June Book Haul

June Book Haul

I ended picking up a few used books and e-books this month, nothing too crazy. Well, okay, maybe I went a little crazy and downloaded several free e-books. I am not going to go into much detail with the e-books because they pretty much are all new adult. I will leave links to goodreads so you can read more about them.

Lets start off with the list of e-books I downloaded this month.

The List by Kate L. Mary

Drawn to You by Brooke Page

If I Break by Portia Moore

Holding out by Lila Rose

Chasing Beautiful by Pamela Ann

Addicted to You by Krista Richie, Becca Ritchie

What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan

The Money Game by Adam Smith

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica                            

I did download this for $2 and have since read it and thought it was good but I did like The Good Girl better. Don’t You Cry is about a girl, Esther, that goes missing and her roommate Quinn is left to find answers. It also follows the perspective of a teenager, Alex, who befriends a mysterious girl that shows up at the coffee shop he works at.

 

They were having a used book sale at a local mall and so, of course I had to stop by and check it out. I did find four books I liked not as many as I was hoping for but there wasn’t much of a good selection. These four books are in pretty good condition and came to a whopping $6 dollars. Continue reading “June Book Haul”

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Published on September 29, 2015
Pages 396
Suspense, Thriller
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Summary                                                    

Twenty-five years ago, Julia Carroll disappears and with no clues as to what happened this leaves the Carroll family torn. Sisters Claire and Lydia end up becoming estranged but after the murder of Claire’s husband they put aside their differences and work together to find answers to Julia’s disappearance. Shocking secrets will be uncovered that will lead down a dark path for which their is no turning back from. Continue reading “Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter Review”

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Welcome to my June Wrap Up 🙂

I can’t believe it is July already! Where does the time go? I feel like every year it just goes by quicker than the previous one. Anybody else feel that way? I am so ready for July mostly because Game of Thrones finally comes out. I am a huge fan of that show and need to know what going to happen. Any ways lets get on with it, in June I read 8 books and I have to say I did a good job with sticking to the books I wanted to read.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review

Heartless by Marissa Meyer Review
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
Published on November 8th, 2016
Pages 453
Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Summary                                             

Lady Catherine is an aspiring baker and wants nothing more than to open her own bakery with best friend, Mary Ann, but being the daughter of a Marquess those aren’t the aspirations they have in mind for her. Not only that but she is the favourite of the King and he wishes for her be his Queen of Hearts. Things become more complicated for Catherine when she ends up falling for the court Jester.

Characters                                             

  • Catherine has a passion for creating and sharing delicious creations. She is generally a sweet soul but a little self-absorbed and slowly throughout the book you can see elements of the Queen of Hearts. I have to say that she did frustrate me at times.
  • Jest is new the land of Hearts and becomes the court joker. He is full of non-sensical comments that leaves Catherine pondering. He is mysterious, handsome and swoon-worthy. He was my favourite character and I can see how Catherine would instantly fall for him.
  • Through out this book you are introduced to many characters that are in the original Alice and Wonderland like Cheshire, the mad hatter, the white rabbit, etc.

Thoughts                                               

I had high expectations for Heartless because I love the lunar chronicles but sadly those expectations weren’t met. I think it was a little slow for me and I lost interest, I ended up putting this book down half way through to focus on other things. Which was not what I was expecting, I wanted to be so engrossed that I wouldn’t want to put it down.

I would have enjoyed this book more if the romance and friendship were better developed. Catherine and Mary Ann are meant to be best friends but I wasn’t feeling that close friendship bond that bestfriends would have. I am a bit of a romantic at heart and wanted more romance in this book. There aren’t that many scenes with Catherine and Jest and I definitely wanted more. Especially since Jest was my favourite character.

He brought his free hand to hers, patting. “It will be my greatest pleasure to be secretive together, my lady.” – Jest

Bored is what I felt through most of this book and often found myself flipping through the pages wondering when the chapter was going to be over or why haven’t I finished this book yet, I feel like I have been reading it forever. I just was not invested in Catherine and didn’t care much for her quest to open a bakery. Maybe because I knew how the story was going to end, with her being the Queen of Hearts.

“It’s a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you” -Cheshire

There is an element of mystery to Heartless and I would have enjoyed this plot line more if the mystery wasn’t so easy to solve. It would have been nice to have been kept guessing and it would have made me want to keep turning those pages till the very end.

I did enjoy the magical elements and thought it was an interesting idea that you can end up dreaming something into reality. I also enjoyed being reintroduced to the many famous Wonderland characters like the mad hatter or Hatta as he is known in Heartless. In Heartless we don’t just get the origin story for just the Queen of Hearts but for most of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Stuff and Nonsense.” he whispered, the words cracking. “Nonsense and stuff and much of a muchness and nonsense all over again. We are all mad here, don’t you know?…” – Hatta

I liked that Marissa Meyer embodied Lewis Carrol writing style, there was plenty of word play and she even borrowed direct quotes from the original and made them apart of her story. Alice in Wonderland wasn’t the only borrowed works she used, Meyer also incorporated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. I liked that she created the Raven character.

Overall                                                                 

I liked Heartless but didn’t love it. I was expecting something more along the lines of her book Fairest but I did like how Heartless came together at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes young adult re-tellings.

2.75 Stars

Bookish Matters

Mysti

 

 

 

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

 

I thought it would be fun to do a tag and after looking through many book tag options I decided on the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag. As book lovers I think we can appreciate the beauty of books and I am definitely guilty of buying books because they are aesthetically pleasing to my eye.

1. Best Colour Combo on a Book Cover

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

Blue is my favourite colour and so, of course the book I choose has blue on the cover. The Nest is this beautiful robin’s egg blue with elements of gold which makes for a lovely colour combo and all-around stunning cover.

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June TBR and Currently Reading

June TBR                                           

For June I am not going to make a new TBR because I only finished one book from my May TBR and have two unread from my March TBR. I don’t want to keep pushing back these books because I do really want to read them. I am not going to go into detail about these books if you want to know more of why I am looking forward to them and what they are about check out my previous TBR’s.

June TBR

King Arthur and His Knights of The Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

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May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

I finished eight books in May and only one of those eight were on my May TBR, I definitely strayed from my monthly TBR. And that is because the books that I read were dependent on if my library had the e-book or audio version of books that I already owned and they didn’t have any of the books that were on my May TBR.

The majority of these books I didn’t actually read but listened to them. I didn’t have much time this month to actually sit down and read books, so while doing chores and what not I would listen to my books and was able to get through more book than if I had read them. Lets get on with the wrap up.. Continue reading “May Wrap Up”