March Wrap Up 2017

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Fact of the Week

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3/25/17

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Who Am I? Book Tag

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Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

Wintersong Review

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting

Waiting On Wednesday: A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I’m still waiting for A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.


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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. The drastic changes and drama continue to keep me engaged. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and it’s bound to be promising with war, travel, and subterfuge. I love the cover. The detail on the dress is amazing and the green color contrasts beautifully with the black and white. A Court of Wings and Ruin is available May 2. Too far from now, but hopefully it will come faster than we think. It’ll give me plenty of time to reread A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.

3/25/17

I’m going to the the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast today. So, here is a fun fact about the original movie.

“Belle is the only person in her village who wears blue, which is meant to symbolize how different she is from everyone else.”

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Who Am I? Book Tag

I found this tag from Drizzle and Hurricane Books: Who Am I? Tag.


What is the meaning of my name?

“The meaning of the name ‘Jessica’ is: ‘Wealthy; Foresight, God Beholds’.”

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What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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INFJ-T = Advocate


What is my Zodiac Sign?

“The Lion
July 23 – August 22

The zodiac signs and meanings of Leo is about expanse, power and exuberance. Leo’s are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it as they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. That’s okay, because if you observe, the Leo is usually correct in his/her statements. Leo’s have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It comes from being a leader. They are brave, intuitive, and also head-strong and willful. Beneath their dynamic persona lies a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they do not easily share with others. They might be a bit bossy, but those who know them understand this comes from a source need to do good, not (usually) from an inflated ego.”

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What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

HP-Hufflepuff.jpgMy in-depth results are:

“Hufflepuff – 15
Ravenclaw – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 6”

 


What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

My “scores were:

  • Visual 4
  • Aural 7
  • Read/Write 6
  • Kinesthetic 8″

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link) 

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What is my Blood Type?

I honestly have no idea. Sorry!


What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

Writer

“You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.”


Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

Abnegation

“You belong with the selfless. You always find yourself lending a hand to others, and you seldom realize it. You truly care about the people around you, and you’re the first to notice when someone is under the weather. Just when you think you have a day to spend for yourself, you probably catch yourself listening to a friend dish about her problems instead. Some people might tag you as “boring”, but those closest to you know that you’re a simple gal with the purest of hearts.”


What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

“The Firstborn

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.”


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Anyone!

Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Read In One Sitting Theme

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Top Ten Books I Read In One Sitting

  1. Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  2. Broken Prince by Erin Watt
  3. Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
  4. The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
  5. The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
  6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  7. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  9. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  10. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

There are many more books that I’ve read very fast, like, within a day or even within a few hours. However, these are some of the first that come to mind.

 

{From: The Broke and Bookish}

Wintersong Review

wintersongWintersong by S. Jae Jones

Synopsis: Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

About the Author: S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong (Thomas Dunne 2017). When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, retelling, romance, historical

More Info: hardcover, 448 pages, published by Thomas Dunne on February 7, 2017

3.5

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♪ Above: The Family Inn was crowded with spectators for Josef’s performance. The market was also filled with people and hidden goblins alike. I feel that these settings don’t play too much of a part, except for the introduction of urgency and the loss of Lisel’s sister.

♫ Below: The Underground is like a labyrinth, confusing and hard to escape from. There are instances in which the Underground is filled with Goblin King’s subjects and times where no one is to be found. I thought the dynamic of other characters fluctuating from minimum to maximum was fittingly disturbing. The Goblin King, Twig and Thistle are the most prominent figures below. But, there are also changelings and their introduction into the novel was abrupt.

♪ In-Between: The Goblin Grove in instrumental to the connection between human and goblin. This magical space is set out in the forest. It’s a small wood where Lisel first met the Goblin King. It’s one spot she and Josef play their music freely. The goblin grove is a classic YA setting with both fantasy and modernity.

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♫ On and Off Action: Wintersong is not particularly plot driven. Part 1 is the most action based, with trips around the above world, events, and Liesl attempting to save her sister. Part 2 is mostly focused on self-discovery. The second half of the book is filled with description, dialogue, and drawn out explanations of emotion and music.

♪ Unexpected: This was not the story I was expecting when I picked up this book. As a YA, I was ready for romance and adventure. While I don’t dislike the turn this novel took, I feel this novel is geared more towards an older audience.

♫ Focused on Music and Identity: Liesl’s self-discovery was the basis of this novel. The music too, is a crucial and highly integrated aspect to the plot. As I am not much of a musical person, many of the instances involving music and expression were lost on me. The scenes were beautiful, but, I guess, over my head.

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♪ Liesl: Liesl is the oldest of her siblings and the least noticed. Kathe outshines her in beauty and Josef has taken the stage for music, as a male prodigy. I feel that her oppression was partially self-made. Yes, her father constrained her, but she also gave her musical focus to her brother. She was slightly oblivious, which left me frustrated with her character. I appreciate the love she has for her sister, despite her jealousy. I wish her relationship with her sister was developed more, face-to-face. In the second half of the novel, she goes through a transformation. However, to find herself she must be broken by sex, not liberated. This along with her obsession with sex afterward, leave me feeling disturbed.

♫ Goblin King: There were some phrases like “the austere young man” that were repeated way too much. However, the Goblin King was a very complex and multidimensional character; at times he seemed like two different people (a reflection of both his human and goblin counterparts). He was hot and cold towards Liesl, which bothered me, especially after the extreme lengths to which he went to trap her. He is religiously devout, musically practiced, and mischievously inclined. By the end of the novel, I came to respect him a little more.

♪ Liesl’s Family: Liesl’s father is a patronizing drunk. I disliked him for lowering Liesl’s self-esteem and influencing Josef’s music in almost detrimental ways. Kathe is whimsical and beautiful. She hides her true emotions behind her smile and secretly longs for freedom. She cares more for her family than she lets on. Josef is scared musician. Without Liesl, he would not be as successful as he is. He is a gay character, and through his love he finds stability. Kathe’s fiance is also Liesl’s crush at the beginning of the book. I was afraid there would be some love triangle, but don’t worry that crisis is averted. His purpose is superficial and I don’t particularly enjoy his character because of the mess he made in Liesl’s family.

♫ Twig and Thistle: Twig and Thistle are interesting additions to the Underground. They are Liesl attendants. Sassy and filled with gossip, they add humor and background to the story.

♪ Connection: I personally didn’t connect with the characters in this novel.

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♪ Bipolar: I found out that Liesl is considered to be bipolar. I can see some of the signs looking back and am glad that mental illness is represented in a main character in this YA book. I stumbled upon this information through Once Upon a Bookcase’s Wintersong Review who discovered the representation for the author’s, S. Jae Jones’, blog.

♫ Dark: This book had a dark, sexy, menacing, vibe to it. It is not your typical, fluffy YA.

♪ Cover: The cover, which is absolutely gorgeous, is what first got my attention to read this book.

♫ Incredible Writing: The writing is fluid, detailed, and lyrical. I can understand the obsession with this debut writer, because her writing style is unique and amazing.

♪ Missing Information/Confusing: Throughout Wintersong, I got confused. I felt like I was missing information, or new elements were suddenly thrown at me. There were sections where I felt that I lost pieces of time, so I didn’t always understand the time frame. The book was also cliffhanger-ish, which left me hanging and wanting a full resolution.

♫ Influences: Inspiration for this book include Labyrinth, David Bowie, “The Magic Flute”, and Phantom of the Opera (source)

♪ Overall: This book is not for me, but I can understand the appeal for other readers.

Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am suddenly interested in reading Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.


flameinthemistThe daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


I found this book on Fables Library‘s Top Ten Tuesday for Spring TBR. I looked into the premise of the plot and became interested in the novel. Flame in the Mist is set to come out May 16, 2017. I’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn (and started, but haven’t yet finished The Rose and the Dagger), so I know I’ll probably already love the writing and storytelling in Ahdieh’s new series. The story will feature Japanese culture and aspects from the Disney movie, Mulan. Plus, the cover is quite elegant and beautiful. What more can we ask for?