Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: The Great Hunt (Eurona #1) by Wendy Higgins


Title: The Great Hunt (Eurona #1)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Published by: Harper Teen
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: The Kingdom of Lochlanach is being terrorized by a Beast. The Beast only comes out at night, never appears in the same place twice, and kills. Men have tried to fight it, and have failed. Soldiers have tried to kill it, but have been killed by it. The King is at a loss of what to do.
The King issues a proclamation, a challenge, whoever can kill the Beast will get the prize of his daughter's hand in marriage. Hunters come from all over the land, including two brothers from Lochlanach. 
Who will kill the Beast? Who will win the hand of the princess? And will the princess be pleased with the outcome?
My Thoughts: I'd heard mixed reviews before starting this book, so I was curious to see how I'd feel about it. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I can understand certain criticisms pertaining to the romance, but it wasn't as big of an issue to me as it was to other readers.
I enjoyed the story concept, that it was based on a Brother's Grimm Fairytale, The Singing Bone. Higgins took a really short fairytale, and expanded it into something fun to read.
Each hunting scene was fun to read too. The Beast was scary, and appeared almost invincible. The hunt was an exciting adventure.
I also really enjoyed Paxton's POV. In my opinion, he was the more interesting character. I think the book would have been better if it had all been told from his point of view.
I was just so so on Princess Aerity and the royal family. They weren't as intriguing to read about. The silk acrobatics and marrying for love (except in Aerity's case) just seemed like add-ons to make them more interesting, and it didn't really work for me.
The main gripe with the story would be the overbearing romance aspect. Everybody was in love with everybody else. It was also a lot of love at first sight kind of things, insta-love. I found the whole Wyneth relationship thing weird too. I could have done with less romance, or at least had a believable build up to it. Most other readers' reviews I've seen had issues with the romance as well.
I did enjoy the story though. Things really picked up in the end, so I'm very curious to see what happens next. Wendy Higgins writing just has a very addictive quality that I like. All in all, it was enjoyable reading.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Kill the beast, get the girl.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Authors You Want To Read More From

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week's topic is the Top 5 Authors You Want To Read More From. I did my best to narrow down my picks, so let's gooooo....

--Victoria Schwab--


I've only read one book by her, (Vicious) but I absolutely loved it. I need to read more! I've got a couple of her other books lying around too, but I just haven't picked them up yet. I really think that I'll be a big fan of her other books too.

--Jennifer Rush--


I loved the Altered series sooo much and I wanted to read so much more from this author. Unfortunately, at the time, this was the only series she had out. But Good News, Good News! I just looked on GoodReads.com, and she has a new book coming out in October 2017. I'm so excited. But seriously, her Altered Series is fantastic. She writes a great action story so well. And I feel like there's not a whole lot of just action books on the market.

--Kathleen Peacock--


Oh Kathleen Peacock, please, please, please, write more books! I absolutely loved the Hemlock Series. I feel like it's highly underrated. I don't hear about it a lot, and more people need to read it. This series gave me all the feels. It was very emotional, and just really good. If Kathleen writes anything else, it would go to the Top Of My TBR pronto. I just need her to write something else. She's got the storytelling talent. I NEEEEED another book/series by her.

--Christopher Healy--


It's no surprise that I absolutely love The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom middle grade series by Christopher Healy. They were books that made me laugh out loud, and I had such a fun time reading them. I want to read more stuff by Christopher Healy soooo badly, but he hasn't come out with any new books! Goodreads.com has a page for a new series that is supposed to be coming out, but that page hasn't been updated in a long time. It said the first book was supposed to come out in 2015, and that obviously didn't happen. I just want more stuff by him! I would read allllll the books! One of the worst things, is when you love an author's books, and then find out you don't have any new things to read by them. The Hero's Guide is a great series. More people need to read it and then hopefully, he'll come out with another book.

--Dan Poblocki--


I'm actually reading The Gathering (Shadow House #1) by Dan Poblocki right now, and am absolutely loving it! I've already requested another one of his works from my library, and will probably check out the sequel to this as soon as I see it. I really enjoy reading middle grade, especially middle grade horror. The Gathering has been such a fun read so far. It's creepy, it's quick, and pretty awesome! So with this guy, I've already got plans to read more books by him and an ample number of books to choose from. HOORAY!

So that's my Top 5 Wednesday picks. What are yours? If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should. Each Wednesday is a fun, new topic to contemplate and figure out answers for. Check out the other group members here!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 38

WEEK 38:
A NOVEL INSPIRED BY A WORLD OF CLASSIC LITERATURE


PROGRESS POST

What are you reading this week? I'm reading Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (#1) by Rosamund Hodge.

What classic inspired this book? This book was inspired, or at least takes aspects from Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet.

Have you read that classic? Did you purposely choose a book inspired by a classic you've already read? I might have read parts of Romeo and Juliet in high school. No, I picked up Bright Smoke, Cold Fire because I was interested in reading it, and then looked to see if it would fit any of the Around the Year challenge prompts.

Did you think your choice was a good reinvention/representation of that classic? I guess it was good enough. I don't remember a lot from Romeo and Juliet. In all honesty, I'm not really a fan of Shakespeare. I found most of his plays confusing in high school, and it probably didn't help that I had to read them for assignments. Whenever I'm forced to read something, it's always a struggle, and I rarely end up liking it. 
I guess what this book incorporated is the two young lovers from families that hate each other, and how their story is kind of doomed from the start. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire took those elements and made something interesting and imaginative.

So that's what I'm reading for this week, what about you? Check out the challenge here!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Lark Ascending (Skylark #3) by Meagan Spooner


Title: Lark Ascending (Skylark #3)
Author: Meagan Spooner
Published by: Carolrhoda Lab
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Lark has to go back to where it all started to save everyone she loves. The City she comes back to is very different than the one she left. Lark is ready to face the Institute, the people that lied to her, tortured her, changed her. Lark is ready to make her last stand.
My Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty good ending to this series. This series has never been an absolute favorite of mine, but it has been one that interested and stuck with me. Meagan Spooner is the co-author of the These Broken Stars Trilogy, and after reading this series, I can definitely see where her influence comes in. She is really good at writing hard, dangerous treks and journeys. She is also really good at developing really believable and satisfying relationships.
Through all three books, I don't feel like I ever really understood the world. Why it was the way it was. How it could (maybe) be fixed. It was just too confusing for me to get. I would have liked for things to be explained better.
In this finale, I got kind of tired of Lark's hero-complex thing. She almost seemed disappointed, and jealous, when everyone didn't fawn over her as savior. Her attitude got a little annoying.
My favorite part of this series has been Oren. I love how his character has grown, how I could always feel his struggle. He's also been the best for supporting and standing by Lark.
As a finale, this book was just okay. I didn't find it to be the most memorable overall. This series, while I didn't love it, has been interesting and stuck with me. My favorite parts have been the post-apocalyptic feel, and Oren. I'd say it's interesting enough to deserve a read.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.2/5
Decent enough

Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading Right Now! (112)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (#1) by Rosamund Hodge-- hmmm...


uhhh...


I don't really get it. It's supposed to be a Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel kind of thing. Now, I'll admit that I've never read Sabriel and I've never really been into Shakespeare, but generally, I like re-imaginings of things. I just don't really understand what's going on in this. 
I'm about 25% through, and since I don't believe in DNF'ing books, I will read the rest of this. It's not awful, it's just a mediocre, confusing thing.
The biggest problem I'm having is that I really don't get the world, at all. It's like this weird magic, fantasy thing, mixed with this post-apocalyptic dead people coming back to life thing, and this deadly veil thing that kills everything, except this city guarded by magic. The weird fantasy magic thing is what's getting the most play though. 
We've been given these two character perspectives, and it's like I haven't even been properly introduced to them, they've just popped out of nowhere. There's all these weird names being thrown about, two different races of people that I'm having a hard time keeping track of, and I just don't really get it. 
I think I might have started out with the wrong Rosamund Hodge book/series. What is this? I'm so confused.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading? Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it.

book cover image from www.goodreads.com and gif images found through google image search

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 2

WEEK 2:
A BOOK WITH AT LEAST 2 PERSPECTIVES
(multiple points of view)


PROGRESS POST:

--What are you reading this week? I'm reading The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5) by Isaac Marion. I'm really enjoying it too! It has three characters' stories that we're following.

--What do you prefer the best: a 1st person point of view, a third person point of view, or multiple points of view? I think my favorite point of view to read in is third person point of view. It just seems to make the story flow better for me.

--Is there a point of view that is easier for you to connect with (gender, country, age, etc)? Not really. When I read a book, I'm experiencing someone else's story, so I'm not picky on how old they are, whether they're male or female, or where they live. I think it would be a little boring to read characters that were all just like me.

Want to join in on the challenge? Check out the group here!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: iZombie, Volume 1: Dead To The World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred


Title: iZombie, Volume 1: Dead To The World
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Michael Allred
Letters by: Todd Klein
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2011
Source: Library

Summary: Gwen is a zombie. Not a kill everyone, slobbering mess zombie though. She is able to keep her humanity, and flesh eating urges at bay, as long as she is able to feast on a brain once in awhile. She works as a gravedigger, which means she's got good access to relatively fresh brains. Every time she eats a brain, she is flooded with images of that person's life. The most recent brain she eats is from someone who died unnaturally, someone who might have been murdered. Gwen must solve the crime with the help of her friends, a ghost and were-terrier respectively, while also hiding the fact that she's the living dead.
My Thoughts: This was all right. It wasn't really anything like the show, which I was okay with. I don't really watch the CW show. I'm still bitter that it took the time slot of my beloved, and canceled, Hart of Dixie.
I don't feel like this was a first volume that really explained everything, or gave good background. It kind of felt like I jumped in to the middle of an ongoing thing.
I liked the art. It had a lot of color and was just fun to look at. It really reminded me of that Scooby Doo style/vibe.
I wouldn't say no to continuing with this series. I liked it well enough, and it had a fun feel to it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Not Bad.