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Whatcha Doin’ Wednesday – 17 July 2019

I’m watching the TV show The Code, a military legal drama that’s looking pretty promising. How’s everyone’s Wednesday going?

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Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Review:

A book about sorcerers, magic, Great Libraries, grimoires that actually talk and turn into monsters when provoked. Is there a book dragon alive who can resist such a story? I couldn’t.

From the beautiful cover to the intriguing blurb, Sorcery of Thorns caught my attention and held it page one to the last.

The main character, Elisabeth was an absolute menace and I say that in the nicest possible way. She was klutzy and bookish and charming in her own way. Her love of books made me like her a whole lot. I enjoyed her thoughts and the way she saw the world.

Nathaniel Thorn, a.k.a Evil Sorcerer. Ah, the gorgeous mysterious Nathaniel with his extraordinary servant, Silas, two characters who quickly became my favorites. The interactions between Nathaniel and Elisabeth left me in smiles. It was so funny to watch how baffled Nathaniel was by Elisabeth.

The plot-line was remarkable with its original concept and all the many twists that kept me on my toes. I loved how every time things seemed to settle in this book only to blow up worse.

And the grimoires! I loved how they each had their own unique voice with their little quirks. The side characters in this book all added value to the story as a whole. Sorcery of Thorns was my first book by Margaret Rogerson and this story was so good, it turned me into an instant fan.

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Blurb: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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Book Review: Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) – L.J. Shen

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance (contains Explicit Content)

Review:

When I started this book, I didn’t know what I was getting into. By now I’ve gotten used to L.J. Shen’s writing style and her story types. But the last couple of her books that I read were a bit of a letdown so I thought this one would be as well.

At first, it felt so. I didn’t like Daria. I remember her from Scandalous when she was a small kid and what a brat she was in it. And at eighteen, she was worse. She was so horrible I really couldn’t stand her. But as I read on, I understood her better. Yes, she was jealous and envious and did bad things but it wasn’t all on her. The messed-up family dynamics made her into what she was. Half-way through the book, I began to feel so sorry for her.

One thing that struck me throughout this story was that you’d think after you got the girl or the guy, there’s your happy-ever-after. But life’s not like that. Daria’s parents, Jaime and Melody had their story in L.J. Shen’s book, Defy and they had their happy-ever-after. And here, their daughter is so messed up. And they had a hand in it.

Penn was the likable one, at first. Then he was a jerk and I wanted to hit him so many times. I was at the point of tearing my hair off in frustration at these two teens messing up over and over. All those raw emotions bouncing and exploding all over the place, going nuclear on everyone involved, including those in the vicinity.

The thing is, it wasn’t just them messing up but the adults and the screwed-up circumstances adding to it all.

What I loved best about this book was the character arc. Daria and Penn’s growth of character was worth it. They both did the right thing, owned up to what they did and tried to make amends. The surprising maturity they showed made all the difference. That turned the tide for me and made this story special. Not to mention, I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous books and all their additions to the story.

The end chapters were amazing and so heartfelt, the scenes wrecked me. I’ll say upfront that this book isn’t for everyone but I found it worth reading and heartbreaking really.

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Blurb: Penn – “They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced. I took her first kiss. She took the only thing I loved. I was poor. She was rich. The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast. Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project. Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much. Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother. There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears. Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.” Daria – “Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk. But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way. The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you. In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day. Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him. Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything. His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free. Now? Now he is making me pay.”
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Book Review: The Year of Shadows – Claire Legrand

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Ghosts, Gothic

Read Count: 2

Review:

Four years later and this book still has a powerful hold on my heart. It was one of the first books by Claire Legrand that I read and her writing style grabbed me and hooked me in deep. The flow of words was beautiful and a pleasure to read.

Olivia’s a twelve-year-old girl who’s mom left her with her neglectful maestro father who uprooted her and her grandmother from their home to a run-down concert hall after falling on hard times. Olivia’s life has been turned upside down and it’s heartbreaking to see her try to adjust to her new life, to cope with the fear of homelessness, to be the adult.

No child should be forced to grow up fast, to care for adults when it should be the other way around. I wanted to put my arms around Olivia and make everything okay for her. So many times I had to stop reading at a certain scene because it was too painful. I had to breathe for a moment before I could go on. If it was that hard for me to read about Olivia’s life, how much harder was it for this girl to live it?

There was a slant of the supernatural to the story with the addition of ghosts that added a really good twist. A delightful cat and friends with interesting characters added some humor and really sweet moments. The plot-line was excellent and very clever. The Year of Shadows was a beautiful, heartfelt story – so well-written it took a permanent place in my heart.

Blurb:

Olivia wants a new life—and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand.
Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.
Her mother’s left, her neglectful father—the maestro of a failing orchestra—has moved her and her grandmother into the city’s dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.
Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help—if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.
Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living…and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up – June 2019

I’m a few days late with my June wrap-up but here it is. 🙂 Well, June wasn’t any better than May. I only read about 7 books and I’m 26 books behind my yearly challenge on Goodreads. Oh, boy.

1. The Devil’s Own (Murphy’s Law, #1) – K. A. Fox

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I got this book from Netgalley and at first it looked good but turned out to be disappointing.

2. Shadow Warrior (Shadow Riders, #4) – Christine Feehan

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Another book that was a bit disappointing. I’m not a prude but the sex scenes were just too much. And a bit of a turn off for me. 😕

3. The Kiss Thief – L.J. Shen

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This book started out so well but I hated how Francesca fucked up in the end, how immature she acted and how she didn’t defend Wolfe when she should have and just watched. Totally tanked the whole story.

4. Treachery in Death (In Death, #32) – J.D. Robb

12 times and this book is still as much fun as the first time I read it.

5. The Year of Shadows – Claire Legrand

4 YEARS LATER AND THIS BOOK STILL HAS MY HEART!

6. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Solid good book.

7. Midnight Bite – Cynthia Eden

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The plot-line was pretty good but the story lacked the depth I enjoy from Cynthia Eden’s books even in her novellas.

On the blogging front, I only did one review and have 2-3 pending! Hope you guys had a better, more productive month than I did.