T5W: Books I Thought I’d Dislike but Ended Up Enjoying

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book blog hosted by a group on Goodreads. You can check out previous topics and look out for April’s by clicking here.

The books mentioned in this post are ones that I thought were hyped and afraid they wouldn’t live up to their standard. Fortunately for me, they ended up being fantastic and I’m all the better for having these books in my life!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books feat. My Favorite Color — Red!

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Technically, this topic is “books with your favorite color on the cover (or in the title). So I’m going to do a mix of both… Because I can. 🙂 I’ll also try to feature books I’ve read, some of my favorites, and books I’m excited for.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Girl. Check out the topics here.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Unique Book Titles

I think “unique” is a very subject word, so while you may not think these are unique, I do! So there’s that. 😛 Anyway, while I definitely buy books because of covers, I absolutely love book titles and finding the meaning behind them, whether it’s a direct quote from the book or speaks about the book as a whole.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can check out the rest of October’s topics, and even the ones for the rest of the year! (Is 2018 really that far away? 😮 )

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Review: “This Savage Song” by Victoria Schwab

Wow! I am thoroughly surprised and pleased with this book. To be honest, I didn’t expect to like it. I read Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was okay but I wasn’t overwhelmed with like for it, but this, this I like.

First off, I will say that I loved the concept. I mean, a dystopian fantasy where violence breeds monsters? How can you not? I didn’t even mind that there wasn’t a speck of romance in this because the characters are each fascinating (though I did find Kate annoying at some times). This was dark and twisted and Schwab did a fantastic job with it. I actually wanted it to be longer and I can’t believe I have to wait forever and a day for the sequel. 😦

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Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release date: July 5, 2016
Length: 428 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, paranormal
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?”

My rating: 4/5 stars

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Just so you know, that could be August. 😉

Kate Harker has been through six boarding schools before her father, Callum Harker, allows her to return to V-City. There, she attends Colton Academy, a school under the protection of her father, a protection that people will pay a steep price for as long as it protects them from the monsters in the dark. But all she wants to do is prove to her father that she is his daughter–that she can be cruel, cold, and unfeeling, but when she meets August Flynn, what she thought about monsters–at least his kind–begins to change.

“Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly, / Smile and bite and drink you dry.” 

August Flynn wants to be human. He tries every day, remnants of each passing day without going dark evident by the tally marks on his skin. When he starts school at Colton Academy under the request of his human father, Henry, he makes reluctant friends with Kate Harker, all the while hiding the fact that he’s a monster–and a particularly deadly one.

“Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal. / Sing a song and steal your soul.” 

But when the two discover that there’s more going on in their part of the city than anyone will let on, Kate and August must find a way to stop the truce from breaking and a way to keep the monsters at bay.

“You could burn so brightly … If you let yourself.” 

The writing isn’t anything special. It’s direct without being flowery, but I found myself drawn in, and I think it’s from the way Schwab writes her characters. She makes them relatable and while I couldn’t quite relate to Kate, I definitely found myself drawn to August. My favorite character, by far, is Ilsa, though we don’t know much about her. The ending and what happened to her killed me.

Initially, I was a bit confused about the monsters and how they came into existence but as I continued to read, I was entranced. I will say that it reminded me a lot of vampires, especially with the reference to the monsters “eating” and how they needed to eat or else they would go “dark” but then I discovered how unique each of the three monsters were, and the whole vampire idea was put on the back burner.

THAT ENDING THOUGH. What a cliffhanger! UGHHHH. Why do I torture myself with books like this? Ones that are just released and the sequel doesn’t come out for another year or so? I’ll be on the edge of my seat with anticipation though!

Have you read this yet? If so, did you like it? If not, is it on your TBR?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Because I have been in such a book slump lately, I don’t have a review to post. 😦

But I can tell you what I’m reading. I’ve been looking for ways to post more and I came across this website which has a master list of book blogging-related memes. I thought it’d be nice to jazz up my blog a bit more, outside of just reviews and stuff, although I do love writing those too. 🙂

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How’s Your (August) TBR?

Normally, I am extremely prepared and ready to go when it comes to posting on my blog but this weekend, I was hit with PMS and seriously, I was down for the count! I was rather productive on Saturday morning but then it started so all I did was lay in bed (or the couch), read, edit my book a bit, and then I also ended up skipping church on Sunday to…lay in bed and read. ^_^’

So you’d think I would be going a great job, getting through my TBR for August. Alas, that is not the case. I skimmed through Netgalley a few weeks ago and “wished” for a book, was approved, and so I started reading it to end up not even finishing it (or liking it). That took up a few days. Then I have an author friend who wants me to take a look at the sequel to her first book but I need to read the 1st book, so I’ve been going back and forth with that and An Ember in the Ashes.

But I have some exciting news!

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June & July’s Most Anticipated Releases!

I decided to combine June and July because I’m honestly only anticipating one novel in June so I thought I’d skim through July’s list and maybe come up with some more. 🙂 I’ve just included books that sounded interesting to me so these aren’t all the book that relates in June & July (that would be incredibly long XD ).

I don’t normally buy books right when they’re released (with two exceptions being The Winner’s Kiss and The Raven King because how can you not?). I actually might wait until the local library gets them or if I have a coupon or something that offers a decent % off, I’ll buy it. That’s probably unlike what most people do but when adulting gets in the way, sometimes it’s better just to be an adult.

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