Haul: Ebook 


Okay so it’s officially I have a problem and it’s called ebooks. This month I collected 100 new books that will probably just seat on my kindle.

The list includes:

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100 books that mostly came from deals throughout the month but still. I don’t read on my ereader and I need to break that habit if am going to continue buying ebooks. Or stop buying ebooks no matter the deal which I don’t see happening. Something needs to change.

Please someone tell me am not the only one. And this is part 1 of 3 hauls I have. I’ve spent a lot of money on books this month that they have to be in different post. Until later.

REVIEW: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


FORMAT: audible/paperback

PAGE COUNT: 579

SERIES: all soul #1

SUMMARY: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

I picked up these book because I kept hearing good things about it, and so I wanted to give it a try. For a book that’s 579 pages it packed a lot of interest for me.

Loved all the characters. Diane Bishop is such a strong women even if she is trying to forgot her witch heritage. However thanks to Mathew she learns pretty quickly that she cannot hide from herself but embrace it. Edward Clairmont is such a dark character who happens to be a vampire. I loved how both of them have top careers and are smart. though some of that smarts went over my head. History and biology weren’t my strongest subjects in school. Also I loved Diane’s aunts and how there totally opposite from one another. Or Matthews mom who was a total hag to Diane, but ended up calling her daughter. Marcus is a total goofball that is a fine with me.  One character I don’t really get was Miriam she seems to hate Matthews. However she seem to have loyalty to him.
So these book has many themes like:
Mystery: over the Ashmole 782 which started this whole thing. Also we have the mystery over Diane about her witch powers and why she doesn’t do it.
Political: for there is congress for the supernatural that doesn’t like the fact that Matthew and Diane have fallen for each other.
Romance: they had such a up and down roller coaster effect kind of relationship. Which I loved experience.
Danger: Diane and Matthew are being hunted by there own kind and have to pretty much go from location to location to try and hide from them.

So in conclusion I loved this book and will continue on as soon as possible. I just loved how Deborah Harkness didn’t just make this into a love story between a witch and vampire but also added other elements. That kept me interested to get this massive book done in three days. The way it ended and how addicted I am now have me currently listening to the second book Night of Shadows and I can already say that it just keeps getting better.

Thanks for reading this long ramble review and hope that I may peak your interest.

Audible Review: Harry Potter 1&2


I have a different relationship with Harry Potter then some people. When the movies came out my mom, brother (who read the books as they came out), and I would go see them. I’ve only read the third book and after seeing part 1 of the last movie read the whole book. That’s it. I grew up on the movies ignoring the books. Don’t ask why because I really don’t know but now I really wish I read them before.
The reason being although I know the storyline from watching the Harry Potter movies I forgot how much more you get by reading the books. And I learned that lesson by listening to the first two Sorcerers Stone and Chambers of Secrets.

Like how character dialogues go with the movies however told by someone different. Or events happen but not with the same cast of characters. It confused the heck out of me where I thought I was remembering wrong. Apparently though it was just changed from the book. I still loved the book as a whole because it gives me background and more information that I missed the first time around. And I serious bummed about it. I love how Neville is more in certain events then I first thought. Or how everyone really become friends. It’s very interesting to go back and see it this way the way J.K. Rowling meant for it.

The audible itself was enjoyable except so ways the author said things like Harry when a character is exaggerating got overused in my opinion. Or how they made Hermione sound whiny. I don’t know if I would have gotten the same vibe if I read it, but I just didn’t like it. Also every time Snape talked I would miss Alan Rickman because to me he was the prefect Snape.

All in all I want to keep listening to the rest of Harry Potter because I get through them quickly and though I don’t like everything that narrator does I enjoy him as a whole. Now I can’t watch a movie before watching the movie because I just can’t. However watching the adaptation I look out for what was changed and I talk about it. I really wish I could back and read it with when my mom and brother read it. However I still love the movies and the memories with them. So I guess I’ll just make new ones.

AUDIO REVIEW: The BFG by Roald Dahl


 

While reading the BFG I had to keep reminding myself that this is a children’s book. Also I keep thinking how they will make this book into a movie. It should be interesting to see events of the book come out in movie format.
Anyway parts that I liked:
-I enjoyed the BFG I listened to this book and for some reason to me the BFG sounded like Hagrid from Harry Potter. Though the BFG and Hagrid are different in so many ways. Also he couldn’t speak like Sophie could because he taught himself. So he has some words that he made up that are sometimes hard to know. However he is also the runt of the other giants and a dream collector. So instead of eating the children he gives them good dreams.
-I also loved the relationship between Sophie and the BFG. They are both pretty much loners one being an outcast among his peers and Sophie being an orphan. They both hate what the other giants are doing and so make plans on stopping them once and all.
Things  I didn’t like:
-Because I listened to this by audible not only did I have the narrator but also sound effects. Some where fine however some I was just went yuck.
-Also I had a problem with the end like I said I had to remind myself this is a children’s book but come on. I liked Sophie’s plan of having the BFG make a nightmare of what the other giants did at night. However how calm the queen and the servant and such bugged me. Instead they make a giant size things so that he can eat breakfast with the queen. If giants where real that is not how a person would act friendly or not.

-Now on to the other giants which are described as ugly so if I see the movie not looking forward to that. There are nine of them and they each have weird names like Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, or Bloodbottler. They are all great bullies who pick on the BFG relentlessly however when the chance comes up BFG get them back.

 

I enjoyed this book and want to more from Roald Dalf other than this book and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like Matilda, and The Witches which both have movies out that I’ve seen but never read. If you want to jump back into your inner child then try this book out. Then if you enjoy it you can see it on the screen.

Friday/Weekend Reads



The Answer and the Answer by Patrick Ness because I really want to finish this on or before Sunday. This is a 519 page book and am reading it in three different formats so I should be able to finish. She says with really high hopes. I really loved this book and I have 152 pages left and plenty of interest to continue. However life itself where I sleep during the day and work at night. Which doesn’t help with my reading, but I will get through it come Sunday. Its time for war and my favorite two people Viola and Todd are right in the middle of it on each side.

Ugh these two have been separated pretty much the whole book, and I need them to be able to talk and not just think what they do.

 

TAG:The Sims Book Tag


Creator: Hails Hearts Nyc

I loved the Sim and played 1-3 before losing them and my computer not being able to work it right. So though I haven’t played the game in years. Sims will always have a special part in my heart. Anyway now done with memory lane here are the answers to some very Sim like questions.

1. The original Sims: the best author debut. Legend by Marie Lu I loved this book and though I haven’t read  past Legend I still remember how much I enjoyed it.

2. The grim reaper: the saddest character death. My Sister’s Keeper has one of the saddest ending. Oh and its not the movie ending if you want the true ending that Jodi Picoult wrote then read the book. Its still heartbreaking as hell.

3. Sims getting stuck: a character that just got in the way. Christian from the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand. He bugged me because he doesn’t take hints very well and wouldn’t leave Clara alone.
4. Simlish: a book with amazing writing. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a beauty touching story told by Death during WW2.

5. Expansion packs: a series where the books kept on getting better. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. For I didn’t like Cinder and couldn’t decide if I want to keep reading or not. So glad I did even if I haven’t finished Winter yet.
6. Sims romance: the worst case of insta love. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi I hated how Adam and Juliette relationship was in this first book. It was annoying to see how they were so in love when they just meet.
7. Cheats: a book that was entirely unrealistic. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Her life could not be that predictable and repeating like it is in each book.
8. Needs fulfillment: a character who made all the wrong decisions. Sky from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover just kept doing stupid things. She will say one thing and do another and you couldn’t trust her.
9. Error code 12: a series that started off great but went downhill from there. Now before I say which series I just want to say that I love this series. It’s just when it came to the Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder the other two books didn’t live up to the first one.
10. The Sims vortex: a book/series that completely engrossed you. I actual had three series that I engrossed in days like the Night Huntress by Jeanie Frost, In Death by J.D. Robb,  and Shadowfalls series by C.C. Hunter. I don’t read series right after the other but I feel in love enough to continue.

So what did everyone think and what would be your answer for series that started off good but went downhill. Plus which book was unrealistic to you while reading. Let me know in the comments I would love to know.

Bookmail from Amazon Marketplace 


So this book haul all started with me being tired that my series weren’t in the same format. So organizing them was a pain and didn’t look right. So I went to Amazon marketplace and went a little crazy.

(the links will take you to Goodreads for summaries)
Those would be: 


Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi. (book 3 in the Under the Never Sky). Read the first two and need to re read them so that I can finally   read this final book and see how it ends.

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Inside by Maria V. Snyder. (book 1 &2 in the Insider duology). This is a bind up of Inside Out and Outside In and now they seat with the other books I have of this author.

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What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. (book 1 in The Hybrid Chronicles). Still haven’t read this and already have the second book. Need to read them soon.

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Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. (book 2 in The Madman’s Daughter). Yet there still not the same size. Her Dark Curisoity is shorter then the other two. I don’t understand.

Then I have two books that I got because others have raving about it. Which is not the smartest reason to get books but it happened.

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. (book 1 in the Ceretery of Forgotten Books) This has been going for a bit and the first I actual heard of it was from Well Done Books. This is apparently his favorite book and that’s all I know about it.

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 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. (book 1 in the All Souls Trilogy)This is all thanks to Bookwormwanders who keep raving about these series as she read it and I got curiosity. Don’t know much about this book other than there is a witch and maybe a vampire. We’ll see.

Then lastly a book that was cheap and came in really good condition and glad I brought. 

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (book 4 in the Falling Kingdom series). Which side note still haven’t even started this series and yet I keep collecting the books. So here’s another series that am collecting but haven’t even started yet.

I’ve always been nerves about buying hardbacks from the marketplace. For reasons that I don’t want library books and the dust jackets not to be there. However am really impressed how both Frozen Tides and What’s Left of Me came looking brand new.

Oh and this  isn’t the end of it I still have more coming in this month which should be fun. Last month I went over board with kindle books now with used books. It never ends. 

Friday Read


Am going to try to finish Destined for Doon if i can make through the feeling ahead of me. Duncan has been my favorite character since the first book. However to see him heartbroken, angry, and so different from before hurts. 

So am going to really try to read as much of these before Sunday. Since Topple Tome starts that day and really want to start on The Ask and the Answer. However I don’t know how much I’ll get done since I sleep during the day and work at night for 6 hours. 

If interested in my process check either my goodreads or Twitter. Because I will be ranting on both since the feelings are real. Hope everyone has a good weekend. 

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