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

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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

5 Reasons why you should read the I Heart series by Lindsay Kelk 

1. Every book is a new adventure in a new place. 

In the first book, I Heart New York, you meet Angela Clark. She finds her fiance cheating on her, so she does what any reasonable girl would do…she freaks out, breaks someone’s hand, pisses in her fiance’s luggage, and flies to New York. Then she proceeds to have adventures in L.A., Paris, Las Vegas, and London. I love to travel, but unfortunately I am not in a position to be able to jet set around the world like I want to. These books have helped soothe my wanderlust-ing soul….or perhaps just made it worse because now I want to go to these places.

2. It’s like hanging out with your best friends…only you aren’t involved in the drama.

Jenny Lopez is Angela’s best friend. And boy, does she get them into some interesting situations. I really enjoyed how realistic the friendships are. There is give and take and misunderstandings and girls just being petty girls. It is so nice to be involved in drama that is not yours and that you can step away from. I do enjoy good drama…just not in my own life. So these books were the perfect guilty pleasures.

3. Angela Clark is a real girl that makes real mistakes.

As a girl, I know I can be moody, come to bad conclusions, and just make plain dumb decisions. While reading these books, I felt a certain kinship to Angela as she did the same dumb things I would… like not stop worrying about things and not trusting what her friends, boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s friends tell her. It is nice to know you are not alone in the bad decisions and Angela is the perfect character to make you feel like you are not alone.

4. These books are funny!

SERIOUSLY! I do not know how Lindsey Kelk comes up with the stuff she put in her books! Here are some funny lines:

“I might not be able to hold my drink or my man, but what I can hold, is a tune. Point me in the right direction and give me a bloody mic.” – I Heart New York

“Maybe I should just throw myself in the canyon. Oprah isn’t on TV anymore, I saw the last Harry Potter movie. What is there to live for?’ I tried really hard to think of something helpful.
‘We still haven’t seen the last Twilight film?’
‘I read the book. They all die.’
‘Really?’
‘No. Dumbass.” – I Heart Vegas

“I may as well have told him I’d carried a watermelon” – I Heart New York

“but Alex’s last girlfriend? now there was a female human being who had worked hard to deserve her given moniker. As far as i was concerned, she was going to that special circle of hell reserved for Hitler, Jusin Bieber and the man who invented high-waisted jeans.” – I Heart Vegas

**Sadly there are not a ton of quotes on Goodreads and I listened to the audiobooks so I can’t go flip through to find my favorite lines! But trust me! They are funny!

5. Because I bloody well said so!

But really! They are so cute! If you are in the mood for a good, light, fun chick-lit, please give these a shot! They are not going to give you an epiphany or anything, but they are so fun!

 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

My Thoughts On… The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! This book was a-freaking-dorable! I had heard of it on booktube and I thought it sounded good but at the time, I wasn’t really into contemporary. But thank you Owlcrate for this amazing book. I instantly fell in love.

I guess the best place to start is with how relate-able Molly’s situation is. While I was not the fat girl in high school, I was that awkward tall girl that is taller than most people, even some teachers, and no body wants to date the freakishly tall girl. Needless to say, I empathized with Molly right away and her feelings of always being the one without a boyfriend! Then there is Molly and Cassie’s relationship and how sweet it is and I especially enjoyed seeing Cassie’s sass come out in Molly!

In case you didn’t know, and I don’t know how you would…this is my first LGBTQ novel. And I really enjoyed it. Now, I know this was fluffier than some out there, but it was a nice change and I definitely think I will be intentionally reaching for more LGBTQ books in the future.

Also, this was my first Albertalli novel and I am SOLD. I can’t wait to read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendas…which will also be another LGBTQ novel! Two birds, one book!

SO!…Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? If not, what are you waiting on?!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

My Thoughts On… Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Title:
Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

 

I read this book in April and typed up my thoughts but I never posted them. I seem to be really bad about that.

I loved this book so much…I read it in almost one night! It was fun, entertaining and a great light read. The setting was so refreshing. I haven’t read many pirate books, let alone one with a female protagonist. Alosa was such a fun character. A “female Jack Sparrow”…like the cover says. She was sarcastic, stubborn, and confident. And she marched to a beat of her own drum. There is a little bit of violence and a little bit of romance. (He is swoon worthy, if I do say so myself!)

I cannot wait for the next one!

Have you read Daughter of the Pirate King? What did you think? Do you have any other good pirate books to recommend (preferably ones with female pirate protagonists)?

xoxo

Elite by Mercedes Lackey (Hunter #2) – Review

Title: Elite
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #2
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Joy wants nothing more than to live and Hunt in Apex City without a target on her back. But a dangerous new mission assigned by her uncle, the city’s Prefect, may make that impossible.

In addition to her new duties as one of the Elite, Joy is covertly running patrols in the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. With her large pack of magical hounds, she can fight the monsters breaking through the barriers with the strength of three hunters. Her new assignment takes a dark turn when she finds a body in the sewers: a Psimon with no apparent injury or cause of death.

Reporting the incident makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorp’s scrutiny—the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. With her old enemy Ace still active in Hunts and the appearance of a Folk Mage who seems to have a particular interest in her, Joy realizes that the Apex conspiracy she uncovered before her Elite trials is anything but gone.

As the body count rises, she has no choice but to seek answers. Joy dives into the mysterious bowels of the city, uncovering secrets with far-reaching consequences for PsiCorp… and all of Apex City.

 

My Thoughts:

Well! I enjoyed this book much more than the first one! There was much more plot development in this book. I really enjoyed how Mercedes ran multiple plot lines side by side and they seemed to have nothing to do with each other…but they might…or they might not and it just supposed to look that way…you just don’t know.

This story picks ups where the last one left off. She is now an Elite and is starting to enjoy life a lot more without cameras following her and Ace being locked up. She finally feels like she has found a group of her own and is making a place. Her uncle seems to think there is some shady business going one (which is not new considering there was some thoughts like that throughout the first novel) and sends her to monitor the sewer pipes under the Hub. He doesn’t let her know what he is thinking and just says to let him know if anything is funny going on. Which is all fine and dandy…until she finds some disturbing things down there.

Then you have got the Ace situation where the Army is not keeping him under as tight of wraps Prefect Charmond would like. They are letting him use his magic out with them instead of treating him like the criminal he really is. I mean his hounds left him. People say animals have a better sense of things…so why are you trusting this guy that lost his hounds! Stupid people! And soon they will learn the error of their ways!

AND THEN while all of this is going on, there seems to be some kind of serge where more and more Outsiders are escaping and terrorizing the city (or the area around the city since they can’t get past the barriers).

As I said before, I really did enjoy this book more than Hunter. Hunter was definitely a set up novel and in that sense, it did a good job. The reader gets introduced to a few more characters (good and bad) and you get to see a little more of Joy’s personality come out.

Let me know your thoughts on this if you have read it or if you are thinking that you might want to!

xoxo

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey – Review

Title: Hunter
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…

 

My Thoughts: 

I seem to be of the minority when it comes to this book. A lot of people did not find it enjoyable. I, however, did. I thought it was cute. There were elements that I have seen a million times…BUT there were a few things that I had not come across very often.

Some of the things I liked about this book was:

  • The protagonist, Joy. While I can see how many people see her as a self-righteous “turnip”, I admired her selflessness. She always was cool, calm, and collected. That is something I am trying very hard to be more of and it was inspirational to have an example (fictional, or not). I have read reviews where people accused her of being “meek and self-conscious” but I didn’t see her that way. Joy is a strong character that holds on to her values. While she does cry a lot in private, she tries hard holds herself together and doesn’t fall apart. She also doesn’t let what is going on in her life get in the way of her job. I say that being able to keep your head on when you really want to freak is not meek. It’s smart and disciplined.
  • The Hounds! Come on! Who wouldn’t want giant dog-like creatures that you go out and kick ass with!
  • The Mythological beings. I love reading about the different mythological creatures throughout this book. Wyverns. Red Caps. Knockers. Mages. Vampires. It is all so fascinating. I don’t see those very often…perhaps I am not reading the right books for it. I also enjoyed hearing how to take out the different Othersiders. If I wasn’t such a big chicken, I would love to be a Hunter.
  • The conversational writing. Mercedes wrote in this easy going style. It was like you were reading Joy’s journal or she was telling you the story.

A few things I didn’t care for:

  • The beginning was a lot of information and I don’t feel like i got much out of it. To be honest, I don’t remember much of it. It was a bit of a dump and almost caused me to stop reading. I would much rather just start the story line and then learn about the world as the story builds.
  • The post-apocalyptic, dystopian story. There just wasn’t anything special about it. It reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games at first. Luckily, once Joy got to Apex, things changed a little. I don’t think I could handle reading the exact same story over again.

Overall, I say it is a fun, easy read. I say if you really enjoy dystopian novels, give it a try. Once you get into it, it might surprise you.

Are you interested in reading Hunter? Let me know if you do!

xoxo