A Clash of Kings

Did I mention before that I love the way Martin writes? Well, I do. His writing is just so gripping and pulls you right into the story. Love it.

A Clash of Kings is the second of The Song of Ice and Fire series. I think I liked it even better than Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones, it introduced a lot of main characters and the main problem that will run through the series. In A Clash of Kings, we get to know the characters more in depth. They all over the map in Westeros going their own way with their own stories.

My favorite character is still Daenerys even though she makes bad decisions from time to time. She is strong and a good leader. The fact that she is still barely a teen making such grown up decisions just goes to show how much she has to grow and become that much stronger.

The characters either become more endearing or more hated in this book. I think the connection between the Stark children and their direwolves are interesting and I keep wondering if there is a deeper connection or meaning that hasn’t been revealed yet.

Still so many people die. The next in the series is A Storm of Swords 🙂


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A Monk’s Tail

This was an amusing story. I don’t normally read this kind of book, but I’m glad I did. The world building and descriptions really brought me into another world filled with humanoid animals. I believe the only other book I’ve read with talking animal characters was The Chronicles of Narnia and that was ages ago. This is very different from Lewis’ novel…very different in a good way and there are no people at all, which really makes it that much better. 


I think the main character Bow is a great MC, certainly intertaining. He is sarcastic and kind of an ass, but a loveable ass. He really makes the book great and he cracks me up. The great thing about a character like Bow is that even though he is crass and speaks his mind whether he should or not is that he is loyal and he really would die for any of his friends, a true hero. 


In fact, I really loved all the characters. They are all a bit cheeky in their own ways and some of them have pretty cool magical abilities. 
If you are looking for an adult book with a humorous tone and talking animals this would be a good book for you. It is also good at setting a medieval-ish tone and sucking you into another world. 

Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue is the sequel to The Giver. If you have read my review of The Giver or many of my book tags you will know up until I read Eleanor and Park this year The Giver had been my favorite book since sixth grade. So, my husband bought me the sequel when he found out there was one.

Unfortunately, this book was really absolutely nothing like The Giver. In fact after reading it it seems like these two books aren’t even in the same universe.

This book is about a remote village in a forest and the way the elders make the rules. It felt more like The Village by M. Night Shyamalan than The Giver.

The main character is Kira, who is physically disabled and usually the disabled in this village are shunned, but because of who her mother was (who died) she isn’t abandoned by the village. She also has a talent in weaving and the book focuses a lot on her weaving, which I found very boring.

The title of this book is about Kira gathering a blue color she uses in her weaving. Her friend Matty is a messenger and one of the only people who will talk to her with her disability. He was way more interesting than Kira and the sequel is about him, which is a good idea because there is really not any interesting thing going on with Kira. This book was sadly very boring to me.

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Top 5 Books for 2018

So, I don’t think I’ll be able to squeeze in any other books this year, so I’ve decided to list my top 5 books I read this year. Out of the 32 books I read I really read some good ones, so this was a little hard for some of the list!

#5 

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Dystopia is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint!

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Post-apocalypse; Penelope Evans is eighteen, living in the Colony along with her family and other survivors. She finishes a day in the laboratory when her identification card begins flashing. This flash starts an upheaval of events leading further from her normality and towards the epic truth.

James Garak is attending the Academy where he works on achieving a higher rank. Nobody ever expects Penelope and James’ relationship to last long. A year later, they’re still together.

But when they are forced to run, Penelope’s world turns upside down as she discovers the truth that changes her life forever.

With lives at stake and guards on their trail, will they make it to safety? Will the dishonest lies behind the island’s bureaucracy shatter her existence or give her the drive to find a sister she never knew existed?

#4

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This is actually the first cyber punk book I’ve ever read. 2019 I will start off with the sequel. I’m still looking forward to reading Ready Player One. 

Blurb: The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. 

#3

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This paranormal thriller had me on the edge of my seat and I loved the MC!

Blurb: There weren’t any second chances for the undead at least not by Phoenyx’s standards. Especially not after having the audacity to try and take her out. That was the biggest no-no of all. When that happened, you paid with your life––or un-life, so to speak. 

As a child, Jane heard voices. Felt what others could feel. She was witness to the things that went bump in the night and could tell a person’s deepest, darkest thoughts with only a touch. Until tragedy changed her life completely, thrusting her into the care of Hutton Grimshaw.

As, an esteemed chair member of The Order of the Flame, Hutton does what he must. Training young Jane to be the one thing the shadows feared. Now, at the age of twenty-five, she is known as Phoenyx, the world’s deadliest supernatural assassin. 

The hard and fast rules change when she finds Judas, a vampire, suffering in a back alley with no memory of who he is, or why he’s becoming more and more human every day. With a price on her head and the survival of humanity at stake, Phoenyx finds herself . . . Changing. Her true nature is slowly beginning to reveal itself and mysteriously, Hutton is the only one who seems to know why. 

After years of taking down the supernatural beings that plague her hometown of Crystal Haven, Phoenyx finds herself teetering on the fine line between good and evil. While her attraction to Judas begins to consume her, growing like a fire out of control, one thing becomes undeniably clear . . . 

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

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This was the book that my hubby got me last Christmas! It’s a classic vampire novel, predating Dracula and I couldn’t have loved it more! ❤

Blurb: Okay, so there is really not a blurb for this book. IDK why maybe because it is originally French or just so old it doesn’t have one, but I’m going to make one up if you are interested in this read!

Laura is a young woman living with her father in their old almost run down stone castle. Everything is going normal and steady until one day a carriage is over thrown near their home and Carmilla a survivor from the carriage is taken out and needs a place to stay until she gets better. 

With Carmilla comes a new life to the castle. A new life filled with darkness and light. Laura finds in Carmilla a friend and confident, but at times Carmilla becomes more friendly than Laura knows what to do with like strange kisses and caresses. 

Once Laura starts to become ill like her late cousin before her, her father knows something is amiss and is racing with time to find out what is ailing his daughter. 

#1

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Hands down Eleanor and Park was my favorite read of the year. I cannot believe I haven’t gotten around to more Rowell books! I’m certainly putting more of her books on my TBR list this year. It’s no surprise that this book was listed as the most popular book on my goodreads in review list. 

Blurb:  

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Goodreads Challenge

I just love the Year in Review and the Goodreads Challenge from Goodreads. To me besides seeing what my friends are reading these are my favorite features. This year I was able to read 32 books! For me being a full time teacher and mom, that is pretty good. And I don’t even count any books I read to my classroom 😉 Last year I only read 24 books so I’m reading much more. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.  How many books did you all read so far?

The Little Prince

The little Prince or Le Petite Prince since I got to read it in French class when I was in French four in high school. I’m really glad I got to read it in it’s original language, although I’m not so sure now I could still read it in it’s original language. 

I absolutely love this children’s chapter book. And although it’s a children’s chapter book, there is so much simile and metaphor there I wonder if the children reading it would understand what is going on? Of course, that’s when good parenting comes in and you have discussions with your children about what they read. 

The first time I read this book I thought, “Just a kids book to help us learn French,” but the class discussions were great. 

The Little Prince is about a young boy traveling to several planets by birds and opens with a crashed pilot in the the desert who discovers him. Each in counter the young boy makes teaches him something about adults and sets him apart from them in their thinking. 

The relationship that sticks out the most of all his ‘adult’ encounters though is that of the rose on his own asteroid. The rose is self-centered, rude, and very hard to get a long with. Even so, the Little Prince shows her love and kindness, eventually getting her a glass globe to live in so she can stay safe. She often times feigns illness or other lesser problems to get his attention. Like any relationship such as this, the Prince learns he is being taken advantage of and finally decideds to travel to other planets. 

There is so much packed into this short novella and will be one I read over and over again. 

Feral

I really enjoyed this story by Stanhope. It is the second in a series, but can really be read as a stand-alone, which is a good thing because I didn’t realize that at the time.

There is a paranormal agency called the PPK who inlist supernaturals to solve mysteries and problems for other paranormal creatures. This is Alice’s first mission (she is a half witch/light elf, which I find a fascinating combo since I don’t usually read books with elfs in them!) with Amarok a werewolf and although she only just met him must play the role of his wife in this mission (I like that kind of cute humor).

In this mission, they must join a pack to figure out why pack members are mysteriously disappearing. Amarok is an expert in the werewolf department, but Alice being a witch/light elf hybrid brings her own strengths to the table.

I love the way these two broken people have been paired together to help each other figure out the mystery surrounding the missing pack members. Alice throughout the book is wondering who she can trust and it keeps her from being too friendly with Amarok. It kept me on my toes as I read and tried to figure out what was going on on my own in this paranormal whodunit.

The well-written characters and the paranormal mystery are so well done I can’t wait to read more in this series.

FIVE-STARS

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Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger bookshelf hunt I found this from nose stuck in a book

She found this blog from: Dream Land Book Blog

Find the items from your bookshelves, the more you find the better. I am hoping that I will find every single one.

So, here’s the list:

  • Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it.
  • Find a classic
  • Find a book with a key on it
  • Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book
  • Find the oldest book on your shelf
  • Find a book with a girl on the cover
  • Find a book with a boy on the cover
  • Find a book that has an animal in it
  • Find a book with a male protagonist
  • Find a book with only words on it
  • Find a book with illustrations in it
  • Find a book with gold lettering
  • Find a diary (true or false)
  • Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith)
  • Find a book that has a close up of something on it
  • Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period
  • Find a hardcover book without a jacket
  • Find a teal/turquoise colored book
  • Find a book with stars on it
  • Find a non-YA book
  • Find the longest book you own
  • Find the shortest book you own
  • Find a book with multiple POVs
  • Find a shiny book
  • Find a book with flowers on it

 

1.) An author with the letter Z in their name: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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2.) A classic: Dracula

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3.) A book with a Key on it…well, apparently I own no books with keys on them 😦

 

4.) Something on your bookshelf that’s not a book: I keep family pictures on the top of my bookshelves. I’ve been thinking of buying some funko pops stranger things though…

5.) Find the oldest book on your bookshelf: The Wicked Pigeon Ladies. It was actually renamed and the version we have is no longer in print.

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6.) Find a book with a girl on the cover: Well this one is too easy! So, of course, I’m going with my own!

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7.) A book with a boy on the cover: Well if you say so…;)

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8.)  A book that has an animal in it: I’m guessing in the story?? Harry Potter has Hedgwig.

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9.) A book with a male protagonist: The Giver

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10.) A Book with only words on it: Illuminae

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11.) A book with illustrations in it: The edition I got of Carmilla came with a lot of illustrations in it.

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12.) A Book with gold lettering: Maybe I should have used the last answer for this, but another book I have with gold lettering is my hardback copy of A Dances with Dragons

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13.) Find a diary…my daughter keeps lots of diaries.

14.) Find a book with an author with a common name: Sarah Stein

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15.) A book with a close up of something on it: Double Identity. It has a double helix.

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16.) Book on my shelf that takes time in the earliest time period: Lysistrata, can’t get any older than ancient Greece right? This play is hilarious, I highly recommend it!

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17.) Hardcover book without a Jacket: A Light in the Attic, I’m bad with dust jackets

18.) A teal or turquoise book: In real life, this book looks more turquoise, I haven’t read it yet, it’s on my TBR list.

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19.) A Book with stars on it: The Cosmos (my husband loves non-fiction science)

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20.) A non-YA book. Well, that is too easy…I have my pick for certain.

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21.) The longest book I own: My husband has a thing for very long books. Me…not so much

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22.) Shortest book I own: According to goodreads last year it was Custom Fit so I’m going to assume they are correct.

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23.) A Book with multiple POVs: Game of Thrones

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24.) A Shiny book: The copy of Warcross I have is very shiny!

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25.) A book with flowers on it: Ok so technically I don’t have this book anymore, but I used to so I’m using it.

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Illuminae

I was just so excited when I ordered Illuminae and it finally arrived in my mailbox three days later! I have had this book on my TBR for like a year now. I was so excited because it was so hyped up and I hyped up too.

This book is so beautiful and I skimmed through the pages several times before reading it because it was just so darned pretty.

BUT….now after reading it..I’m afraid I have a very unpopular opinion of the book 😦 I didn’t want to, I really didn’t, but I do. Sometimes, I just feel like I’m really hard to please.

This book ended up being just okay for me. I only really felt a connection to surprisingly the AI and Ezra. Other than those two characters everyone else was kind of blah. Kady was okay, but it felt like she was trying to hard to be badass and man can that girl hold a grudge! I thought I was bad at holding grudges, that girl takes the cake! Cool down little grasshopper!

I think because I had a hard time relating with the characters it kept me from really getting into this story. Not to mention the format, although brilliant and beautiful, really just ended up getting in the way of the story for me and that’s the real let down and I’m still kind of sad about it.

It was sometimes very hard for me to actually get into the action of things when real action was happening because I had just read page after page of instant messages between two people and my brain got lazy and didn’t want to read the third person perspective of what was happening through a severance camera.

Even though I was disappointed by this book, it was still an interesting read and overall a fun and different. I hope they make this book into a movie in the future because I might like it a little better.

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Ender’s Game

I don’t usually like sci-fi or military style books, but I loved this one! This was so well written and I think the main thing that really dragged me in were the characters.

Ender’s Game is about a young boy named Ender. Ender is the youngest in his family and all the children in his family happened to be ultra geniuses. Ender being the smartest of the three. His brother is a bit of a psycho and his sister, Valentine, is his best friend.

There is an impending attack on earth by an insect-like alien force and authorities are going to use Ender as a secret military weapon with his military tactics. But before he can command a fleet he will have to go through training with other children just as smart, but not quite smarter than him.

The ending of this book was awesome and a bit unexpected, but I thought it was perfect and really left an important message about the human heart and misunderstandings.

Like I said, the best part of this book was the way Card built up his characters. I was really invested in all of them and it brought me closer to the story. He is also great at world building and I really enjoyed the different trial battlefields they put Ender through and the way Ender navigated them was truly smart.

I will read this book again in the future…whenever I have the time lol my TBR is pretty long right now. 😉

FIVE-STARS

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