Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018


I thought it was time for me to do another book tag which I haven't done in a very long time!  I spotted this one over at Read by Tiffany and the original creator of this tag is Shanah from the Bionic Book Worm.

Fall is definitely my favorite season because of various reasons - the weather; the holidays (Halloween/Thanksgiving); and it's the perfect time to just snuggle and cuddle with a good book and some hot tea.

I would definitely pick Room by Emma Donoghue.  I read this book recently via audiobook and absolutely loved it.  Why I never read it until now, I will never know but this book was everything.  It was very different and new to read about such a serious and dangerous situation through the eyes of a 5 year old and I think that was what made this book stand out to me so much.

The ending in The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker definitely blew me away.  The book is a mystery/thriller so by definition, it's technically meant to blow you away but not all of them can do so.  Thankfully, this book twisted in such an unimaginable way that I was absolutely floored by what happened.  It's also a very twisty and disturbing novel on so many levels so if that is something you are intrigued with, then definitely check out this book.

The entire series of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas had absolutely non-stop action.  There were constantly numerous things going on from finding out the creepy creatures that were lurking in the castle to riding and taming the wild wyverns to fighting this gigantic talking spiders to trying to battle this evil being.  Honestly, there's just a lot and if you have been waiting for the series to finish to pick it up, then definitely pick it up now since the last book, Kingdom of Ash, was just released recently.

I absolutely loved Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.  There's definitely so much more than this book being a chicklit but at the core of it, I loved the relationship between Rachel and Nick.  For me, I think the movie made me feel even more warm and fuzzy inside but either way, this book definitely gave me feelings.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood gave me so much fall/winter feels.  The cover is also absolutely gorgeous.  This is a magical realism novel that goes into detail about anti-semitism in Russia.  Honestly, I loved this book. I loved the relationship between the two sisters and the romance that was in the book also gave me some fuzzy feelings.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan popped up on my radar recently and ever since, I have been eyeing it to no end.  The book is a high fantasy novel and we all know that I am very much into fantasies these days - epic, high, give them all to me.  I also believe that the book has some similar Joan of Arc themes to it but not a retelling.  Regardless, sign me up!



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Published between 2012-2018
Summaries on Goodreads

Buy Links:
Amazon | Audible | Book Depository
I absolutely loved this series despite how it all ended. I mean, the ending itself was fine but there were a few things that I wasn’t particularly happy about. Despite that, as I stated, I still absolutely enjoyed the books and the journey that it took me. 

I loved Celaena and the struggles that she went through throughout the entire books. There were just so many hardships and obstacles that she had to go through that I can’t imagine it all being placed on an 18 year old girl. By the end of the books, she was 20 (or almost 20) years old. Those were just struggles that I simply can’t imagine facing. She had to deal with death so many times – both at her own hands and those of other people as well as facing the deaths of many close friends and allies. Not only that but she also had to deal with the fate that was dealt to her by forces she could not even challenge. And the fact that she dealt with them all as well as being extremely cunning in figuring out her problems made her such an awesome character. 

She was such a badass in all the ways. Even just as an assassin, she was already such a badass and as the books continued and you find out about her lineage and her history, she became so much more amazing in my eyes. What I liked most about her was that she was always 50 steps ahead of everyone and I found it both frustrating and amusing to the people around her when they’re freaking out but Celaena already figured it out and more. At the same time though, I didn’t like how she never relied on the people around her even though they would go to such lengths for her. There were times when I honestly think that things could have been handled or solved differently if only she had sought out the advice of others. And because she didn’t, things ended up in going in such a roundabout ways at times. 

The other characters were amazing. I especially loved Rowan and I want one for myself, thank you very much. His interactions with Celaena were so intense and I loved reading every moment it. It was amazing how well they complemented each other. Aedion, Lysandra, Gavriel and even later, Fenrys, were all characters I came to love. Okay, Aedion pissed me off for a period of time in the last book but I understood where he was coming from even though I did think he went a bit too far at times. 

If I had to pick characters I didn’t love so much, it would be a tossup between Dorian (because I found him changing for the worse as the books continued – he wasn’t that happy and optimistic prince anymore and I found him to be a lot colder at times which was unfortunate because I liked his personality in the beginning even though I thought he was too naΓ―ve at times) and Chaol (because let’s be honest, he was an idiot pretty much 90% of the series – the other 10% was because I admired his loyalty and steadfastness to Dorian). 

Overall, I loved how the author did such a fantastic job with bringing (a lot of) elements from the novella into the main books. I usually don’t find novellas in most series to be that vital but in this case, I would highly recommend reading the novellas prior to starting with the first book. Honestly, I just loved reading about Celaena and her journey as she learned about her destiny and her fate. Everything was wonderfully written and I loved it.



Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekly Author Fridays featuring Lydia Kang - Author Interview

Woot! It's Friday and I'm excited to feature Lydia Kang, author of Toxic this week!

About Lydia
Lydia is the author of the young adult novels THE NOVEMBER GIRL, CONTROL, CATALYST, and the forthcoming TOXIC. She also writes adult historical fiction including A BEAUTIFUL POISON and THE IMPOSSIBLE GIRL, as well as the nonfiction book QUACKERY: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything. She is a practicing physician who lives with her family in Omaha, along with a codependent ShihPoo who totally knows who's really in charge.

What made you start writing? 
The idea having a book that people actually want to read, that's actually on a bookstore shelf, is pretty intoxicating. I started reading a ton of YA about ten or so years ago and cautiously wondered if I could do the same. I'm very goal driven, so I gave it a go and next thing I knew--I'd been infected by the writing bug. I love creating stories and worlds. It's hard to stop!

Can you tell us a little about your book? 
TOXIC is about a teen girl, Hana, who was secretly created on a spaceship (a living biological ship that can communicate with its passengers). She wakes up one morning to find her mother and the entire crew is gone. She's discovered by a mercenary crew who lands there as a field mission to study the dying ship, knowing they'll die along with it. Hana only starts to live amongst real people and she falls in love, but is doomed to die on the ship with everyone else.

How did you get the idea for writing Toxic? Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? 
I like sci-fi, and at some point in time, I thought it was an interesting concept to have a ship that actually lived. What would it be like? Would it have emotions? Could it get jealous? Stuff like that. And then TOXIC was born. The book's original name was CYCLO, which is the ship's name.

Who is your favorite character in the book and why? Or, which character was the most fun to write and why? 
I loved writing Portia's character. She's an alien and so fascinating to me. She's very strong, in a lot of ways.

Do you have a writing routine? 
First, I caffeinate. These days, it's coffee--light and sweet. Then I check email. Then I check social media. Then I check in to work (I'm a doctor part time, so I have to check the electronic medical record chart to catch up on tasks). I usually check the news too. Washington Post is a go-to. And then I start getting more emails, and next thing I know, I've blown half my morning and THEN I get to writing.

What was the hardest part of writing? 
Getting started? See the last answer. Haha.

What do you do in your free time? 
Mostly spend time with my family. I also love to crochet and cross stitch, and I love cooking and gardening. So exciting, right? I'm no BASE jumper.

What’s the next step in your writing career? 
Keep going? I will write and publish books so long as people wish to read them. It's an honor to be able to release my work out in the world and entertain people. I love it. I have two books to write that will be adult historical mysteries (I've written two so far) but I never stay too far away from writing YA.