Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down

Hello, again lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

I believe I said in the past that I would be reviewing Turtles All The Way Down. I read it quite some time ago, back in 2018 if I remember correctly, but I didn’t remember doing a review on it. It was one of my favorite reads of the year, so I thought now would be a great time to go back and do that. So I know this is a long time coming but here we go!

This is my first John Green novel. I have heard so many mixed things about his works. Some people absolutely love them and others don’t. I have two of his other novels, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars. I haven’t read either of them. I think it’s probably crazy that I haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars, but I’m hoping to remedy that soon. Anyway…on to the review!

John Green has an amazing writing style. I’m not sure really how to describe it but it seems to me, at least with this book, that you would know if you were reading one of his novels. I follow John Green youtube channel and it seems that he just has a wonderful way with words in general. The writing was stunning the story was stunning, and it was just a very needed book in my opinion. Aza deals with such feelings and thoughts running through her mind that I just can’t fathom experiencing that on a daily basis. She’s one of those characters that you can’t forget. I don’t want to give away much of the story because I feel this is one of those stories you kind of want to go into without any expectations. I will say be warned that there are some major mental health themes in this story, so if you do decide to read it, you may want to do some research if you are sensitive to that type of thing in any way. I believe this is an “Own Voices” novel as well, meaning that some of these issues Mr. Green may deal with himself. I am not completely positive on that but I have heard that from other people who I know have read and enjoyed the novel.

I gave Turtles All The Way Down 5 out of 5 stars. It’s beautifully written and it’s a stunning novel overall. I highly recommend it!

That’s all I have for you guys. Have a wonderful week!

~mk

 

Series Review: The Cruel Prince & The Wicked King

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are having a fantastic day!

I promised I would review The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, so in honor of Holly Black’s upcoming release of Queen of Nothing, I thought I’d do a mashup review of the first two books!

   

Also, this will be a spoiler-free review!

I should probably state off the bat that despite owning several of Holly Black’s novels, I had never read any of them. I know that’s crazy! I think so too. Sometimes I think I drive my husband crazy with the number of unread books I have…and then I go buy more.

First of all, If you haven’t read the series, it’s about a girl named Jude and her sisters who are stolen away as children to live in the land of faerie after seeing their parents murdered. Without giving away too much, Jude does not like Faerie. As with many faerie stories, the faeries are tricksters and they love games. Jude is trying to fit in as a mortal, knowing that she lives in a very dangerous place. It’s especially difficult for her because of her mistrust and dislike for the faerie prince. Cardan is cruel and seems to have a special dislike for Jude. When the game of faerie politics changes, Jude gets wrapped up in the game, with Cardan, in ways she might never have imagined playing.

I gave The Cruel Prince 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the story, the writing style, the characters and the world that Holly Black created. Jude was refreshing, she didn’t have powers, she was so utterly human and taking on the world and its politics and training herself to do the things she does but in such a human way was amazing to read.

The Wicked King I gave 4 out of 5 stars only because I wanted just a little bit more from the story than I got. Cardan and Jude grow so much as characters in this story it was amazing to read.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing to be released!! If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend it. In the meantime, I’m going to look into some of Holly Black’s other novels!

Enjoy lovelies!

~mk

The Anne of Green Gables Book Tag (Original)

Hey Carrots: Name a book you couldn’t wait to meet.

As someone who started reading Harry Potter a little later than most people in her generation, I would have to say Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I started reading these in High School/College, not in Elementary School like most of my friends. I could not wait to get started, especially since I had seen the first movie before I had ever gotten a chance to get my hands on the book.

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Kindred spirits: Name a book that you love and that touched your soul.

Is it cheating to use the title book when you are the creator of a tag? Whatever, I’m doing it anyway, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. It’s one of my favorites, I love the older television miniseries with Megan Follows (I haven’t gotten around to checking out the Netflix series) but it’s one of my favorite classics…If you haven’t read it and you enjoy sweet coming of age stories, please, PLEASE go read it!

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I guess it’s a dramatic way to go for a mouse. Name a book that ended so dramatically that you didn’t expect it.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth…not saying any more than that. Just…still not happy.

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Puff Sleeves and 25 lbs of brown sugar. Name a book that took you several tries to read but you fell in love once you did.

Hunted by Megan Spooner…I cannot tell you how many times I started this book and stopped it. I think it was because I was in the mood for a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling but it was still too soon for me in reading it after the A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. Once I finally got into it I really enjoyed it, and it was far different from ACOTAR and much more like Beauty and the Beast.

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The Lake of Shining waters. Name a character, who like Anne, has a flair for the dramatic and for the “Romantic”.

Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I wouldn’t say she is like Anne at all, but I think Aelin would appreciate Anne’s play-acting and intelligence.

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Gilbert Blythe. Name a male character who always pushes his counterpart forward in an effort to help them grow and come into their own.

I think I can come up with several of these: Rowan from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth, Rysand from ACOTAR…I’m sure there are many others I haven’t thought of.

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I hope you like this tag. I tag PeaceLoveRach88Priyasha, Grace @bookgrace11, and Noriko if you are interested in doing this tag. I would love to see it!! 

~mk

Middle of the Month TBR Changes

Do you ever have one of those moments where you start to read something or listen to an audiobook and suddenly if grabs you in ways it didn’t in the past?

Welcome to my middle of the month TBR changes!

Okay, so that might be a bit extreme. I don’t know that I am going to finish the TBR I had to begin with. I started another class so reading may end up on the back burner for the next few weeks since I’ll be doing a LOT of homework related reading.

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Some books might carry over to next month anyway. That said, here’s what decided to grab my mood instead of the picks I already had:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

As you may or may not know, Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors. I loved the Shiver trilogy when I read it years ago. I’m not sure how I would feel about it now but I also loved reading The Scorpio Races as well as her to Faerie books (sorry the name of them escapes me at the moment…Lament is the title of one of them, I believe.) That said, I never got around to reading the Raven Cycle when it first came out.

It took me a long time before I ever picked the first one up. When I did, I read the first one, which was a while ago, I enjoyed it but I think I wasn’t in the mood for that type of story.

A few months ago I decided I’d listen to it on audible and several months after that I find myself picking up series again suddenly desperate for more of the story. I listed out books 2-3 since those are the ones I read this month and haven’t been able to put down.

Also, in addition to reading the Raven Cycle, I’ve been reading some of the books I planned to read with the addition of these books. As I said, some are ones that I planned to read but also some are not.

Since October is almost over, and I just started my class, I will probably have to move some of the planned books further down the TBR pile. You will probably not see another TBR pile from me until after January, but hopefully, I will be able to share my thoughts on some of the books I’ve promised to review and some that I have been hoping to review as well. 

Let me know what your reading and if you’ve had changes to your TBR pile that came out of nowhere!

~mk

October TBR 2019

Hello lovelies, I hope you are having a fantastic week. I have been beyond busy lately reading books both planned and unplanned. That said, I am so excited for my reads this month. Some of them have been a long time coming and some of them are books that recently came out. I’m not sure that I will get through all of these since I will be taking a class starting this month but I really hope to get through them.

  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. (Graphic Novel) I’m sure I will get through this one pretty quickly. It looks short and sweet and is perfect for this time of year.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I have had so many people tell me they loved Margaret Rogerson’s writing and I have been looking forward to this one for a while. Fall seems like the perfect time of year to check it out!
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I attempted this one a while ago but I didn’t get very far since I was at a very busy time of my life. I was very interested to continue at the time but I couldn’t. I can’t wait to give it another go.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. As I said it’s been a long time coming…I have never finished the Harry Potter series and part of that is because I don’t want it to end, even though I’ve seen all the films, I’ve always taken my time with the books ever since I got my hands on them. So I figured…it’s time.
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot wait to start this one. I have been slowly making my way through the Throne of Glass series. I can’t wait to continue Aelin’s story!

Maybe Reads — So I have a few other books that I want to read or listen to. I’m not sure I will get to them all but I thought I’d share them here as well:

  • The Falconer by Elizabeth May.
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I may get to this one next month but I’m not sure. I definitely want to take my time with this one.

What are you guys reading this month? Do you have any books you cannot wait to get to? Do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know!

~mk

2019 Fall Reading Recommendations

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are doing well! I have a question for you today, well a couple of questions actually.

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How many of you fall on the Pumpkin Spice Everything bandwagon and how many of you fall on the apple cider bandwagon? How many are on both sides?

I often find myself specifically on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon but when I think about it fall is more than just the drinks. I find that I am on the “cozy blanket, warm drink, and good book or ‘hygge’ bandwagon”. So with that said…what types of books do you enjoy reading in the fall? What helps to bring the hygge vibe? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m going to list ten books/series that I think help to bring this fun season out in all it’s glory!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Now, of course, I think Harry Potter is great and can be read in any season, but there is something about reading Harry Potter during the back to school season. The magic, the mayhem, the fun, the friendships…everything about the series helps bring out the fall season. As someone who read most of the Harry Potter books as a teen or Adult (despite the fact that they came out when I was a kid, like most millennials) I find that I enjoy them now more than I think I would have back then. I doubt I would have had the proper appreciation for J.K. Rowling’s talent as much as I do now. So grab yourself a copy of Harry Potter, curl up with a blanket and some butterbeer, and get reading!
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This book is one of the rare and I mean RARE books that I have been able to inhale in a single sitting. I could not put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way with words and storytelling that I find to be unparalleled. This is also a book that I feel you jump into without knowing much. It’s about a man who returns to his childhood home and looks back on his memories of a young girl he was friends with as a child. Don’t let the description fool you, this book has elements of fantasy that I cannot put into words. It’s worth the read!
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. If I had read any of the other books in the Shadowhunter series (which I am hoping to get started on soon) I would probably recommend them for fall, but since I have only read the Mortal Instruments, I recommend spending your Autumn season with Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, Jace, Simon, and Alec. When I first read the series, I loved it. As I grow older and change in my reading taste I love it a little less but, I just recently finished the final book in this series. I am so glad I did. I laughed, I cried. I missed the fun and banter of these characters. If you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments, I definitely think it’s worth checking out.
  4. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This is a Contemporary or Women’s Fiction genre. It’s the story of a young girl named Novalee Nation who is pregnant and ends up abandoned in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. This story brings a number of interesting characters alongside Novalee who help raise her and her child. It’s an amazing story about love, family, the importance of friendship and growing up even during the tough times. I love this story so much, I’m due for a reread of it myself, and I definitely recommend it!
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is another Adult Fiction novel. It has elements of Magical Realism to it and honestly, it’s amazing. There was a film that came out a few years ago, and it just doesn’t do the novel justice. The story of Henry and Clare as the try to manage their life together, including Henry’s Time Travel ability…there are amazing laughs, tears, mysterious moments, and hardship. It’s a beautiful story, one I would recommend for almost any season but definitely a good one to curl up with on a rainy fall afternoon. (Make sure you have tissues for the sad parts!)
  6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a stand-alone YA Contemporary fiction novel. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. It’s about a water horse race that takes place in November. Puck and Sean are two of the riders in this race. Sometimes people die in this race. With Puck being the first girl to ever enter such a dangerous race, it’s an amazing story and definitely, a different type of YA read!
  7. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. Have you ever seen the Television series called Haven? Although I would say this short book is totally different from it, it’s the basis for that TV series. The Colorado Kid poses an unsolved mystery to the reader. It is the first (and currently only) book I have read by Stephen King. It’s definitely a confusing short mystery but if you like unsolved mysteries, I’d definitely check it out!
  8. The Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I did. Eon is the story of a young girl masquerading as a boy so that she can train to become a Dragoneye. It’s a great YA fantasy duology. It’s fast-paced, fun, and imaginative. Definitely worth checking out!
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is trapped on Mars. Watney is funny, inventive, intelligent, and totally trapped. With the help of NASA Watney will have to be more creative than he has ever been in order to find a way home. Definitely one of the funniest and smartest novels I’ve ever read.
  10. The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. As a child, Jude was taken from the human realm to live in the world of faerie. Cardan seems to hate her as much as she hates him. Now Jude enters the politics of faerie and begins to play a dangerous game. With the final book about to be released, if you haven’t started this trilogy I would definitely jump on board. Fae stories are some of my all-time favorites, and I definitely suggest this series. Holly Black is amazing and I cannot begin to explain the dynamic between Jude and Cardan. Definitely, a great place to start!

So I hope that you enjoyed this post and that these recommendations are ones you will be interested in and check out. Let me know if you have some favorite fall reads or any recommendations for me!

~mk

September 2019 TBR

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Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. I am so excited to share with you the books I plan to read in September. So far I have been doing pretty well with catching up on the reads that I have been trying to get to for… way too long. Some of the books, I started ages ago, put down, and then restarted so I had to guestimate the actual real start date of the books I read on Goodreads. Do any of you do this? It’s a terrible habit I have.  Anyway, that said, I have been able to get through several books and because of this, I was able to add new books to my TBR for this month! So, let’s dive in!

So here are the books I’ve added to my September TBR:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • After You by Jojo Moyes

Now if you are anything like me, you have a pile of books that you are reading. If you are a slower reader, like me, some of them you finish in a couple of days because you are really into that book and some you finish over months because you hit a spot in the book that is a slow spot…or maybe you misplace the book. (*cough* all. the. time. *cough*) Anyway, these books are the top ones I’m reading BUT…I am also reading the books mentioned in my last post. So if you take a look back at that one it’s not as bad as it could be. Sometimes I start so many books at once I have to completely stop half of them just to read one.

So what are you reading in September? Are you a mood reader like me and plan to read things that help to bring on the Autumn vibes? Let me know!

~mk