May 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello everyone! IB exams are over and now it’s all about finals and regents. Fortunately, May was somehow a great reading month for me and I read 12 books! I’m nearly caught up with my Goodreads Reading Challenge which is a relief.


So anyway, first up this month I read How to Love and Fireworks by Katie Cotugno and These Broken Stars

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I definitely liked Katie Cotugno’s other book 99 days better than ‘How to Love’ and ‘Fireworks’ but both books were contemporaries that were well written, just didn’t suit my fancy really. I think that I was a bit bored and the plot lines just didn’t interest me that much. Likewise with ‘These Broken Stars’ I thought it was paced too slow and I just got bored while reading. All three books were good, I just felt a tad bored.


I also read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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I enjoyed both of these as well, they’re both fantasies with interesting plots. I think that I liked ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ a bit more in terms of the interesting and different plot. I also was intrigued by the main character, but she turned out to be different than I thought she would be.


I read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz, and the Duff by Kody Keplinger

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I really liked ‘A Study in Charlotte’. I think that if I was a Sherlock fan and knew the stories I would have ended up loving this book, but since I know nothing about Sherlock I didn’t make as many connections about the mystery and murders happening.

I was so excited to read ‘Alex and Eliza’ but the events in the book that kept happening made me laugh a bit in a like is this for real kind of way.

With ‘The Duff’ I watched the movie a few years ago and the book was so different! I think that the main character Bianca bothered me a bit because she and I are so different and also there was a bit of mislabeled feminism where Bianca made fun of a boy for reading a ‘girl’ book and then said she was a feminist.


I read some Karen Marie Moning books! I read the first two books in the Fever series, Darkfever and Bloodfever, as well as Beyond the Highland Mist.

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The Fever series is seriously addicting. My best friend was reading the first book so I grabbed that on overdrive when she finished so now we’re playing the game of waiting for the digital book to be checked out to us since it’s on hold and I can only read the next book after my friend does since she’s always going to be first on the holds list.

I love Fae and any books about them and the chemistry that Karen Marie Moning writes is just so great!


And lastly I read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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For this amazing 5 star trilogy? Series? I’m honestly confuzzled, anyway, I think A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite, then A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then lastly A Court of Wings and Ruin was my least favorite. I think mainly because I noticed SJM repeating the same sentences over and over, and the sex scenes starting getting so repetitive and less chemistry filled.

I also think that the regeneration think is too much. If a character is dead it shouldn’t be okay to keep reviving them. Also I understand what SJM was doing with Mor and the representation but it was kind of sprung I think in an effort to be more diverse; it could have been introduced better I though. Still a 5 star book though because wow a lot of great things happened!


What did you read this month?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. I’m going to BookCon!! Are any of you guys coming??

 

My Dream Book Conference Panel!

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Hello everyone! As part of a new project for Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events, I’ve been asked to share my dream bookish panel.

Given that I’m currently begging my mom to let me go to BookCon in a few months, this is actually perfect timing, because at least if I can’t go, I’ll have this dream panel still.

If you want to check out Eventbrite and their conference page to find local conferences in your area, the link is here.

Let’s get started!


Some of the authors who’d I love to see on a Young Adult books panel are definitely Sarah J. Maas (who I met at BookCon two years ago and was just lovely!) Leigh Bardugo, and Rick Riordan because if his humor is anything like his characters I’m sold!

Also it would be such a dream to meet J.K. Rowling and Colleen Hoover! They’re two of my favorite authors.

And then lastly it would such fun to meet Ransom Riggs and Tahera Mafi, book writing powerhouse couple!

Obviously I would never ask any questions during the panel because I’m pitifully shy but if I had someone else ask the questions I would instruct them to ask the following:

1. What did you want to be growing up?

2. When did the writer thing click for you?

3. Do you consider yourself “famous” in the bookish community?

4. How can I be you?

(Just kidding on that last one folks, but seriously, how can I be as cool and skilled as a writer as Sarah J. Maas???)

I think Margot from EpicReads would be a great moderator because I love her on the EpicReads channel so much!

It would be kind of cool to have an event/panel like this near closer to where I love, but nothing exciting happens where I live, so the next best place would be New York City I guess, oooh or even AT BookCon!

Also, side thought, I would love to see a Booktube Panel with Sasha, Jesse, Kat, Christine and Natasha, with Christine’s brother Paul as the moderator. Now THAT would also be super cool. (Also because Paulith is kind of funny and nice looking).


Let me know who you’d want to see in a bookish panel! Do you also obsess over and watch BookTube? Who’s going to BookCon in June?!

Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas Book Review!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Book #5)

Publication Date: September 6th, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Page Number: 704

Format Read: Hardcover (Birthday Gift!)


Goodreads Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My Thoughts:

At first I wasn’t really sure of the cover, it was least favorite cover, and still is, but it’s grown on me and I kind of like it now.

The pages are thin in this book because it’s 700 pages so they must have made the pages thinner so it’s not as thick, but it’s still realllly heavy. I brought it to school with me and on top of my other school books my arms felt like lead carrying my books around.

I absolutely love Sarah J. Maas and her books so when I started reading this one and I felt no emotional connection for a quarter through I was really sad. But then after we met Elide and Lorcan and the plot started to unfold I finally could breathe okay because I found myself finally enjoying it.

I think part of the reason that there was no connection for me at first was because I couldn’t feel the Rowan/Aelin romantic spark that I felt in Heir of Fire. And honestly? The ships in this book! Lysandra/Aedion, Dorian/Manon, and Elide/Lorcan are some of my favorite ones.

The ending of this book rivals the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury almost! I was in tears at the end. I was sitting in my yearbook class and tears were just coming and the girl sitting next to me was just like, “it’s just a book, the characters aren’t even real, it’s all just in the authors head.” And I really wanted to punch her for that.

The whole Elena and Brannon and Maeve and Valg story is so confusing and I feel like the way to banish the Valg keeps getting changed up.

So far what I’m getting is that either Dorian or Aelin has to die and I’m really not okay with either of those options.

I’m also scared that since there weren’t really any deaths in this book, the finale might have some, which I’m not really ready for.

I can’t wait to see the Manon and her grandmother showdown in the next one too!

Verdict:

Highly entertaining and heart wrenching as usual, I loved it! Is this even still considered YA with those steamy scenes??

My Rating:

4.9 stars


What are your thoughts on Empire of Storms!? 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // Book Review!!!

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Page Number: 624

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Format Read: Hardcover (Bought)


Goodreads Synopsis:

“Tell me what you see.”
“A world divided in two.”

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My Thoughts:

Warning: This review is just fangirling basically

Oh my freaking god. This book!!!!

It was so good and my poor emotions!

Okay everything else below this is spoilery!

I had just three problems. The first was that I had a weird Edward, Bella, Jacob feel when Feyre was going back and forth between the Spring and the Night Court. I have no idea why or where it came from but that feeling was there and it bothered me.

And also, I just didn’t like how matchy matchy everyone was at the end. Like it seems that everyone has a partner/mate (except Tamlin) and it’s just too good to be true.

And then the last thing was that ending. It was great, amazing and wonderful, but when Rhysand was like oh actually she’s my high lady…that was not okay. Because the reader didn’t see that happen! It’s fine when that happens in books, when the reader is totally clueless until it happens, like the entire Red Rising Trilogy is basically that, but in ACOMAF, I felt like the whole book was the reader seeing everything and then that last bit that we didn’t see felt out of place.

Now for the fangirling section!

Oh my god. In the first one, everyone was like oh my god Tamlin! And then when I finished I was like, any Rhysand lovers here? And everyone was like nope and I was like okay, fine, we’ll see in ACOMAF and we did and I was like in your face people, I was right!

Can we also just talk about that TENSION between Feyre and Rhysand! That SEXUAL TENSION! When they were in the Court of Nighmares I was just like wooh! And then finally in that cabin when she accepted the food! Oh my god the whole mate accepting the food thing! That was hilarious.

I loved meeting all of the new characters and how Rhysand interacted with them and their back stories and just Rhysand opening up to Feyre.

And that ending! I was kind of expecting that because Sarah J. Maas always does that! Not quite a cliffhanger but such a great setup for the next book!

Verdict:

An amazing sequel that brings out the emotions and leaves you wanting and needing that next book right away!

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book!? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.s. Last final tomorrow! Then I get a whole week to myself and then my summer job starts, (At 6:30 in the morning! Agh why am I getting up earlier in the summer than during the school year???)