Anniversary

It’s my 1 year blogging anniversary! Well, actually it was a couple days ago, but better late than never! Thank you once again to those who have put up with me and my very inconsistent posting schedule. 

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200 Followers!

Thank you so much to everyone who has read my blog in the last (almost) year. I know I don’t post much, but it’s still really nice to know that people are willing to read my content. My summer break is rapidly approaching, and I hope to post more then. 

The Six Days by Anna Carolyn McCormally

  

I got this book for review from Big Squid Books. I am so sorry for taking such a long time to write a review!!

General summary from Goodreads: “You have six days from midnight until the Gate closes again. Bring me what I need by then and maybe you’ll get your brother back.”

Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.

Jamie has spent his whole life trying to forget his mother. But when his little brother goes missing, Jamie has to face the facts. There is another world through the lighthouse, the world of his mother, a powerful witch. And the dangerous magical inheritance she left her sons is now the ransom for Danny’s life in a war between the Council of Witches and the rebel group Jamie’s mother abandoned her family to lead.

Desperate to save Danny, Jamie and his best friend Nia cross into a universe they never knew existed. Struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic ravaged by war, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council. But the Council’s leaders aren’t too happy that the son of the witches’ most infamous traitor has returned to Emanu…

With no help, no idea where to look, and no magic on their side, Jamie and Nia have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny. Because there are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.

Plot: A- 

This book had an original and enjoyable plot, but I did feel like it was slightly forced at times. 

Characters: A

I really liked the well-developed characters in this book, especially Nia. 

Dialogue: A

I was honestly quite impressed with the dialogue in this book. I’ve read many fantasy books with similar-ish premises, and they often have juvenile and unrealistic dialogue. This one was quite enjoyable. 

Worldbuilding: B

As with the plot, I thought it was a little bit forced. It was clearly laid out and creative, but I do feel like it was kind of pushed into my face. 

Writing Style: B+

I liked the writing style overall, but I think it didn’t completely mesh with the plot. I can only describe it as descriptive with an almost pensive tone. I would have liked something a little plainer, but that’s just me. 

Engagement: B+

I was mostly engaged, but I did find myself distracted from time to time. This was probably my fault, though. 
Overall: A-/B+

I found this book enjoyable. I especially recommend it to fans of the YA Fantasy genre. 

LATBF Haul Part 2!

Here is the rest of my haul! As you can see, I got lots of books.

 


Please tell me if you’ve read any of these! I will try to do reviews on a few of them as well, so let me know if you are particularly interested in any of them.
 
 
 – Happy reading!
 Mariel

On Lending Books

Generally, I do like lending my books to people, as I really want others to share the joy of my books. However, I hate the fact that books I lent out almost a year ago are still sitting in some dark corners of my friends’ houses. Also, I often get books back in a much worse condition than they were in originally, and it just really annoys me. I will keep lending books out to some people, but I know that there are some friends and family members that I cannot trust with my books, no matter how much I want them to read.

That’s basically all I have to say for now on the matter. Sorry for the ranting/rambling, but I’m sure some of you can relate. Do you have the same problems with lending? Let me know.

My Thoughts on Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello and happy February! I just finished this book, and I can definitely see why there is a ton of hype around it. I got this when it was free on iBooks and the Kindle Store, which was really great, because I was too skeptical of this book to spend actual money on. I do intend to continue on with the series at some point, but it’s definitely not an immediate priority.

While some people compare this book to Twilight, I disagree completely. Twilight has vampire and werewolves in a love triangle with a spineless and one-dimensional female protagonist, which was why I was so reluctant to start this series. However, I felt that the author did an admirable job defying these tropes by using an intelligent and mostly sensible protagonist and (so far) excluding a cheesy love triangle. Katy (the main character) is a book blogger who posts reviews and freaks out over new releases, which was a really fun thing to read about, since I can totally relate. I also really enjoyed the dialogue in this book, particularly the snarkiness and sass between Katy and Daemon.

My only main problem was with the male members of the alien group, especially Daemon. They were super controlling and stubborn to the point where it was annoying and unproductive. I disliked how they were always the ones to fight, because they felt it was their duty to protect the delicate females. I thought Dee was a super strong and awesome character, and I really wish she would have had more of a role in the fighting.

I really hate the cover, though. Look at it. The bind-up edition on the left is slightly more appealing to me due to the sparkles and the fact that it’s two boos in one, but I still dislike both covers. The one on the right, which is the original cover, is just the cheesiest thing; it looks like a trashy romance.

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This book, as I said, was overall a fun and quick read. I give it 3.5 stars.

Bookish Resolutions

Happy new year!! This last year has been crazy and quite possibly the most eventful year of my life. I really hope to have a great year next year, and since reading is a key part of me, I thought I would record my resolutions.

Goodreads Goal
I completed and went way past my goal of 60 books for this year, so I think I will make my goal 75 for the coming year. School is getting harder and more stressful, though, so we’ll see how that goes.

Reading Variation
I have always tried my best to read from a wide variety of genres, but I have found myself often turning to YA. Because I’m so busy all the time, I usually just choose the easiest book I can find. This year, I hope to read at least 75% of the non-YA books on my shelves.

Time Spent Reading
Since I am quite lazy, I often choose Netflix over a book. While I do feel bad about this every time I do it, I never just end up picking up a book. This has put me into the most massive reading slump of all time. This year, I hope to dedicate 45 minutes every day to reading. I want to include a time for reading into my busy schedule so that I don’t feel guilty for not reading or for reading when I should be studying.

Blogging Goals
I have been so bad about blogging recently. I hope to post at least once a week. This may not seem like a lot to many of you, but I find it very challenging. I might decide to start doing one of the popular weekly memes or start my own feature. Not sure yet. I’m open to suggestions.

And those are my resolutions for this year! Let me know what you think! I wish everyone a happy and productive year.