T5W – January 24, 2018

Books I Disliked but Love to Discuss

Hello, hello! This is my first day back at school for a new semester. On a Wednesday of all thing! But, while my days of sleeping until noon and not worrying about homework are done doe the time being, everything on the blog will keep the same schedule. So, I guess let’s talk about this week’s topic!

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**These are in no particular order**

By the way, if these are any of your favorite books, I am sorry. Let’s all be adults about our opinions here.

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The Queen’s Rising – ARC Review

★★☆

(2.25/5)


 

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When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Hello, hello everyone! I’m here with yet another look at my TBR. I really wish I did this more often but my Goodreads TBR is actually quite small. I rarely ever put books under the ‘To Be Read” category. Mostly I just let it be until one day I pick up a book and put it as “Currently Reading”. This means that most of the books I want to read aren’t written down on some list. Unless it’s a book that I find very cool and that I’ll probably forget if I don’t mark it.  Still, the few books that are on my TBR still need to get decluttered as most were added when I first started Goodreads and had a crazy need to add every book I ever saw to my TBR.

So, let’s get to it!

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by  Lia @Lost in a Story. This meme is meant to unclutter your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should go.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

All the other times I’ve done this I’ve chosen seven books so for the sake of consistency, here are my seven!

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One Lovely Blog Award 2.0

Hello, hello! I come to you guys with another blog award! I was without access to a computer for a few days so I kinda disappeared for a moment, but here I am again!

A million years ago (October of 2017 ) I was nominated by Satou Johns @Inkish Kingdoms and have been sitting on it for a while, as you can see. But, now that  I’ve finally decided to get my life together I am finally going to do it! The reason it took me so long is that I’ve done several wards involving personal facts and I felt like I had no other facts to tell. My life is not that interesting. So, now that I’ve thought of things I can say, I figure, why not do this.

So, thank you so much, Satou for nominating me! And now without further ado, let us get to it!

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Three Dark Crowns – A Book that was Better than I Expected

★★★☆

(3.5/5)


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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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Everything, Everything – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Hello, hello! I hope y’all are having a great day as I bring you all the very first movie review up on my blog. Despite having watched many book to movie adaptations in the past year, this is the first movie review I do on this blog, so bear with me.

A thing that you all should know about me is that I love movies. I was even a film major for almost two semesters.

While reading I base my final rating of a book on my sheer enjoyment of the book. If I liked the book, I may give it a high rating, even if I also point out all of its flaws (for example, Twilight).

With movies, I tend to be much more critical and am constantly finding plot holes and inconsistencies and just plainly pointing out all the stupid, nonsensical things that films try to get us to overlook. Basically, if you love a movie, maybe don’t watch it with me, because I have a tendency to completely tear movies apart.

That said, let’s get on with this review.

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Ready Player One – The Nerdiest Book I Didn’t Know I Needed

★★★★

(4.75/5)


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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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Bookish Resolutions – My 2018 TBR

Hello, hello! We’re already a couple days into the year but this seems a good a time as any to make some bookish resolutions, so why not?

Every year there is a list of books that I lie to myself about reading. I even made a post last year titled, 5 Book I Want To Read Before the Year (2017) Ends.  I only read one of those books. The oldest one of all.

For eleven years, Princess Academy had been on my TBR. Thankfully, I finally got to read it in 2017, only a little over a decade after I’d bought it. Having finished and reviewed the oldest book on my perpetually growing TBR has given me a new found hope. I now feel like I can read anything and everything.  More so, I feel like I can finally read all those books I have been lying to myself about since basically forever.

Now, I am proposing a little 2018 TBR to help me get rid of some of the books that have been collecting both figurative and literal dust on my TBR and on my shelf since I actually do own copies of each of them. So, here we go!

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A Conspiracy of Stars – My Favorite Book of 2018 (So Far)

★★★★☆


“Is this how humans got ourselves into this mess? By believing that we have as much right to this planet as the Faloii? Do we think we own the galaxy?”

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Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

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