Series I Won’t Finish – Part 5

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and since then, I’ve started some more series that I’m just not interested in continuing. I will obviously not be mentioning any of the series I mentioned in previous posts, you can check those out if you’re interested.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I have not been shy about how much I hate this book. It was just not a good time for me, I didn’t enjoy anything about it. I have a spoiler free review and a spoilery rant about it. Check those out if you want to know my thoughts, but I have 0 intention of ever continuing with this series.

Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi

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Read Children of Blood and Bone and it was just such a disappointing book. I didn’t hate it exactly, but it was so mediocre and boring and just not well written. Which is a shame cause it had so much potential. I have also reviewed this. So I have no intention of reading the upcoming books in the series, I even unhauled this one.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Same as Children of Blood and Bone, I just did not enjoy this series. I thought I would, I was excited by the synopsis. But it was so underwhelming for me. I just didn’t care. I unhauled it as well. There’s a sequel coming out next year and I just have no intention of picking it up.

The Rime Chronicles by Mindee Arnett

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I got the first book Onyx and Ivory in a Fairy Loot and I read it and was completely underwhelmed by it. I could tell that the author knew about horses, which I enjoyed. But otherwise it was just a lot of meh and wasted potential. The next book comes out this June, but I’m not going to pick it up.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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I have tried reading two of Sara Raasch series and they both fell really flat. Her story ideas are always so cool, but then the execution falls flat for me and I don’t feel compelled to continue. I don’t remember whether I mentioned Snow Like Ashes in one of my other posts, but that’s her other series that I’ve tried and just have no interest in continuing.

Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

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Again, this book was completely underwhemling. I don’t care in the slightest what happens to the characters. I just… meh. I don’t care.

 

March 2018 Wrap Up

I honestly cannot believe it’s already April. That’s a quarter of the year gone. When did that happen? Anyway, I had a decent reading month in March, not as good as February, but to be fair some of the books I read this month were huge. I read a total of 8 books.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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I’m getting better about continuing with series! I actually audiobooked this one. The audiobooks for this series are pretty good. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I liked the first one. I’m not sure if it’s because I listened to it instead of reading it, or because it just wasn’t as good. But it felt to me a lot more disorganised and all over the place than the first book. I felt for the first quarter of it that the characters were just moving about aimlessly. Anyway, I still enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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Again with the continuing of series! I’m proud of myself. Unfortunately, as with Golden Son, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as its predecessor. I feel like it worked much better as a novel than it did as a graphic novel, which wasn’t really a problem I had with the first book. 4/5 stars

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

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Another one I listened to on audiobook. I’m not really sure how I came to own this audiobook, but it was in my audible library so… I just gave it a try. I find that thrillers work quite well as audiobooks. I enjoyed this one overall, I did think that the ending was quite predictable and cliche, but it was an entertaining novel nevertheless. 3/5 stars

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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I watched the series this month and that season 7 finale just left me unable to just leave Westeros, so I decided to re-read the books. It’s been maybe 4 years since I originally read them, so it was high time for a re-read. I audiobooked this one because my copy of it is back at my parents’ house. I’m not the biggest fan of either the UK or the US narration of this series, unfortunately. I like the UK one slightly better just because I like the voice and accent of the narrator better, but he cannot pronounce names to save his life. 4/5 stars because of the narration, though my rating for the story is 5 stars.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I had hopes for this book. Sadly, I did not like it much. I thought it was a bit boring, the writing was weird and not in a good way, the story was so… pointless that I just stopped caring about a third through the book and there were some other things that I found problematic and I’ll talk about them more when I review the book. 1.5/5 stars.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Poetry tends to be very hit and miss for me, I either don’t get it and it leaves me cold, or I really love it. This I absolutely loved. It made me cry multiple times, it made me feel empowered and beautiful, full of love and compassion. It’s just beautiful and I recommend it wholeheartedly. 5/5 stars.

Invitation to Poetry by Mihai Brinas

I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for a review. This is a self-published poetry book by a Romanian author. I normally don’t read a lot of poetry, but I loved Milk and Honey and when I was contacted about this and saw that the poetry seemed to be in the same style, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, this really didn’t do it for me for several reasons that I will expand on in my review. I gave it 1.5/5 stars.

The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel by Eoin COlfer

Unlike the second graphic novel in the series, I really loved this one as much as I loved the novel itself. I’m sad though, cause I think the fourth one is the only graphic novel that is released and I don’t know if there are plans for the others to be released. 5/5 stars

What Is Self Control Book Haul

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert | The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen | The Runaway King by Jennifer a. Nielsen | The Broken Throne by Jennifer A Nielsen | The Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin | The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

FairyLoot February 2018 Unboxing

FairyLoot February 2018 Unboxing

If you’re expecting super aesthetic pictures… you’ll be disappointed, I suck at taking pictures. But, this box contained some really cool stuff and I did my best to take pictures. This month’s theme was Twisted Fairytales which is right up my alley.


The first item in the box was a lovely ‘Grimm Tales’ mug (I love mugs!) which is exclusive to FairyLoot and I love it so much. It was created by Aunjuli Art and it has scenes from Hanse and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and… something with a castle? Cinderella? Maybe Snow White? I’m not sure.

Next up was a cute little candle. The scent is ‘Hinterland’ which has something to do with the book and it smells heavenly. I can’t get enough of it and I am 100% going to burn it while reading because it’s delicious. The scent is oak moss and tea leaves. The candle is from Wick and Fable and it is also exclusive to FairyLoot. Pretty much everything is exclusive to FairyLoot.

 

 

Next item is ‘Poisonous Apple’ bath salts which makes me even more sad that I haven’t got a bathtub. I hope that the next place I move to will have a bathtub because these bath salts sound amazing. The creator is Little Heart and this is also exclusive.

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Next up is probably my favourite item in this box: ‘The Witch and the Gingerbread House’ socks. I hate boring socks. All my socks have to have something on them and it’s hard to commercially find cool socks. There isn’t much variety unless you buy them from Etsy or something, but then they’re expensive. So I am always delighted when I get cool socks. These were created by FairyLoot and are adorable.

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Last items (besides the book itself) was this lovely exclusive Little Red Riding Hood woodmark from Ink and Wonder which I just love. I love bookmarks (even though I will frequently use random items as bookmarks) and this is a lovely addition to my collection. Also, FairyLoot includes every month a print for that month’s theme and that same image in bookmark form. I’m assuming the artist for these is FairyLoot cause I can’t find any mention of an artist.

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And finally, the book for this month was The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. It’s a debut novel, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I have heard buzz about it and it’s a dark fairytale, so I’m excited. This edition is exclusive to FairyLoot and comes with a signed letter from the author and is also signed by the author. The cover is really beautiful and just the feel of the book is great and it smells great. I don’t know if it’s because of the candle or if it’s the paper they used, but the book itself smells great.