Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hey guys, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful week. I am trying to catch up on my reading but it’s definitely been hard!

So for me, this includes reading as many books as I can. I’m in the middle of several books but I just finished first in a trilogy that I have owned for a few years. Of course, I’m talking about Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And by the time I am editing this post, it’s been several months since I finished the book. So much has been going on in my personal life recently that sadly reading has truly fallen on the back burner. But despite this, I still want to share what I read when I can. So let’s just go into it!

I didn’t know anything about this series other than what it said on the back of the book. which wasn’t even a full summary, it was the recommendations of other authors. So when I pulled it off the shelf, I didn’t know what to expect and honestly, I think you should go into it that way if you haven’t read it. The characters are unique and different from others that I’ve read. The situation the main character starts in is so mysterious, I hardly knew what to expect. Since this book has been out for a long time, I was honestly surprised I hadn’t seen or read any spoilers about it. So much of it was different than anything I’d ever read before and yet once you finish the book it felt like a familiar friend. I was truly blown away.

Suffice it to say that this book has me speechless. It’s funny, unique, fantastical, and just leaves you craving more. 5 out of 5 stars.

There’s something refreshing about the locations in the story, the writing style, the characters, and just the overall story in this novel. Everything is different from any other novel I’ve ever read. (Maybe that means I haven’t read enough in my life, I don’t know…I would agree with that.) And yet…there are similarities. It’s YA, there, of course, are similarities to other stories. There are tropes and thematic elements that we have seen before in other novels or on television. Still, it’s done in a way I haven’t seen before.

When I finish the trilogy because I’m sure I will be working through it soon, I hope to prepare an overall review of the series, with spoilers, for those who might want them just to share my thoughts with the books and the characters.

Again, I really enjoyed this novel and I hope to finish the next two in the trilogy very soon so I can share my thoughts in a spoiler review at that time.

Until then, happy reading!

~mk

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

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

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

Trilogy Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hey Everyone, I hope your weekend is staring of wonderfully. Mine is great, since I get to start it off with coffee and blogging. This morning I get to share with you my thoughts and opinions on, as I’m sure you gathered from the title: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. So let’s jump in!

This will be a trilogy review. So I will be going over each book. I will try to keep it simple and without spoilers for the first book, but if you have not read past the first book, don’t scroll down and read my thoughts and opinions on the second and third. Those will contain some spoilers while my thoughts on book one will remain spoiler free.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

This first book starts off kind of like a Beauty and the Beast retelling. That does not translate into the second and third book, but it really works for the first one. I really enjoy this book. I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy it as much as I did.  I like the other series by Sarah J. Maas called Throne of Glass, but I’ve only read the first three books in that series. Throne of Glass did not really start to grab me as intensely as ACOTAR did until book three.

In this book we are introduced to Feyre who is trying to provide for her family and care for them, despite being under appreciated by them. You can tell by her thoughts that despite the frustrated and angry feelings she feels towards them she cares for them very deeply and will go to immense lengths to care for them.

When Feyre kills a faery to help provide for her family, another faery, specifically a High Fae, shows up in a wolf-like form wanting revenge. He instead of killing her, he is somewhat merciful and tells her she must come with him to the faery lands to live out the rest of her days. Feyre agrees and goes with him. We learn his name is Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court, and he along, with his people, are cursed by something that he cannot/will not explain. The Beauty and the Beast type story begins to unfold with the two characters and romance ensues.

About a third of the way through the story, there is a change. That change beings the truly amazing journey forward towards the second and third books. When I got to this point in the story, reading it for the first time, I was frustrated. I loved the beginning and middle of the story, despite some slow points, but the last third of the book, had begun to raise questions, frustrate me with characters, and why the author would make them behave the way she did. My only advice for you when you get to this point, is to keep going or you’ll miss out! In the end I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

This is the second book in the trilogy…and it is so much better than the first book! I loved it, it’s my favorite and I love all the new characters!

🙂 (Remember possible spoilers ahead! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!) 🙂

After saving the day, Feyre is forever changed. She’s a High Fae now, but she’s not the same girl who killed the faery in the woods to save her family. That’s certainly still a part of her, but she’s grown now. She’s experienced torture, pain, and misery. She’s saved Tamlin and his people…but now, as her reward, she’s a caged bird. Tamlin says over and over that she’s “done enough” and doesn’t want her to do more. Feyre, now frustrated with doing nothing but things that are unimportant to her, is longing to help, to get away from the way her life is now. Despite this longing, she continues trying to be the person she was before. She tries to be the woman Tamlin fell in love with. Slowly she begins to have her life drained from the effort.

In the first book we are introduced to Rhysand, another High Fae and High Lord of the Night Court. He’s a sort of confusing character in the first book. He definitely comes off the way he ‘wants’ to as far as our opinions of him. His interaction with Feyre makes you wonder what he’s up to and what his end-game goals are.  ACOMAF introduces the real Rhysand, his court, and his world…which will change Feyre and what she believes to be true forever.

In the first book, Feyre had made a bargain with Rhysand. She must stay with him one week out of every month…no end to the bargain in sight. In book two, Rhysand calls in that bargain, and Feyre begins to experience another Court different than the Spring Court.

When I first read this portion of the story, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. I was already unhappy with Tamlin’s character, and his lack of strength at the end of book one. Feyre had given everything for him, and I felt that he was no longer worthy of giving everything up for. He had not said a word, had not fought..he’d just sort of sat there. By the second book, he seemed to be over protective (probably because he did nothing at the end of book one)…but again, was not doing anything to help Feyre. When she had her nightmares, he didn’t check on her, he just let her get sick. He let her lose weight, he let her fall apart.

By the time Feyre has her break down, I was ready for her to leave the Spring Court and be brought back to the Night Court, and see where things go from there.

In the Night Court, we meet an entire new cast of characters. The world grows, and so does the truth about what we already know. We meet the Court of Dreams: Morrigan – Mor for short, Rhysand’s third in command, who rescued Feyre from the Spring Court, Cassian – who is the commander of Rhysand’s military, Azriel – Rhysand’s spymaster/shadowsinger, and Amren – Rhysand’s second in command, who appears to be High Fae, but might be something else. Feyre becomes caught up in their world, their amazing and beautiful court, and her new found friendships. She slowly heals from her experiences in the Spring Court, and decides not to return. Rhysand offers her a place in his court and Feyre begins to train to use her newfound Fae abilities.

I loved the interaction between Feyre and all of the new characters. I found them amazing and endearing. I also loved the interaction between Rhysand and Feyre. Only after she is over Tamlin, does she really start to see Rhysand as someone she might have feelings for. When Feyre discovers the truth of their relationship, Rhysand hardly has a chance to truly explain. She hides, overwhelmed, and gives herself time to think about it. I’m not sure if this portion of the story truly took me by surprise, or if I had just felt every possible emotion right along with our characters. Once Rhysand does explain, everything that we know, or thought we knew changes for ever.

Without going into much detail about the rest of the story, remember that Feyre has just saved the world, but it is in a small way. The world of Prythian is still preparing for war, is still about to experience something that could destroy them, and the human world. More surprises come our way through Feyre and Rhysand, but even more surprising is the ending of this book. Hybern wants control of Prythian, and will do anything to take that control. Feyre, will sacrifice her new found freedom and love, to protect Rhysand and her new court. When things don’t go the way she hopes for, she has to improvise to save her family, specifically her sisters, and her friends.

I really enjoyed Feyre’s character growth in this story. She is so different from book one, and it feels like this book is almost two books by itself. I definitely feel that this is my favorite book of the three. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and it is one of my favorites of the year!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

ACOWAR ties up a lot of lose ends, but leaves plenty open to make way for more stories from Sarah J. Maas.

🙂   (Spoiler warning ahead! Don’t read unless you want to be spoiled.)   🙂

ACOWAR picks up right where ACOMAF left off. Feyre has gone with Tamlin back to the Spring Court, appearing as though she was under a spell from Rhysand.  The King of Hybern was able to break the bargain Feyre had made with Rhysand during her time Under the Mountain, but was not able to actually break their mating bond. Feyre, now High Lady of the Night Court, pretends to be the girl she was before her time Under the Mountain. She spends a lot of time painting, relaxing and ‘healing from her time in the Night Court’. In reality, she’s plotting and planning all in effort to take down Tamlin and the Spring Court along with his alliance with Hybern.

I was really excited for this book since ACOMAF left off with such a cliffhanger. Being able to marathon all three books made it incredibly enjoyable. I was really glad I hadn’t started this one back when the first book had come out. Having to wait the time for the other two to be released would have been painful! (To all those out there who did wait, kiddos!)  I was incredibly proud of Feyre as a character and loved her growth even more now that we had seen that she was officially the High Lady of the Night Court. Her spying abilities were amazing as were her abilities in weaving plans together to do what needed to be done.

I have always liked Lucien’s character. I really enjoyed him in ACOTAR despite feeling he could have done more for her in the first book. I really felt like he came into his own more in ACOWAR and I enjoyed his relationship with Feyre and their trip back to the Night Court after escaping the Spring Court.

Lucien and Feyre have quite a journey to get back to the Night Court. I was really glad that he was going with her, even if it was because he was mated to Elain. I still felt some of it was because she was his friend, even if that wasn’t his primary reason at the time. My favorite part during the trip was at the end, when Azriel and Cassian show up to rescue them. I literally felt tears come into my eyes because I was so happy they were going to be rescued. I felt relief — even though I clearly had plenty more story to go though. :p

Another favorite part was the meeting with the High Lords. Seeing the Dawn Court and meeting each of the High Lords was amazing. Their meeting was so intense, and the constant fighting, especially since we knew that our band of heroes from the Court of Dreams had bets on who would fight first and when, it was just such a fun and interesting scene.

So much happens in this book, but really getting to see Nesta and Elain as High Fae, and how they respond to the others, especially seeing their relationship to Feyre change was enjoyable. I was never a fan of Feyre’s sisters. Especially seeing how they were in the first book and that they still came off as fairly selfish to me, I didn’t really know what to make of them. In ACOWAR, that changed. Nesta became a fastinating character to me. Her attitude all the way through the books seemed so emotionless, outside of her caring for Elain. She either came off as having no emotion, or was constantly angry, and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure which it was. Her interaction with Feyre, changed through the course of this book, almost like she grew to trust her sister more than she had before. Nesta’s interaction with Cassian was also interesting. I am very much on board the Nesta/Cassian relationship train. Cassian seemed like he would be the only one who could stand up to Nesta’s attitude, and get away with it. I almost wondered, even though they never said it, if they already had a mating bond, and Cassian just kept it to himself. (Just my own speculation.)

Tamlin constantly surprised me in this book. I was never sure where he stood and whose side he was really on. Even in the end, I was surprised. Tamlin’s time Under the Mountain only made his already volatile behavior worse. He did redeem himself, but he still has a long way to go.

The battles in this book were intense too. Not in the way that some of the other books that I’ve read have been (certainly not on the Game of Thrones level) but they were about the level I would expect to go with the story. I am sure they could have been more detailed, since I’ve heard some people say they had wished for that, but I personally feel that if they had been too much more intense, I would have lost interest. I’m not sure it would have fit with the flow of the rest of the story. Again, just in my opinion.

I was surprised that both Feyre and Rhysand were able to get the Weaver, the Bone Carver, and Bryaxis to fight for them. I was even more surprised by Amren’s behavior in the end. I didn’t expect a full on betrayal, so as I was reading that part, I still couldn’t quite believe it. Once she actually told Feyre what she was planning, I wasn’t surprised it wasn’t a real betrayal. Amren knew she was the only thing that could really stop the King of Hybern’s army. So yeah, that had me almost in tears too. (not really but it was intense.)

Nesta and Elain taking on the King of Hybern…can I just say…wow. Especially Elain just coming up and doing what she did and then saying not to harm her sister…just wow. Poor Cassian being unable to fight back any longer, Nesta preparing to die with him and then Elain just showing up out of the blue and taking the King of Hybern out. Nesta finishing him off. I just had no words for this scene. Like I said, this book came in as a close second favorite to ACOMAF.

The last thing I am going to mention, is the Cauldron scene, where Feyre and Rhysand attempt to repair it. Feyre manages to repair it, saving the world again, but the cost is Rhysand. I was so mad. All I could think was that this had better not be how this ends! (if you can think of another very popular [*cough*dystopian*cough*] series that kills off one of the two main characters at the end, comment below.) Then all the High Lords and our High Lady after begging them are able to bring him back. I did cry at this point. I completely bawled my eyes out so glad that Sarah J. Maas didn’t kill off Rhysand permanently. I was just very happy about that. (Anyone else get this emotional with books? Let me know in the comments!)

I know this wasn’t the true ending of the book but this is where I will leave you. The rest of the rebuilding, of course I was interested in, and glad that it went the way it did. I gave ACOWAR a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

So that’s a wrap! Let me know if you have read this trilogy, if you are excited to see what else Sarah J. Maas has in store for us with this series, and yeah, any comments you have.

See you in my next post!

~mk

 

 

 

My Emoji-a-thon Experience

Hi everyone, I hope your week is going well. I thought I would share my experience with the Emojiathon. If you don’t already know, the Emojiathon was created by Dylanthereader5 (I will link his YouTube channel and Twitter account here.) and basically you choose, I think four books, for the challenge with four different matching emoji icons that each stand for the type of books you want to read for the challenge.

I had an overly ambitious list of books and for this Read-a-thon (well overly ambitious list for me anyway, lol) which I shared on my instagram with the emoji each one was going to match up with….and I think I ended up reading two of the books entirely and staring the third right at the end of June. So, I am going to share with you what my TBR looked like and then share with you what I actually read. So let’s jump in!

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This was my Emojiathon TBR:

😁 A book you’ve been anticipating — The Flame and the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
🎁 Read a book that was gifted to you — Virals by Kathy Reichs
😍 Read a book that was a cover buy — The Graces by Laure Eve
🕛 or 👀 (This one could go for two different emojis)  Read a book in 24 hours or read a book you’ve seen everywhere — Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
🤖 Read a futuristic/scifi book –The Martian by Andy Weir
👀 (This is my alternate if I manage to finish the other one in 24 hours) Read a book you’ve seen everywhere — A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J Maas.

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What Did I end up ACTUALLY reading:

The Flame and the Mist by Renee Ahdieh:

I loved this book, you guys. This was amazing! I know a lot of people were saying it would be a Mulan retelling but it was so much more than that! I loved it. I loved Renee Ahdieh’s writing style, her characters, the mystery, the plot…I just loved this book! When I put it down I thought I was going to have a serious book hangover. I just didn’t know if I could pick anything else up after finishing this one. I gave it a Goodreads rating of 4 stars but it was really more like 4.5 stars. As I’m typing this now, I can’t think of why it wasn’t a full 5 stars. The only thing I can think is that the beginning, even though I flew through it, was a little slow for me…not much but a little.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas:

I did it guys, I started this series. I loved this first book. It was amazing. There were definitely parts that I really liked and parts that I didn’t care for much. I can definitely understand the hype for this series, just off of the first book. As always I adored Sara J. Maas’s writing style, her characters, the plot, everything about it with a few exceptions. I don’t feel this should be geared to a younger audience. I definitely feel this should be more of a New Adult instead of Young Adult, so if you are looking for a read for a teen, keep that in mind. Once I finish the trilogy I do plan on doing a trilogy review. (I’m working on the third book now, just saying, lol.)

The Martian by Andy Weir:

I didn’t finish this one in time for the emojiathon to be over…in fact I’m still making my way through this one. But I am really enjoying it and the main character, Mark Watney, is So Much Fun!! I think this one is probably going to be another 4 star book for me as well, at least I hope so. I will definitely post a full review when I finish it. The writing for this one is a lot of fun, it’s incredibly intelligent. You can see that Andy Weir really does know what he is talking about. It’s almost like watching a Star Trek episode or MacGyver.(Yes I do mean the original, no I haven’t watched the remake.) I am hoping to have this finished in July. The month has been incredibly busy for me which is why I am just getting to posting this. But I will do a full review of this one as well when I am done reading it.

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And that’s it! I didn’t get to any of the other books. I’m hoping to add them in to what I read over the next few months. To be honest, I haven’t read most of the books you see or hear about on book blogs or booktube, so I have a long list of unread books and they could fit anywhere in that list.

Did you participate in the Emojiathon? What did you read and did you enjoy what you read? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these I mentioned, even the ones I haven’t read but please no spoilers.

Chat with you later!

~mk

May Reading Wrap-up

May Reading Wrap-Up

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Hello Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your week. I read four books in May, so I decided that I would do my first ever wrap-up post! Normally I do not finish more than one or two books in a month, so because of that I will not have a wrap up post every month. I will probably only do them if I have read 3 or more books that month. I have linked all of the books I read to there Goodreads page as well if you wanted to check that out.

So Let’s jump in!

The first book I read this month, was a collection of poetry by Jennae Cecelia titled Uncaged Wallflower. This was the first poetry collection that I’ve ever read (outside of a school setting) and I really enjoyed it. Poetry is something I have been trying to get into, and I feel that Jennae Cecelia’s poetry is a great place to start for people just jumping in. It’s modern, relatable, and it makes you think. I had a few poems that really stuck out to me as well. My two favorites are Your Words and Change. Both were very thought-provoking and I enjoyed their rhythm.

The second book I finished this month may be kind of surprising. I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I started reading this book in preparation for the Do-a-thon based off of a recommendations video by Mollie Reads. I was really surprised at house much I enjoyed the book and how helpful I’ve found it to be so far. I haven’t really used the methods for tidying up around my house the way that Marie Kondo recommends, but a lot of her suggestions I have found incredibly helpful and inspiring. The idea of only keeping what brings you joy is a genuinely wise and helpful thing. There are some aspects of the book that I felt like you kind of have to decide if you want to take them seriously or let them go in one ear and out the other; but for the most part, many of the suggestions have been incredibly helpful and I really hope I will have the free time to really dig into decluttering my house soon!

The third book I finished actually surprised me and that’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I love Alice in Wonderland. I love the movies, I love the Cheshire Cat, I love the Mad Hatter…but actually reading the original story wasn’t as bad or as good as I thought it would be. Since it’s a classic, I assumed that the story would be more difficult to read, kind of like trying to comprehend the language in a Jane Austen novel when your used to reading twitter posts all day. So it wasn’t as…flowery as I thought it would be. On the other hand, the story was just as confusing as you would expect it to be. In fact, I think that it’s definitely more confusing than the Disney movie. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they can understand how the story is a commentary on politics, but I personally did not make that connection. If you have read this one and were able to make that connection, please let me know in the comments! Especially if you can explain it, because I would love to know and understand that connection to the story!

The fourth and final book I read this month was another book of poetry again by Jennae Cecelia titled I Am More Than a Daydream. I really enjoyed this one. I think I enjoyed this collection even more than Uncaged Wallflower. There were so many poems that really moved me, it was hard to choose favorites among them. I really liked how the poems were broken up into two sections: the first being ‘All I Am’ and the second being ‘All I Can Be’. I noticed that many of these didn’t have titles exactly they had something at the end that almost seemed like it was a title. If you’ve read this collection and you know what I’m talking about when I’m referring to that end line at the end of some of the poems, let me know in the comments if that line is the title or if there is a specific name for it. Like I said, this is only the second collection of poetry that I’ve read since being out of school (that was a while ago) and I’m not super familiar with the ins and outs of poetry.

Okay that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it! If you like what you see here at MKTheReader, please follow my blog and if you have any thoughts or comments on any of these books, if you’ve read them, what you liked, disliked, I would love to hear what you thought of them.

Chat with you in my next post!

~mk

Book Review: The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Hello everyone, Happy Monday! I hope you are doing well and getting a fresh start to the week after this busy Easter Sunday. I thought I would share some of my thoughts and opinions on a YA novel I recently finished called The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I really enjoyed this book. It was my first ever pirate novel and it was a lot of fun. The story is about Alosa, who is the daughter of the pirate king and she’s been sent by her father to retrieve a map to a special treasure. She seems well prepared for the task, except for when she is dealing with Riden, the first mate of the Night Farer, the ship she must search for the map.

One of the taglines for the book compares Alosa to Jack Sparrow, and although I didn’t feel that was true, I really did enjoy her character. Alosa is smart, witty, snarky, clever, and fun. I wasn’t too sure about her character at first, but I ended up really enjoying her personality. I can see how she was similar to Jack Sparrow, but she was definitely her own pirate and not just a female version of him.

I felt the pacing was a little slow in the very beginning of the book, just because of set up, but after the basic set up, I was hooked. I really enjoyed the writing style, the adventure and mystery surrounding the story. I finished this book fairly quickly as well, which, is definitely a plus for me. I have a tendency to put a book down for a while if it gets slow, and this book never reached that point. It’s not my fastest read, but the story definitely kept me engaged. I know a second book is in the works, but I am not sure if it will be a series or duology.

Overall I rated the book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and would definitely recommend it!