Review: Candide

Candide
Candide by Voltaire
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This wasn’t bad in the sense that I didn’t want to read it anymore, I just didn’t enjoy it. One class I am taking asks us to fulfill 7 requirements over the year, and I chose to read this one because it was (a) short, (b) fulfilled the requirement of being written before 1900, and (c) because it fulfilled the requirement of being translated. I had the 7 requirements planned out so that I would fulfill all the requirements in three books and have a chance to read a fun book and write an essay on that for the last quiz. This fulfilled my last two requirements I needed to complete and was super short so I thought I would give a shot.

I remember first hearing about this book in history class, so I kind of knew what it was but it definitely changed my thoughts of it. Before reading it, I thought it was some political satire and would read as such. But it turned out to really just be a story about some random guy named Candid who is overly optimistic despite all this horrid stuff happening to him and a satire of philosophers. I thought I would have a lot more to write on but that was really it for what I got out of the book.

This was an easy read and I actually read most of it but there was never a time I just wanted to pick it up and get back into the story. I would read it during the allotted reading time and random bits if I didn’t have anything else to do. The story really wasn’t interesting and in the end, the purpose for his journey is basically thrown out the window. What was the whole point of going through all that just to have it not be worth it? (view spoiler) I mean what was the whole point????

This wasn’t enjoyable but I was able to read through most of it just fine. It just seemed really pointless at the end.

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Review: The Mirror & the Maze

The Mirror & the Maze
The Mirror & the Maze by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good but again, too short! I’ve warmed up to Khaldi now and I totally ship Khalid+Shazi, and this one is like a little intro to the next book about Khalid worrying about Shazi. That’s it. That’s all it is, nothing more. I don’t really know what to write except that because this one is like 11 pages long and that’s literally all that happens.

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Review: The Crown & the Arrow

The Crown & the Arrow
The Crown & the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

RE-READ UPDATE: So I just re-read this one after reading The Wrath and the Dawn to see if my thoughts on this one changed. They still haven’t really changed because I still feel like this was way too short to really mean anything to me, even after reading TWATD. It gives some insight to Khalid’s thoughts but one can get this from TWATD just fine without ever having to read this.

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I had been seeing The Wrath and the Dawn all over my feed and then it went on sale so I said “What the heck” and bought it. I don’t remember if I saw this one through that purchase or though looking at the series list on Goodreads but I saw that it was part of TWATD and free so I again said “What the heck” and bought it.

For one thing, this just felt too short to me. Now that I write this review, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that this was just supposed to be one scene from another perspective. I think it will be interesting to see how long the same scene is in TWATD.

Another reason I didn’t enjoy it was I haven’t read into Ahdieh’s world just yet. I haven’t had any introduction to her characters, her world, or her settings. Everything was so new and there wasn’t much world-building, probably because this is meant to be for those who read TWATD before this one. I had no clue who anyone was or what the heck they were even doing and why.

I do think I will try this one again after I get the chance to read The Wrath and The Dawn. I think then I can come back with a better understanding and a happier review.

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Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this book from the very beginning. I’ve never had good luck with classics anytime I’ve ever read one. So, they usually end up with one star and I’ve had to read them for a class. This one was just another classic I did not enjoy.

I didn’t understand that this one was fiction within fiction until my teacher told our class it was because I was already so lost and bored with it, I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. I switched to the audiobook because the font was so small in my hard copy that I couldn’t focus on one line. I also found the Kindle edition for free so that helped a lot as well. I honestly couldn’t have cared less about Hester’s story, I just wanted for it to be over with. I just wanted Hester to take off the dang letter and leave New England so I didn’t have to read it anymore.

This book was not great, it was boring as heck.

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Review: Locked

Locked
Locked by Parker Witter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I don’t 100% hate it and it was interesting at a few points but so much of it was really weird and off-putting to me. I expected some romance that would develop and maybe the magic would be some sort of Harry Potter-ish thing but what I got was not really any of that. I got some weird romance between two teenagers that had them (view spoiler) after what felt like 4 or 5 days while the female character still had a boyfriend. Then I got some random tribal magic system??? I think that’s what made the book the most un-enjoyable for me.

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The 100 Book Box Set/TV Show Blitz

 
I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show’s return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
 
About The Book:
Title: The 100 Box
Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub.
Date: 
January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback
boxed set! 
Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on
city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows,
no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries–that is, until one hundred
juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land.
The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the
100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet. 

 

Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.



 

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the
sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that
allows laptops on the weekend.
 
Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.
Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!

Review: The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a little rough in the beginning but it ended up being really good. I think this one really hit its’ stride when Celaena began to settle into the Silent Assassin community. This Celaena felt more like the one I know from the main series books and I think that was a big part of why I enjoyed this one as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ilias and the partial relationship he had with Celaena or the random market scene but other than that, I really liked this one. Once I hit the stride in this one, I actually finished it pretty fast which was surprising considering how much trouble I have had getting into and sticking with books lately. Definitely the best one in this collection so far.

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Review: The Assassin and the Healer

The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this one but the PoV switch led to several problems for me. The switch was the main reason it took me so dang long to read and get into this one. It also just made it feel so different from Maas’ other books. I mean all of the books in Assassin’s Blade feel so off and different but this one especially. It was told mostly in a new character, Yrene’s, point of view. Celaena does have some PoV but it’s few and far between and even that feels so off from what it usually sounds like. So we were stuck with a random character’s PoV for 96% of the novel and that wasn’t working all that well for me.

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Freeks Blog Tour (Review!)

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Title: Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Page Count: 400 pages

Rating: Undecided

 *I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and this has in no way affected my review.*

Review:

I was approached to participate in this blog tour because I got an ARC of another of Amanda’s books through NetGalley a while back. I was kinda freaking out because a major publisher had emailed me and asked me to participate in a blog tour so I signed up for this tour for that and also because I thought why not broaden my horizons of the books I read?

 

The beginning of this one was really rough because it starts with a sort of road trip montage. Mara is part of a traveling circus of gifted performers along with her mother and her mom’s boyfriend. The book starts out with an ominous prologue with a monster chasing someone, setting up the overall problem in the book. This overall problem though isn’t even dealt with ‘til after the 10% mark and a bunch of travelling circus day-to-day actions. Up to the 10% mark, it’s road trip and party with strangers time. The party was where I actually started to get into the book and not glance and skip around the book.

 

However, once you get to about the 10% mark, it’s back to circus stuff and that really didn’t interest me and I just couldn’t connect or get a real good sense of the characters in these parts.

That’s what I think problem #1 was for me. Problem #2 was the genre. Supernatural type books are a hit-or-miss genre for me. Sometimes they are super amazing and I love them (Clockwork Angel series, etc.) or they are like this one and just don’t reel me in. After 10%, there’s a lot of talk about those who work in the circus, what they do, and their lives. I just never really got into any of the characters so these parts were extremely rough for me. Problem #3 was the pacing. For me it just felt really slow and the scenes with actions just didn’t seem all that great.

 

But don’t let that deter you. This is a different book that feels like Scream Queens season 2 meets a traveling circus, I know some people love supernatural books and I think if you are really into that genre, this might be for you.


Happy Reading!

Review: Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath

Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath
Talia: And The Capture Of Wrath by C.J. Quinn
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

*I graciously received an audiobook copy from the author and a paperback from the publisher. This has in no way affected my review.*

**I have chosen not to star this review due to conflict on how to do so.

A while back, I received an email from a publicity company I had previously worked with asking me if I was interested in receiving a copy of this book. It was marketed for fans of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia and it didn’t sound all that bad. So I accepted and began a journey with this book.

The summary of this one makes it sound like a super exciting adventure to save Earth and actually kind of draws me in. But reading this book was less exciting. I started the audiobook in the midst of me writing a bunch of school papers and had it playing it the background while I worked. The first little while was fine and although I wasn’t too interested, I kept going because I wanted to give it a chance. It begins with just kind of an everyday thing revolving around four brothers who lost their mom and their scientist dad. Around 12%, I kind of gave up because it totally changed. Right around this point it begins a strong “save the environment” vibe. The Queen/mom starts talking about how people went from fires to furnaces, etc. and how it’s harming Earth. Now, I do care about the Earth and understand that we need to clean up our act to help preserve it but this was a little too much for me.

From the beginning, I never really had a strong connection or cared for any of the characters. I think that’s another thing that contributed to my “meh” feeling about this book. I think part of it is that the characters are much younger than I am and compared to what I normally read in the YA/NA genre. It’s hard to get into the character’s shoes when they are way smaller than yours. Being 7 (I think that’s how old they are in this book, I never really got a clear understanding) feels like such a long time ago and it’s hard to relate to characters when you can hardly remember what it feels like to be that age. The book also tends to focus more overall on the “saving the Earth” thing than anything else like character development and building up a reader/character connection. The connection provided for the reader to the world is much more strong but I just wasn’t into the world so it didn’t really connect for me.

I think it all boiled down to my lost connection to the Middle Grade genre. My disconnect left me unable to connect to the characters or get involved in the plot/world. I haven’t read MG in a while and I guess that that’s probably why: I just don’t connect to it anymore.

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