Book Review

Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo |Book Review

WarbringerPages: 364

Published: August 28, 2017

Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishing

Synopsis:  Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

This book has been sitting on my shelf for such a long time. I remember that I bought it right when it came out because of the cover art on this book. It is absolutely gorgeous. Also, it was written by Leigh Bardugo whom I have read in the past so, I had rather high expectations for this book.

Honestly, I was quite disappointed. I wanted this to be more of an origin tale about wonder woman and how the Amazons came to be. But, this was not that at all. In fact, I felt that Diana wasn’t even the main character of the novel. This was quite a let down for me.

If you are expecting this to be solely about Wonder woman, I have to say you may be disappointed with this book. As it really follows our main character Alia,  who is wanted dead because she is supposed to be the next warbringer, meaning she causes people around her to become angry which leads to the outbreak of war. Diana is determined to find a way to save Alia from the curse of being the warbringer.

This book wasn’t terrible but if you are a fan of Leigh Bardugo, I feel you may notice that the writing style in this book seems to be a little forced and not her regular enticing writing as in “Shadow and Bone”. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters and honestly could have cared less if anyone died in the book. Also, the storyline was overly complicated and it really didn’t need to be. I think that if the book just told the history of Diana and her entrance into the human world halfway through the novel, the story would have been more enjoyable. I wanted more backstory on her life as an Amazon, vs Diana running around New York.  Diana, had the potential of being this kick-ass character. And although she had a few high action scenes in this novel, I felt it didn’t really do her justice.

This is the second time that I picked this book up. The first time that I tried reading it I couldn’t get past the first chapter. This time around it helped that I listened to the audiobook because I feel like I would have personally dnf’ed it had I been reading the physical copy. It honestly didn’t capture my attention from the very beginning and I only continued with the audiobook because it was going by a lot faster. I noticed that I had to relisten to some portions because I would miss a few details. But, it held my attention better as an audiobook.

This book was just meh.  I’m glad to have it off my TBR (To be read) shelf. But, it just was disappointing, it dragged in a lot of parts and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters or world building in this book. This book had so much potential, as being an origin story but it just felt like nothing really happened for the majority of the book. The major action-packed scene occurred with 21 minutes left in the audiobook. And the ending of the book seemed to just resolve way to easily and quickly.

In conclusion, it was just meh… I loved that Young Adult literature tried to play around with iconic D.C. Characters but, it just ended up being flat. If you loved the movie “Wonder Woman”, I would honestly skip this read. But, the cover was HELLA pretty!!!

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just A Few More Chapters,

Rina

Book Review

Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

 

simon vs the homosapien agenda

Pages: 303

Publisher: Blazer & Bray

Published: April 7, 2015

Synopsis:Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama f

or the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book when I picked it up. My initial interest was sparked when I found out that there was going to be a movie based on this book.

I picked it up as an audiobook from SCRIBD. And it was very enjoyable.  This book is a coming of age story about two male high schoolers who have been talking via email, as they establish a relationship and face the struggle of coming out. But there is a twist, our main character Simon Spier has his e-mail fall into the wrong hands and all of a sudden he has to face being blackmailed and risk having his email messages leaked to the entire school. And although he isn’t ready to be out himself, he is more worried about outing the boy that he has been talking too.

 

This book is written in an upbeat and very fun writing style. Becky Albertalli really sucks you into the story. There is a little mystery involved because the main character doesn’t know who the person is that he has been emailing too, all he knows is that the other person is a male and goes to his school.

I really enjoyed that this story wasn’t superficial. There was no instant love. The two main characters didn’t know what the other person looked like until almost the end of the novel which I thought was an honestly a very fresh way of writing a YA love story. I loved that this story showed that there is so much more than falling in love with a person’s outer shell, and how important it is to fall in love with the inner shell first.

This story I think teaches a lot about not only love romantically but how to learn to love yourself too. Throughout the e-mails that the two characters send to one another, they acknowledge their past relationships and why they didn’t work out and they stop shaming themselves in thinking that something is wrong with them. I think this is such an important message for today’s youth.

There is a lot of diversity in this book which should be noted, there are colored characters and LGBTQ+ representation. And all of it is done so perfectly. This also has healthy relationship representation which is important to note as well.

I enjoyed my experience with this book, I can’t wait to see the movie. If you are planning on settling down with this book I recommend you have your oreo cookies out and your tissues on hand because if you are like me, you will tear up at some of the cute little parts in this book.

Overall, good read, good representation, good audiobook.

With Warm Cups Of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

Book Review

Frostbite By Richelle Mead| Book Review

FrostbitePaperback, 327 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Razorbill (first published April 1st 2008)

Synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price… (Goodreads)

Rating: starsstarsstarsstarsstars/5

Review:

Hey Biblimanics,

Today I bring to you my thoughts on Frostbite by Richelle Mead. To be quite honest I picked this book up on a whim. I couldn’t get into anything after finishing “The Great Gatsby”. I also wanted something that was fun and didn’t take much brain power to get through. This was such an enjoyable read. If you are a fan of “Twilight” or vampires this is a read for you.

This is a second book in the series. The first book “The Vampire Academy”, I read a long time ago. For some reason, I never continued on with the series. That book spent a lot of time setting up the world building and relationships. This second book was just a mind whirl. It was excellent, as we continue to learn more about the characters and watch them develop into individuals, while a crisis breaks out where someone is murdering the royal vampire families. The students of St. Vladimir’s have to go into hiding in a safe ski resort for the Holiday/ Christmas break. You would think that everything would be smooth sailing from there but that is where we are so wrong. Chaos unleashes and Rose once again decides to save the day.

Let me just say, this book is full of romance. The relationship between Dimitri and Rose is literally to die for. This ship, literally makes you feel all of the emotions. There is so much love, yet the two characters struggle with keep strict boundaries between one another because they lead a student/ mentor relationship. But, every time that Dimitri was in a scene I couldn’t put this book down. I was fangirling so hard. I feel like this particular novel is heavily character driven.

Rose grew so much in this book, and although she still had her spunky banter, you can tell she was talking her role of guardian in training more seriously.  I felt there was a lot of emotion in this book. I related to Rose, she seemed like a character that had things from romance to friends to school issues going and she handled them how a person who is stressed out would. I felt like all her issues never just had a fast solution, the character really had to figure things out for herself.

This novel is also action-packed, from combat practices gone wrong to a bad-ass sword battle. I lived for all the little action moments. They were done so well, I never felt like the action was just randomly placed. It was well, thought out.

I loved that the book tied up loose ends. The ending definitely made me want to continue on with the series but, this book was complete. I never got the feeling like there was more that I wanted out of it. I think that the ending did a great job to set up for the next book to pick up without the reader feeling disappointed. And boyyy, let me just say the ending gave me so many feels. The last 100 pages I feel just went by so fast. They were emotional and action packed which made this book extremely enjoyable and I highly recommend if you like romance and vampires to pick this one up.

 

Beyond the books

Beyond The Books: Blogging Goals and Most Popular Posts|Thursdays (1.11.18)

Beyond the Books Meme is hosted by Karen Blue over at KissinKarenBlue.


Hello Bibliomanics and welcome to the new post series that I will be starting on here called beyond the books. I found this on whim and thought it would be a lot of fun to do. I will be combining last weeks and this weeks topics into this post.

Lets start with my blogging goals.

I would like to post more book reviews on this blog. The current goal is to have at least one book review go up each week.

Secondly, I would love to incorporate Youtube, into my blogging experience. I would love to film book reviews and more discussion type videos.

And thirdly, I would love to be more active on Netgalley, and concentrate on more critical and thought out reviews.

Let’s move on to my most popular post:

My most popular post of 2017 was Blogmas: Barnes & Noble Membership (Is it Worth it?)

It was also one of my favorite posts to write as it really explored my own feelings towards my membership which I am so blessed to have.

Overall, I am so excited for this upcoming year. I can not wait to see where this New Year takes me.

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

 

 

Book Review

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green |Book Review

35504431Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. (Goodreads)

Pages: 290

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Published:October 10th 2017

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Review:

This book was brilliant. I related to it on so many levels. Aza, spoke to me because I could see mine own battle with anxiety happen through her eyes.

Turtles all the way down, was very good. It wasn’t my favorite book that John Green has ever written because “The Fault In Our Stars” does holds that special place. I did enjoy it a lot because I was able to connect with it.

Our main character Aza has an anxiety disorder, which I identified with as well. There were so many instances in this novel that I felt that I had reacted to a situation in my life, in a similar way as Aza has. The one problematic area that I couldn’t connect with was when Aza, was prescribed medication for her anxiety right way without the doctor trying to find alternative ways to deal with anxiety.

I loved the relationship and friendship that this story developed. I think that it did show the honest truth and difficulty of what it looks like to date someone with anxiety. I can identify with the feelings that Aza, had when she was conflicted with two sides of herself and wanted to be closer to Davis but, at the same time she pulled away from him, and began to overthink every little bit.

I thought that Daisy, Aza’s best friend was written as a typical high schooler who wanted her best friend to just be able to have fun. I can see how she could be a problematic character in the sense that she was not always supportive of Aza, but I can see where her character struggled to understand what is going on with her best friend and although wanted to continue to be friends, but had to take some time to change her thoughts and  behavior in order to do so.

Overall, I thought that this was a beautifully written novel. I enjoyed that this novel also revolved around a mystery of what happened to the billionaire Russel Picket. The storyline was never flat, as it revolved around the constant suspense element while introducing the struggles of a character dealing with anxiety.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning about mental illness, and anxiety. There were also so many beautiful quotes in this book that I couldn’t help but flag every single one of them in my copy so I can go back and reread them in the future.

(Also, please know that if you are battling with anxiety or mental illness, you are not alone. If you need additional support please contact SAMHSA treatment referral helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7. Or reach out to a school counselor or parent.)

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just A Few More Chapters,

Rina

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Midnight Heir

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of “Books and a Beat“. Anyone can participate.

1.Grab your current book title

2. Open to a random page

3. Share 2 lines. NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!

4.Share Author and Title

Lady Midnight ” A boy with blazing blue green eyes and the blond girl he had seen at the shadow market the week before. They were both staring – not at him, but at the boy gripping his shirt. ” ( Chapter 16, “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare)

Feel free to leave a comment with your teaser tuesday, as always if there are any books that you have to recommend please leave a comment or tweet me at: rinareviewsbks.

ONE LOVE,

Rina

0 by 2020

0 by 2020

This is hard to admit, but these are all the books I have on my bookshelf. The ones crossed off are the ones I have already read. The ones that are not crossed off are the long list of books still waiting to be crossed off. By the year 2020 I want to either unhaul, or read the books that are on this list. Let’s put the reading caps on and READ, READ, READ!!

  • Harry Potter
  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of Phoenix
  • Half-blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows
  • The Silkworm
  • The cuckoo’s calling *
  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Stieg Larson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo x2
  • The Girl who played with Fire x2
  • The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest x2
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Crank
  • Glass
  • Fallout
  • Trick
  • Identical
  • Perfect
  • Collateral
  • Burned
  • Triangles
  • Impluse
  • Tilt
  • Smoke
  • Susan Collins
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay
  • John Green
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • Papertowns
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Every you, Every Me
  • The Wasp Factory
  • The Painist
  • I Hate Myselfie
  • Gone Girl
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • The Martian
  • Prozac Nation
  • White Oleander
  • The Journals of Sylvia Plath
  • Ariel
  • Red Queen
  • Glass Sword
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Siege and Storm
  • Ruin and Rising
  • Losing Hope
  • Ugly Love
  • This Girl
  • Point of Retreat
  • Slammed
  • Hopeless
  • Maybe Someday
  • On the Road
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Childern of Willesden Lane
  • Half Bad
  • Half-Wild
  • Ready Player One
  • Love Letters to the Dead
  • Catch -22
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Still Alice
  • Walking Disaster
  • Splintered
  • My True Love Gave to Me
  • Crash
  • Neon Angel
  • Harley Quinn:  Hot in the City
  • The Assasins Blade
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Afterworlds
  • The Lightening Theif
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titans Curse
  • The Battle of Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian
  • The Lost Hero
  • Fan Girl
  • Eleanor & Park
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Twits
  • Matilda
  • The BFG
  • The Witches
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/ Charlie and the Glass Elevator
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Bitch
  • Tender is the Night
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The wind and the willows
  • The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Heidi
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Peter Pan
  • A little Princess
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Go Set the Watchman
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Childern
  • Hollow City
  • Falling Kingdoms
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me
  • Mistborn
  • The Hero of Ages
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hip Girls Handbook
  • The Pony Party
  • All The Wrong Questions: Who Could Beat this Hour?
  • The Lump of Coal
  • The Bad Beginging
  • The Reptile Room
  • The Wide Window
  • The Austre Academy
  • The Ersatz Elevator
  • The Vile Village
  • The Carnicorous Carnival
  • The Slippery Slope
  • The Grim Grotto
  • The Peniltimate Peril
  • The Beatrice Letters
  • Alice in Wonderland (Leatherbound)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Picture)
  • Snow White
  • Dark Lover
  • Interview with a Vampire
  • 1984
  • Leaves of Grass
  • The Three Muskatereers
  • Girl Interrupted
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lolita
  • Modern Romance
  • Fairest
  • Room
  • Nightlight
  • Veronica Mars: Thousand Dollar Tan Lines
  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell
  • Diner
  • Star Wars Trilogy
  • My Life in France
  • Dash and Lilys Book of Dares
  • North of Beautiful
  • Notes from the Blender
  • Want to go Private?
  • Night
  • You Have 7 Messages
  • Coraline
  • The Perks of being a Wallflower
  • Little Women
  • The Best of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Grapes Of Wrath
  • East of Eden
  • Brave New World
  • The Tolken Reader
  • Dark Fever
  • The Bell Jar
  • Franny and Zoey
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Road
  • Les Miserables
  • Kidnapped
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Treasure Island x2
  • A Game Of Thrones
  • Clash of Kings
  • Storm of Swords
  • Feast of Crows
  • Dance of Dragons
  • Anna Karenina x2
  • Queen Of Shadows
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The count of Monte Cristo
  • The Lucky One
  • The Last Song
  • The Notebook
  • A Bend in the Road
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Dear John
  • The Wedding
  • Message in the Bottle
  • The Best of Me
  • Prey
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Marilyn Monre
  • How to Speak Dog
  • FML
  • Babe in Boyland
  • Middle Sex
  • Speak
  • Annie
  • The Privilege Youth
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Disc World
    1. The Colour of Magic (1983) (Rincewind)
    2. The Light Fantastic (1986) (Rincewind)
    3. Equal Rites (1987) (Witches)
    4. Mort (1987) (Death)
    5. Sourcery (1988) (Rincewind)
    6. Wyrd Sisters (1988) (Witches)
    7. Pyramids (1989) (One-off)
    8. Guards! Guards! (1989) (City Watch)
    9. Faust Eric (1990) (Rincewind)
    10. Moving Pictures (1990) (One-off)
    11. Reaper Man (1991) (Death)
    12. Witches Abroad (1991) (Witches)
    13. Small Gods (1992) (One-off)
    14. Lords and Ladies (1992) (Witches)
    15. Troll Bridge (1992) (Short story)
    16. Men at Arms (1993) (City Watch)
    17. Theatre of Cruelty (1993) (Short story)
    18. Soul Music (1994) (Death)
    19. Interesting Times (1994) (Rincewind)
    20. Maskerade (1995) (Witches)
    21. Feet of Clay (1996) (City Watch)
    22. Hogfather (1996) (Death)
    23. Jingo (1997) (City Watch)
    24. The Last Continent (1998) (Rincewind)
    25. Carpe Jugulum (1998) (Witches)
    26. The Sea and Little Fishes (1998) (Short story)
    27. The Fifth Elephant (1999) (City Watch)
    28. The Truth (2000) (One-off)
    29. Thief of Time (2001) (Death)
    30. The Last Hero (2001) (Rincewind, although this is debatable)
    31. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (2001) (One-off)
    32. Night Watch (2002) (City Watch)
    33. Death and What Comes Next (2002) (Short story)
    34. The Wee Free Men (2003) (Wee Free Men)
    35. Monstrous Regiment (2003) (One-off)
    36. A Hat Full of Sky (2004) (Wee Free Men)
    37. Going Postal (2004) (Post Office)
    38. Once More* With Footnotes (2004) (Compilation of short works)
    39. Thud! (2005) (City Watch)
    40. Wintersmith (2006) (Wee Free Men)
    41. Making Money (2007) (Post Office)
    42. Unseen Academicals (2009) (The Wizards, Rincewind)
    43. I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) (Wee Free Men)
    44. Snuff (2011) (City Watch / Sam Vimes)
    45. Raising Steam (2013) (Post office)
    46. The Shepherd’s Crown (2015) (Wee Free Men)
#booktube · Friday Reads

#FridayReads: Lady Midnight

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

It is 17 minutes into Saturday, and I realized I didn’t post my #Fridayreads up yet. I have been reading Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. I am Lady Midnightabout 54% of the way through the book.

I have been realizing a few things that have changed in my reading process. The major change is I enjoy reading from E-books, way more than reading a physical copy. Secondly, I read a lot faster when I read an e-book. As much as I love how my books look on my shelf, I am very much enjoying the process of reading e-books. One thing I love about E-books is that amazon offers very cheap audiobooks of the books you buy as e-books. This is especially awesome if you re reading thicker books like “A Game of Thrones”.

Synopsis: In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.(Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I hope to read at least 200 hundred pages of “Lady Midnight”, this weekend. As of today, I have read 83 pages. The book is really picking up, and I am very much enjoying the setting of the story as it is set in L.A. I think that the character development although rapid, it is really interesting and engaging to see how the characters deal with certain situations. Also, there is a lot of suspense and mystery in the plot. I’m enjoying all the forbidden love aspects in this book, and find it to be very fast paced and entertaining.

What are you guys reading this weekend? If you have an book recommendations feel free to leave a commit or connect with me on Twitter at: rinareviewsbks

With Warm Cups of Tea, And just a Few more Chapters,

Rina

Monthly Wrap Up

August Wrap up 2016

My Reality

This month has been soo busy. And it flew by in no time at all. I took a week long vacation to Ventura, California. And it was amazing. I got to visit the little island of Santa Rosa, eat some incredible Italian food.After coming back from Ventura, my birthday was right around the corner. I can officially say I have been alive for 24 amazing years. This month I discovered a new book called, “The Japanese Art of Tidying Up”, and such an amazing read.  Which leads me to say, I have been getting rid of my shit. There you go I said. After discovering this book and reading a little of it, I couldn’t wait to start decluttering. And its been amazing so far. Lastly, I have applied to colleges. You heard it right here, this girl is putting her big girl pants on and going to a University. ( Which one is to be determined, but the important part is that I applied  right?)

Books

On too the books… This wasn’t the hottest reading month for me. But, the highlight that I have been the most proud of is that I have been keeping up to date with my “Research Methods,” textbook readings. WHOOP WHOOP!!! Textbooks are always the most hardest things for me to read and I tend to have the habit of procrastinating my text readings but, this semester things are going according to plan.

As far as all other books go, I only read 2 books at the very,very,very beginning of the month.

Safe havenSafe Haven By Nicholas Sparks, I gave it a 3.75/5 . I wanted to love this book. However, I felt like it dragged on in places. The main character Katy, was well developed and had quite a deep story line to her. The male protagonist, Alex was a heart throb. He was a very attentive father and put his kids before everyone and everything. I enjoyed how the story developed around their relationship. There was a dark side to their relationship as Katie was running away from her demons that weren’t far behind. I enjoyed this book and the complexity that it brought with it. My one complain is that the story just dragged in some spots and I wish there was a little more Obsidianaction scenes because there was a lot of potential for that .

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I gave it 2/5. This book held absolutely no meaning for me. It was fun to read, it had a little of the 90’s Rosswell vibe to it. However, it didn’t grasp my attention from the start. One day, I’ll pick up the rest of the series until then I have other things to read.


Blog Posts

There were a total of 2 blog posts this month.

#FridayReads Ventura California edition and Obsidian review. There is hope that next month there will be more #fridayreads and reviews up.

Video Posts

Lastly, there were ZERO videos posted this month. I did film, just haven’t been inspired to edit. There is hope September will be a better filming month.

Until Next Time…..

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina in w0nderland

Book Review

Obsidian By Jennifer L Armentrout |Review

ObsidianLux Series: Obsidian

Pages: 335

Publisher: Entangled Teen Publishing

Synopsis

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is. (Goodreads)

Review:

This is a Rosswell meets Twilight, kind of story. I’ll start by saying I have never read a book that had aliens involved. And I have to say that I really enjoyed the concept of reading a novelization about aliens. There a few things that I really enjoyed about the book.

Pro’s:

There were a few things I liked about this book:

-I loved that there was no instalove. The two main characters that this story revolved around never had a moment when they just met and suddenly they were dating. I really liked this because they were able to really get to know one another. Although, there was a lot of lusting for one another through out the book which came out in a bantering sort of conversation between the characters I really liked that the book took its time to progress their relationship.

– Since, the element of instalove was eliminated from the story the characters and side characters relationships were a huge concentration in the this book. I really liked how it balanced affection and dislike for another person. I liked that it showed the side that you may not like everyone that you first meet but, once you get to know them they can surprise and a strong relationship could be built. I really liked this because I have not seen it very often in young adult literature.

Con’s:

I had a couple of things that I just felt incomplete about at the end of the novel. I do have to keep in mind that this is the first book in a four book series, but even knowing that I felt that the first book should have concentrated strongly on world building.

-Since there was an interaction between characters that came from different planet’s, I felt that the Luxen planet needed to be explained more for the reader to understand and be able to visualize the villains, Arum in the book that are associated with Luxen.

-The villains, in this novel were very poorly explained and I couldn’t fully visualize them. Also, I would have liked a little more information on them, well at the same time having a sort of mystery established around them. I think that they were well introduced but, I needed more in order to form a visual in my mind.

-Lastly, I really struggled to like Katy’s mom. She wasn’t a huge issue that I had with her, but I wish that she was a little more authoritative then passive. I understood that she was excited that her daughter would have friends after their move to West Virgina, but at the same time her mom was way too trusting. She also really encouraged a relationship between Daemon and Katy which I felt was a little unrealistic.

Thoughts:

Overall, I gave this book a starsstars.75/ starsstarsstarsstarsstars. If you are looking for a meaningless read but you want some romance and drama this would be a good book to read. However, if you are wanting something to grasp your attention with syfy this isn’t exactly what you are looking for. It was a fun read, but it was a long shot from amazing. However, I will be continue on with the series.

Warm cups of tea, and just a few more chapters,

Rina