Read-a-thon TBR!

Ello everyone! Thought I’d do a quick TBR for a read-a-thon that I am participating in! It’s starts tomorrow and ends on the third if anyone is interested. Rebecca and I are actually hosting it on our Goodreads group YA Readers!

My TBR is rather short due to the thickness of these books!

TBR:

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The MarkThe Son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I finish the above books and IF I go to the library, I plan on reading the last two books in the Heroes of Olympus series! But we’ll see!

Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon before?

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5 Books That Gave me a Book Hangover in 2015

Thanks to my blog buddy, Sierra, for tagging me!
You can read her answers here

A book hangover is

  • The inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book’s world;
  • The inability to function at work/school because you can’t stop thinking about “the book.”

I don’t get too many book hangovers.  I credit this to the fact that I read most of my books before bed.  I finish a book before I go to sleep, and don’t pick another one up until the next night.  So I am listing the books that had me thinking about it all day long.  The only order is the order in which I read them this year.

One
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The symbolism in this book had me thinking about it for quite a while.

Did the dragon even exist?

I love books that can be analyzed over and over again, each time providing more things to discover.

 

 

 

Two

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I don’t even know where to begin with this book.  It was amazing!  It had me thinking about the spiritual warfare around us.  I started rereading it within a month because I could not stop thinking about it!

 

 

 

 

Three
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This is an amazing story about Soviet work camps during World War II.  Not only is this a side of the war I don’t hear about very much, it was a beautifully written book.  Despite the hard circumstances, the characters still found hope.  I have recommended this book to so many people!  The four people who actually read it, also enjoyed it! :)

 

 

Four
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I ran into some “meh” books and was looking for an amazing book.  This book did it.  And it’s a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera.  What else is there to say?

 

 

 

 

Five
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Another book with beautiful writing that I could not stop thinking about.  Since most of the characters in the book are deaf, it really made me aware how much I rely on my hearing!  I would go around thinking how different life would be if I could not hear things.

 

 

 

 

I Tag
CB Cook at The World of The Writer

Aerykah at Expressions of Me

 

Book Review: Kiss of Deception

1391213154Title:  Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E Pearson

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  Book 1 of 3

POV: First person, past tense, multiple narrators.

Cliffhanger?  Yes!

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

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About the Book (from Goodreads)

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive— unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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My Thoughts
The first time I saw this book, I was taken in by the beautiful cover.  I know, I know.  But how exactly does one stop judging books by their covers? The title did give me pause.
Kiss of Deception?  Is this a romance?  And I don’t know about the deception part…
In the end, the cover, the description, and the promise of fantasy won out. I’m glad it did!

This book is simply too beautiful for words.  The story, while appearing simple at first, is intricately woven.  There are so many surprises along the way.  Once a new development is revealed, it is easy to see how everything before it fits.  Yet upon reread, I see that there was even more foreshadowing that I missed!  The writing is brilliant, and not everything is what it initially seems.    After rereading it, I love it even more!

Not only was the writing so amazing that I now want to read every Mary E Peason book in existence, it also had short chapters!  Perhaps I should amend that.  The chapters were not always short, but when they weren’t, there were page breaks.  And they did not end cliff-hanger-y.  I don’t think this can be appreciated enough!  It actually makes the book go faster, because I will read just one more section.

The Last Testament of Gaudrel and the Song of Venda
In between some of the chapters, there would a little passage from either the Last Testament of Gaudrel or the Song of Venda.  While they are interesting, at first they do not seem related to the story.  Even when I thought I know why they were there, I had another surprise coming.  It was really fun to reread this book and see how each of these passages fell in to place with the story.

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Lia
I love Lia.  A lot.  She is a spunky, strong-willed princess of Morrighan.  She is not afraid of hard work, if it contributes to her plans.  I love how much Lia’s character develops throughout the story.

Paulina
While completely different in personality, Paulina is a loyal friend to Lia.  I love how her relationship with Lia developed over the course of the story.

The Love Interest(s)
Technically, there is a love triangle.  While Lia is conflicted, it is pretty obvious early on who has her heart.  Besides, no one is who they seem to be, which make this pretty interesting as a reader.  The reader has more insight than Lia, but don’t be too confident.  I did say this book was full of surprises.

While a love story was present, it is not the main aspect of the book.  I think Lia’s personal growth played a much bigger role than the love story.  This is excellent for me, since I am not huge on heavy handed romance.

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The Culture
While the religion of Morrighan is one the features several “gods”, it was interesting reading about the traditions and celebrations.  Lia is tired of blind tradition.

“Your kind. You’re surrounded by the noise of your own making and you attend only to what you can see, but that’s not the way of the gift.”

The gift is a knowing that comes from the gods.  Lia has grown up thinking it is rare.  She later meets someone with the gift, who teaches her that hearing the gods is not just following the traditions.  She has to spend quite time listening.  While this is speaking of the gods and traditions of Lia’s world, this also applies to Christianity.

The Ending
Yes, the book just leaves off.  WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK??
It ends the same way the chapters do, not in cliff hangers, but still making you want to find out what happens next.  Gah!

 

Content:  Unfortunately, this is not a clean book, and I only recommend it to those 16+
Why did it have to be this way?  I would’ve recommended it to everyone!
Sexual: frequent flirting.  Non-descriptive kissing.  Some groping.  Pregnancy out of wedlock.  Threat of rape (towards the end) and one close encounter.
Violence: Moderate violence.  Frequent talk of slitting throats.  A non-descriptive, witnesses from a distance, massacre.  Talk of a girl killed by an arrow through the throat.
Language: Infrequent.  ?ss.  B?st?rd.  D?mn.  Wh?re.
Drinking: Lia and Pauline work in a tavern.  Frequent drunkenness.

Currently // December

I saw this idea over at Katie Grace’s blog and thought it’d be fun! So here is what I am “currently doing” in December!

Currently // Listening

For King and Country

For King and Country! They are definitely my favorite band :) I got to see them in concert a couple of weeks ago! (Tried to upload pictures to show you guys, but WordPress wouldn’t let me…)

Currently // Watching

Longmire

My current obsession :D I believe I’ve gone through two seasons in less than a week! I don’t want it to end. The cussing and sexual remarks and scenes are a little much, but other than that I love it!

Currently // Reading

The Last Olympian

I am almost done with the Percy Jackson series!  It’s taken me forever! I have the first three book of the Heroes of Olympus series to read once I finish this :)

Currently // Procrastinating

Writing and school! I love writing… but sometimes sitting down and doing it is harder than it sounds. And school… well, school is school :D

Currently // Looking Forward To

CHRISTMAS!!!

2016.

My 18th birthday.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this little post :) Would this be something you’d enjoy seeing every month? What is a show YOU’RE currently watching?

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5 Books That Gave me a Book Hangover in 2015

Hello everyone! The other day I was talking to my friend, Allie, about book hangovers. A book hangover is

  1. The inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book’s world;
  2. The inability to function at work/school because you can’t stop thinking about “the book.”

So I thought I would share the five books of 2015 that gave me a book hangover! I will also be tagging a few people at the end!

Unfair

I had never heard of this book before, so I wasn’t expecting much out of it. It blew me away!  I was thankful I owned the sequel, but sadly the sequel wasn’t as good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CressTo tell the truth, I disliked Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles. I found Cinder too predictable, and Scarlet never enthralled me. I am so glad I pushed through because along came Cress! It gave me one of my WORST book hangovers of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00020]I can’t wait for the third book in this series to be released! Amazing series  I kept re-living the moments with my favorite characters, especially Jace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JupiterPretty sure all of C.J.’s books have given me book hangovers… Specifically Jupiter Winds.  According to Goodreads I didn’t finish a book for two weeks after reading Jupiter Winds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 8.00.38 AMLast, but not least, Mockingjay. I was so sad after reading this book! The trilogy was over. I re-read it last week and almost had ANOTHER book hangover. Thankfully, I pulled out of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed!

I tag:

Marklessgirl at The Library In My Room

Ally at The Scribbling Sprite

and last, but not least, Rivka Ray! The other half of 26 Countless Possibilities :)

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