January 2016 Wrap Up

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Welcome to my first 2016 wrap up! For me, I would say that it was a successful reading month of 9 books, though according to goodreads, I am one book behind my scheduled goal of 135 for the year…so we’ll see goodreads, we’ll see.


The first book I read was Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire

Even Angels Fall

This book is a heart breaker let me tell you, I gave it a 3.7 out of 5 stars and enjoyed myself more than I thought I would. I do in fact have a review of this one despite my horrible lack of reviews of books I actually did read this month, and you can click here to read that.

Hmm, I think I basically spent this month playing catch up on reviewing books I read in December, but anyways, let’s keep going with this wrap up. (I’m a rambler, what can I say)


I also read The Unidentified Redhead

This is an adult romance as I usually do read at least one per month (Outlander doesn’t count as a guilty pleasure). I was very disappointed with this one and I would say 2.5 stars because some of the words made me uncomfortable and I thought that the main character was very immature.


I finally read the Unbound!

I’m excited for the third book to be finally released! But anyway, this one was so full of intense plot and characters and I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I also have a review up which you can click here to see


I also read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and the Last Dragonslayer

 

These two books are the books for Battle of the Books this year, the other one being Legend by Marie Lu, but I’m not in that round.

Battle of the Books is this cool library competition and every year I predict that I have already read two of the three books chosen, and I’m always right. I already read Legend and Amy and Roger, but I re-read Amy and Roger because it’s been so long.

Amy and Roger is this epic road trip love story and I gave it a 5 out of 5 on goodreads, and the Last Dragonslayer got a 4 out of 5.


I finally read another Robyn Schneider book: The Beginning of Everything

I thought this book was a little slow at times and dragged behind on pacing. Also the end was not satisfying AT ALL. So I’m giving this a 3.5 out of stars.

Same thing with this book. It had a great plot but was slightly boring at times, so 3.5 stars.


So I finally got through this ginormous thing this month! And Drums of Autumn, the next book, just got checked out to me and is even longer! How does Diana come up with enough plot for 9 of these!!?? I’m honestly scared. I’m also seeing a trend. I’ve been reading an outlander book a month. I think this one gets a 4.5 out of stars.


I received an ARC through a Twitter giveaway! Under the Dusty Moon

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This book is out now, and was simply lovely. I did have quite a few things to discuss so you can click here to read my thoughts, but I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars overall.


And those are the books I’ve read this month! What did you read?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. Grease live is in half an hour, and I wasn’t going to watch it because it’s like 3 hours of my time that I could be doing something else, but twitter had made me give in.

I also just realized that the guy who plays Danny was that guy from Les Miserables who I thought was hot, so bonus right there

Outlander Books 1 and 2 Review/Discussion!

 

Hooray, Voyager (Book 3) just got checked out to me on live-brary so now I can finally read book 3!!! But anyway, here are my thoughts on the first two books of the Outlander series!


Outlander Page Number: 896

Dragonfly in Amber Page Number:

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary borrowed)


Goodreads Outlander Synopsis:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Goodreads Dragonfly in Amber Synopsis:

For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

My Thoughts:

I did definitely enjoy Outlander more than Dragonfly in Amber, (I’m just going to call it DiA)

But let’s discuss Outlander first!

The first few chapters were a little boring and I nearly stopped reading, (legitimately the story of my life, first chapters are always boring and the rest of the books is amazing, hmmm…possible discussion post??)

Having had a basic outline from watching bits of the tv show on YouTube, I dived into this book with high expectations that were all met amazingly.

The characters are so real and since I knew about the TV show first, I already pictured Catriona and Sam as Claire and Jamie so I knew exactly how the characters looked.

I loved how Claire in the beginning when she saw he was wounded, she wouldn’t leave him alone and was so bossy and I loved it!

Claire grasped the situation fairly quickly, and for that I was grateful because I did not want to spend half of the book with Claire being confused. I love how headstrong she is and how she doesn’t take crap from anyone.

Minor Spoilery Section:

The bit of trouble I had was the spanking part, because I really hate when that happens in books and movies, but I suppose this was the 1700’s and beating your wife for disobeying you was the norm. Still doesn’t make me feel any more comfortable about it.

I loved the age difference between Jamie and Claire and on their wedding night how she had to explain to him how to have sex! I still can’t get over how innocent Jamie really was despite being “so good looking” and having kissed a lot of girls.

Diana Gabaldon is a genius with the vaccination scar = witch, thing! Genius!

Can we just discuss how creepy it must be for Claire to have to hate a man (Jack) who looks just like one she loves (Frank)

Claire and Jamie’s relationship is beautiful and I was so scared at the end of this book for them, but it was all ok in the end. The ending was amazing and though I saw a confrontation with Jack coming, it ended up being nothing how I thought it would be!


Now Dragonfly in Amber!

I thought this book, pacing wise was a little dragging. It was a big book mind you, and nothing should have been left out, I just thought some parts were a little unnecessary and about halfway through I had to take a break for a few hours. (I read while driving to Florida)

I don’t have much to say about this one except it was great, and that freaking cliffhanger killed me!! Now that this review is up, I’m going to run and read Voyager, and it better not disappoint me.

See, normally I would rant right here about the cliffhanger, but it’s all good, I’ve already gotten it out of my system because upon finishing DiA, I rushed off to talk to Dee from The Bookish Khaleesi and I sort of ranted at her because she recently posted her own review of Dragonfly in Amber so I was happy to get my feels out there.


Verdict:

Outlander was a great start to an amazing journey of a series and Dragonfly in Amber continued that making me very excited for the next installment!

Diana Gabaldon is clearly the master at endings and cliffhangers, but those beginning chapters were so slow for me! (Probably because I’m so eager to read Claire and Jamie that I can’t stand anything but). 😉

Rating:

Outlander: 5 stars

Dragonfly in Amber: 4.5 stars


And that is all! Please, share your thoughts on Outlander and DiA! Did you love them as much as you wanted to? How is the TV show!?? I can’t wait to binge season one over February break once my midterms are all over!!!

Stockholm

P.S. Jamie is my home screen wallpaper right now, and Claire and Jamie are my lock screen. I think I have found my newest obession.