trials

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4. Insurgent

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5. City of Bones