May:Monthly Wrap Up


BOOK READS:

Reading Status:

4- audible reads

2- physical /audible reads

2-physically read

Genre:

1- Ya/Fantasy

2-mystery thriller

1- new adult

1-contemporary

3-YA/Time-traveling

Rating:

4-******

5-**

To see which ones I rated I have all of them reviewed on my blog and goodreads

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

KINDLE BUYS:

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AUDIBLE BUYS:

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Legend by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Easy by Tammara Webber

Chaos in Death by J.D. Robb

Wonderment in Death by J.D. Robb

The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Sweet by Tammara Webber

Where I Belong by J. Daniels

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Gates of Threads and Stone

Earth and Sky by Megan Crewer

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Saphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

I need to stop but I can’t. I don’t buy that many physical books because of the fact that am so addicted to buying e-books and audible books. Which just seat in collections on my phone.

BLOGGING WISE:

Out of 31 days I wrote 16 post. Am trying to get back into blogging more with content that like reviewing. Well another month done and now on to June. Hope everyone had a good month and the coming one.

Tome Topple Readathon


Hosted by: Thoughts of Tomes

Dates: June 6-19

Theme: to read as many big books that being a book 500 pages or over. There are challenges however you don’t have to do them just read as many big books pages wise or get one big book done. Which should be fun task in two weeks.

If you would like to do the challenges:

1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel

Am not overall trying for the challenge I would like to get through at least two or three of my big books TBR.

On my list:

  • Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (Ask and the Answer & Monster of Men)
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray

These are the three I’ll be forcing on should be a fun time. I think though that since I have at least two on audio I may get through them faster. Plus if I can get the Chaos Walking I have would have one challenge complete which would be total awesome.

Anyone else going to try this read-a-thon its a great way to try and get over a fear for big books plus get them off your TBR. Plus if you go to thought of tomes there is a giveaway happening if you want to try for a book.

 

Radreadathon Wrap Up


So I just finished a readathon called radreadathon that was hosted on Instrgram. I did this to help read more since I haven’t finished anything since the first week of May. So to help with that I joined in a read-a- thon and here the details.

Title: #radreadathon

Host by: @my.reading.life & @midnightburrito

Dates: May 23-29

RULES:

1. must complete all challenge.

2. challenges can be combined

3. must read a total of three books.

CHALLENGES:

1.read a book w/ more than 500 pages.

2. read a book w/ less then 250 pgs.

3.read a book w/ the “Queen” in the title.

4.read book by a new author.

5.read a purple book.

6.start a series.

7.finish a series.

So how did I do well with combining some of the challenges I read a total of five books. The challenges I combined and the books I read are as following.

A book over 500 pages and with “Queen” in the title.

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A book with less then 250 pages. I got two for these one in the same series.

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Start a series with purple on the cover and is a new author. Easy

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Finish a series.

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I also have reviews on all these books just click on the picture and it will take you to the review. Since am  proud of myself for this a snicker pie is in order to celebrate. I went from reading three books in the beginning of the month to finishing up with 8 books.

There is also another read-a-thon that I will be doing in the beginning of June that will hopefully cut me big book TBR.

Is there anymore read-a-thons happening in June? Because I may need another one when I get a bit slump. Please let me know and if you did any read-a-thons this month.

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of Tearling


Author: Erika Johansen

Series: The Queen of the Tearling-1

Format: kindle/audible

Page Count:643

Publisher: Harper

Rating: 5/5

Summary: On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

My Thoughts:

Though Kelsea was not exactly ready for becoming queen I think she transitioned really well. She deals with a lot and have plenty of people to be there to give her advice, however ever she always listen to her voice first. I loved all the scheming, and whose actual on Kelsea’s side. The Tearling itself is poor and the people are hopeless before Kelsea came to be take her place. There is also a mystery to this book on a few points. One being who is Kelsea’s father. Then we have the backstabbing, blackmailing, and so many scares on Kelsea from her beginning of her queening that it just made me want to read on. One thing for certain this first book had nothing to do with romance just a little crush. It is more on the ups and downs of Kelsea’s journey from leaving her foster parents onward. For such a long book there is so much happening that you get through it pretty quick.

Also the characters. Kelsea is only 19 but she is tougher than everyone thought she would be. She kept proving herself and you can clearly see that she wants to do right by her people and gain there trust. Plus she made to be plain looking which is new to the girl being beauty like other books would show.

Now on to the side characters who I should never have fallen in love with. Just because none of them passed in the first book just makes me scared that they will be leaving me in the next book. I just can’t.

First and foremost I love Mace he is Kelsea right hand man, and most trusted advisor. He is rough around the edges for being a kings guard when Kelsea’s mother ruled, and tells her things straight out. He’ll tell Kelsea when he thinks she has a bad idea, but lets her do what she thinks is right, and I love him for that. Then there is Pen the 24-7 body guard of Kelsea’s. He’s such a sweetheart whose loyal as a puppy, and protective as a pit-bull. Then my feeling for Fetch he’s such a mystery, and he total should be the love interest. However  Erika Johansen’s force is on Kelsea’s ruling with little snippets of them together.

One character I can’t for his death is Throne. He is a business man who has his hands in a lot of things, and looking for profit. He blackmail when needed or use other sources to get his way in the end which can lead pour heartbroken gate watchers, and queens guards to his mercy.

Now to say that I can’t to read the next book because I have so many questions. Like are the necklaces around Kelsea’s neck going to do more harm then good. Even if the jewels saved her life and helped get her point across sometimes. I don’t trust it to be fully good. Also who the heck is Fetch? There is a part with Kelsea’s uncle and Fetch and Tomas looked surprised at Fetch’s appearance. Also there is something weird about Queen Mortmesne she in parts remind me of Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. Except Levana was more a conquer while Queen Mortmesne rather just make profit while things stay the same. She does has some evil doings, but in my book Levana is worse. Well in the first book anyway. I don’t think she has magic but I guess I will have to wait and see.

I need to read The Invasion of the Tearling because I need to know these answer. Plus I just want to see if the fast pace, and action keeps up in the second book. Because let me tell you I raved plenty and had to put down this book because my feelings where all over the place. I need that same feeling when I read the Invasion. Which will be soon as possible.

 

Anyone read this book? Or where you like me and was hesitant about this series? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Bookoutlet Book Haul 


This haul  happened because of two reasons. One I found an unused 5 dollar off coupon from there. And second reason is for a book itself.

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Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch. It was there and I’ve been really wanted to read it so it’s why’s started the buying of the next 5 books. 

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Alice Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This was a total cover buy plus it has illusions. Didn’t know though that it would be this small. 

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Dust City by Robert Paul Weston. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile, but kind of forgot about it. However now I have it in these pretty cover. Plus back cover and spine

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Clipped Wings and Inked Armor by  Helena Hunting. I’ve been wanting this after hearing it by one of my favorite booktubers. However both books where never there together or in different formats. My waiting paid off. 

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Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski. I’ve actual read one of Redmerski’s before hand and really enjoyed it so I thought to get another of her books while shopping. 

So I’ve stepped up my new adult game and am excited for all these books. Now just need to choose what to read first.

Any suggestions?

Chaos/Wonderment in Death


Author: J.D. Robb

Series: in death #33.5/41.5

Chaos in Death:

Its a Jackal and Mr. Hyde type of story. Some green skinned, red eyed thing is going around killing people. Though Eve Dallas doesn’t believe in such a thing eye witness and a video of these creature is hard to not believe it.

Wonderment in Death:

Alice and Wonderland themed story. Thanks to good friends of Eve Dallas she has to look at the death of the Fitzwilliams siblings. All evident shows that the sister killed her brother then herself. But as Eve digs deeper she finds out that not all is what it appears.

My thoughts:

the novellas to me are always to short compared to full books, but I do enjoy them. Out of the two I think Wonderment was my favorite because of two things. More of my favorite characters where present. Plus the whole delusions of Wonderland is a drug cocktail that both Peabody and Eve had a whiff of. Its always funny to see both girls drugged out. In Chaos when the whole Jackal and Mr. Hyde came around to listen to the transformation was cool. And as a bonus Roarke got to punch it out.

All in all I listened to these for a read a thon because who has book less than three hundred pages (not me). Also I miss the series and want the next book sooner than later.

Book Review: Easy


Author:  Tammara Webber

Series: Contours of the Hearts #1

Page Count: 321

Format: paperback/audible

Publisher: Penguin Berkley

Rating: 5/5

Summary:  When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Then after a party Jacqueline was attack and her saver Lucas is everywhere and she can’t get her mind off him.
Also her attacker becomes a stalker and she finds out she’s not the only victim. Now Jacqueline has to adapt to everything and have to decide if she wants to fight back or become keep being a victim. 

My Thoughts:

This book took me by surprise in a good way. I didn’t get the whole follow your high school to college. Especially since going to that college doesn’t benefit Jacqueline future plans on being a music teacher. But then she gets dumped after being there for two month.
I did like how Webber showed cased something that could happen if not careful at a college campus. Jacqueline had the experience of almost getting rapped by a frat boy. If it wasn’t for Lucas showing up when he did. Then we go into how some don’t speak about it and that the frat guy could become a stalker or continue to hurt others. Also that learning to defend yourself is the best way of not becoming a victim again. Also we watch as side are drawn and relationships can’t break at that.
I loved how this book isn’t all about a romantic relationship between Jacqueline and Lucas.

They relationship itself is hard since they had a tutor/student thing by email and then Lucas past that kept him at arms length. I loved them. I also loved Benji and Erin they are my favorite side characters who have wonderful personalities. I know that Erin has her own book coming soon which makes me excited. However if Benji gets one I would total read.

I really enjoyed this story and I will continue with this series. This book took me by surprise and am excited to see what else Tammara Webber has for these series.

REVIEW: Emerald Green


Author: Kerstin Gier

Series: Edelstein-trilogie  #3

Publisher: Henry Holt

Format: audible

Rating: 4/5

Summary:

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

 MY THOUGHTS:

For all the build up with the count and planning to out wit the whole thing was simple. Who the count turned out in there was did took me by surprise I have to say. And before that was an up and down for me.

Up toward 50% is Gwen trying to avoided Gideon. Then after that it was when stuff really happened. It was funny to  see how events in book 1 came back around to book three and it was explained. I also love the gargoyle who I can never remember his name. The way he pokes fun of Gwen and her relationship with Gideon. Or just put his two sense in when something happens. He doesn’t care that no one can see him, as long as Gwen can hear him.

Oh Gwen she found out a lot during this book and she took pretty well. She had a bit of green monster symptom and it wasn’t even toward Charlotte. However when the time came she was really quick to forgive and forget. I liked even though it wasn’t that surprising as I’ve seen it before.

I don’t believe there was any real growth in this book. I believe it was to short and quick for that. However it was for those who like time travel books, adventure, with a mystery element also.

My Current Reads List


Its happened I’ve been having great reading months and now am pretty much at a standstill. I’ve started so many books and tried to continue others but I just cant. Even audible doesn’t help because I can’t concentrate on what’s being sad. So sadly here are six books that am currently trying to read.


Destined for Doon by Carey Corp 13%

I have just got back on Net galley to see if I can get the hang of it. And I was lucky enough to get a advance copy of the last book Forever Doon. However I can’t read it until I get through both Destined and Shades of Doon. The thing is the relationships in these books take my feeling and pretty much break me. So I have to read this by sections and take breaks.


The Program by Suzanne Young 25%

The first 25% of this book broke my heart. So I haven’t really picked it up since then. Suzanne Young brought the heartbreak fast because even though your just getting to know the character something happened that broke everything.


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 20%

I need to get the books I’ve been needing to read especially before the series end. However am so in a don’t know what to read mood that I’ve only read little of this book. I’ve read up to she meeting the boys and me trying to figure out whos who. Which is a great thing to stress over


Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier 48%

I finished the first two really quickly and yet I stopped almost halfway with this one. I don’t know if its because I don’t want it to end or just burned out. Another ball however Gwen is trying to keep the drinking to small amount.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 11%

I need to read more Sarah J. Maas and heard good things about this book but it was a start then stop type of night. Feyre is taken prisoner and trying to avoided eating and drinking while planning an escape.


The Wrath & The Dawn by Renne Ahdieh

The same with Kiss of Deception. I thought I would get to this faster since there is only two books, but apparently that’s not the case. Am only where she is walking to her wedding. So only a few pages so am no where in the book. Which is why there is no progress on goodreads.

And that’s probably not all of folks. This weekend I’ll either get through these are start something new. I don’t like not knowing what I want to read I have so many books in many formats and am stuck. Wish me luck on untangling.

Review: Sapphire Blue 


Author: Kerstin Gier

Series: Precious Stone Trilogy-2
Format: audible 
Publisher: Henry Holt 

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon.And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

My thoughts: So because it’s the second book am going to be short and only say so key things that I remember when reading. So the second book is pretty much finding out as much as Gwen can without being caught. And drama that lead into the last book. 

Something funny is that Gwen gets drunk, and we have a new friend introduced in the beginning of the book. The thing about the friend is he’s a creature that no one else can see and follows Gwen everywhere. Oh spits out water when excited. 

Gwen takes to meeting an old family member in the past and getting his help with finding answers. 

Gideon has a back and forth hate to make out mood going on. Plus at the end something big happens between Gideon and Gwen. Then Gwen is told something that makes her mistrust Gideon that leads into the next book. (His problem is we don’t who’s side he is actual on).

While Charlotte had gotten over not talking to Gwen to now being her trainer. Which she takes to being a snob once again. She loves to show how much she knows and rub in Gwen’s face. 

Charlotte goes a little mad when she is left out of the big secret that Gwen is keeping. So she tries to rat her out as much as possible. And 

Gwen knows people who should trust her don’t and so she does things her own way. So with her trusted team she finds out as much as she can even if it’s dangerous if anyone finds out. 

And of course we had the quick ending with an interesting epilogue. Now on to the third and final book because how quick these books go I really want to know the end game.