Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 Stars

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Review

First of all, I apologize for the late review. I’ve been trying to stick to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and well, I totally messed that up this week!

With that out of the way, I’m so excited to vent my thoughts on Heartless with y’all, so here goes!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: RomanceFairytales/Retellings / Content: 14+ / Recommended

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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A (Sorta) Exciting Book Haul + Way Too Many Pictures of Les Mis

What better way to celebrate the end of spring than with a book haul?

At least, that’s what I tell myself.

I’ve been itching to complete my Lunar Chronicles collection ever since I received a signed copy of Scarlet as a (pretty insanely generous) gift from the amazing Alyssa, and well, now I have. I am now the proud owner of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, (Stars Above and Fairest didn’t really hit the I-gotta-buy-it-now kind of spot with me) and of course that means that I can finally loan them out and forcibly push them at my friends…who will read them, you bet. ;)

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Happy Mother’s Day + The Best Fictional Moms Take a Bow

It’s Mother’s Day! I’d like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there (mine especially *wink wink*) and celebrate the occasion with a short little post of the best fictional moms. Because they’re awesome. (But mine’s better.)

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The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Review

I struggled a little bit to get through The Titan’s Curse.

But what a strong ending.

At last, I felt emotionally invested in the characters and the plot finally got personal.

I love the books leave me a little breathless and a little incoherent. The ones that leave me reeling a little bit. While The Titan’s Curse didn’t start out anything like that, it certainly ended that way. It took me by surprise.

I’m so pumped for what’s next.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

It’s not everyday you find yourself in combad with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive….

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: 3/5 Stars

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – Review

Does the graphic look familiar? I used the same design last week with my review for The Falconer, but since the background photo is actually from Carve the Mark, I thought I’d use it here as well. ;)

I finished Carve the Mark in a rush last month, but I had to wait a while to write a proper review because for the life of me I couldn’t figure out if I even liked it or not. Thankfully, I know now that’s a big fat “No.”

Though I didn’t particularly “like” it, I still can’t give a straight answer to someone if they ask me if I recommend CTM, because I don’t know if the problems I had with it are just my own pickiness or a universal flaw. So maybe my review can help you decide if it’s worth your while. I went ahead and tagged it as “not recommended” on here though because frankly, I felt like I wasted my own time. (Sort of.)

In any case, Carve the Mark is not a book I’m dying to run back to, and it’s not a book I’d care to remember.

Allow me to tell you why.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth: 3/5 Stars

★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Action/AdventureScience Fiction / Content: 16+ / Not Recommended

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive—no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship—and love—in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

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Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Review

Anddddd Percy Jackson starts to accelerate.

I enjoyed Sea of Monsters much more than The Lightning Thief, which is kind of heresy in the bookwormish world, but go ahead and execute me because it really was better.

A few more layers were added, character flaws were explored, and in general the world felt deepened.

As a staunch deep/long/thick book lover, Sea of Monsters was definitely more my type. It still wasn’t Roy with crazy depth, but that’s okay. My hopes are high for the rest of the series.

Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – Review

I was refreshed and pleasantly surprised by this humorous modern take on Greek mythology.

Ultimately, it was a bit shallow in character development and plot complexity, but those are forgivable sins due to the target audience and the way the book was supposed to come across. It’s not supposed to be serious, or amazingly deep and/or complex. It’s middle-grade; expect that. But expect a really great middle-grade story.

At any rate, I ate it up, and I’m definitely continuing the series.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

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The Falconer by Elizabeth May: 3/5 Stars

The Falconer – Review

Ah, my first experience reading a steampunk novel.

Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry about itYou’re better off not knowing.

Now that sounds dramatic. I’m sorry. It really wasn’t that bad. Overall, it was a pretty fair story… It’s just that I didn’t become a bookworm to fall in love with a “pretty fair story.”

The Falconer by Elizabeth May: 3/5 Stars

★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Action/Adventure / Content: 14+ / Not Recommended

One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale.

Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

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April Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

April 2017 Wrap-Up: Circuses, Stars, Lightning – Oh My!

April Wrap-Up: The BibliologistApril has been one awesome month.

As a blogger, I’ve hit a few milestones. Buying a domain name (yay!), celebrating my one year blogiversary (trust me, it’s a thing), and starting to blog professionally. At least, starting to take it seriously.

As a reader, I’ve given myself a shiny bronze medal, because I’ve never read so many books in one month in my life. The number? Seven. Which is a wholla lot for this girl. (Don’t laugh, I see you there.) With the semester wrapping up, I’ve had a lot more time to give to reading, and I’m super excited to be sharing my reviews for The Lightning Thief, The Falconer, and Carve the Mark early this May! I think it’s time to accelerate to more than one review a week, don’t you think? ;)

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

A Gentleman in Moscow – Review

He can’t leave. You won’t want to.

What a charming reminder that “a life without luxury can be the richest of all.”

I savored every minute I spent reading A Gentleman in Moscow. It wasn’t anything like the book I was expecting. It was sweeter, softer, wittier, and way, way classier.

Take a bow, Amor Towles. You have created a masterpiece.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Adult / Genre: Historical Fiction / Content: 16+ / Recommended

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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