Frigid by J. Lynn

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Author: J. Lynn (a.k.a Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Genre: Contemporary (New Adult)

Edition: E-book

Just in case you thought the title was referring to the weather conditions…it’s not.

Jennifer L. Armentrout takes a break from her paranormal romance endeavors to write a contemporary novel based on the lives of two best friends, Kyler and Sydney. Basically this is a fall-in-love-with-my-best-friend type story and since I’m kind of a sucker for that trope, I was eager to read this. Also the fact that the setting is in the winter, at a ski resort, in the middle of a Nor’easter basically had me sold. I mean, who would disagree that snow is the most romantic weather condition? But what really drew me to this book among all other basic contemporaries at the time was that a crazy person was supposed to be chasing them throughout the whole story.

If this also struck you as the most exciting plot point of the story, I will save you the time because it was basically non-existent. Someone was indeed messing with them but there were maybe two incidents in the whole book that lasted about a page. It was like Jennifer added that part in for the sake of making this book less like any other best friend contemporary but didn’t spend much effort flushing it out. It was obvious that she cared more about developing Kyler and Sydney’s relationship. With regards to that plot point, I can’t say that it was quite my cup of tea. Kyler and Syd’s friendship was adorable in the beginning and I could totally see it becoming an adorable romantic relationship but then they got to the resort. And it just got straight sexual from there. I don’t particularly enjoy reading highly sensual scenes plus Syd was annoying the beejeebies out of me. Instead of expressing what she truly felt, she decided to steer Kyler in another direction which made absolutely no sense to me. I don’t see how she figured that, with Ky being her best friend and all, it would be more practical to go in that direction rather than straight out telling him the truth. (For those of you who read this, you can tell me if you thought that was logical but I digress.)

Although the ending was pretty darn cute, Frigid as a whole was a disappointment for me. This saddens me because Jennifer’s Lux series was just so good but maybe I’ll just stick to the paranormal romance.

If you’re a fan of best friends falling in love with each other, ten page sex scenes, and don’t care too much for a detailed, flushed out plot then you might enjoy Frigid. But if you want a better story, I would recommend something else. Tell me your thoughts on Frigid if you’ve read it, I would love to know!

Stay cool (seriously it is so hot) xx

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Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan

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Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle-grade Adventure/Fantasy

Edition: E-book

 “My Big Fat Greek/Egyptian Crossover.”

In this Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles crossover, Percy finally meets Sadie and Annabeth finally meets Carter to battle against an Egyptian magician named Setne. By putting their heads and their unique weapons together, the four demigods employ tactics to bring Setne down and prevent him from becoming an all powerful Egyptian/Greek God and doing very bad things. Since Rick Riordan isn’t a fan of bad endings, it wouldn’t be considered a spoiler to tell you that they succeed. The fun, of course, is in the “how”.

I’m not sure if I’m getting tired-slash-growing out of Rick Riordan’s writing style, but this novella was not as appealing to me as most of his works usually are. The plot was mediocre at best and the dialogue was absolutely ridiculous–kind of like a really bad comedy movie. I didn’t feel an ounce of adventure throughout (although my heart did almost stop when I thought Riptide was gone forever). The first two novellas in this crossover series, Son of Sobek and the Staff of Serapis, were really enjoyable but this just didn’t do it for me. All in all, it was really superficial without any real substance to the story or the characters.

I used to say that I would never be done with Percy Jackson. I used to say that Rick Riordan could write a hundred more books about him and I’d read them all but I’m starting to wonder whether that remains true. If I don’t think Rick is doing Percy Jackson justice (ahem heroes of olympus) or if I don’t like the way the books are written, I’d much rather keep my memories of Percy Jackson pure and untainted.

With that said however, Crown of Ptolemy was just a small, irrelevant novella so I can’t make any rash judgments based on it. Therefore, I’m still excited to read Trials of Apollo because Camp Half Blood needs to re-enter my life. Hopefully the gloriousness of Percy Jackson and the Olympians re-enters with it.

Peace. εἰρήνη. xx

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title: Invasion of the Tearling

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(I didn’t read this edition but I’m using this cover design because I mean look at it)

Author: Erika Johansen

Genre: Fantasy

Edition: E-book

After a brutal couple of weeks waiting for my hold at the library to be up, I finally got my hands on the second installment of Erika Johansen’s dazzling trilogy, The Queen of the Tearling. True to it’s title, this novel follows Queen Kelsea as she searches through every avenue for a way to prevent the Red Queen from invading her kingdom (queendom?). I had very high expectations for Invasion of the Tearling because the first installment blew me away. Thank goodness it was no less mind-wrappingly brilliant and feels-inducing.

Kelsea continues to awe me with her tactical intelligence and no-funny-business personality. When I say she gets stuff done, I mean, she gets stuff done. Although, she has every reason to cower in fear, she never admits defeat but instead just keeps plowing forward. Everyone always says they are a sucker for a strong female protagonist and Kelsea will definitely satisfy that search. And she doesn’t even need a sword to do so. As far as the plot goes, it was pretty much one of anticipation and revelation. Kelsea and her guards are aware of the looming possibility of a devastating Invasion that the Tearling might not be able to sustain. As they try to put together a strong army and gather any information about the Red Queen and her weaknesses, Kelsea’s magic starts to unfold. Magic that, for all intents and purposes, has a mind of its own. When it started changing her, I was not a fan. Yes, she was powerful, powerful enough to defeat Mort, but she basically morphed into a dark ruler whose methods were not admirable. Not to mention her extremely questionable choice for an ally. She said she had no choice but I really don’t think Finn’s involvement in her situation was so necessary to be worth the freedom of someone who was severely punished for doing who knows what. Furthermore, the uncontrollable desire she had for him every time she saw him freaked me out. To have no control over wanting someone that badly? I would be terrified. (And you wonder why I don’t trust attractive people…) This desire seems to mirror the oddly immediate feelings Kelsea had for the Fetch and there were hints at some relationship between him and Finn. I’m itching to figure out what that is.

Kelsea’s magic also provides a gateway for her to learn more about the history behind the Tearling. If I understand correctly, she travels through time, or at least her mind does, to the period before William Tear set sail to found a new world. That was a plotline I was not expecting but was greatly captivated by. [spoilers ahead] At first, I was confused because there was this random woman with an abusive husband who seemingly had no connection to the present current of events at all. But Erika, with her brilliant writerly self, connected all the pieces as we discovered Lily’s true role, which is a massive one, in this whole “revolution”. One that feels like it’s been barely touched upon and is going to be explored even more in the next book.

And finally–Pen. Ahh, Pen. What a wonderful human being he is.

Unless Kelsea met someone else, Pen was really the only logical love interest since he was the only one near her age. I never shipped Kelsea with anyone until Pen had that conversation with Lazarus. You know the one where he said, “It never mattered what she looked like,” and basically implied that he’s been in love with her ever since he met her. At that point I was just like I need it. I need it now. And I basically got it but not in the way that I wanted. Basically, she’s using him as a sex toy and he may be okay with that but I’m not. Sigh. Soon she will realize the error of her ways and recognize the beauty of the man in front of her. But until then, I wait. [spoilers end]

Golly, this novel was a journey. Adventure, magic, monarchies, character depth and sharp wit, otherwise known as everything I crave in a book, Invasion of the Tearling will probably be one of my favorite novels of this year. If you read this, let me know what you think in the comments.

With love, xx.

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for giving me something to do today with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. These ten books that I have chosen for my Spring TBR are just all the books that I have not read that are currently in my possession at college. Hopefully, since I ordered myself not to buy anymore books, I will finally manage to read them.

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah the nightingale
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  3. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriartya corner of white.jpeg
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey5th wave.jpg
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgensternnight circus.jpg
  6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Weincode name verity.jpg
  7. Landline by Rainbow Rowelllandline.jpg
  8. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guinlavinia.jpg
  9. Paper Towns by John Greenpaper towns.jpg
  10. The Selection by Kiera Cassthe selection

 

Yesterday’s History, Tomorrow’s A Mystery

I wasn’t going to post because I really haven’t read that many books this year that I can say I loved–whooping total of 3 at most–but I feel propelled to anyway. So here’s the 2015 End of Year Book Survey that I have seen floating around, originally created by Perpetual Page-Turner.

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 32

Number of Rereads: 0

Genre you read the most from: YA Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book Read in 2015?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More but Didn’t?

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

3. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) Book You Read?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I really expected it to be good because it was about a fangirl. If there is any character whom I would relate to a lot, it would be her, right? Wrong. This was honestly kind of a drag.

4. Book You Pushed The Most People To Read (and they did)?

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout; although this is kind of cheating because no one actually read it no matter how HARD I pushed…

5. Best Series Started in 2015? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender?

Series Started: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Sequel: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Series Ender: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. Favorite New Author Discovered in 2015?

Sabaa Tahir

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don’t Typically Read?

Rook by Sharon Cameron. It’s considered steampunk which I never read and never knew much about but this book was amazing.

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of 2015?

Six of Crows

9. Book Read in 2015 That You Are Most Likely to Reread Next Year?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

10. Favorite Cover of A Book Read in 2015?

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I have absolutely no idea what possessed the publishers (or whomever the job falls on) to change the covers. I mean, I have seen worst cover changes (I’m looking at you Lux series) and the new covers aren’t horrible but I feel justified in my discontentment.

11. Most Memorable Character of 2015?

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows.

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2015?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life Changing Book of 2015?

Good question. I’m going to say that I have no idea. The books I read this year weren’t very life-changing.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2015 To Read?

All of them LOL. Just Kidding. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

15. Favorite Passage of a Book Read in 2015?

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

From Six of Crows.

16. Shortest and Longest Book Read in 2015?

Shortest: Flash Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution

Longest: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

17. Book That Shocked You the Most?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

18. OTP of the Year (you will go down with this ship!)

MAGNEO! (Magnus Damora and Cleiona Bellos from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year?

Chaol and Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 from an Author Read Previously?

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

21. Best Book in 2015 That You Read Solely Based on a Recommendation from Somebody Else?

Throne of Glass. My sister practically shoved this down my throat.

22. Newest Fictional Crush From a Book Read in 2015?

Kaz Brekker. I’m not sorry. Although I’m not sure if I have a crush on him as much as I just love his character so much. So maybe Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

23. Best 2015 Debut Read?

An Ember in the Ashes

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting Read This Year?

Crown of Midnight

25. Book That Put A Smile on Your Face/was the Most Fun to Read?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins = cuteness overload

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I don’t think any books made me cry, although I might have shed a tear at how amazing Six of Crows was.

27. Hidden Gem of the Year?

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

An Ember in the Ashes. (Sorry to be repetitive.)

29. Most Unique Book Read in 2015?

True History of Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

30. Book That Made You the Most Mad?

Falling Kingdoms because the writing and characters were just so bad. It was seriously unbelievable. Just…read my review.

Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered?

Um… Life and Other Disasters. You’re a cool Kat (pun intended).

2. Favorite Review That You Wrote?

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

3. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post?

Disney Book Tag! Maybe. It was pretty fun to do and I love disney.

4. Best Event That You Participated In?

I didn’t participate in any events. Sadly.

5. Best Moment of Blogging Life in 2015?

When I finished my first term in college and I was able to resume blogging. It felt so refreshing.

6. Most Popular Post This Year on Your Blog?

Blogger Recognition Award?

7. Post You Wish Got a Little More Love?

Exciting Shatter Me News! Seriously, is no one else as excited about this as I am? I need someone to freak out with!

8. Best Bookish Discovery?

This ca-yute cafe I found in my city that is part book-store.

9. Did You Complete Any Reading Challenges Or Goals Set?

No. I can thank college for that.

Looking Ahead

  1. Number One Priority in 2016?

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

2. Book Most Anticipated in 2016?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)

3. 2016 Debut Most Anticipated?

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

4. Series Ending/Sequel Most Anticipated?

The Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)

5. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do In Your Reading /Blogging Life in 2016?

In my blogging life, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing, really. Post reviews of the books I read and movie-adaptations should there be any. In my reading life, I want to read more different books. YA Fantasy and Dystopian Fiction is pretty much my go-to and I’m cool with that but I also want to explore other depths like historical fiction and maybe more adult fiction. Just to see what it’s like, ya know? I’m also really in the mood to read a book with a dragon in it…

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend to Everyone?

Sorry, I’m not that privileged.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL! I hope 2016 has amazing wonders in store for all of you! xx

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

It’s definitely Wednesday right now…Oh well.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week is a Thanksgiving Freebie. I decided to share the books that I am most thankful for either because they significantly impacted my reading experience or because they offered something special.

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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…for being my first favorite book and giving me an adventurous reading experience. Brian is the person you want when you are stranded on an island.

2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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…for getting me into dystopian fiction.

3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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…for making me really excited about reading. I believe that Percy Jackson fostered my passion for reading and was the reason that I became so enamored with novels.

4. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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…for portraying an unconventional character that I could actually relate to in a lot of ways.

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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…for showing me another perspective of World War 2 that I never see in any of the other WW2 books that I have read. Also, for being brilliant in every sense of the word.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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…for having a POC main character and for creating a world kind of like Ancient Rome which I love.

7. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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…for Daemon Black. For giving me unrealistic expectations for love. For Katy Swartz who is the most relatable character ever for me. And for being the perfect mix of romance and action.

8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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…for such beautiful writing and character development. And for Warner.

9. The Iliad/The Odyssey by Homer

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…for providing me with a glimpse of those ancient Greeks whom I love so much. Such literature is a way for me to understand the kind of stories that they liked and told as well as what kind of lives they led. To me, they are primary sources just as valuable as archaeological remains.

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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…for being absolutely lovely and leaving me “simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”.

 

I Didn’t Choose the College Life. . .

Just kidding, I totally did.

I most definitely did not choose to neglect books or this blog but that’s what happened. College demanded and I obliged. Obligations suck, don’t they?

While I am thrilled to be furthering my education (even if I don’t exactly feel so in the midst of all my burdening school work), I wish I had more time to pursue my hobbies. Everyone told me that I would have bundles of free time but they LIED. Free time is an illusion created by man that does not exist on my college campus. You think you have it but then you look out your window and oops–is that the moon?

It’s pathetically hilarious that I brought about 15 books with me to college, some I read before and was planning to reread, but I literally hit the ground running when classes started and there was no conceivable way that I would even be able to crack open a book. My perfectionist personality certainly did not help matters so school work got all my attention these past few months.

But anyways you all don’t care about any of that so I’m really making this post as a PSA that I am still alive (only barely). By some miracle, I survived my first term of college and now I’m on break. I’m so excited to read all the books that came out this fall and have yet to come out in December! I also have so many book reviews to catch up on. This is going to be interesting but at least I’ll be home! In my bed! Reunited with my books (and my family, of course but priorities…)! Where I can read and write without feeling like I’m ruining my future in the process! 😀

Are any of you suffering from college life like me? What have you all been reading? Do you have any plans for the holidays? Any books you’re just dying to get your hands on? Comment and let me know 🙂

xx