Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Ello, everyone! I am here with a book tag :) this tagged was created by emmabooks. Let’s get started.

Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

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I would love a sequel, or even a novella, about their life afterward as I wasn’t super satisfied with the ending of this book.

I’m combining questions two and three because they have the same answer.

Totally Should’ve Had a Spin-off Series and An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

I’m going with a totally unoriginal answer but…

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I would love, love, love another series set in Panem. Maybe even one following Gale! Pr maybe some prequels about the people who started the Hunger Games. Just something! And Suzanne Collins just needs to write more books in general!

 A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

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This is an assumption on my part.. I’m pretty sure I know who Mare is going to end up with, and I, kind of want her to end up with someone else…

Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

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The main thing I would have liked them to change was the formatting for the last part. It was this huge climax, but the writing was going up and down in a wave (it’s hard to explain if you haven’t read, or seen, this book.) It kind of took away from the ending for me.

Totally Should Have a Movie Franchise

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As long as they leave every single detail in, I would love for it to be made into a movie!

Totally Should’ve Had a TV Show

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Totally Should’ve Had One Point Of View

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I wouldn’t have wanted just ONE point of view… But I wasn’t a fan of three. I think two POV’s would have been fine.

Totally Should’ve Had a Cover Change

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I love this series so much! But I don’t think the covers explain the books well or do them justice!

Totally Should’ve Kept the Original Cover

The covers changed halfway through the series… and I prefer the original!

Original:

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New:

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I don’t dislike the new ones. I just really liked the old ones!

Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book One

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I think it was completely unnecessary for this series to a trilogy. It would have been fine as a duology or even a stand-alone!

There you have it! The Totally Should’ve Book tag :) I’m not tagging anybody specific, but if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

Now I have a question for YOU! What series do you think should have stopped at book one?

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Review (and Giveaway!) Rumplestiltkin

 

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Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Christian.

Age Range: 14+

Favorite Quote: “He sincerely was beautiful. His smile, his wit, his friendliness and ease, his laughter-they all exuded such beauty. How could one look at him and not think him wonderful?”

Series: The third book in the Faerie Tale Collection. Doesn’t need to be read in chronological order.

Stars: 4 out of 5 stars.

about the book

A young prince crippled by a witch–

When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crippled servant in the castle.

Years later, his younger brother, Marcus, becomes king and humors Aubrynn’s father when he boasts that his daughter can turn straw into gold. Intrigued Marcus locks the distraught maiden in a tower and declares to the kingdom that if she can transform the straw, he will marry her, but if she cannot he will kill her father.

Rumplestiltskin is determined to help Aubrynn save her father and marry the king. Now, if only he can remember to keep his real identity a secret and not fall in love with her himself…

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 I picked up this book for review because I was looking for a short and sweet fairy tale, which is exactly what I got! I think stories of Rumpelstiltskin are so neat, and this re-telling was no different.

    I loved the two main characters, Rumple-as he’s affectionately called-and Aubrynn. The romance was beautiful and sweet. She fell in love with his personality and not with his looks. Their conversations made me laugh out loud and smile like crazy!

     I enjoyed the little twists on the original story. We still had spinning straw into gold, but in this re-telling Rumple isn’t a bad guy. H,e helps the girl out of the goodness of his heart.

Overall: Really enjoyed this fairy tale, and I am definitely interested in picking up more by Jenni James!

I received a copy of this book from the author, Jenni James, and Singing Librarian Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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Jenni James is the busy mother of ten kids (7 hers, 3 her hubby’s) and has over twenty-five published book babies. She’s an award-winning, best-selling author, who works full-time from home and dreams about magical things and then writes about what she dreams.

Some of her works include The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Emmalee, Persuaded…), The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast…), the Andy & Annie series for children, Revitalizing Jane: Drowning, My Paranormal Life, Not Cinderella’s Type, and the Austen in Love Series.

When she isn’t writing up a storm, she is chasing her kids around their new cottage and farm in the tops of the southwestern mountains, entertaining friends at home, or kissing her amazingly hunky hubby. Her life is full of laughter, crazy, and sunshine.

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Book Review: Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams

Today is release for Gillian Bronte Adam’s Songkeeper!

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Genre: Christian, Fantasy.

Age Range: 15+ for violence.

Favorite Quote: “I’ve freed you once tonight, and I would rather not do it again. I prefer to commit treason as few times as possible.”

Series: Book two in the Songkeeper Chronicles, needs to be read in order.

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars.

I love this book and the characters. I was sucked into the story and everyone’s life. If you’re a lover of action packed fantasies, pick this series up!

I find it unique that the series isn’t just focused on two teenagers, but we get an adult as a main character, too! And Amos is a great main character at that! I love his humor, his lilt and his relationship with Birdie. I’m glad we get to know a little more about him in this book.

We finally get to see more of Ky and the underground! The underground is an organization of teens and kids who live underground, obviously, and steal to feed themselves. It’s quite an interesting network! Gillian did an amazing job of developing the personalities of all the minor characters, which were quite a few! Throughout the book, I wanted to squeeze Ky and fend off anyone who dared hurt him. I feel so bad for him… and I can’t say why because of spoilers. Ky has matured greatly because of his experiences, he is, a lot stronger and a great leader, . He was so protective of Meli, a young girl from the underground. He’s going to make a great father one day!

Birdie is an interesting protagonist. She’s so confused about the song and her family, and no one can answer her questions. I really felt for her and her struggles, and at the end I cried for her and was ready to hurt everyone who even looked at her wrong. I like her a lot more in this book, and she’s currently competing with Ky for my favorite character. She’s stronger, bolder and just plain out awesome.

I thought it was different that there were lions in this book! Riding horses is outdated, apparently. It was really unique and I wish they were there throughout the whole book.

I have to talk about Gundhrold, the griffin. He was quite an interesting character! He wants to help Birdie, but more often than not he isn’t around when she was in trouble. I love the conversations between Gundhrold and Amos! Amos wants “his girl” to stay safe and sound, and away from all the action. While Gundhrold thinks she is perfectly fine out there and no harm will come to her. So they clash often, which makes for some great conversations!

Highlight to read minor spoiler. Won’t effect you unless you’ve read the first book. I didn’t really like the betrayal that happened. It was almost identical to the one in the first book, and it was obvious (to me at least) that he wasn’t to be trusted. EEnd spoiler.

You Might Want to Know:
     There is a scene at the end that is scary/creepy, so I would caution young readers.

About the Author:

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I’m a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author! Blog and Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received this book from the author, Gillian Bronte Adams, and the publisher, Enclave Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: King’s Folly by Jill Williamson

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Genre: Christian, Fantasy, Romance.

Age Range: 16+ for sexual hints.

Series: First book in the Kinsman Chronicles

Favorite Quote: “Not tears, Sir Kalenek,” Onika said, “but glimpses of hope. Hope is seeing light in the darkness. No matter how dark life seems, hope is never far away.”

Stars: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

 

This book is packed with action and romance! Easily a new favorite of mine, The King’s Blood is divided into three sections: Darkness Reigns, The Heir, and The End of All Things which makes it easier to read the rather chunky book

 

The King’s Blood was a nice mix of plot and character development. A lot of books that I have read lately focus on one and not the other. I loved the characters and the plot never slowed down. Speaking of characters, my favorites were Wilek, Kalenek and Trevn. I wish the whole book was written from JUST their points of view. I do understand why she chose the point of views she did; they worked well with the story and gave you insight where you needed it.

You might want to know:

There was quite a bit of talk of concubines and prostitutes throughout the book. It does fit the story line and it wasn’t detailed or awkward for the reader.

About the Author:

JIll Williamson

She’s a daydreaming, chocolate loving, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens. Fantasy is her favorite. She’s a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistance who was raised in Alaska. Blog and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author (Jill Williamson) and the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for my honest review.

Mini Book/Audio Review: Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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Title:  Eldest

Author: Christopher Paolini

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  book 2 of 4 in the Inheritance Cycle

POV: Third person, past tense. Multiple narrators.

Cliffhanger?  Yeah

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book (from Goodreads)
Darkness falls …Despair abounds …Evil reigns …Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider.

It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life.

My Thoughts
This was definitely an enjoyable book.  There were parts that seemed to drag on longer than needed, especially in the middle.  Despite it’s need to cut some scenes, there was enough in the story to redeem it.  I mean, they spend most of the book with the elves!!  Elves are definitely my favorite fantasy creature.  And there is plenty Saphira.  She is by far the best character in these books!

There was good character development, and plenty of surprises.  And once again, the ending made the book.  Ugh, that ending!  Yeah, I starting the next book the same day over that ending.  I’m glad I had the next one on hand!

Audio Review
The audio for this book was Amazing!!  Definitely one of the best audio books.  The reader, Gerard Doyle, was really easy to follow.  It was very clear who was speaking.  It was also very clear if a character was thinking or if the character was speaking aloud.  There is some background music during certain scenes, and they are well placed.

 

Content: Moderate violence. Made up swearing.  Mild sexual references. Some drinking/drunkenness.

I read this book last year, and wrote the review soon after.  I didn’t include the content though, so I don’t remember the details.

Have you read this book or series?  
What did you think?  Any other dragon
book recommendations?

March Wrap-Up

Ello, everyone! I am here with my monthly wrap-up! If you want to check out what rating I gave each book, check out my Goodreads ! Let’s get started!

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Quite a few of these were under 300 pages. Oh well!

Favorite Read

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Least Favorite

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My second graphic novel for the month. I was not impressed with it at all. I gave it two out of five stars.

Most Disappointing

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Not anywhere as good as the first one in my opinion! But I will still be picking up the third book :)

How many books did YOU read in March? What was your favorite?