Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Thanks

So not exactly a book post but it's that time of year when everyone starts to say what they're thankful for and I figured I could roll with that. There's a lot I'm thankful even when things don't turn out like they should. 

First things first I'm thankful for my families, yes I said families. I have my regular family in which they put with me and my obsession with books even if they don't always agree with me. They are also always there no matter what decision I make. The other family is my friends who are just as crazy and nuts as me. Being able to know this group and consider their family yours as well has made me glad, that they all entered my life and are here to stay even if we don't see each other as much as we used to now that we have graduated from college.

I'm thankful for those men and women who can't be home with their families this holiday season. Thank you for your service and dedication to the country.

Yet another thing I'm thankful for is all the little things in life that happen that make day to day wonderful and hilarious. The book blogging community is something that has come into my life recently and I'm thankful because you are all wonderful people and very welcoming to newbies like myself.

There are many other things I'm thankful for but this happens to be the bulk of it. Remember even when something doesn't go as planned still be thankful for what you got even if its not a lot.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone (if you celebrate the holiday)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey all! It's my first ever Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top 10 is Top 10 Books on My Winter TBR list. So here goes nothing!

 Top 10 Winter TBR:

 Yes I know this is 2 books but I'm counting them as one! Going to reread them before the release of Ensnared in January!

Won this series recently from Hannah from So Obsessed With and Alexia of Adventures in Reading. So of course this is on my list!

Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series is a recent find of mine, looking forward to it!

Historical fiction. Katherine Longshore's Gilt has sounded promising to me before. 

 An old favorite of mine by Cornelia Funke and I found a copy with Sorrel's Story in it! Bonus!

Belladona by Fiona Paul aka Paula Stokes, dying to know what happens after the events in Venom. 

Picked this one up a while ago just haven't gotten around to reading it so it's about time I do so. 

Winterspell! Name sums it up as to why its on the list ;)

Haven't read this one in a while but it's about time for it to be read. 

Last but not least is Lirael! Working my way through Sabriel again so logically Lirael is a choice. 

I have a lot more but these are my Top 10 to get through this winter. What isn't on my Top 10 is what my TBTBSanta sends me! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

of Poseidon

Title: of Poseidon 
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: May 22, 2012 

I'll have to admit I did judge this book by the cover a bit before I got it but it was called of Poseidon, so it was bound to have promise just based on that alone. Turns out my guess was right, it was pretty good which is why I'm giving it a 4 out of 5.
Syrena Legacy Book 1 

Reasons that I enjoyed the book were numerous and I usually don't get that into books that are heavy in the romance category. One of the first things that I loved about it was one the secondary characters Rayna with her sarcastic, mean kind of attitude she has got going on, every scene she was in made the scene highly enjoyable. Her mate Toraf is another one of those characters that I loved to see in scenes throughout the book because he is just a loveable character with his goofy manner.

Being that the book was written from 2 different points of view kept the novel moving and it gave an insight on how the two main characters were viewing everything that was occurring. From starting out with Emma's point of view and switching over to Galen the next chapter and so on and so forth; it was an interesting way to keep things fresh. The best part is that there was no love triangles going on for the most part. Bonus points for that!

Where I did find a few problems with the book was Emma's mom as a character I found to be too controlling and while throughout the book I did piece some of the plot twist at the end, I was really not too impressed with the decision that was made. The ending plot twist just made the whole book seem to be a bit rushed. I also was still somewhat confused between the whole Syrena groups, the Poseidons and the Tritons not liking each other and pretty much being at war with each other. Yes it was all explained but they still marry each other if they are Royal, every so many generations which I don't understand.

Overall the book was good and it captivated me from the beginning until the end. Even with the small cast of characters that stay with you throughout the book made it all worth while, like it was a better insight on getting to know them. of Poseidon will forever have a spot on my shelf of books who managed to capture my attention from the first page. Oh and Rachel the mob woman, wonderful character, who would have thought about putting a member of the mob into a book about merpeople!? Anna Banks that's who!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Sorry I've been gone so long and neglecting this blog for what seems like a month (note it has been 3 weeks since my last post)! I am getting back into and will have stuff up 2-3 times a week if I can. I've read a ton of books but haven't done anything with them and I have a huge book haul post for the end of the week, so keep an eye out for that as well. In the meantime please share the blog with others and comment. I'm really trying to get this more well known so I can become a better blogger.

Side note I signed up for the Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa so I would suggest checking it out and signing up before Friday to participate.

Keep an eye out for the book haul, it's gonna be a massive one because I have a month's worth of books to share with you all!

Cruel Beauty

Her mission was to kill him. Her destiny was to love him.
Title: Cruel Beauty 
Author: Rosamund Hodge 
Publisher: Balzer and Bray 
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Yet another retelling, I promise the next book won't be a retelling if I can help it. Anyway this retelling is Beauty and the Beast. Overall I would have to say this was a pretty decent read and I awarded it a 4.5 out of 5. The story was well thought out and well written. The only thing that I would fault it for is it does drag a bit every now and then but most books I would say do have that problem.

The main characters are Nyx and Ignifex. Nyx is representing Belle in the story and her father made a deal with Ignifex that meant Nyx would have to marry him while her twin sister gets to remain happy and away from Ignifex and the Shadows that he controls. Both of these characters make the book ring with mystery and desire. Another character who slips in the book and has a major role in why I liked it so much was Shade. One of the souls that Ignifex has under his control, he is an interesting character to say the least. What else drew me into the novel was Hodge's ability to capture this fairy tale in a way such as that it is completely unlike Beauty and the Beast and yet the same thing simultaneously. For anyone who was never familiar with the tale, than this would do the trick to catching you up to speed and leaving it open to the imagination.

As I said I give this a 4.5 out of 5. Another turn off I found in this book is the existence of some of the characters and the fact I think they could have been written out and the plot would have remained pretty much unchanged I feel.