Month: December 2017

State of the ARC: December

State of the ARC: December

  December has come and gone. The new year is upon us! Thus bringeth another State of the ARC update! State of the ARC is a Meme created by AvalinahsBooks. Check out her website for more information if you are interested in participating! I’m pretty happy […]

Welcome, from WordPress

Welcome, from WordPress

I know what you are thinking— Something looks different here. Well, that’s because it is! I’ve decided to take the leap of faith and migrate my website from Wix to WordPress. Wix has supported me throughout my first year of blogging, but I have seemed […]

2018 Wish List

2018 Wish List

This is going to be a hard post to write.

Limiting my Wish List for 2018 to just five books!? Let’s see if I can do this and be content with the results. 

There are a lot of great books coming out in 2018–many sequels, many new series, and many stand-alone books. Here are just a few that I am looking forward to! (They aren’t in any particular order.) 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Obsidio is the third and final (I believe...) installment of The Illuminae Files series. This series is unlike anything I've ever read before! Jam-packed with Sci-Fi-ish craziness, snarky characters, and such an engaging format, I haven't met one person who hasn't enjoyed at least the experience of these books. 

Now, there are few draw-backs to this series--I disliked how much cursing (even though they were blocked out in the text) there was, and sometimes overall crudeness. For someone who appreciates a little more class, this didn't hit the mark for me. But I LOVED the concepts and overall imagination behind this ongoing plot!

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones

Now, I absolutely loved Wintersong. It's a retelling of The Goblin Market poem with a combination of Labyrinth. An obvious romance, the tale follows Liesl, a nearly adult woman, who has some encounters throughout her life with the Goblin King. When her sister is taken away to the world of goblins, Liesl must follow her and rescue her. Naturally, this mysterious tale turns into a romance.

Shadowsong continues six months after Liesl was able to return back home. Yet, the realm of the goblins is ever nearer. If you are a fan of paranormal romances, this may be a read for you.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This may be preemptive on my end, because I have yet to read Uprooted by this author...but I REALLY think I will love it. Some of my close friends with similar reading tastes have read it and can't stop talking about it, so I think it's safe to assume I'll be the same.

Anyways, although this isn't a part of any series, I trust it will be something magical and fantastic.

A Rumpelstiltskin retelling, it follows the main character Miryem, the daughter of a moneylender, who finds out that she can change silver into gold.

The Oracle QUeen and the third installment to the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

I'm grouping these two books into one because one is a short novella. The third book in the Three Dark Crowns series has yet to be titled and given a cover. So...there isn't much I can say on it, other than I want it now!

The Oracle Queen is a short novella telling about the tale of the mad Oracle Queen, and basically why they decided to drown any of them that were born to keep one from regaining the throne. I'm guessing there are some major conspiracies going on here.

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Now guys. I'm nervous, yet so excited about this one. Can I just yell here a moment that this is a JANE EYRE RETELLING!?

I KNOW!

I'm impressed someone would take on such a retelling...in outer space...

Golly, I hope this will be good.

There they are! What are you most looking forward to coming out in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for next week's Top 5 Wednesday post!

Mini Book Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

Mini Book Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

Release Day December 26, 2017 They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen. This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected […]

Top 5 Books Of 2017

Top 5 Books Of 2017

I was going to hold off on sharing my top reads and do a full post on them at the end of the year. However, the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads chose this topic to feature! …(grumbling)…messed up my posting plans…ANYWAYS, I guess it won’t […]

eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

Shea MacNamara's life just got complicated. When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he's never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes his life.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Descent

Series: Son of a Mermaid #1
Author: Katie O'Sullivan
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing
Page Count: 338
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Cover Artist: Cape Cod Scribe, K.R. Conway
My Rating: ★★½

Descent (Son of a Mermaid Book 1)Descent by Katie O’Sullivan
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

 

It was like things suddenly snapped into place.
He had a mom.
He had mermaid blood.
He had a tail.
Nothing felt impossible. Not even saving the ocean.

Something about this book didn’t click for me. I’m not sure if it was the writing style, the characters, the premise, the insignificant climax, or a little bit of each. While this is undoubtedly a quick and easy read, I felt that I breezed through it without a whole lot sticking with me. 

We meet Shea, a fifteen-year-old growing up in Oklahoma. When a tornado hits, he discovers that his father died in the storm. Forced to pick up his life and move to Cape Cod where is only remaining family lives. He instantly feels out of place, clearly seeing that his life on the farm is long ways away from the ocean.

One day, while walking on the beach, he meets a mysterious girl, who slips away before he can find out more about her. Through a series of events, he discovers what, and who he truly is. His new-found identity does not come without consequence. Shea quickly learns that he’s stepping into a political battlefield that has existed long before he has. 

I’ll start off with the things that I liked:

#1 In tales likes these, there’s always a sense of whimsy. Being fantasy, I’d say it’s a must! While I felt rather unimpressed by the rest of what was going on, I did get that necessary sense that the fantastical was happening to Shea.

#2 I liked that the protagonist was a boy who turned out to be a merman! I think every merfolk-related book I’ve read had a female protagonist, which minor references to mermen. It was good to see the male gender being represented in this genre and reminds readers that merfolk aren’t just for females. 😉

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Things I didn’t like:

#1 I thought the writing style itself, and the voices given to the young adult characters were a bit juvenile. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but it seemed this book would fit more appropriately in the middle-grade genre. Many times their deliberations and interactions with one another (including the adult characters) were childlike.  

#2 I’m not sure what it is about these mermaid books, but apparently insta-love is a must. I think the targeted audience needs to see examples of infatuation vs. actual love because these lines are being blurred something fierce. Beyond physical attraction (the culprit for the majority of insta-lovers) there’s nothing to ground Shea and Kae’s relationship. If these two characters are going to dive into the sea of love, (HA! quite literally) I need more explanation as to why than, “We both have green eyes and…oh yeah! We are merfolk.”

#3 The climax was completely and utterly underwhelming. I’m not even sure what happened there. There was hardly a plot to be foiled. Anyone could see that the antagonist was aiming for the crown. I simply wanted more to the entire scheme.

#4 To say a little more about the characters, I felt that some were wildly unused! For example, there is a dark sorcerer, Zen, who does next to nothing but Demyan’s bidding. I feel like his reasoning could hang over his head for a little while, but not for years and years. A person with that much power doesn’t normally sit behind someone less powerful than himself. I think he would have made a better and more sensible antagonist than anyone.

I’m not sure if I will continue on with this series or not. I’d like to see the growth and development of the writing style. However, I’m afraid it will remain the same. I guess we will see.

Vulgarity: I don’t recall any.
Sexual content: Kissing only.
Violence: There actually were some rather grotesque scenes in here. There wasn’t over-explanation, but more than I expected.

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Beat The Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge

Beat The Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge

  How many of you have books that you bought years ago that have just been taking up space? Okay, okay. More than a few. The problem with these back-listed books, is that they keep sitting there! With too many ARCs to stay on top of, […]

eARC Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

eARC Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Released today, December 5, 2017! Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life […]

December ARCs

December ARCs

Luckily, my list for ARCs this month is quite short, (as you can see) so I will be catching up on overdue ARCs.

The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

And…that’s it! I read The Bird and the Nightingale, book one in the Winternight Trilogy earlier this year. While I was on the fence with it, I’m still looking forward to diving in with Arden’s beautiful writing again. You can see my review on Goodreads here

Are there any books being published in December that you are anticipating? Let me know in the comments below!


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