Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead


AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
PUBLISHER: 
Razorbill
PAGES: 272
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series
SOURCE: Bought
OUTLINE:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.
 


MY THOUGHTS
This is VERY different then Richelle's other books. If you get one thing from this review, it's this don't go into this thinking it will be a typical Mead book. IT'S NOT! I can't stress this enough. I love how Mead portrayed the soundless-ness of the village in the book by letting us know when they were talking. I loved the concept of the idea, and I believe up until the end it was an interesting idea. I would of loved if this was maybe a duolgy or something because we're left with some many un-answered questions I think.

SETTING
I love that this takes place someplace very different then most books I read. I love the tiny village feel, and how everyone knows everyone. Mead did a good job at this setting and place she created.

CHARACTERS
I really loved Fei. I think Mead does an excellent job with her main characters, and making them enjoyable and kick-ass. I know that Fei and Rose are WAY different, and they come from VERY different backgrounds but they have a lot of the same qualities I love when reading. I love that these girls can be kick-ass and yet still have this heart of gold. The family connection between Fei and her sister is one of the qualities I loved. Fei would do anything for her sister and it shows through show much in this story. Fei tries to keep her sister from becoming something less.
Then we have Li Wei, who is a miner and going by their social standing is at the bottom of the chain. He was Fei's friend when they were little, and you could tell that they has chemistry from the start, but Fei kept denying her feelings because she was promised to someone else, but we all know how stories change, and once both them were in situations that they could be killed things change. I'm pretty happy that this was one of those stories where we know the love situation. Sometimes it better to have one love than many. :)

ENDING
It was way to easily tied up with a bow, and just seemed to quick and thrown together. There isn't much I can say without giving away the ending, but something about it kinda says cheesy. I kind of wish it had another story coming because I would have loved to see what happens with the characters more.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sharing with the Group: The end of 2015 Haul


(Forgive all the adjusting I do.)

Hilary Clinton Pop-up Book
Titans by Victoria Scott (Poster)
Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Glass Arrow by Kirsten Simmons
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Sirensong by Jenna Black
The Story Spinner by Becky Wallace
The Dead House by Dawn
Waterfell by Amalia Howard
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Shards and Ashes by Various Authors
The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salsibury
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Subscription Box: Owlcrate box for January 2016


This is all the stuff in Januarys box

Artwork by Bookish Evie

I've never heard of the book, but it sounds good.



I love that we got a full size funko pop and it's one I don't 
have so now I'm going to have to collect the Harry Potter ones.

I love the way this lip balm smells.





Book Subscription Box: Lit Cube unveiling for January

Lit cube is another bookish subscription box that I decided I would try out for a few months.









Book Subscription Box: Uppercase box for January


From the Uppercase Website
"Uppercase is a young adult book subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a YA book and a bookish goody every month! Plus the subscription comes with online access to extras like a live book discussion & recommendations for similar books."
Everything that came in the box this month was awesome.

I was so excited to see this book in the package this month.

The book is even signed (although you can barely see it)

This is a little coloring book.

This is a map of the truthwitch world.

This is the note that is always sent with the box.

And these adorable socks that say 'Sup Nerd


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
PUBLISHER: 
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
PAGES: 388
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series
SOURCE: Bought
OUTLINE:

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
 

MY THOUGHTS
I put off reading this for almost a year because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I mean I liked the synopsis, but I had never heard the story from which this one is being re-told, A Thousand and One Nights. Not only that, but I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the characters and the setting of it. I know now that I shouldn't push books like this a way.  I should really try and be more open minded to new cultural and diverse books. It did take me a few pages to really get into it though, but as soon as I did I wanted to learn as much as I could about these characters.

SETTING
The setting was something new to me so I enjoyed reading about it. I love how the author described these places so vibrantly. 

CHARACTERS
There were a ton of different characters in the book, but only a few I care to mention.
Shahrzad or Shazi as I will call her is the main herione in the book she volunteers to be married to this boy-king who is known for killing his wives at dawn the day after they marry. So why is she taking on the responsibility because she wants revenge for the murder of her best friend Shiva. What she doesn't know is that she will be the one falling....falling for this boy. As strong and independent as she is she is also weak and emotional. I don't think I would be so forgiving and involved with the monster who killed my BF. Yes, she learns a bit of Khalids story as to why he is this way, but that should not matter. 
Khalid was the boy king who was known as this monster to the people in his country/town. He did not bare his soul to very many,and therefore no one knew the real reason behind the killings. I won't lie I had a soft spot for him when I learned of his past, and  how he begin to treat Shazi not like a thing, but his mate.
Tariq, Shazi's old friend was hell bent on saving her from the monster and killing him. Soon he learned that time changes things.
Despina was such a fun character. I loved her banter and wit, and I'm glad that Shazi and her became some what close. It was their back and forth conversations I loved. Despina acted as a friend more than a handmaiden.


DOWNFALL
I had a few downfalls with this book.
The main downfall I had with this book was the names. This may seem like a stupid reason to put on here, but I get so tripped up trying to say the names and read it right that I sometimes get frustrated. 
Another downfall I had was how Shazi so quickly fell for this boy-king who murdered her best friend. Why? This person has taken away so many lives, and yet you have this connection with him. 

ENDING
In a way I'm glad I took this long to read it because now I won't have to wait so long for is sophomore book The Rose and the Dagger. I can't say that I enjoyed how it ended. I'm very much looking forward to one of the characters journeys.

QUOTES




Friday, January 15, 2016

Books read in 2016

2016
My goal for this year is to read at least 50 books

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Ashley has read 4 books toward her goal of 50 books.
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  • The Curious Tale of the In-between by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead
  • A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
  • The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Daughters unto Devils by Amy Luckavics
  • Bluescreen by Dan Wells
  • Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
  • Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Four by Veronica Roth
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie
  • Lark by Tracey Porter (re-read)
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • First and Then by Emma Mills
  • The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Neferet's Curse by P.C Cast
  • The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  • Titans by Victoria Scott
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
  • Spark by Holly Schindler
  • Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
  • Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • 52 Reasons to hate my father by Jessica Brody
  • An Ember in The Ashes by Saaba Tahir
  • Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  • The Heir and the Spare by Emily albright
  • Blythewood by Carol Goodman
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Ashton Brodi, Jodi Meadows
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
  • Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Body and Soul by Stacey Soul
  • Denton Littles Death date by Lance Rubin
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  • Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
  • The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
  • Far from You by Lisa Schroeder
  • 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
  • The Love that Split the world by Emily Henry
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • My Soul to take by Rachel Vincent
  • Ruined by Paula Morris
  • All these things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
  • BlackBird by Anna Carey



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Readathon: Clean Slate Challenge: Resolutions

Resolutions Challenge
Hosted by Novel Ink

I always try to do Bookish resolutions, and I start off well, but by the end of the year I've let myself down.

Here are some resolutions for this year.

Bookish/blog/social media
1. Write the review a day or so after reading the book.
2. Try to read the books I didn't finish in 2015
3. Clean out my email
4. Try to interact more with the bookish community.
5. Participate in reading challenges and actually work on them.

Life
1. Save money (So we can move into our own place)
2. Eat healthier (I'm pre-diabetic.)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 releases I wanted to read but didn't get to


Hi everybody! How's everyone's week been going? 
 If you want to see all the other top ten post head on over to The Broke and the Bookish.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Readathon: Clean Slate 2016: The start

Hosted by Novel Ink, Lost in Lit, and Latte Nights
So, what exactly is the Clean Slate Read-A-Thon? This read-a-thon is only for books that we didn’t get to in 2015…that were released in 2015. Any 2015 released we didn’t read is eligible for this read-a-thon. We want to start this year off with a clean slate so let’s get those 2015 released off our TBR and let it slim down!

Here are a few I want to try and get through.
The Wrath and the Dawn (I'm almost done with it)
The Truth about alice
The Curious tale of the in-between
Red Queen

Sunday, January 10
Reading: The Wrath and the Dawn (starting on page 319)
Pages Read: 40
Books completed today: None
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Readathon: Bout of Books 2016: Scavenger Hunt

Bout of Books

Todays Challenge:
Scavenger Hunt
Challenge Host:
 The Book Monsters

You can take your own pictures or use images you find online. Up to you. You can post them separately or in one picture, up to you! You can complete as many of the hunts as you like. The more you do the more chances you have to win! If you like hashtags, use this one – #boutofbookshunt

Book Scavenger Hunt:
1. Book Shelves
These are actually not all my books. (most are in storage)





2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
The first is The Wrath and the Dawn which I have about 150 more pages to go probably. On my kindle is A wicked thing which I just start and am about 14% into, and the other is A truth about Alice which I might try and start tonight.
3. A Book and a Beverage
This is my pick for a book and a beverage because I'm reading it right now, and I know the wine glass doesn't have a drink in it, but I wanted to show it off. (This is one of my hobbies painting glasses.)
I thought this would make a cute picture because of the cover of the book and my little mug. :)

4. Blue Books
These are a few blue books I spotted on my shelves. I haven't read any of them. I have read the first two books in the Ghost and the goth series which Body and Soul belongs to so that's the next book I might read as well.

5. Cozy Reading Spot
This would probably be the most cozy. My bed of course. It has books right beside it. Nice pillows and my stuffed doxie Scooter. :)
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