Waiting on Wednesday: Ever the Hunted

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)

 

From Goodreads:

“Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.”

 

Have you heard of this story? Are you excited to read it?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Items to Buy For Your Bookish Friend (Or Yourself!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

10 Bookish Items to Buy For Your Bookish Friend (Or Yourself!)

 

 

A book on a shirt

 

Book Wall Art

 

Any book related mug, but Harry Potter is always best

I Solemonly Swear Harry Potter Inspired sandblasted Ceramic Coffee Mug, tea glass

 

Quotable Chocolate Bars

Photo Credit - www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

 

 

Literary Candles

Photo Credit - www.thebeautifullife.com

 

 

Throw pillows are always awesome!

Gifts for a modern-day book lover: Book Are Awesome Throw Pillow

 

 

Book bags are a must

Banned Books Tote Bag

 

 

Bookweight – for those of us that struggle to read everywhere they can

bookweight

 

 

BOOKMARKS – I don’t know any bookworm that doesn’t want more bookmarks

bookmarkpoint

 

 

THIS BOOKLAMP

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What would you buy for your bookish friend? Book or non-book related items? I’d love to hear!

 

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ARC Review: Blood Red Snow White

Blood Red Snow White

 

I believe a lot of us YA readers are falling victim to the spell that is the cover of this book. It gives the impression that it will be a gruesome retelling of Snow White or some other fairy tale. I’m here to tell you that is not the case. This is not a new story either, it was originally published in 2007 but under a different cover. The story itself hasn’t changed but this isn’t the first time this book has been brought into the world.

A writer named Arthur Ransome has left his home and moved to Russia to become a journalist. He wasn’t aware of the upset taking place in Russia and he quickly finds himself in a very bad place. He ends up agreeing to be a double agent, of sorts. All the while, he becomes romantically involved with the leader’s personal assistant. He has to then choose either to stay and be a double agent, or leave with his girlfriend and take his chances. What he is not prepared for is just how dangerous either option really is, he is cornered no matter what he does.

It is hard to really say what this story is about because I am still confused by it. The way the story is presented is the most confusing thing. It reads like the insane ramblings of a delusional old man. Chapters are actually more like interrupted and random thoughts put to paper. Nothing flows and nothing makes sense. I fell victim to this book and believed it would be an interesting retelling of sorts. I still have no idea what I read because I was lost the entire way. This is such a slow and boring read that I fear it will lost almost everyone within the first quarter of the book. It morphs from fairy tale to Russian fairy tale to Russian history. Those really should not ever be merged together like they were here.

I am not a stickler for a lot of historical fiction so this book did not fully capture my attention. I spent most of my time wondering what I had stumbled in to. Then I was reminded that this is simply a re-branded book from almost 10 years ago. The publishers re-marketed and hoped it would really take off with this new YA audience. I’m afraid it won’t do as well as they hoped because this is still not well written or well delivered.

If you are a fan of Russian history, then this book is for you! If you are looking for a warm and fun retelling of a fairy tale, look somewhere else. I don’t see a lot of people liking this book. I am afraid they are going to struggle with it the way I did. Don’t buy this book, borrow from the library or check it out through OverDrive. That way you can quit and move on with the buyer’s remorse.

 

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Books Left Unread #52

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted

 

I have heard so many good things about this and I even have an ARC of it but I just haven’t picked it up yet. I think the size of the book intimidates me more than anything. That and the fantasy side of the story. I sometimes get overwhelmed with fantasy stories feeling that I won’t understand what is going on. But tell me, have you read this? Do you think I should move it up my list?

 

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Review: 99 Days (more like 99 WTFs)

99 Days

 

I have had this on my shelf for the longest time, always hesitant to pick it up for fear I’d be let down. I am sad to say that I was correct with my fears. This story is not the contemp that it claims to be. It is a dark, moody, and rather depressing story.

Molly has just 99 days left with her mom and home town before she leaves it all behind for college and a fresh start. She hopes those 99 days will fly by uneventful but small towns have a way of always remembering. Molly does not have a great reputation in her town. In fact, everyone knows that she cheated on her boyfriend (Patrick) by sleeping with his brother (Gabe). This did not sit well with anyone, whether it was their business or not. Molly tries to make the best of the summer by ignoring the comments and glares. She gets a job and tries to stay off the radar. All of that goes out the window when she crosses paths with Gabe and they strike up a friendship. But that friendship quickly turns into a romance. Knowing it would hurt Patrick even more, they continue seeing each other anyways. Can Patrick and his family get past what Molly did to break up the family? Can she see herself having a relationship with Gabe, the boy she slept with while dating his brother? Can she really leave it all behind in just 99 days?

There is more to the story than the blurb above. The reason the entire town/state/world knows this story is because Molly’s mom is an author and chose to write it into a best selling book. What mother does that?! She takes her only child’s pain and turns it into a book for the world to read?! And she does it without asking her daughter’s permission first! I was freaking floored. Mother of the Year, ladies and gents. I almost couldn’t get past the lack of parenting in this book. The adults are just as petty and cruel as the kids. No wonder these teens don’t know right from wrong or have any common sense.

This entire story was seven shades of messed up. I never read one redeeming quality to this story. Molly is such a whiny brat that I never had the urge to encourage her nor did I feel sorry for her. What she did to her ex-boyfriend was disgusting. She had no reason to sleep her with boyfriend’s brother. NONE. Instead of dealing with the situation, she left the town to finish school elsewhere. GROW UP. There is a reason, Molly, why everyone hated your freaking guts when you came back and acted like nothing was wrong. You never dealt with the issue before you ran like a coward. Sure, you messed up but if you would have owned up to it and faced it like a mature person things might have been better. Don’t get me started with Molly’s bouncing between Patrick and Gabe throughout the entire story. That was pointless. Stop forcing a love triangle where one doesn’t need to be.

As you can read, I didn’t like this story very much. The characters were all underdeveloped immature jerks. Every single one of them. Well, the only one I may have liked was Tess and sadly she was just a side character. The parents were immature and the teens were idiots. The overall plot felt lacking. I kept waiting for the actual guts of the story to get better but as the story continued I quickly realized that it would never happen. How in the world was this put into a contemp category? There were absolutely no swoons, no feels, no emotions whatsoever. It was depressing to read. Please avoid if this book if you have not read it already. It is not the squishy feels you are hoping for.

 

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Review: The Replaced (The Taking #2)

The Replaced (The Taking, #2)

*Spoilers below – beware!*

 

I know I wrote a somewhat positive review for the first book, The Taking, but after reading this book I am half tempted to take all of the good words back. This book was not good. That is harsh, I realize that but I cannot and will not lie to you. This was the textbook definition of a filler book. It is simply the book to get the reader from the start of the series to the end.

The Replaced begins just days after The Taking ends. Kyra is with a group of other kids that has been taken and returned. They are all trying to find Tyler who was taken at the end of the first book. They are all doing their best to stay off of the radar so the NSA or whatever secret government agency is trying to find them… especially Kyra. After the group intercepts a secret message that says Tyler might be alive, they all decide to go after him. That leads them to a training camp for returned teens. It seems like a safe enough place but Kyra cannot stop her driving need to find Tyler. Will she and her friends be able to find Tyler? Will they all be able to stay out of the NSA’s reach?

I am not sure I can say it enough in my review: this book was boring. This entire story felt pointless. Again, I know that is harsh but I felt it simply did not add anything to the overall series. So many pages and chapters went by and nothing substantial took place. The author made a huge deal of the kids stealing vehicles and taking less traveled roads. At one point the author spent a chapter talking about how everyone interacted in the vehicle during a long part of the drive. Who cares. It did not add anything to the story. What it did do was cause me to zone out and my brain went elsewhere.

The thing I disliked the most about this story was the uncomfortable interactions between Kyra and Simon. EW. Simon wanted more from Kyra and at times she let it happen. But right after it happened, she immediately felt remorse and told him it couldn’t happen again, then in the next breath she was kissing him again. She kept claiming that she was trying to stay true to Tyler. Listen Kyra, if you are fighting for your survival, who cares about defending your honor with the younger brother of your ex-boyfriend? Why are you sending mixed signals to Simon? Either do or do not. Why did Tyler have to be Kyra’s main focus? How about she learn to defend herself and survive? The unnecessary drama just did not make sense and it drove me nuts. This was supposed to be a sci-fi thriller, not a stupid HS drama contemp. “No, I must stay true to Tyler, whom I love.” And how can you be so in love with someone after only knowing them for a few days?! GAHHH!

I have mentioned it a time or three, this book bored me to tears. I will say that when Tyler did come back it wasn’t until 2/3 of the way into the story. Then the plot twist that was thrown did nothing more than make me roll my eyes. It was not original or shocking, it felt predictable. This story had every feel of a second/filler book. It did set up for the third book but I will not be reading it. I do not care enough about what is going on to finish. Kyra is not a well developed protagonist as she continues to come across as a whiny teenage girl who is more concerned about the boy liking her than trying to save her own life. The rest of the characters are not well written, the plot is wearing very thin, and the thrill is just gone. I don’t care what happens to anyone or anything in this series. This book made me not care.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret of a Heart Note

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

The Secret of a Heart Note

From Goodreads:

“An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.”

Is this on your TBR? Are you excited to read it? Let me know!

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