Got ARC from Net Galley.
This book just didn't work for me. It could be the fever talking but I just didn't understand this book. A story was told but I easily got confused about what was a story and what was the actual story part of the book. I do like the cover but sadly this is a case of me finding the description of the book more interesting than the actual book.
I'm not going to continue to read a book that I can't get into or in this case find confusing. Maybe it is just me. Obviously there's an audience for this book but I just don't think I am part of that audience. I might pick it up at a later point to see if I was confused because of the fever I've been trying to shake off since last week.
Just a heads up but this book does deal wth some heavy issues like self harm, addiction, and suicide.
I believe I got this ARC through the magic of Shelf Awarness. When I picked it up to read it I thought I had messed up the cover but then I noticed that it had the same thing going on with the spine and the back so clearly it is just how the cover is. That does make me think The Mime Order is the same way since I've been wondering about that.
This was a great read. Yes there were tears. I had a total mouth dropped open moment that happens later in the book because I was blown away by how utterly insane and sad it was at the same time. Charlie is easy for me to relate to since we're a bit alike. Charlie isn't like most girls she has a dirty little secret that is revealed when her arms and legs are shown. I also really like the relationships in this books.
There are sad moments of course but I couldn't help but root for Charlie because of how much I can relate to her. This is a great book because the author knows of what she speaks and it shows people that they aren't alone in the world. They aren't the only one with this problem. Hopefully this book and other books that deal with mental issues will finally bit by bit break apart that stimga that's attached to someone that is dealing with mental illness. It was a heartbreaking wonderful read and I am totally going to read more by this author because I really like her writing style. I was able to just ease into this book and keep on going which isn't always the case for me especially when a book is dealing wtih a pretty heavy topic.
- E-Book or Physical Book?
Both but I prefer physcial because they are more reliable and don't require batteries.
- Paperback or Hardback?
Paperbacks are easier to read although that goes out the window when you're dealing with trade paperbacks but for collecting and living with me I tend to prefer hardbacks. Both books are welcome to live with me. I won't turn away a book simply because it is paperback and some only come in paperback.
- Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
The bookstore near me closed so as of right now I don't have an in-store place to go but that might be changing when I move. I get better deals online and oh my Book Gods I love Book Outlet.
- Trilogies or Series?
I'm a series magnet. At this point I kind of consider a trilogy which aren't always trilogies to be a stand alone since those are impossible for me to find.
- Heroes or Villains?
I like both.
- A book you want everyone to read?
I don't know but I do have some advice. Read what you want to read instead of what you think others think you should be reading. Don't let the cover stop you from checking out a book.
- Recommend an underrated book?
The Blood Books series by Tanya Huff is really good. I rarely if ever hear anyone talking about her books.
- The last book you finished?
I think it was Caraval.
- The Last Book You Bought?
Banner Of The Damned
- Weirdest Thing You've Used as a Bookmark?
- Used Books: Yes or No?
Sure I've ended up with books that aren't the same size but I've got some really great deals on them especially on hardbacks. It does baffle me when certain books skyrocket in price which is why I only have the Farseer Trilogy in the UK paperbacks because the second one is ridiculously high and the first one doesn't match and I think the third one is okay.
- Top Three Favourite Genres?
Is witches a genre? I've never super paid attention to genres until the past couple of years. If a book sounds good I check it out. Fantasy, contemporary, paranormal
- Borrow or Buy?
Alas I don't have the money to buy whatever I want. I've always used the library and got my first card when I was six. I got permission to check out any books I wanted in the library when I was in junior high about thirteen or so since I'm odd. I read adult books during my "YA" yearsand now I read more YA books. Also it could have to do with there being a lot more available now then at the time which I'm not going to say because that's a mystery. It is also a good way to see if you like a book enough to want it to come home to live with you. For me there are books I read and like but never read again and there are books that I want to read again which are often series but not always.
- Characters or Plot?
I enjoy both but if I'm digging the author's writing style there are things I can live with.
- Long or Short Books?
Depends on your definition of long? I guess I go more with mid to long books.
- Long or Short Chapters?
Short chapers because it is easier for me to have a stopping point. If possible I prefer to finish reading at the end of a chapter. That isn't really an issue with ebooks. Long ones can sometimes make the book seem to drag a bit.
- Name The First Three Books You Think Of...
Mirror Empire, Reboot, Faking Normal
Oddly enough I haven't read any of them. I think those are all book titles.
- Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
I need to go back to this series but I love the Betsy Taylor books by MaryJanice Davidson. They are so funny.
- Our World or Fictional Worlds?
Fictional worlds of course because this world sucks.
- Audiobooks: Yes or No?
They are not for me although I did try a few times. Don't listen to Rebel Belle on audio because it is terrifying.
- Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
Not really. When people mention how horrible a book cover is I usually don't find it that bad although there are some bad covers out there. I'm more drawn to titles than I am covers. I won't object to a great book with a great cover but I'm not going to shy away from a book because the cover isn't great as long as it sounds interesting.
- Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
It depends on the books. There are some great Stephen King adaptions and he's written some great books. You have more flexibity and time with TV shows and I'm one of those people that doesn't mind changes. Some people get crazy about the smallest thing but I'm able to enjoy them both.
- A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
I tried reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children because I got a calendar so I thought I should read the book before the end of the year but I just couldn't get into it. I just watched the movie the other day and liked it. Damn that one little girl would come in handy when you need to move.
- Series or Standalone's?
If I can find standalones I'll read them but I really think they are becoming extinct. It alaways amazes me when someone says they only read standalones because I have no idea how they find them. 99.999% of the time when I stumble across a book I'm interested in it is part of a series.
I got lucky and won a giveaway so hooray for that since Net Galley rejected me. I love the cover and of course at some point I would like a finished copy of the book to come home and live me and the ARC and my other books. I received it in June but I thought I'd wait a bit to see if the whole hoopla about it would die down and I wouldn't end up disappointed. I don't give many fives and this one isn't a five for me but it is a four because it is really good and I do want to read the next book. I blame the hype.
I did get angry at a certain character and ended up doing some yelling at the book. Anna and her sister Donatella have a horrible excuse for a father so when an invitation from Caraval some magical event that is sort of like a circus but not really and a murder mystery event if that makes any sense at all. You question what is real and what isn't. It is a wacky world that has a Wonderlandesque vibe to it and is a really fun read.
I had to do this and decided to stick it with the book reviews since there are books about this verse and this is one of the few areas that is currently active. Thanks crippling fictional writer's block. I do have an idea for a potential parody named All Day I Dream About Socks that might happen soonish.
Question 1-A-Favourite Episode B-Favourite Season
Lover's Walk, Once More With Feeling, Tabula Rasa and basically all of the season finales.
Seasons two, six, three
Question 2-Least Favourite episode
I Robot You Jane
Question 3-Buffyverse OTP
This is a toughie because there isn't a relationship that doesn't have some issues. I love Willow and Tara and Xander and Anya.
Question 4-Favourite Major/Minor character
Spike, Dru, Willow, Xander
Question 5-Favourite Quote
Too many to count or type. Loveer's Walk has some great ones.
"Out for a walk bitch."
Question 6- Favourite Villain
Question 7 -Biggest WTF moment
The Judge and Adam
Question 8- Death that made you cry the most.
Tara and Joyce
Question 9-Last episode you saw/read
I don't know but I thik I'm long overdue for a rewatch.
Question 10-If you had to get your friends to watch the show, what is the one sentence you would use?
Friends? I don't understand this word you speak of.
I was kindly sent a copy of this book.
I somewhat like historical fiction so I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I found it easy to read but it is done at a slow pace but that isn't always a bad thing. This takes place during the civil war. I'm thinking I prefer certain time periods to others. I enjoyed it but I think this isn't my favorite time period if that makes any sense.
Peter Chandler is taking care of the bank his father ran until his death. His father's partner is very ill so he's doing his best but there's something sinister going on. At the same time he starts courting his incapacitated partner's daughter Mary Beth. I do like how they team up to figure out what's going on. This isn't for readers who prefer a faster pace but I did enjoy it.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
The title got my attention and the cover too. What screams out to check me out like a apple covered in blood. I found it very readable but at the same time I wasn't really sure what was going on. Maybe it was just me but it seemed a bit scattered. I did finish reading this book and might consider reading the next one in the hopes of some of the vagueness becoming not so vague.
This world actually kind of makes me think of The Tribe a show where the adults all died. There's kind of a cult called Eden who are seperated from the other people in the world and the others are called soulless. I'm not sure why they are called that. You have a crazy cult thing going on. People on the run. Siblings plotting bad things and an impending battle looming in the distance. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I was really into this genre. I dip my toe in once in a while but it isn't a go to genre where I simply must read all the books.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
I absolutely loved this book. I think it would make a great movie. I want more without having to wait for the next book. This is the great start to a really cool series that features a trans lesbian superhero main character. How awesome is that? I absolutely love Danny. I can relate to her so much and I just wanted to give her a hug and yes there were some times when I yelled at the book.
I think this would make a great movie and oddly enough Nina Debrev popped into my head for the role of Graywytch. Danny is a fifteen year old that's struggling becasue she's transgender and her parents aren't exactly open minded people. They are quite horrible and I have to say I would have loved to kicked her dad in the nuts for the horrible things that came out of his mouth.
I just wanted to hug Danny when she bought nail polish and hid behind the mall so she could paint her toes and have a moment where she can just be girly. Her life completely changes when a superhero literally falls out of the sky and dies. When he dies he passes his powers to her which transforms her into her true self. Now the world can see who she's always been inside and of course her parents don't take it well. Have I mentioned how horrible the father is? Sadly that is all too real which makes this story heartbreaking but the superhero world injects some fun into it so you aren't balling your eyes out for this poor kid. Even though we aren't dealing with the same issues I see a bit of myself in her. I also really like her friendship with Sarah. I can't wait to read the next book because I can't wait to find out what happens next. I really love how she learned how to stand up for herself. Bravo to April Daniels for writing such an amazing book. The second I get my hands on a physical copy of this book I'm going to hug it.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
As a Charmed fan I can't help but think of Charmed when I see the Triquetra on the cover. I will admit that's what drew me to this series in the first place because I thought witch which it isn't but I really enjoyed book one and I enjoyed this one too. I really like the covers. I love the colors used.
Selah is trying to figure out what's going on with her. In the last book her world got turned upside down and she's still dealing with that. Of course there's a guy in the mix and lots of stuff going on. I really suggest you read the first book before this one although I won't hunt you down if you pick up this one first.
It was so easy for me to read this book. I had no problem getting into it from the start since I read the first one not that long ago. I like to marathon books in a series if possible. This is a cool world that's kind of a blend of the past and the furture with a science fiction twist. There are humans and people who are more than human. I will be diving into the third book very soon.
I was kindly sent a copy of this book.
The idea of this book is pretty interesting since a lot of horrible things have been done in the name of religion. In this world religion has been banned but those who refuse to give it up are taken to camps. The religious types are kept together where they pretty much live normal lives except they're trapped in the camp. Grant and a group decide to escape one day and see if they can find a place to join other people who believe the same way they do.
When it comes to this type of book I'm kind of hit and miss. I didn't hate this book but I wasn't too crazy about it either. Soon it becomes evident that things aren't quite as they appear. The idea was interesting but the story didn't really appeal to me even though I did like the writing style if that makes any sense at all. I guess I would say this isn't my cup of tea since I'm not a tea drinker.
I've always loved reading books so it was inevitable that I'd end up writing about books again. Over the years with the many blogs I have had I would end up talking about books. Thanks to a bit of frustration and a case of the writing blahs I decided to dive in again.
1 Donut: It is a miracle that I finished this book. This rating is also for the times when I can't finish a book.
2 Donuts: The book was okay. It might not be my cup of tea or I'm confused.
3 Donuts: I liked this book. Chances are good that I'll check out another book by this author.
4 Donuts: I am definitely going to read more books by this author. Going off to find out what other books this author wrote.
5 Donuts: I loved this book. I need all the books by this author right now.