So I’ve been away from blogging for a long time… I’ve kept up on my reading, but I’ve neglected my blog. It was my own fault, but I want to try it again. I figured even if I didn’t keep up my reading and blogging goals, I can post a weekly wrap up so I’d anyone is interested, they can see what I am reading and my thoughts on the book.
This week of the 4-11th of November, I read 7 books. I also participated in a read athon called BorrowAThon, where the goal is to read books from your library and promote the idea of using your library. It’s one of the few readathons I make the effort to participate in… but that’s beside the point… alright, let’s get onto the wrap up since I have a lot to talk about.
Frostbite- Vampire Academy 2. Richelle Mead
I didn’t like the first two books a lot. I gave each only three stars, but this book was part of the give an author a second chance. I wanted to try again with Richelle so I picked up the second book in the series since I read the first about two years ago. I didn’t want to start all the way over… so I tried this one out. This book was just okay… she is going to be a vampire guardian… bad things are happening… someone needs to save the day… her best friend has magic vampire powers… it wasn’t fantastic at all. Yet, I picked up the rest of the series and am going to binge read them so maybe my thoughts will change. Who knows.
Author’s Pet -Deathco Cortorino
I just picked this one up from Libby because I was having a hard time staying focused. I flew through this one. It was pretty cute. I just wanted some adult gay male manga, and this was it. It was not bad, but I wanted more from the story. Also, I will say I am one of those people, and I wish it had been a tad more explicit.
Truth or Beard- Penny Reid. Winston Brothers Book One
I ended up thinking this book was so freaking cute. I wasn’t sure at the start, but I was sucked into the story.
It starts out with Jess being kissed by her childhood crush… but then it turns out the crazy kiss was his twin brother. Oh, and the kiss was fantastic. I couldn’t imagine how the book could get even better… and it just happened. This book was just so fluffy and cute. I needed it so badly in my life, and I didn’t even know it until I was sucked in. Don’t get me wrong, I adore romances. I just have a habit of reading a lot of YA so this was nice to read about adults and… you get the idea.
The backdrop of Tennessee and the beards is so cute. I just melted because I love dudes with some nice facial hair and Tennessee is a state I’m so in love with. I feel Jess wanting to see the world…. but I want to see the lovely hills and valleys of Tennessee. It’s my dream to live there someday this book just made me want it so bad… to have a nice bearded dude to kiss in the mountains of Tennessee, what a nice dream.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how they made her cousin Tina look. I just felt like the author kind of made her seem lowly just because she was an adult dancer, which is harmful rep. I get she was a mean person… but her vocation should have nothing to do with that… and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Jess was exactly into being pinned down… I mean, he would do it and I’m just like ummmmm maybe this isn’t okay. She would say oh this is great, but maybe it should be right away so people don’t feel weird.
I ended up buying all of the books in this series and preordering the one which comes out next year. I have a strong feeling I will end up loving this series as a whole. It’s been a bit since an adult romance series really “hooked” me, but I have a good feeling about this one.
Roar- Cara Cormack
First book of BorrowAThon. Accidentally, but I thought it would be okay to include it since it’s already started! So this one covers the 2017 release challenge, I tbut I still have another book to cover the challenge.
This book was talked about on BookTube somewhat, and I was like man. I need to read it. I wanted to read a story about magic and storms. I picked up this book like a month ago, and I couldn’t get into it so I decided to come back to it. The second time I kept putting it off until I got past the beginning, and then the story seemed to capture my attention much more. I haven’t read too many reviews about this novel, but I know I have mixed feelings.
Here is what I like: storm magic, fantasy elements, a strong female lead, and even a handsome leading man. All some of my types of things when I want to lose myself in a book.
Things I like less: I don’t understand the magic system fully… I don’t get what Roar is… so I hope it will be explained more. especially why whatever it was didn’t manifest itself til later? The romance wasn’t as intense as I wanted. First he said she reminded him of his sister and then later on, he was just in love with her.
I like the real name of the main love interest. It just sounds like a handsome YA guy name. I’m a sucker for those. Ha. Also, I did like Cassius even though he turned out to be the bad guy. I just really like the bad guys I guess…
Overall, a solid read. I plan to read the next book and hope it will be even better.
A Great and Terrible Beauty Libra Bray Gemma Doyle Book One
Covers the new to you series for BorrowAThon. It was an okay book. I didn’t love hate it nor did I hate it. I excepted more, but I can’t say what I wanted. It just was a book about some magic… in the Victorian age. I don’t think I’ll be finishing this series. But at least I tried it.
Before She Ignites- Jodi Meadows. fallen isles book one.
This book is long. There’s a lot of waiting for something to happen, and it flashes back to the last. It takes some time to get used to, but I thought this book was really good. I thought the anxiety rep was on point, and I was excited there are dragons. I wanted more illegal dragon trafficking to be happening, but there are more books to come so I just have to be patient. Mira is strong, and I just loved this book a ton. I understand some people have found it to be problematic so please see Goodreads for those thoughts.
The Ship of the Dead- Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Three.
This book is just perfect and I love this whole series a lot… I’ll be doing a separate post about this book soon since I have so many thoughts. This was ten five words or more challenge for BorrowAThon.
The Library of Souls- Richard Denney
This was the takes place in a library challenge. Also, this book was written by a booktuber I really like so watch this space for a full review.
Please note I don’t normally read this much… I was just on vacation from work. That’s why there are so many books. Please stay with me if you want to see more of what I’ll be reading each week along with possible tags or others posts to come.