Category Archives: Novel

Before She Ignites| Jodi Meadows

“I wanted freedom in the same way I wanted my next breath: an unspoken but constant desire.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: Before She Ignites
  • Series:  Fallen Isles Trilogy #1
  • Author: Jodi Meadows
  • Book Box: Owlcrate September 2017

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Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories | Washington Irving 

“…and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was—a woman.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories
  • Series: –
  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Book Box: Owlcrate August 2017

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Rebel Heiress | Fiona Mountain

“I’d have thought any man might consider himself very fortunate to be loved by a lady who spoke the language of goddesses and could find her way amongst the stars.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: Rebel Heiress
  • Series: –
  • Author: Fiona Mountain

Synopsis:

Born into a world seething with treachery and suspicion, Eleanor Goodricke grows up on the Somerset Levels just after the English Civil Wars, heiress to her late mother’s estates and daughter of a Puritan soldier who fears for his brilliant daughter with her dangerous passion for natural history – and for butterflies in particular.

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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman | Haruki Murakami

“She waited for the train to pass. Then she said, “I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
  • Series: –
  • Author: Haruki Murakami

Synopsis:

Collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining. Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

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The Selection Stories | Kiera Cass

“It was dark, so I couldn’t make out much of her face, but she had brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun altogether.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Selection Stories
  • Series: The Selection Series, Book 0.5 & 2.5
  • Author: Kiera Cass

Synopsis:

Two novellas set in the world of The Selection series, The Prince and The Guard that both offer captivating views into the hearts and minds of the two men fighting to win America Singer’s love. Before America arrived at the palace to compete in the Selection, there was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life. The Prince opens the week before the Selection begins and follows Maxon through the first day of the competition.

Raised as a Six, Aspen Leger never dreamed that he would find himself living in the palace as a member of the royal guard. In The Guard, readers get an inside look at Aspen’s life within the palace walls—and the truth about a guard’s world that America will never know.

REVIEW:

So this post is long overdue. I read this book ages ago but was reluctant to write a review about it since theres nothing much to say. However, my need to be perfectly thorough and organized got the best of me, so here we go.

This book contains two short stories about Prince Maxon and Aspen. So I will review each one individually.

The Prince:

Talks about Maxon, of course. We get a glimpse of his life before the Selection happened. I think this shows an interesting and adorable side to him. We find out more about his imperfections and his relationship with his sweet mother, horrible father and his only friend, Daphne. It was also exciting to see Maxon’s first impressions of the girls and how he handled the situation on their first meeting. Overall, he gets a 4 stars rating!

 

The Guard:

Talks about Aspen, who is America’s first lover. This novella talks about his life as one of the Royal Guards. I initially didn’t like Aspen, after reading this, I still don’t. It’s just boring and uninteresting to me.  This gets 1 star.

Bonus:

This book contained the full list of the Selection girls as well as The One sneak peak. Since I read this book after reading The One, it really didn’t mean much to me. The list was a nice touch though.

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Final Rating:

☆☆

“But i’ve seen a lot of people let the bad around them make them hard or stubborn. In the end, they miss the chance to make their world bette because they only see the worst in it.” 

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The Hearts ♥ We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones

“She became her own knight; she collected those broken promises and whispered apologies and fashioned them into armor” 

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Review:

So I got this book from the August 2017 Something Wicked This Way Comes Owlcrate book box. Annnd it was…. meh.

Before I delve into my review. I’d like to first point out that I’m loving this special, limited edition cover of the book. It’s an exclusive from owlcrate along with the authors signature (which I used as my personal bookmark). As well as, a special letter from the author. Moving on.

It wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t great either. I’m going through this trend lately where I don’t read the summary of the book so I can give myself the best possible reading experience.  I think it worked pretty well for this one. Namely because I feel like the ‘summary’  didn’t serve it well. Maybe to it’s advantage.

Unlike what the back of the book said, there was more to the story than just romance. There was a girl struggling through her abusive parents, uncaring family and lack of any certain future she might have. There was a girl who had to learn to trust, conquer her fear and fight through her upcoming battles. There was so much potential with the way the story was going.

So why did I give it a three? A generous three star rating if I might add. Simply because the characters were a little two dimensional.  The story and the writing was fairly easy to follow and the words just flowed through my eyes. However, I did not get attached to any of the characters at all. When *certain deaths happened, I didn’t so much as blink. The story could’ve been fleshed out a little more to include some background on the Daemon perhaps. Or maybe the abusive parents. A little back story and some action here and there. Finally, more people should’ve been held accountable for their actions, ehm, Cora. I’m looking at you.

Anyway, I recommend this book to a fairly younger age group. Perhaps the 12 to 18 young teens out there. If you’re looking for some out of this world action, then this is the book for you. To check out my thoughts on the second book that came with this box, Click >here<.

Wow, this entire post is bi-polar.

To check the accompanying book: Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

 

Final Rating:

☆☆

“This was how normal people survived their own fairy tales. 
They became their own kind of monster.” 

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage | Haruki Murakami

“We survived. You and I. And those who survive have a duty. Our duty is to do our best to keep on living. Even if our lives are not perfect.” 

Breakdown:

  • Book: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
  • Series: –
  • Author: Haruki Murakami

Synopsis:

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

REVIEW + SPOILER ALERT:

“Life is long, and sometimes cruel. Sometimes victims are needed. Someone has to take on that role. And human bodies are fragile, easily damaged. Cut them, and they bleed.” 

I mean I get it. It’s about depression, life lessons. Forgiveness. Growing a pair. Intimacy issues and understanding where they came from. Finally asking the right questions. It’s a psychologists dream. I get it. It’s filled with knowledge and deeper meaning. I get it. But I’m just not there yet. I’m reading it to make myself feel smart but it’s just not my cup of tea.

It’s basically like a slice of life anime. He woke up, went to sleep. Woke up the next day went to work then went to sleep. But this time he had a dream. Woke up the next day and kept thinking about said dream. Bla bla. I’m just not getting it. My hearts not into it. And then comes all the bullshit about seeing color and passing on the baton of death…..sure. I don’t know. I’m not liking it. Or maybe
It’s not for me.

I mean I get it, I get the lessons that we’re supposed to learn. But it’s just so un-relatable, and I feel it’s the kind of book that you need to relate to in order to understand. It’s not something I see myself getting attached or addicted to. It took me a few hours just to read this book and truthfully it’s probably because it was flanked with a lot of description that I had to skip. I’m not in a position in my life to want or need his advice? Or maybe I’ve long outgrown the theme. Depression and loneliness are definitely things I’m accustomed to but I’ve managed to move myself away from them. So this just felt like nothing to me, dull and un-relatable. And truthfully, a little hard to believe. Who in their right mind would just accept a cruel and sudden decision like that. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. And the way his friends justified it was not acceptable at all. It was just completely unrealistic. I didn’t like it. It’s definitely not worth the read.

Murakami was hyped up greatly by my friends. Alas, he was not worth the hype. I have one more book of his that I bought along with this one so I’ll just have to read that. But I won’t be buying any of his work anytime soon.

Related Review:

Haruki Murakami: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Final Rating:

☆☆

“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.”

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