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

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

August 2019 Reads

Hello, everyone! I hope your week is fantastic. So today I thought I’d give you a brief glimpse of what my current reads are. I know, I know, August is over, but these were started in August so I had to list them as being August reads. :p

Some of them are getting more attention than others but I am definitely enjoying each of them, but, I wanted to share the books I’m currently enjoying at the moment!

  1. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I discovered the Outlander series through “Booktube” shortly before the series came out on Stars. I heard lots of people had read it and loved it. Honestly, I was very intimidated to read it because the series looked so incredibly daunting. These are not short books, guys, these are 800 some odd page books!!! BUT… I jumped into Claire and Jamie’s world and I haven’t been able to look back. Voyager is the third book in the series and I am greatly enjoying it. I won’t give away anything because I don’t want to spoil the novels or the show for anyone. I have maybe 10 chapters left in the book. So I definitely recommend the series, but I will warn you that this is not a YA series. There are some strong adult themes throughout the novels. Be aware of that before you jump in.
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I know…I can’t believe I haven’t finished the series along with everyone else….but, like with many book series that I love so dearly, I sit on them and don’t finish them as quickly as I should because…I don’t want them to end. Sarah J. Maas is my current top favorite author. I have loved every one of her books and I cannot wait to read Cresent City when it comes out. That said, I love Aelin’s character. I know some people love this series and other’s don’t. Many of the people who don’t think the characters are bland or are all the same. Maybe Aelin fits a trope but she’s the type of character who, at least for me, grabs and doesn’t let go. I really enjoy her snark, her growth, her ups, and downs. If you like fantasy novels and you enjoy YA, I would say at least give this series a try. So far I am loving this book and I have maybe a third left to go before it’s done.
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I waited until Finale came out before I picked this up. I reread Caraval not too long ago and I am so happy to be back in this world. I’m not super far into this one. Maybe a third of the way through but I am hoping to finish it soon. Since Legendary is the second book in the series, I love how we get the switch between Scarlett and Tella’s perspective. If you haven’t read this one, I don’t want to really give you much other than think of a circus type mystery. It’s amazing.
  4. The Handmade’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. So first off, I have not seen the TV series. I have, of course, seen the trailers but outside what the trailers show and the little bit that I have read in the summary of the novel, I only know that this is a dystopian novel. I’m not going to summarize what the novel is about here because honestly, I have only just started it. I am maybe a chapter or two into it. From what I gather, it is a future dystopia that backtracks to a fictional culture with fewer freedoms.  I don’t really have an opinion of this book yet. I’m hoping to like it but I have heard mixed reviews.
  5. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. Put Scotland, Arthurian legend and Outlander together and that’s what people have said you get when you read this book. The story is based on the historical Scottish queen and her brother who give us the mythological figure of Merlin. Going into this book, that was all I needed to know. Languoreth and Lailoken are brother and sister, children of a Scottish lord. Their story brings is one of magic and myth. Although I’m not very far into the story (less than a third of the way) I cannot wait to see where this takes me.

 

So these are some of my main reads for the moment. I’m also reading a couple other books that I’ll list here. I plan to do full reviews of them once I complete the books series.

So what are you reading? Have you read any of these books and did you enjoy them? What did you like or dislike? Hopefully, September will bring me new reads and all of these will be finished! If not, well…I guess I’d better get back to it! :p

Let me know!

~mk

Life Update and Zombieland

Hey there everyone, I hope you are doing well. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. 2018 ended up being pretty brutal and 2019 has been insanely busy. Shortly after my last post, I had a series of events in my personal life that required everything to go on hold. Things just kept happening back to back and it felt almost impossible to get ahead. It was an insane time in my life and to be honest, I’m still recovering, but despite the busy and insane things that life can throw at us, I am incredibly thankful to God for everything.

Because of all this busyness, for the past year or so, one of the things that have really been a huge help to me as far as my reading life is concerned would be using my Audible and Libby accounts. I made it through and completed my 2018 reading challenge…If you remember I only challenged myself to read 15 books. Maybe I knew the craziness was coming? Who knows, but anyway, I just barely made it through the challenge. I don’t know that I would have been able to do it without

I’ve always loved Audible, I’ve had it for ages and for the record this is NOT sponsored in any way. But having the ability to listen to my audiobooks while I’m working or in the car or doing other tasks has been a huge stress reliever. I also have found books that I know I would never read on my own, that having someone read them to me, actually helps me to pick up the book.

For example:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

I love all things Alice in Wonderland, but this series was not one that I had planned on reading. That said, I bought the audiobook pretty skeptical. A lot of people on Goodreads seem to love it and a lot seem to hate it. But, I decided to check it out anyway. If I didn’t enjoy it, I could always trade it back in for a different book. Despite being fairly cheesy and not related to Alice in Wonderland much at all, I really enjoyed it. I still doubt I’d be able to pick up the physical book and read it the whole way through, the audiobook was good and fun. The narrator brought the characters to life for me so much so that this is one of my current audiobook series that I’m working through.

Audible has also been great for homework help. Have you ever had to read a novel for a course your taking and you just know you’re going to have trouble reading it because it’s required? Even if it’s on your TBR list? That’s me almost every time. So I’ve read along with the audiobook. It’s been a huge help. Especially when the language is a bit convoluted.

Another resource I mentioned is Libby. You download the app, connect it to your library card, and if it’s in your area you have access to books that you can download to your e-reader or audiobooks you can play in the app. This was great if there was a book I wasn’t willing to waste an audible credit on that I wasn’t sure I would ever listen to again.  It’s also great for books that I physically own, or have previously read, but I need to reread for whatever the reason. It’s also great just because I don’t want to spend the money!

Anywho, just wanted to check in and hopefully, I’ll be back to at least a once a month post.

~mk

My Favorite Books of 2017

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great New Year’s holiday! Mine was good, but I have a bit of a cold that I’ve been trying to get over, and since my next class starts in a couple of days I’m anxious to get over it and jump into the class.

Have you decided what your first book of the New Year will be? If you follow me on Twitter I’m sure you have already seen what my first book of the new year is . . . and it kind of took me by surprise. I chose Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I haven’t read any of John Green’s books (I know, it’s crazy) but I have seen and heard so much about this novel I just had to jump into it ASAP.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw that out there. So today we are going to talk about my favorite books for 2017. I wasn’t originally planning on doing this post but since I’m not sure when I will be posting again (probably in February) I figured why not share my favorites of last year? So let’s take a look:

So I have five top favorites of the year with four honorable mentions. These are not in a particular order except maybe the last two…

5) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads but it was still one of my favorite books of the year. The reason I didn’t give it a full 5 out of 5 stars was that it took me SO long to get into. That said, once I was into it, I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait to get started on the second book. I am a mood reader so I can’t just make a TBR like most people because I tend to not want to stick to it if that makes sense. But I am very excited to pick up the next book in the trilogy. If you are not familiar with this story it is about a man who has the ability to travel between alternate versions of London and the adventure that takes place during his travels. I don’t want to give too much away because I feel like knowing less makes this one more fun to jump into.

4) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had heard about it ages before it came out and was thrilled to buy it when it did come out. I was not disappointed at all. I loved this book and gave it a full 5 out of 5 stars. I heard mixed reviews AFTER I read it. A lot of people compared it to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which I started but never finished (I had misplaced my copy and by the time I found it I wasn’t in the mood to pick it back up…again mood reader.) I don’t think that’s a good comparison, to be honest. The two stories feel very different in my opinion and although the “Caraval” sort of seems like a carnival, it’s definitely different than a carnival. This one is hard to explain its about two sisters who go want to go to this Caraval event and one get’s taken and the other has to find her to win. I know that’s not the best description so definitely check out the Goodreads link if you want to know more. Again, I feel like this is one you might not want to know too much going into it, but I loved it!

3) Reborn: Book One by Mark Millar and Illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion

This is one I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. Reborn is a graphic novel bind up of the first six issues of this comic book series. It’s about where we go when we die and the life that comes after this one. I really enjoyed this book and when I was done I was looking for the next one, which as far as I know is not out yet. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars and really enjoyed it. The art is amazing and so is the story! I definitely recommend you check this out if you are into comics!

2) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book . . . where to begin. 5 out of 5 stars and I loved it! I read the entire trilogy this past year but of the three books in the trilogy, this is my favorite! The world, the characters, the things you learn that you had no idea about in the first book. I just loved it! If you have no idea what this book is about you would need to read A Court of Thorns and Roses which is the first book in the series. It’s a kind of beauty and the beast retelling, but it’s so much more than that. Do not let the first book keep you from continuing the series either. Some of the things that happen in the first book made me a bit iffy to continue but Mist and Fury had so much hype I had to continue with the series just to see what happens next. The first book is very much a jumping off point. This second one is so much better in my opinion. I definitely recommend checking out the series if you haven’t read it. I will say this one is not for younger ages since it does get a bit steamy so keep that in mind when making your decision. The overall story is amazing!

1) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book had me speechless. 5 out of 5 stars! Best book of the year! I picked this one up after watching JesseTheReader on booktube (channel linked here) talk about it. It was one of my first books (if not the first) of the year.  I finished this one while I was out one day and was trying so hard not to cry in public. I wanted to reread it as soon as it was over! The story is about a boy whose mother is very sick and one day he has a monster visit him. I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything but this was an amazing book. I think this is one everyone should read! I loved it.  There is a movie out now. I haven’t seen it yet but I have heard good things about it. If you have not read this book, be aware it’s emotional, moving, amazing and just makes you feel everything. I highly recommend this one so please check it out!

 

Honorable Mentions:

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what your favorite books of last year were and If you have any recommendations for me. Let me know also if you are going to check any of these out or if you have read any! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on these books!

Happy Reading!
~mk

Life Update and Book Review:

Hey everyone, I hope your week is going well. So I just thought I would share a little life update with you since it has been a while since I have posted. (Much longer than I had intended, sorry about that.)

So, I started going back to school in October. It will be my first class in a very long time, and it will the first towards my Bachelor’s degree in English. Because of this, I did not post quite as regularly as I had originally planned. I will try to have some posts planned in advance after I complete this class. That way you should at least start seeing one post a month from me during next semester. I will let you know (probably via Twitter) if I can’t keep to the schedule or if I will be late posting a book review. If you have suggestions for books you think I might be interested in or tags you would like to see me do, let me know and I will try my best to do them.

And now, let’s jump into the book, or should I say graphic novel that I read recently!

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The graphic novel is Titled ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times and it is by Andrew MacLean. I came across this novel when I went to one of my local and favorite comic book stores. It is about a young woman named Aria and her cat Jelly Beans who are on a mission on a planet they have lived on for quite some time. The story is about their fight to survive. It’s a very different story and I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the art of the comic since it’s different than your average comic/graphic novel.  I rated it with 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I really don’t have a whole lot to say about it other than it’s not really long, I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed it. I would say it’s probably not best for a young audience as I remember it being a bit graphic with the violence.  Other than that, I would say definitely give this one a look if you are interested in reading more graphic novels. I have always enjoyed comics and this was definitely one I would pick up again.

Do you have any comics you to suggest to me? Let me know in the comments and thanks again for your patience in waiting for me to post this. I will try to have my posts on a once a month schedule. Not sure of the specific day, but I will share that via Twitter when I do post.

Until next time, happy reading!

~mk