Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Published March 3, 2020

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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Published January 5, 2021

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This book had a ton of amazing potential - Greek mythology, action packed and a lot of intrigue.  However, it were definitely a few things that were left to be desired.

First of all, the world building and the pacing.  Everything felt quite rushed from the backstory to the ending that I felt that there were a lot of things that were left unexplained.   Not only that but the ending was so unsatisfying.  There were so many questions about some of the gods and what happened next and if the ultimate goal was achieved that were never answered.

My main concern with this book was how much information was jam packed that the author didn't do the book or the characters justice.  There were so much about the characters (Miles & Van for example) that could've had more screen time.  I truly think that this book could have been so much richer and denser if it was carefully expanded into two books so the author really had the time to provide lush details and richer backstory as well as a more concrete ending.

Overall, I still really enjoyed it though and there were some characters specifically for the gods that I had a different opinion of at the end.  Also the whole idea of gods being killed and mortals taking on immortality and the power was so fascinating.
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Mini Reviews | 35

How the King of Elhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Published November 24, 2020

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I absolutely loved the Cruel Prince series so obviously I had to grab a copy of the novella just to get a bit more of Jude and Cardan.  And while it wasn't really what I wanted, it did give me a lot of insight on Cardan and some of the things that happened to him while he was growing up.

I really do hope that there will be some sort of spinoff series or something because this is definitely one of my favorite series of all time.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Published August 21, 2007

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Absolutely found myself mesmerized by this book once again.  I had a lot of trepidation going back into this world because while I loved Mistborn, the first book, it was also quite dense and a bit slow at times.  Plus I heard that the second book was much more politically heavy and I'm usually not a huge fan of books with too much politics.  Thankfully though, while this book did have a lot of politics, I found myself so invested with how everything was going.

I also never thought that romance was going to be a bigger element of the series but it surprisingly was.  I felt like Vin and Elend's relationship definitely matured a lot more in this book as they had to face obstacles from all sides and their relationship was also tested time and time again.

Overall, I definitely can't wait to finish up the first trilogy and then moving on the second one!
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Published August 4, 2015

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First off, I would definitely recommend reading this book physically rather than in audio format simply because with all the POV changes, it can get a bit confusing.  Not only was there POV changes but there were also a lot of timeline changes that wasn't obvious in the beginning so that was also quite confusing and took some time to grasp.  And not only were their POV and timeline changes, there were also person narrative kept changing from third person to second person.  See?  Isn't that just confusing?

For me, it took me a good while to fully grasp everything that was going on because there were ~a lot~.  I was thrown right into the world and while there were good storytelling and good world building, with all the changes that kept going in each chapter, it was hard to keep up at times.  I would safely say that things finally started to make more sense about halfway through the book.  

That being said, the characters and the world building was exquisite.  There was so much to learn about this world that kept on destroying itself over and over again.  Plus I was so fascinated by the various "types" of people like Strongbacks, Orogenes, Breeders, etc. that all made up this diverse world.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟1/2

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Published July 9, 2019

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I absolutely adored this book!  Nina was such a mood - working in a bookstore, having her own place with no roommates and just reading all the time.  She is basically goals and what I wish that sometimes I can just do that but then reality hits and I realize that I can't afford my own place with a bookstore retailer salary.  Hence why I doubly enjoyed reading about Nina and living vicariously through her.

I loved reading about her as she discovered her family and how they were just so welcoming (even the cranky ones).  I loved how even though Nina didn't really feel like meeting new people, at the end of the day, she still made an effort to meet her newfound family and connect with them.  

This book was just super adorable and I just felt so cozy reading it.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Published December 3, 2019

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I like what the author was trying to do with this book - an incredibly diverse cast of characters and challenging what is "normal" in today's society.  However, I found that the plot itself, while fascinating, was quite confusing and messy.

Maybe it was because I had listened to it via audiobook but it took me a good while to really grasp everything.  Or maybe it was because the main character, Kane, had just woken up from a coma with no memories and was also confused so that was reflected on the reader (i.e. me).  Or it might even have been the fact that there were just so many dream realities going on and various "realities" that it just simply became confusing.  In any case, I was certainly lost with the magic system which was a big part of the book.

Overall, I still enjoyed it and thought that this was a really great debut novel featuring diverse characters with great messages about facing your dreams and friendships.
Rating:
🌟🌟🌟

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Monday, April 5, 2021

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Published June 2, 2020

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I picked up the best historical fiction according to Goodreads and read this book in my reading vlog!  For the full review, please check out my reading vlog below!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer

The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer
Published March 23, 2021

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Read this book in my March ARC vlog!  I wanted a cute contemporary romance and I got exactly that.  For the full review, please check out my reading vlog below!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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