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What I Read: March 2017

Well friends, this is an incomplete What I Read written in the penultimate week of March.  I’ve got 14 books to tell you about at this point, and you can bet the 13 hour plane ride I took last week added at least another to the list.  Since 14 is a lot to get through, I’ll (try to) be brief!

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In attempts to stay brief, I’ll only give full reviews for a few, and share general thoughts/ratings for others!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The writing style definitely takes a bit to get used to.  Browsing some Goodreads reviews, you’ll see some hilarious yet accurate examples of how people struggled with this.  For me, the beginning took quite a while.  There were several scenes of pure description repeated and juxtaposed with different connotative language which I liked the first time, but was annoyed at by the third.  By the time we learn the main character’s name (and yes, this takes a while) the story starts to get going.  We follow Mia on her quest to become an assassin.  Mia is a darken who controls shadow.  She has a cat made of shadow as a companion.  The world is fairly reminiscent of Assassin’s Heart, but the story quite different.  I find Mia quite likable and gave this one 4 stars.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I had heard a lot about this and knew it wouldn’t be a real serious read for me.  I went into it expecting a fluffy book, so to be disappointed even with those expectations is saying something.  It’s about a high school student named Harper who suddenly has supernatural powers thrust upon her.  This is NOT Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I think it’s the southern belle things that really bothered me… perhaps it’s just not something someone who grew up in suburban Boston can understand.  Beyond that, everything was too easy without any real world implications.  Everything felt frivolous.  The death of her sister was casually thrown in there for what reason?  1 star.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Again, I kept hearing so much about this book!  It’s a compelling adventure with a healthy dose of mystery and a dark, dangerous feeling.  It’s about a girl named Scarlett and her sister, Tella.  Their life hasn’t been the best with their abusive father.  They’ve always dreamed of going to Caraval– an immersive festival/show/game.  Now, there are some things that don’t work for me, mainly the lack of character development, but it’s a fun and quick read.  4 stars.

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Witch + Wizard

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Dragons & Deception

Today, I’ve got so many exciting things to share in partnership with Xpresso Book Tours!

  • First, “Songs of Insurrection” by J.C. Kang sounds excellent!  (There’s an excerpt for you reading pleasure under the cut!)
  • Second, it’s only 99 cents until March 10th (along with a couple of other of Kang’s dragon books)!
  • Finally– there’s an Amazon gift card giveaway to go along with this announcement!  (a Rafflecopter giveaway)

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The Game Begins

All weekend, I’m partnering up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you sneak peek excerpts, cover reveals, and giveaways!  It’s no secret I love to read anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always jumping on the opportunity to talk about books!

Today, I’m talking about Victoria Danann’s “The Game Begins.”  The synopsis of this book really pulled me in.  It’s sounding like a darker, more adult Percy Jackson.

If you want to read this book, you can enter to win one of 10 signed copies!   Enter here!

And if you want to get started reading it now, there’s an excerpt under the cut:

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What I Read: January 2017

I was feeling a little intimidated by my Goodreads goal of 60 books this year, but now I’m feeling like I undershot… it’s all my Kindle’s fault!  It just makes it so easy to read books!  So, guys, I read 15 books last month…

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I’m going to group these & point to some reviews I’ve already done to make this a little more manageable!

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What I Read in December

I think my new year’s resolution is going to be making sure I do one of these every month… I know I missed a few last year.  Well, this What I Read is going to be December, plus a 2016 Goodreads wrap-up and 2017 goals!

December first then.  I read 5 books last month!

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The Magician’s Land | I read the whole Magicians trilogy last year and I really, really liked it.  More of an adult Chronicles of Narnia than Harry Potter, which I’ve often heard it compared to.  The school stuff is largely over by this, the third and final book in the series.  This serves as a nice wrap up to the story as a whole.  Each book really stands alone but they come together to tell a complete tale.  I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes books about magic!

Walk on Earth A Stranger | As soon as I started reading this one, I knew it wasn’t what I had expected.  The main character, Leah, senses gold in the earth.  However, the story comes off less magical and more… Oregon Trail.  I swear, that’s all I could think about the whole time I read this book!  I followed this one by watching West World, which was completely in aesthetic, so I’m grateful for that.  I ended up liking it, but again, it just wasn’t what I expected.  I wanted more of a focus on the ability and less of a historical piece.

Frost Like Night | How did I read this whole series?  I wanted to like it, and the covers were so beautiful, but just eh.  The first book set up a world that I wanted to be interested in, the second book gave me Indiana Jones-type adventures and puzzles renewing my interest, but the third book just dragged.  The whole book was just waiting for this final battle; it just felt so drawn out.  I just wanted it to end.

The Blood of Olympus | I read the Percy Jackson  series like lightening (pun intended) and the Heroes of Olympus started out the same way.  House of Hades slowed me down a little, and this last one had been waiting and waiting for me to pick it up.  I wanted to knock the series out before the year is up.  While again, you’re sort of waiting for the final conflict, at least I’m very endeared to these characters and most really got an opportunity to shine– Piper, Leo, Nico, and Reyna in particular.  I loved the end and totally shed a tear or two.  Totally recommend these books for loves of mythology and adventure!

A Modern Witch | I had marked this as to-read long ago, but breaking open my new Kindle and seeing the price… it was time!  I really tried to save this one for the new year to get a jump start on my 2017 reading goal, but it was too quick of a read.  A sweet book for anyone who likes witchcraft.  There’s very little actual plot, but it’s nice to read.  Feel good stuff.

These five books bring my 2016 total to 58 books!  (Check out which on Goodreads!)  My original goal was 50, so I kind of killed it.  This year, I’ve set myself a goal of 60 books… and I’m off to a good start already!

Anyone else have a reading goal for 2017?