My Thoughts On: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Title: 
Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Thoughts:

This book was one of those that I could have read in one sitting (if I hadn’t started it so late). I read about half of it in one sitting. There were so many things I loved about it but one of the things I loved the most was probably how I could relate to it.

I have a habit of getting super into things…fandoms, if you will. My most recent one, for example, is ACOTAR. I am/was obsessed…Like spent time looking at fan art and theories online. Sooooo….I could absolutely relate to the fandom that is Monstrous Seas. 

Then there is the anxiety portion of it. Eliza has social anxiety, which is something I can absolutely relate to. I am not as bad as Eliza, I can manage to go and hang out with people and be okay with it. However, I did spend one Halloween in college at home while all my housemates when to a party. And I have been known to cancel plans or just say no because I am more comfortable at home. I loved seeing a character that I could relate to in that aspect. It was a comfort to know that I am not alone.

Eliza and Wallace’s relationship is so adorable and real. I love how they are both imperfect characters with completely honest intentions. While they don’t make the best decisions, you can see where they are coming from and I love how broken they are and you get to see how they grow together.

I also liked how Eliza’s relationship with her parents was portrayed. Growing up with the internet, I can relate to parents not understanding that you have friends on the internet that you haven’t met yet. Parents sometimes just do not get it. They don’t understand how you can have an entire life online and it is just as real as the one you live in everyday.

Overall, I think this book is solid gold and am so happy I received it in my Owlcrate box. I probably would not have picked it up otherwise.

Thank you for reading!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #12

DOWN THE TBR HOLE

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, 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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

 

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Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J. A. Souders

I am not sure about this one. It sounds interesting. Perhaps I will pick it up one day…But I honestly see it at the bottom of my list…

Final Verdict: It goes. /

 

 

 

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Wake (The Watersong Quartet #1) by Amanda Hocking

This one I am just not feeling anymore. Simple as that.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

 

 

 

 

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The Husband’s Secret by Laine Moriarty

I have heard good things about Laine Moriarty and feel like I should give her a shot. I see some positive reviews of this book by people I trust.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

 

 

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Entwined by Heather Dixon

I don’t see myself reading this one right away. I think if I am going to read a fairy tale retelling, the I should probably pick one of a fairy tale I know and I don’t really know the Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

 

 

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Burning by Danielle Rollins

Once again….I am just not feeling this one any more

Final Verdict: It goes. 

 

 

 

 

Goodness! I am only keeping one book this week! Am I in a clean out mood or what?!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #11

And here’s to another Saturday spend cleaning up my TBR!

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, 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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

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Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

I love mermaids…I wish I was a mermaid…so I am all about this book!

Final Verdict: It stays.

 

 

 

 

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Blackhearts (Blackhearts #1) by Nicole Castorman

I grew up in North Carolina and in school the taught us about the history of the state and that included Black Beard. So this one really interests me. I am so excited to see what was taught to me when I was young be put into a story.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

 

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

While this one does sound interesting, a reviewer I trust said that she came out of this book expecting more epic things… So I think I am going to trust her.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

 

 

 

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The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I do love a good fantasy novel.

Final Verdict: It stays.

 

 

 

 

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For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

This is sounding to me like it would be similar to the Winner’s trilogy. Not in the actual story, but in the execution. The description says that it is inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen, so maybe I will read that and then read this.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

My Thoughts on: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

My Thoughts

I wish I had all good things to say about this book. I really wanted to love it. Three sisters battling to the death for a crown. It sounds exciting. It sounds Game of Thrones-ish. It sounds likes something I would devour. It was not. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t completely hate it and I am not saying it is a bad book, it just was 1) not what I was expecting and 2) not my cup of tea.

I guess I should start with what i was expecting. I was expecting something more Game of Thrones where there is lots of action and plotting and scheming. This was a much more political based story. The politics of the competition are very heavy and way outweigh the action. I was a little bored and did not deeply connect with the characters. It just takes a special political based book to keep me interested. I am hoping that my tastes and appreciation will develop as I read more like that.

The perspective was multiple. Each girl was the main character of a chapter. Sometimes it works. (I love how SJM does it. All her different perspectives are always so interesting) This execution of the multi-perspective was ok. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst. I definitely found my interest in each story line shifting throughout the book.

The world building was decent. I would like to know more about how the island and the mainland work and more about the history of the world and how it became what it is and the relationships that are there. Perhaps that will come in a later book?

I feel like this book had huge potential, but it fell flat. However, I do think that there is still potential for a really great story, IF the girls grow up! My goodness they were immature. There is tons of room for character growth and that is something I would love to see in the future books.

One thing that did bother me a lot is that this book has 16 year olds having sex. I can handle a lot of controversial issues in books, but this is one that I don’t agree with. I think if you want to be adding sex to your books, the characters should be at least 18. (There are no graphic scenes, it just referenced.) 

If I am being completely honest, I spent the whole book thinking that I was going to finish it and then move on with my life. But the ending, of one girl in particular, has got me hooked and dying to know what happens. So I may just have to continue on and see how the story develops. I have read a few reviews saying that people have felt the same throughout the second novel (bored up until the very end when all the crazy action happens). Maybe that is just Kendare’s style and I need to accept that going into the book.

If you like fantasy books that are heavy in the politics and not so much in actual fighting…there is some violence, not in detail, but things do happen…then I say give it a shot. If you have read it, let me know your thoughts!!

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #10

Happy Saturday! It’s time for a little cleaning!

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, 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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

 

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Riders by Veronica Rossi

As I read Gone with the Wind, my interest in War has sparked. I normally don’t have much want to read about wars, but seeing the war strategy and how it has affected those not fighting, I find it intriguing.

Final Verdict: It stays.

 

 

 

 

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I have heard such good things about this and I currently have it on my shelf.

Final Verdict: It stays.

 

 

 

 

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Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

I am just not feeling this one. I think I am going to be done with the whole altering humans once I finish the Uglies series.

Final Verdict: It goes.

 

 

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The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Another thriller…what was I thinking when I added these? I don’t really like them!

Final Verdict: It goes. 

 

 

 

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

This one has me super intrigued! I love me a good taking back the throne book! Count me in.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading!

xoxo

July 2017 TBR & Summer Goals Update

Sadly this month I will not be going on any big vacations. The only beach trip I have planned is in September. So I have a little bit until I get to spend a whole week reading! I can’t wait for that trip!

As I said in my June Wrap Up post, I intened to finish Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Then after that, I will work on the ones below!

The Books I Plan to Read in July…

Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew & Courtney #1) (Checkmate Duet #3) by Kennedy Fox 

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld 

The Magnolia Story by Chip an Joanna Gaines

 

Summer Goals Update

  1. Read 12 books from my TBR shelf. – I have read 2 so far and I am about to knock another one down. That will leave me with 9 more to read. I have 4 on my July TBR. I think this might still be attainable!
  2. Read Gone with the Wind – I am slowly chipping away at this one! I am definitely going to be able to check this goal off my list!
  3. Finish the Harry Potter Series – I have decided that I don’t want to read HP in the summer! This is such a curl up on a cold night with a hot cup of something kind of series. I will wait until November or December to finish this one!
  4. Finish the Uglies series – I have the last 2 that I own on my July TBR! I can probably do this one!
  5. Read a little bit everyday –  Unless you count audiobooks, I sure have I been failing at this one! I really need to work on reading a little bit every day.  

 

I hope you all have a successful July of reading! Happy Summer!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

June 2017 Wrap up & Mini Haul

So July is here…where has the first half of the year gone?! This month I read a total of 4 books. In my June TBR, I listed 5 books that I wanted to read. I read 3 of them and I am almost done with one (I am hoping to finish it today…fingers crossed). This month has been crazy at work and when I get home, I just want to workout, eat, and go to bed. So not too much time for reading, so I am ok with the amount I read.

 

The Books I Read in June…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali – 4 Stars

I Heart Paris (I Heart #3) by Lindsey Kelk – 4 Stars

Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld – 3.5 Stars

I Heart Vegas (I Heart #4) by Lindsey Kelk – 3 Stars

 

June TBR Books I didn’t complete or get to…

 

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
This is the one I am almost done with and am hoping to have it finished today.

Checkmate: This is Reckless (Drew and Courtney #1) by Kennedy Fox (ebook)
I just simply did not get to this one.

 

Mini Haul! 

I acquired a few books this month! I am trying to not buy so man so I will read the books I already own. But I went to a big mall with my family and there was a book store with bargain books…so i paid less than $15 for the first 3 listed below and then the last 2 I got in my June Owlcrate!

 

A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson

 

And that is all for this wrap up! Look out for my July TBR!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo