Down the TBR Hole #4

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.

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Books: #31-40

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 350 | Total books removed so far: 11 | Total books kept so far: 29


The Winds of Winter by G. R. R. Martin

I’ll be reading this. If it comes out while I’m still young enough to see.

Verdict: Stays

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I don’t reach for humour books that often, but I do really enjoy them and this is one that I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Books 2 & 3 in the Hitchhiker’s  Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Another humour series I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Shit My History Teacher DID NOT Tell Me by Karl Wiggins

This sounds really fun. I think I would really enjoy it, but at the same time, I don’t see myself picking it up anytime in the near future.

Verdict: Goes

Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout

Another book that I feel like I would enjoy if I ever got to reading it, but I doubt I’ll pick it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Words Are Our Sorcery by Karl Wiggins

I don’t even know why I added this in the first place. It’s poetry…

Verdict: Goes

The Abduction of Grace by Anthony Hulse

This definitely sounds interesting. I don’t read as many mysteries as I would like. I love them so much, I don’t know why I don’t read them more often.

Verdict: Stays

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I think I’m giving up on this one. I’m sure I will love the story, but the book is massive and Victor Hugo has a very descriptive writing style and I don’t think I could commit to reading this. I think I’ll just watch the musical like the rest of the world.

Verdict: Goes

Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I really love Lewis and I’m curious to learn more about him. On the other hand… I don’t know if I’ll pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Stays for now

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Spoiler Free Book Review

stealing snowRating: 1/5 stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

First published: 2016

Author: Danielle Paige

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate

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I requested this book from NetGalley way back in September 2016. And I received it way back in September 2016. And I started reading it then as well. It was so bad, it took me until now to complete.

Where do I even begin. This was advertised as a Snow Queen retelling. But it was more like a weird mongrel retelling of 5 different stories. It was just all over the place. But okay, let’s say I can live with that. It wasn’t very seamlessly done, but okay. Whatever.

But this book has the ABSOLUTE WORST love… can’t even call it a triangle. It’s a freaking polygon. And not only that, but it’s got one of the worst cases of insta love ever… twice. I just wanted to puke.

And then we have Snow. She is so annoying, and whiny, and inconsistent and stupid and I hate her. Mare Barrow from Red Queen, Scarlett from Caraval and Snow from this book…. I want to tie them all together in a nice bundle and throw them in the ocean with a stone tied to them. I hate them so much. As for the other characters… I just could not care less. They were bland and boring and had exactly one personality trait that was basically their entire identity.

I didn’t care about the story either. I didn’t find it compelling at all. I didn’t find it clever or creative or interesting. It was predictable and tried too hard to have many twists and turns and be surprising, but it just ended up sounding like a soap opera except without the paternity discussions. It was confusing and predictable at the same time.

I can sum up the worldbuilding in one word: snow. Basically, the only thing I remember vividly about the world is that there’s a lot of snow. And a tree. It was just nonexistent. So, yeah… there was nothing to redeem this book. I liked nothing about it. Not even one small detail that I enjoyed. I’m really disappointed. I’ve heard Dorothy Must Die is actually good, so I might give that a shot, but I was really disappointed by this. I’ll have a rant about it soon. If you want to know more details about exactly what I didn’t like, stay tuned for that.

February -April 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age since I’ve done a wrap up. I think probably the last one was in January. That’s because I didn’t read much in February. Or March. Even April has been only okay. *sigh* Life just kept getting in the way. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read since January. I have reviews for most of them, so I’ll link those if you are interested.


 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5/5 stars

I think this is the only book that I read in February. At least it was a good book. I loved everything about it and I cannot wait for the second one to come out. This book was just badass. I have a spoilerfree review of it, if you would like to know more.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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5/5 stars

The conclusion to her Shades of Magic series. It was SO. FREAKING. GOOD! I love this series so much and Victoria has been announced as a guest at YALC this summer and I just can’t wait to meet her! It was such a good conclusion to such an awesome series. It made me feel feelings, okay? I also have a review of this, if you would like to know more of my thoughts.

 

The Waste Land by T. S. Elliot

3/5 stars

This is not so much a book. It’s just a long poem. I don’t read a lot of poetry, and when I do, I often don’t enjoy it. This was the case with this. I felt that there was too much background reading that was necessary to understand this poem and I didn’t get it. I feel like everyone should be able to take something out of a good poem, regardless of whether they’ve read as extensively as the poet has.

 

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

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This was a re-read for me. I was deeply into a reading slump and I wanted something light and easy to read, but also kind of clever and engaging. I read this book last year and was surprised by how much I loved it. I really enjoyed it the second time around as well, and it actually helped pull me out of my reading slump, at least a little. I have a full review of it if you’re interested.

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

173706184.5/5 stars

This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I liked it a lot more than I liked the first one. I’s not that I didn’t like the first one, it’s just that this one cleared up a lot of the things that had me confused in the first book.  It was a little bit slow in terms of the plot progression, but there was plenty of character development, so I didn’t really mind. I also have a review of this one.

 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

284482874.5/5 stars

The first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read. I enjoyed it quite a lot, I read it in one day. I thought the way it was written was very engaging and I really liked the themes it explored. It’s almost entirely character driven, so it may not be for everyone. The plot really wasn’t that good. It wasn’t bad, it was just meh. But I got the impression that the plot was more of a backdrop for exploring the themes the author wanted to explore, so it didn’t bother me. Check out my full review if you want to know more.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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UGH. THIS DAMN BOOK FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH! I was so disappointed by absolutely everything about this book (except for the cover). I had to skim the final 150 pages. It was just boring and badly written and ugh! I have both a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rant, so check those out if you want to know all the reasons for which I hated this book.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

65472585/5 stars

My newest obsession. This is the first book that I read this year that kept me up until 3 am. I just could not put it down. I loved it so much, I need to read the rest of them ASAP! I don’t know why I haven’t read Brandon Sanderson until now, but I have now joined the fanclub. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson. I have a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rave as well.

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

stealing snow1/5 stars

I hated the guts out of this book. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but you can be sure I will have one hell of a rant about it! It’s coming. I requested this book from NetGalley in September 2016. I started reading it in September 2016. I finished it in March 2017. You can imagine how much I hated it. I almost never DNF books. I push through even when they suck. But I very nearly gave up on this one. It was horrible. I hate it. I HATE it. Stay tuned for my review.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

25688174/5 stars

This is a pretty old book. It feels like the ancestor of YA. It was really interesting, it follows a necromancer, which was really cool. I really liked the world and the magic and the atmosphere of the book. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the writing style. I couldn’t connect to it, and that made me not really connect to the characters. Still, I will be continuing with the series, as it seems cool. I haven’t got a review of this one yet, but it should come soon.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K Rowling

5/5 stars

I’ve been re-reading the HP series. I audiobooked this one this time around and found I really enjoyed it. I listened to the Stephen fry audiobook, and it’s good. I’m currently listening to Order of the Phoenix. I wouldn’t recommend audiobooking it if this is your first time reading the books. But as a re-read, the audiobook is great.

 

Down The TBR Hole #3

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.

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Books: #20-30

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 7 | Total books kept so far: 23


Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

I have seen the film several times and books about WWII are some of my favourites! I will be reading this.

Verdict: Stays

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This sounds like a fun contemp series, but I barely read contemp standalones. I doubt I will pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Infernal Devices Manga by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek

This is one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite Cassandra Clare series. Reading it in manga form sounds awesome!

Verdict: Stay

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I AM READY FOR THIS, RELEASE IT ALREADY!

Verdict: Stays

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

See above.

The last Hours series by Cassandra Clare

See above.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – RAVE

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SPOILED, READ MY SPOILER FREE REVIEW

This series is my newest obsession. I don’t think I’ve been so absorbed by a book since I read The Name of the Wind. When I first heard about it, the magic system seemed a bit iffy to me and I wasn’t sure I would like it. BOY, WAS I WRONG! The magic system is so cool. Like, ingesting metals and then burning them for powers sounds kind of weird… but it works so well once you start reading it and it makes for the most spectacular action scenes ever. I was reading this book like:

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This is one of those books where I really loved all the characters. I really loved the dynamics of the gang, but I especially loved the dynamic of Vin and Kell. Just that father-daughter-like relationship that they developed was so cute and I loved it! And then Kell went and got himself killed and I was like NO! I was so shocked. I didn’t see it coming… well I did, but I was in denial. And Vin’s reaction to it destroyed me more than anything. Oh, and that conversation they have not long before on the roof, where she asks him to promise not to leave her and he says he can’t make that promise because he knows he’s going to sacrifice himself just akjfhaga.

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The scene with Kell in the mines gave me chills. Him remembering how it was to search for the geodes, the single, all consuming thought that he needed to find one to survive, not caring that his arms are being shredded open and his memories of his wife and…

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Let me tell you about Elend. He is the most adorable, fluffy, clueless cinnamon roll ever. Walking around with his stack of books at parties. I could relate to him so much though. That is me. When him and Vin first meet and he just reads like the giant dork he is. That is what I do at parties too. And then Vin’s all annoyed like “‘Scuse you! I am hot, pay attention to me!”.  I love them so muchhhhhhh! They’re so cute! They gave me all the feels and I was so happy at the end.

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Oh, OH! At the end, when Elend comes to ‘rescue’ Vin and she’s just like “Thanks baby. Here, hold my purse while I save everyone’s life like the BAMF that I am.” And he just takes it in stride like “Yup. My girlfriend just decimated 15 grown-ass warriors. Cool.”

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The little paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter were so cool! I thought for the longest time that they were written by the Lord Ruler and I was trying to fit all the information together and it was just not clicking and I was so frustrated. But in the good way. I love when I have to figure things out in books and I especially love it when they trick me! And now I’m so excited to find out what actually happened to the person who wrote that diary and what the hell is the Deepness.

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