Quick blogging/life update

Hey everyone!

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately and not much else. The reason for that is May has been crazy busy for me. I’ve been going on trips every weekend this month so that’s been taking up a lot of my time. All the unpacking and packing takes up a lot of time. I’ve also been taking care of things for law school which I start in August. Actually, most of the trips I’ve been taking have been related to that. Things should be settling down when I come back from my next trip on Wednesday. I’m hoping to get some non-reviews up during that time.

How have you been lately? Let’s talk in the comments!

xoxo,

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Review: Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1)

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Rating: ★★★★

This book was so much fun!

For the record, I’ve always loved pirates. Back in 6th grade I was OBSESSED with pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest came out that year and fueled the fire to my obsession.

So back to this book, I loved the premise. The main character, Alosa, sets up her own kidnapping so that she can steal a map. How clever and a nice twist!

Alosa is such a badass. She’s the pirate queen I never knew I needed. Not only is she smart and a great fighter, but she’s also part siren which gives her some awesome man-controlling powers. 

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The one thing I didn’t like was that I wanted more of her female pirate crew and her ship. We get a taste of that at the end and I really wanted more. But I’m pretty sure the sequel will focus more on her ship and crew, so that’s not a big deal. 

Random side note: I loved that the endpapers were a map of the ship she was on. I always love maps in books so that was a nice touch.

Overall, this was a fast paced and exciting pirate adventure story that features a female lead who slays (both literally and figuratively). I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how the rest of the story unfolds!

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

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Rating: ★★★

So this was an interesting installment in the ACOTAR series.

For the first half of the book, I was bored out of my mind. After the halfway point I did get more interested in it. I had the hardest time getting into the story, probably because there wasn’t really a story. The book was mainly the inner circle preparing and then celebrating the Winter Solstice. There was talk of the aftermath of the events of ACOWAR, but there wasn’t enough to actually give this book a storyline. 

The book is told in alternating points of view, but in a weird way. It’s mainly told in first person by Feyre and Rhysand, but there are some chapters that are told in third person by Cassian and Mor. The shift from first person to third person was strange. I would have rather had it all be in first person. However, it was nice to see other character’s points of view because there is a lot to explore from the other members of the inner circle. 

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This book also contains a sneak peek of the next book, and after reading it, I am definitely interested in continuing the series. It seems way more interesting than this book was. 

Overall, this was not as good as the rest of the series and I didn’t find it to be a necessary addition either. But if you are a super fan and want to spend more time with the characters and just read about them, then give this book a go! 

Review: How to Walk Away

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Rating: ★★★★

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (St. Martin’s Press).

This book tackles the heavy subject of ending up paralyzed after an airplane crash. When I first started reading this I felt very sad for the main character, Margaret. Her situation was very depressing. But luckily the book didn’t continue down that path. It got pretty uplifting about a 1/3 of the way in. 

I really enjoyed seeing Margaret’s state of mind change throughout her recovery. It was really inspiring. Often times I stopped and thought about what I would do in her situation. 

I loved the love interest, Ian. I liked that he did have his faults, which made him feel real. So many times books like these have a “Mr. Perfect” type of love interest, so I was very happy to see that Ian was different. 

As for the other characters, I really liked Margaret’s sister, Kitty. She was such a fun character. 

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I also really liked that the book was realistic. Like I mentioned previously, Ian felt like a realistic love interest, but besides that, the way Margaret’s condition was handled felt very realistic as well. It could have gone down the “miracle” route, but didn’t. The author did a great job highlighting the reality of Margaret’s injury and did it proper justice. 

The writing style was also superb. It was written in a very easy-going, conversational manner, which made it a joy to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The realistic characters and realistic portrayal of life in a wheelchair combined with great writing makes this book a hit! 

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Review: Dead Girl Running (Cape Charade #1)

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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign.

I always have a hard time with rating thrillers. I’m pickier with them than with other genres, and I usually end up rating them somewhere in the middle which is exactly what happened with this book (hence my 3.5 stars).

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I loved how the book started off. The opening chapter was really good and helped set up the overall plot line well. 

The succeeding chapters, were a bit of an information dump. You get the main character’s backstory and get introduced to a ton of characters. I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and who they were. 

The mystery was very interesting so I was eager to keep reading. I found that I really enjoyed the writing style. Christian Dodd is an excellent writer. I had just finished reading a not-that-great chick lit book before picking up this book, so the writing in this was a nice change.

The book kind of stalled a bit towards the middle, but picked up tremendously towards the end. There was a lot of action in the last 70 pages. However, there were some scenarios towards the end that didn’t feel very realistic so I didn’t love that. 

The book does end in a slight cliffhanger, so I am interested in reading the next book.

Overall, this was a well written thriller, but it did have its flaws. 

Review: The Theory of Happily Ever After

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Revell Books) in exchange for an honest review. 

Typically I really like chick lit and rom-coms, but I didn’t really like this one. 

My main issue with this book was the characters. The main character, Maggie, was pretty annoying for the first half of the book. All she would do was complain about her life over and over again. It got way too repetitive. Maggie’s two best friends were annoying too, especially Haley. I could not stand Haley at all. She acted like a spoiled brat and was not a very good friend, in my opinion. The male characters were slightly better. I really liked Sam, but I thought Brent was just okay. 

I also found the book to be too short. I felt like towards the end, the story was just starting to take shape. The book definitely could have benefitted from some more fleshing out. 

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In regards to what I liked, I enjoyed the premise of the book. The singles’ cruise was a clever idea.

I also liked the references to Disney princesses. There were nods to Beauty and the Beast (at one point Maggie even dresses up as Belle) and one reference to Frozen (pg. 168-“I needed to find solace in another Disney princess and follow her advice: let it go”).

Overall, the book would have been more enjoyable if the characters were less bothersome.

Tag, you’re it!

Hello! Today I want to talk about tag posts and my struggle over tagging people.

Basically, whenever I do a tag post, I always have difficulty over choosing who to tag. Half the time I don’t even tag anyone. I’ll just say, “If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!” But I really do want to tag people. I’m a newish blogger, so I don’t know that many bloggers, much less know who likes to do tags. Typically I’ll just randomly go through my following list and pick people from there.

So here’s where you come in. Let me know in the comments if you would like to be tagged in future tag posts and if you have any preferences for certain type of tags (ex. Disney related tags, TV related tags, etc.). That way I have an easy place to find people to tag. If you don’t want to be tagged, let me know too because the last thing I want is to be that annoying person who continually tags people who don’t want to be tagged. Also, let me know how you decide who to tag. I’m curious!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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