Top Ten Tuesday | Unique Titles

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Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Please note that 10 is just a starting number. You can post however many books you want or less!

This weeks topic is: “Unique Titles”


Hello friends! As you know, book covers play a vital role in capturing a readers attention but what about titles? Sometimes the more unique the title, the more intriguing the book sounds. Here are book titles I really like..

 

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Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest

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Series: Standalone

Published by: Little Brown Books

Genre: Fantasy,Adventure, Young Adult

Pages: 336

Source: paperback

Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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Favorite Quote

“Ben told stories. Hazel became those stories.”

Thoughts

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this story. I felt like the chapters were jumbled all over the place. I get that we were getting back story but I don’t like that is went from, for example, Chapter one: plot, Chapter 3: back story, Chapter 4: Plot, Chapter 6: Backstory. It was getting obnoxious. Like I was just just getting into the story and then it would be like BOOM HERES SOME BACKSTORY ON A DIFFERENT CHARACTER. Honestly, that was probably the main reason I gave this book a 3/5. That and I didn’t think the characters were really memorable. I really disliked the characters are first because I thought they were bland but then I ended up liking them.

Although this book is a standalone, I give mega props to Holly. I feel like she did a great job at having good world building along with having a pretty interesting read in just a standalone . It felt like a good childrens story that makes you want to sit by a fire on a winter night then dream about fairytales. Does that make any sense? XD

The writing was gorgeous. I loved the metaphors. Some of them didn’t make sense to me but others punched me right in the gut and I could relate on a deep level. Holly’s writing is dreamy and captivating. I love the way she describes things. She did more showing than telling. I felt like I was right there with Hazel and Ben and the rest of the bunch.

I also like how a character in this book almost has two selves and it’s kind of a battle between “good and evil” and which one we want to win the fight. It’s just like Sirius Black tells Harry, “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” So I like that she played around with the idea that we all have a more “evil” self inside of us but we’re only that person if we want to be.

Down the TBR Hole #2

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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This is about a girl that keeps dying and coming back to life as a new person because she’s some kind of test subject for some government experiment. The synopsis sounds amazing… the first chapter was amazing… but the cover is hideous. I think I want to take this off my TBR on goodreads but save it to read off my library app or something! 🙂

VERDICT: go

 

 

I believe this is about an obese boy thats contemplating on killing himself? I’m not sure how to explain it but it sounds amazing. I actually kind of really like the cover, too!

 

 

VERDICT: keep

 

 

Just read the first chapter of this. I’m definitely keeping it. Sounds badass, intense, and mysterious. People are trying to kill this girl but she doesn’t even know who she it!? I NEED TO KNOW WHY!

 

 

VERDICT: keep

 

 

This book sounds badass. A badass female lead that’s the stronget of her kind? Sign me up! but then the synopsis lost me because it felt like instead of being a role about a badass, it’s about a girl that becomes mad weak for being interested in a guy. gaggggg…. 

 

VERDICT: go

 

 

I believe this is a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland? It sounds amazing… Plus Alice in Wonderland has been a favorite movie of mine since I was young. I want these books in hardcover so freaking bad! 

 

VERDICTkeep

Can we really represent diverse characters correctly?

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Lets talk about you and me, lets talk about di-ver-sity… 

The past few years have been HUGE when it comes to talk about diversity in books and how important it is. Which is something I believe is important. I think it’s awesome that more nonwhite authors are emerging with nonwhite characters.  However, many authors have been criticized for not including diverse characters… One that really sticks out is Sarah J. Maas and her Throne of Glass series. Many people were furious that she didn’t include diverse characters. People constantly told her on twitter that she had tons opportunities to do so.

Which leads me to my next thing with Veronica Roth, who attempted to include diverse characters and then got backlashed for being racist.  You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. 

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How can you write a character 100% correctly if you don’t know what it feels like to be ridiculed for you race or religion or sexual preference? How can you describe what that feels like if you, yourself, never actually experienced it?

Honestly, I don’t think it matters how much research you do. Your character will never be 100% accurate. One description about a character may seem completely accurate to you whereas someone else with a different experience sees that same description as racist or poorly done.

I guess what I’m trying to say, let’s try to be happy that authors are now currently trying to include diversity in their books. And do try to understand that because something seems like poor representation to you don’t mean it does for everyone. But it if honest to god is a terrible representation, talk about. Explain why it is instead of bashing the person that wrote the store or the character. Maybe they honest to god didn’t know.

Thoughts? Options? I feel like this post is all over the place.

Down the TBR Hole #1

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobjectI’m super excited to start this new segment on my blog! I have over 150 books on my TBR on gooreads and a lot of them were added in like 6-7 years ago! :O

7906105 Every time I see this book on my TBR, I consider taking it off because it’s been on my TBR list since 2010. However, every time I read the synopsis, I’m reminded as to why I want to keep it. It’s about a blind girl with phenomena that ends up getting accidentally kidnapped

VERDICT: keep

 

 

11496636This cover is absolutely gorgeous… I keep debating on taking it off my TBR simply because it’s been on my TBR for so long, but the synopsis always sounds intriguing. The main character can cross the veil between life and death. Sounds awesome!

VERDICT: keep

 

 

12425532When reading this synopsis, I wasn’t super interested in the plot. I think I added this to my to TBR because it had good reviews and because I like books about any form of Greek mythology. However, I’m not into this cover. I doubt I’d buy this for my selves but I did enjoy what I read of the first page on amazon so I’d probably read this off my library app!

VERDICT: go

 

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This book is about a girl that messages a guy online and ends up meeting him but he’s not who he appears to be and the girl goes missing. The plot sounds fantastic and it seems like an important story on how dangerous the internet can be. I was super into the first page I read on amazon so I’ll probably just end up reading this from the library or something if I ever get around to it!

VERDICT: go

 

7531478I like reading books about mental illnesses and stuff so I think that’s why I added this book… but the more I read the synopsis, I don’t think it’s something I would into. I think it’s just the way the synopsis is written but the book doesn’t sound interesting in the slightly. 😦

VERDICT: go

Friday Reads

Does anyone remember when Friday Reads was a big thing on twitter and then moved to Youtube when we were able to do video responses? I feel like Friday Reads has died down quite a bit in the last several years so I figured I’d make one! Here’s what I’ve been reading the last week or so….

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8685612Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. (SNYOPSIS FROM BOOK ONE!)

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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa is the 3rd book in the Iron Fey Saga. This is a reread for me. I was in the mood to reread the whole series, which I’m so glad I did because it helped me out of a reading slump! The characters are spectacular and hilarious. I love every single one. If you want a magical book, I highly recommend checking these books out!

Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository


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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a little bit of a let down for me. I don’t know if I’m not in the mood to read it or if it’s not my cup of tea. I mean, it’s good but it’s not great, in my opinion. I’m not sold on the characters. I think they’re kind of bland. However, I think the writing is gorgeous but the layout of the paragraphs and the story just seems choppy.

Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository

October TBR

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Hello friends!

I want to get back into reading so I came up with a pretty decent, but good October TBR full of monsters and ghosts and killers and mystery and suspense! Here’s my TBR 🙂

The Body Finder // A girl that has to find a seriel killer? Yes please!
The Immortal Rules // Vampires? + Julia Kagawa? + the cover? LOVELY
The Darkest Part of the Forest // Knights and Folk and creepiness!
Behold the Bones #2 // A ghostly swamp? Sign me up!
Oblivion #3 // A Edgar Allen Poe retelling? Don’t mind if I do!
The Iron Daughter #2 // A fea world filled with my favorite characters ❤ (reread for me)
Ten // Trapped on an island with a killer? HECK YEAH!

Currently Rereading… #underratedbook

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Hello!

As some may know from a previous post, I have been in a rough reading slump for awhile now. I want to read but I haven’t found the book to keep me reading. Not even Harry Potter could do it for me. However… then I started thinking about these two lovely characters: Puck and Ash. I decided to give The Iron Fey series by Julia Kagawa a chance at a reread because I use to love the books a few years ago.

I actually read over 70 pages in one day! That might not seem like a lot to some people but for me it is considering I haven’t finished a single book since the end of July! I actually want to sit down and read this book! YAY!

I highly recommend this series! It seems to have a little bit of a slow start but ugh it’s so magical and mesmerizing. I love it. After rereading I don’t think it’s too much of a slow start. Some mysterious stuff happens and then the “actual” plot starts around page 50 or so. 🙂 Plus the characters, mainly the guys, are gorgeous and hilarious and just plain fantastic. I’ve missed them so ❤

Have you guys read this series? Thoughts?

Am I Falling Out Of Love With Reading?

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Why don’t I want to sit down and read anymore? For the past year and a half, my reading has gone down a lot. A few years ago I could read 50+ books in a year. Last year I read like…. 35 maybe? This year I’ve only read maybe 22 or 23 books and the years already more than half way over.

I feel like my reading has gone down tremendously ever since I started college a few years ago then has gone down again after I started working full-time. When I get home from work, I don’t want to read. I want to watch tv shows or be lazy and play on my phone.

I’ve read several books these past few months where I get to maybe 80% of the way done with the book then finish the story several weeks to a month later. I don’t know why. I still want to buy books. I’m still excited to read them… but when it comes to actually picking up a book and reading it, well… I don’t want to.

And I feel bad because I want to be apart of the book community. I want to talk about books with people. But lately I just don’t feel the love for it like everyone else does. Is it because I was a part of the booktube community for 6 years before I fell out of love with it due to drama? I have no clue, but I think that may be part of it.

I just want to say sorry to all my followers for my lack of posts recently. I’m hoping to come back soon with more reviews and book related things! But as of right now, I’m still trying to find that book that sparks my need to read again…

Any book recs that can spark that need? Thanks everyone ❤

I’ve acquired too many books…

Hello friends!

It’s been a long time! A very long time. I am so sorry for my absence. I don’t have a great excuse. All I can say is that July was a very, very rough month for me. on June 25th, I fell down the stairs at my house and really bruised my tailbone. I could barely sit for a month straight. I was in too much pain to sit by my computer so I just lied in bed and watched tv all the time.

I also hated my new job so much that I was constantly depressed. So depressed that I talked my old supervisor into letting me get my old job back so that took a little time and stressed me out too much…

Once my tailbone started to feel better, I got sick! so i was sick for a few days and again, lied in bed all the time… then once I was felling better, I went to Canada!!!! 

So I haven’t been in the mood to read at all in July. I wasn’t in a book mood for anything. However, I ended up buying books off booktoutlet then I bought MORE books in Canada because I went to meet a booktuber whom I’ve been friends with for several years. (Nat at PickleHeartsBooks via youtube)… I mean, who goes to the bookstore with a book nerd and doesn’t buy books?? Absurd right? Any-who, here are a few books I got! 😀

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Love & Gelato
Summer Days and Summer Nights
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

I honestly don’t quite know what all these books are about but I wanted more cute summer reads so I got some! I’m so excited to read more books from Jennifer E. Smith. I keep buying her books but I need to start actually reading them…
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My Lady Jane
Outrun the Moon
The Thousandth Floor
Rise of the Arcane Fire #2

I was SO FREAKING EXCITED when I saw that bookoutlet had My Lady Jane in HARDCOVER. I’ve been wanting this book since I learned Cynthia Hand was writing a new book because I loved her Unearthly trilogy. I’m so excited to finally read this! AH! I also got Outrun the Moon and the Thousandth Floor because I’ve heard great things about both. Plus those covers are glorious. Rise of the Arcane Fire is the second book to a trilogy that I really enjoyed. I don’t know how to explain in though…
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Oblivion #3
Jellicoe Road
A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I’m so excited to finally have Oblivion. I loved Nevermore a few years ago. It was fantastic. Highly recommend it if you love Edgar Allen Poe! I’m also excited for Jellicoe Road. I don’t know why but I’ve been wanting this book since before I started booktube. There’s something about it that makes me want to read it… I think my all time favorite purchase is A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since it came out but it’s not sold in the USA. I was so excited to find it in Canada!
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Eliza and Her Monsters
The Savage Dawn #3
The Art of Starving

Daughter of the Burning City had too gorgeous of a cover for me to not buy it. JUST LOOK AT IT! I bought Eliza and Her Monsters because Nat said it was a great book. Plus I love the cover and it sounds interesting! I’m also excited for the next two books. Especially the Art of Starving. It’s about a boy with an eating disorder!
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I also got all these gorgeous Harry Potter books because I have an obsession…

 

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Have you read any of these!? How are they!? Let me know!