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Audio Review: A Monster Calls


Author: Patrick Ness

Narrated by: Jason Issacs

Format: audiobook

Length: 3hrs/59mins

Publisher: Walker Books

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Thought:

You can learn plenty from this short book by any format. How by listening to the 3 hours and 59 minute audio book has so much heart and emotion in it. Going in blind is smart since all I knew about this book before reading it was that there was a monster and lot of people cried while reading it. Though my eyes stayed dry I can see how this beautiful written story can bring that to people.
Its about how Conor has to deal with a lot of things happening to him, and how a magic monster tree is there to help in a way by telling him three stories. I didn’t know if the monster was good or bad because some moments had me question him. However by the end I knew that he is either and there to help Conor to learn his truth.

The audiobook was really good. It had a storyteller voice where you just can sit for hours and listen to the person speak. It made more of impact because you can hear through the narrator all the feelings that Conor is going through as he’s dealing with what is happening. Highly recommend it.

One thing I would have liked is that since it was a short book I would have loved a epilogue to know what happen next. To know if Conor is okay and if he made up with other people in these book. It would have been nice to have that last bit of closer is all.

Oh that ending it was heartbreaking, and just beautiful done for the topic that this book was written about. I can’t wait to watch the movie and see how this is brought to the big screen.  Read and enjoy just be warned that if your a crier your going to cry, and even if your not it will still make you feel the story.

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Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Format: paperback/audible

Narrator: Julia Emelin

Page Count/Length: 17hrs & 44mins/435

Publisher: Del Rey

Summary: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

My Thoughts:

There is plenty to enjoy in this book if taken slowly, because this has its ups and downs. So time to list my thoughts out on how this book effected me.

The Ups:
+I love Dragon. He is such a sarcastic character, and also he’s known as a great wizard yet he doesn’t show off about it. Also he’s a major bookworm so that’s always a perk to me. He keeps the woods from taking over everything, and seemed very serious at times. However when needed he helped Agnieska when she ask or lets her do her own thing. He is also a perfection while Agnieska is his total opposite.
+I highly enjoyed Dragon and Agnieszka interactions especially when he was teaching her magic.
+The fact that Agnieszka does magic differently from the other wizards. She pretty much took what Dragon tried to teach her, and make it her own. loyalty that Agnieszka has for her town, her family, and her friendship with Kasia. Her first and last thought always go to others than her own. Yes she did get scared however she still showed lots of backbone when things got tough.
+Kaisa is such a selfish less character. Yes she has her dark moments however she gets over it pretty quickly. Also she does have a backbone and not afraid to look people in the eye. Kaisa becomes quit a badass later on in the book making her my favorite over the main character.
+How the woods was the portrayed as the evil thing haunting these land. Its not just one place but can effect all the kingdoms. Watching Agnieszka and her friends fight it and its creatures got really dark and just made me want to see how they got out of it.
+The pace made sense to me though yes it did have some slow moment which is a good use of the audible to get through it faster. Also the ending with how they tamed the woods and what get the where are they now was satisfying.

The Downs:
-I didn’t like the romance how little it actually was. It just seemed like a after thought something to just put in. I said this because when it happen it was short moment and then it was never talked about.
-Also Ageniesza seemed a little obsessed with her best friend Kasia. It maybe for the fact that she was pretty much her only friends. However as much as I love really good friendships it did get a little over done for me.
-I hated the court life, and how two face everyone is. I didn’t start liking it until shit hit the fan and events afterward. I couldn’t wait until they got back to the valley.
-Disliked Marek and hated Falcon. Marek is really self centered to me and though he does have some good moments. He shows that selfishness in the next instant. I get he’s motive however it really blinded him along with wanting to fight all the time. Then we have Falcon and he’s such a peacock who is a big shot at court. However he’s like that because he is a butt kisser and likes to take credit. I didn’t like him at all and wished more happened to him.
-Names are not my thing which is why I did the whole listen and audible book it. Not only was the names hard to pronounce but some run together for the men names. Especially when they dropped their wizard names and use their real names.

Love/hate:
+-This book is a 17 hours listen so I thought listening to it would help me get through it a bit faster. However I found myself reading the physical book more than listening to the audible. As much as I love ascents this one was not my favorite. Plus how she read it was slow talking, and just something I couldn’t get behind 100%.
+-Also I kept forgetting that this is a very light retelling of Beauty and the Beast. When I did read a part or a character reminded me of someone from the retelling it was a awe moment. However I forget until the next moment.

This book took me forever however I kept up with it because I simply enjoyed this fairytale story. I did have ups and downs with this book and glad to have finally read it.

Kindle Sunday Haul


This is so late so its just going to be pictures. Going to keep myself accountable for my addiction:)

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So there you go these are consist of new releases. continuing on books that I haven’t even read the first one. Plus squeal that you did read the first book but didn’t know if you wanted to continue. Wanting another format because why not for cheap. Plus some standalones that didn’t sound bad that’ll probably seat for awhile.

Until next time have a good week 🙂

Sunday Haul


I didn’t really buy anything which makes me happy. So I joined both my kindle and book outlet haul together. Hope you enjoy.

Elemental (elemental #.5) its a novella that I read before the first one that was only a couple dollars.

Angelfall (penryn & the end of days #1) have already listened to and highly recommend. However I didn’t have the e-book so for .99 cents why not.

Rommie Wars: got it for free so why not

BOOKOUTLET HAUL:

1st one being I only have them in this format.

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2nd one being I own these books in another format.

img_0233 So yeah I feel like I didn’t do that bad this week in the buying other than of course the actual haul. This is a slow process and am trying to decrease buying since my reading haven’t been that great.

Happy reading/buying and hope everyone had a good weekend. 🙂

Top 10: Whatever I Wanted…


I like to collect books without actually reading the first book. So who knows If I actual like these or not I just know that am a collector of books.

My topic is the top 10 trilogies that I have all the books to but haven’t even started. Enjoy..

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (the Cahill Witch Chronicles)

(Daughter of Smoke & Bone) by Laini Taylor

 

(Red Rising) by Pierce Brown

(The School of Good and Evil) by Soman Chainani

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (Goddess War)

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan (Dispossessed)

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire)

Blood Red Road by Moira Young  (Dust Lands)

(Perfect Chemistry) by Simone Elkeles

What’s Left of Me by Zat Zhang (the hybrid chronicles)

This has taken me long time to do thanks to my computer being a pain. However I got all the pictures and uploaded so yeah. These are some of my completed trilogy that I haven’t even touched. Anyone has these problem because it is something I want to fix. Any hints?

Until next time

 

Sunday: What I Added to My Kindle


So this week I fell like I did really good at not buying kindle books. In these week I got 13 and this week I decided to put a caption with each. Enjoy:

By the same author Addison Moore and all part of a series about college couples.

2017 new release:

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2016 release that I got for 1.99

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Freebie’s (thanks amazon):

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Just to have my another format:

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Collect books from authors I’ve already read:

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audible along with a e-book:

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So thanks for reading and sometime this week I’ll have a physical book haul. I caved into going on Book Outlet and went a little crazy. So ready.

until next time..

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Friday Read


Format: paperback/audible

page count: 438/17h&44m

Remaining: 205

Okay let me be honest on the fact that I have multiply currently reading books. However currently am trying to get through Uprooted by Naomi Novik since I already got halfway. Now am setting a goal on finishing it this weekend for the simply fact I haven’t finished a book yet. Plus I don’t have to work so lazy weekend here I come.

 

 

T5W:Favorite Polarizing Books


Okay to be honest I had to look what polarizing means also which books count for it. And this is what I came up with and hope you enjoy.

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50 Shades Series by E.L. James: Lot of people give this series a lot of hate, but I can’t help but love it. I get that its not the best thing written or the concept people can’t get behind. Yet this series is a totally guilty pleasure for me that I wont apologize for.

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How to Love by Katie Cotugno: This is a your going to either like it or dislike it. I was the first one. This was just a sweet contemporary that I enjoyed and glad I read.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: I read this series before it got really popular and I remember loving it. I probably couldn’t read it again without cringing however I’ll always have that first time.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: It took me a bit to get into the book itself but dang when I did I loved it. This book made a rare thing happen and I cried which will keep this book special to me.

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I didn’t like this book which sucks because the concept should have made me like it. However the main character Harper was not my favorite and her decisions ruined it.

So I did four loves and one dislike and its all fun. Let me know what you think.

 

Meme: Top 10 Tuesday


 

topic: ten underrated/hidden gem books I’ve read in the past year or so

the distance between us by Kasie West: I love all her books and this was the first book of hers I read. This is a cute contemporary that you can finish in one sitting.

Heist Society<heist society#1> by Ally Carter: You should read this if you like heist books with teens. I just loved this trilogy and makes my heart full when thinking about it.

Under the Never Sky<under the never sky#1> by Veronica Rossi: Just read for it has plenty for everyone to at least read the first book.

The Iron King<the iron fey#1> by Julie Kagawa: A fey series that I read super fast yet I don’t hear anyone else talk about. I haven’t read the spinoff yet and just want to reread them all.

Graceling <graceling realms> by Kristin Cashore: this book was absolute necessary if you enjoy fantasy books. These is a pretty chunky book that has plenty to keep you entertained.

Unearthly<unearthly #1> by Cynthia Hand: has my favorite couple in it and has a cute story along with it. More people should give this book a chance. Especially  if you like angel books with a hate to love relationship.

Poison Study<study #1> by Maria V. Snyder: This book has grown a bit, but still think that more people should read this book. It has magic, mystery, assassins, and again my favorite troupe.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: Yes this is a classic yet its the only one I’ve read multiply times. I love Ponyboy his brothers and the other boys he hangout with. They are just a bunch of boys looking out for each other.

Incarnate <newsouls#1> by Jodi Meadows: this trilogy has some beautiful covers and such a good storyline which I believe more people should give a chance.

Angelfall <Penryn & the End of Days #1> by Susan Ee: I’ve only read the first book of this trilogy and it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it. My favorite troupe was in it which is why I recommend it to those who like the hate turned respect relationship.

So there you have it. All these books I’ve loved and don’t really hear many people talk about. So please try these out because all books deserve a chance.