Tag Thursday – 2019 Mid Year Freak-Out Tag

Good morning (/afternoon/evening/night depending on where you are) my dear friends!! I hope your week was spectacular! Today, I’m going to do the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag. I know, it’s halfway through July, and the middle of the year was June, but late is better than never right? This is my first year doing it, and hopefully I’ll continue doing it for many years to come! I think there are different versions of this with different questions (I think??) so this version is one I saw on Paws and Paperbacks!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

There are so many amazing books that I’ve read so far this year, but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo definitely tops them all!


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

The Wicked King by Holly Black. I really didn’t like The Cruel Prince, but this sequel made me really like the characters and also managed to make me super excited for The Queen of Nothing!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. This sounds so cute and also seems to be what my life will possibly be like in the future (minus the cat!!), so I definitely want to read this!! It’s also a book about a girl who loves books so…


Most Anticipated Releases For the Second Half of the Year

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black and Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff


Biggest Disappointment

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes and I was excited to read one of her older books, but Nobody was such a huge disappointment. It was so cliche, and so boring, and the MC annoyed me so much.


Biggest Surprise

I really didn’t expect much from My Lady Jane because it was a historical fantasy with a bit of romance. To my surprise, it turned out to be amazingly hilarious, super entertaining, and refreshing. And the cover is beautiful as well!


Favorite New Author

Lisa Gardner. I loved her D.D. and Flora Dane novel, Look For Me, and I’m definitely going to check out the rest of her mysteries!!


Favorite New Crush

KAZ BREKKER!!! 100% no doubt about it. Actually, the whole crew from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo is my new favorite crush!


Favorite New Characters

Kaz, Inej, Jesper, and Wylan from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo, Nasir and Altair from We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Nate from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, Nate from One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Aza from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green…and I think I’m going to stop here.


Books That Made you Cry

No book has made me cry yet…I don’t really get emotional like that when I’m reading.


A Book That Made You Happy

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan was different from my usual read, and the struggles of Lila as a stay-at-home mom of two who is married to a food critic made me laugh a lot and definitely made me feel happy.


Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

Lol, I haven’t bought any books this year? But I think that the cover of Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore is gorgeous!


What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

Including my most anticipated releases: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle, and The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

Tagging/Nominating:

So it looks like no one gets tagged for this? People just do it, so I’m not going to tag anyone! If you’d like to do it, go right ahead!

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

And that’s it for today! Have you done the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag? Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Wicked King by Holly Black – Review

Welcome to another book review my dear friends!! Today, we’ll be reviewing The Wicked King by Holly Black. This was so much better than The Cruel Prince. Jude and Cardan were a lot more interesting, and the plot twists were amazing.

Book: The Wicked King

Author: Holly Black

Other book in the series: The Cruel Prince (Review)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Quote: “Someone tries to betray the High King, murder. Someone gives you a harsh look, murder. Someone disrespects you, murder. Someone ruins your laundry, murder.

*Cardan. Sassy, lazy, and an absolute jerk, but I love him! His smug arrogance and constant bickering with Jude was awesome. I also like that he is actually a broken guy with a good heart but it is the anger and blame placed on him that makes him hurt others. It makes his character a lot more complex. The things he did to save Jude, and the last few chapters made me love him – while simultaneously hating him for that ending – even more.

*Jude. She improved in this book and I felt she was more relate-able. Her struggle with power and making the right decisions were also very realistic. I think that as the story progressed, she grew more power hungry and too harsh on herself especially since she tried to solve every crisis by herself. She was also kind of an anti-hero, since her reasons for controlling Cardan are a lot deeper than just to keep the throne for Oak (that’s what I’m guessing).

*Jurdan?? Cardan and Jude were great. Their fascination with each other was amusing, and I was very happy that they were making some progress to not-hating-each-other-so-much until that catastrophic ending.

*Plot and Character. This was great. I didn’t anticipate many of the plot twists, and I didn’t guess correctly who was behind any of the betrayals. The many alliances and oaths that Jude had made were now catching up to her. The many different problems caused by Locke and Cardan was also very fun to read and I loved the other side characters. I’m not sure if it’s a spoiler to mention who was in this book, so I’ll stay on the safe side and just say they were all great.

*The Ending. The ending also took a different turn than I anticipated. I was so shocked and definitely not expecting anything like that to happen. However, it was realistic and plausible. I can’t wait for book 3!


Quote: “Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.” 

*Taryn, Locke, and Vivi. Taryn’s such an evil and cruel sister. I can’t imagine that she could do that to her own twin. I also passionately hate Locke, especially after the first book, and my feelings about him only intensified in this one. Vivi isn’t necessarily bad, but she made some very very questionable decisions, that I thought were cruel. I think she deserved what happened to her at the end. I originally kind of liked her, but now, not so much.

*Memorable. After two weeks, I was unable to remember the smaller bits of the story. The major plot twists and the ending, I definitely remembered, but not some of the smaller twists. I just think that is a little disappointing that it was so easy for me to forget.


Quote: “If he thought I was bad, I would be worse. If he thought I was cruel, I would be horrifying.” 

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot more than book one, and I’m so excited for the third book. The characters were more likable for me, and the plot wasn’t I’d definitely recommend it, and I hope you love it if you read it!

One sentence summary: A surprising political fantasy with great characters.

Overall, 4 stars

★★★★☆

Have you read The Wicked King? What did you think? Did you enjoy The Cruel Prince better than TWK? Are you excited for The Queen of Nothing? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Up: March

Hello friends and fellow bookworms! I am going to start off, by apologizing for disappearing this past week, but I was swamped with school work and I couldn’t make time for blogging. Thank you so much for understanding!

March was a pretty bad month for me overall. I was gone for almost two weeks, and I managed to only read 6 books. I have two overdue book reviews to complete and one tag to do as well! I also had an announcement planned, but that’s going to have to wait.

Anyway, here are the books I managed to complete, the tags that I finished, and some amazing posts by other bloggers around the bookish blog-o-sphere.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson // ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: An okay book with an intriguing mystery, and great characters. (Reviewed)

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A great sequel with an intriguing mystery, amazing cliffhanger, and lovable characters. (Reviewed)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black // ★1/2 One sentence summary: A very hyped book with one-dimensional characters and a boring plot. (Reviewed)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An interesting sci-fi story with fantasy aspects, great characters, and an intriguing plot. (Review To Come)

In The Woods by Tana French // ★★☆☆☆ One sentence summary: A meh book with an okay mystery and a disappointing ending. (Review To Come)

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline // ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: Interesting plot, great characters, and an exciting legal fight.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 6

Tags:

Only one. I was tagged by the lovely Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes to do:

The 80’s Movie Tag

Thank you so much Meeghan!

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

The Life of a Bookworm with Dyslexia – An Interview by Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

Discussions & Rambles // What do you think about spoilers? by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me // Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller by Kat @ Novels and Waffles

Privilege in the YA Book Community: Discussing Ways How Some Influencers are at More of a Disadvantage Than Others by May @ Forever and Everly

‘Small Town Hearts’ Blog Tour: Recipe! by Ashley @ Bubbly Booknerd

Anything Else?

Yes! I did a re-branding (I know, I did one in January too) and changed from my pinkish theme, to this vine, flowers, and leaves theme! I hope you like it! I’m probably going to change it in a few months again, lol

That’s A Wrap!

March was not a good month, blogging and reading wise. In February, I hoped to do better, but I didn’t do anything more than I did in February. However, this time, I will hopefully be able to read more books and take less hiatus’ while blogging some more.

How was March for you? How many books did you read? Any opinions on the new theme?Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #14

Hello and welcome back to WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

I didn’t actually finish anything recently, but I did write a review for The Cruel Prince which you can read here.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m still reading Vicious and it’s very interesting. I’m not a science person, but the ExtraOrdinary theory that Eli created is intriguing (even if it’s crazy). I feel very inclined to go do some research on the topic.

I’m also reading Damaged by Lisa Scottoline. It’s part of the Rosato and DiNunzio Series and I’m loving Mary so much!

What Do I Plan on Reading Next:

Next, I’ll be reading In The Woods by Tana French. I hope I enjoy it.

That’s it for this Wednesday? What are you guys reading? What do you think of the new theme? Let’s chat in the comments!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Review

Welcome everyone to another book review! Today’s review is of one of the most super-hyped book on Goodreads, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This was very unimpressive considering the amount of great reviews and five stars that it gets. I expected a lot more that what I got, but it was still a little fun.

Book: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Rating: 1.5 stars

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 


Quote: “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

*The Court. I liked the betrayals and politics in The High Court. All the bloodshed, arguments, and the fight for the crown was pretty okay.

*Cardan. The only character in this book to gain my sympathy was Cardan. Originally I hated him, but I finally grew somewhat sympathetic for him by the end of the book.

*Addictive. Even though it was meh, I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. It had this addictive way of making you want to finish it, no matter how boring it was.

*Nothing else? It’s been about a week since I read this, and I’m trying so hard to find anything redeeming or great about this, or even remotely ‘good’, but I can’t. It was just so meh, and unmemorable.

Quote: “If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

*Jude. I don’t exactly know if I like her or not. She’s pretty confident and has this no nonsense attitude and is ready to do anything even if it’s a super bad idea and border-line crazy. I like that, but she wasn’t that great and I didn’t grow to love and cheer for her. And towards the end, I just thought she was a little too power-hungry. Also, what’s up with her and Cardan?

*Characters. Like Jude, they weren’t that memorable and I didn’t care what happened to them. Locke was an idiot, Taryn was an annoyingly backstabbing sister, Vivi was just Vivi, and Cardan’s other cronies were cruel.

*Plot. It’s just meh. I thought that it would be a revenge story or something similar, but that was not what happened at all. Jude gets herself caught up in The High Court fiasco and uses that to make herself even more powerful. Her ‘reasons’ for wanting to ‘make things right again’ were just an excuse for her to seize the opportunity that she saw to make herself an important part of The Court.

Quote: “I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.”

I didn’t really like or dislike this. I thought it was just meh, and very underwhelming. For a book that was pretty hyped, it just fell flat. I’m super wary and unsure if I want to read The Wicked King.

One sentence summary: A very hyped book with one-dimensional characters and a boring plot.

Overall, 1.5 stars

★1/2

Have you read The Cruel Prince? What did you think? Do you think it’s worth it for me to read The Wicked King? Let’s chat in the comments below!

P.S. What do you think of the new theme?