Friday, March 29, 2019

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read of March

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read of March

So this month was a pretty 'meh' month, nothing bad but nothing that blew me away. Which is fine, just makes it hard to choose a best and worst. But I tried my best, so here we go! 

Worst Read
This one wasn't bad it was just too much, it really needed a lot cut out of it. A LOT. 

Best Read
This series is just so good. I can't recommend it enough.

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Game of Thrones Character

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

99 Percent Mine - Review

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

Book Breakdown

Darcy has been in love with her childhood best friend, Tom, since forever and it's just never worked out but now they will be alone together for three months... what could possibly happen? The plot is pretty normal for a romance novel, a friends to lovers troupe. It's a cute, quick read that will have you laughing and wondering if the MC secretly has a thing for dogs... 

From what I've been reading for others, everyone hates this book because it's not as good as The Hating Game. Now I didn't love that novel the way everyone else seemed to. Did I devour it quickly and enjoy it? Heck yeah! But I don't think it's one of the best romance novels ever written like I've seen some other reviews claim. 

I read The Hating Game back in November of last year but I've read so many books since then that I've forgotten most of it, which means, it wasn't a favorite. Ask me about any JLA or SJM book and I can give you silly little details that no one cares about. Anyway, I gave that book four stars and this one is getting three. Why? Well, this book felt more like a lust book rather than a one where the characters actually love each other. Which is fine, I'm not docking it for that at all. I dock it for how much of a bitch the twins are to Tom. Like seriously, they say jump and he asks 'how high?' 

I don't understand how anyone could love those two. Ugh. I love that Darce is a tough gal who doesn't need anyone to take care of her but I really hate that the author decided to portray a tough chick as a bitch. A girl can be tough and not be a bitch! 

I love Tom. He's amazing. I will take him any day of the week when we wises up and sees the huge mistake he's made with Darcy. Now the writing here... it gets weird in some places that had me blinking and trying to figure out what was going on. I was wondering if a panic attack was coming on because stuff was making zero sense and that's usually the first sign of one of my panic attacks. That didn't happen when I Read The Hating Game, everything flowed nicely. 

Another thing this book had against it was the fact that The Hating Game was so damn hyped! Even if this book had been a five star read there would have been people that still rated it low because it wasn't The Hating Game part 2. I really feel so bad for this author, I'd be scared to put out another book after The Hating Game because you just know it's not going to top that. 

I loved that Darcy was kinda alternative, there were a few scenes with her in big black boots and leather.  I enjoyed that. I hate that pot was mentioned twice. In case you don't know, I give a book three strikes when it comes to pot. If it's mentioned three times, I will put down the book, I don't even care if otherwise I'm loving it. Drugs and cheating are my hard limits when it comes to books. Now, if the drugs are mentioned in a bad light, then I love that, like the Ellen Hopkins books. Love those. This book got two strikes and it was only in the beginning. 

I love the humor in this book, it had me laughing a lot. I really needed that right now. I love that her grandma was 'witchy' and not mentioned in a bad way as most of us witches are. But the tarot card thing had me so excited that something cool was going to come of that but nothing happened... nothing. 

Honestly, I read this book for Tom because he was awesome and from the little pieces that we got of his ex, he should've stayed with her. She seemed a lot nicer. Overall, it really feels like I ripped this book apart but I did enjoy it. I read it all within 24 hours and was smiling like a kid in a candy store when it was over.   

Monday, March 25, 2019

Music Monday - The 2000's (2)

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

I decided that I wanted to do more throw back songs. These are also from the 2000s but maybe I'll keep going further back. 

Now during the summer of 2007, Justin Timberlake ruled. His songs were everywhere and I pretty much loved them all. Let me share my two favorites.

Favorite Lyrics 

You spend your nights alone And he never comes home
And every time you call him All you get is a busy tone
I heard you found out
That he's doing to you what you did to me
Ain't that the way it goes
You cheated, girl
My heart bleeded, girl
So it goes without saying that you left me feeling hurt
Just a classic case scenario
Tale as old as time girl, you got what you deserved

Favorite Lyrics 

Summer's over for the both of us
But that doesn't mean we should give up on us
You're the one that I've been thinkin' of
And I knew the day I met you you'd be the one

Friday, March 22, 2019

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Sibling Relationship

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sibling Relationship

Favorite Sibling Relationship 
Cam and Teresa Hamilton
I just love the way these two siblings interact and how they love each other so much. I wish I had a brother or sister like them.

Least Favorite Relationship 
Cath and Wren Avery
It's been years since I read this one but form what I remember, I always hated that Wren was doing stupid things and making her sister Cath save her.

Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Read of March

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Cerulean - Review

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

Book Breakdown 

So, I didn't even know this was a thing until everyone was dogging it on twitter. When I saw that it was triggering people, I just had to read it and oh boy, do I have my opinion to share. Because I read the book, I didn't just go off what someone else said because I'm a thinking human with my very own brain! Shocking in today's world when some take another's review as their own opinion without even reading the damn book themselves.

Anyway, rant over. Let's talk about the book.

This book follows four different characters, Sera, Leela, Leo, and Agnes. Sera and Leela are best friends that live in the City in the Sky until the day that Sera is chosen to break the tether that keeps her world connected to Kaolin and Pelago. Which means, she's going to die. Only she doesn't die. She's taken by Leo and Agnes and used by their father for his greed. While Leela is left to unravel the secrets of the City in the Sky. 

This wasn't a bad book at all. The characters are well fleshed out and the world was great, more so the City in the Sky, while Kaolin seemed more like a land that we would live in and that's fine just not nearly as cool as Sera and Leela's world. I loved reading when we were in the City in the Sky, the world was rich and vivid and sounds so freaking pretty! 

Leo is an ass through most of the book and even in the end.... I still didn't really care for him. Agnes is fine... just a little... dull? I mean for the most part, she lets everyone treat her like crap and then when she should be helping Sera, she wants her hair instead or she just lets Sera get hurt. So I didn't really like either of them as characters and their POVs were painful to get through. 

I did love Sera and Leela and their parts of the book were great! Though honestly, I think the main problem with this book is how long it is. A third could be cut out and it would flow better, maybe even half of this book could be cut and it would work much better. There are parts that I really feel was there for filler. The parts that were good really had me hooked, like the end with Leela. I wanted more of her POV. I think I would've loved this book more if we'd just stayed in the City in the Sky. The world was so different and cool. Three mothers? No fathers? Clothes made out of clouds?! I mean, that's cool, that's what I wanted. Not dropping down into a world like ours that is rather dull and boring. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Music Monday - The 2000's

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

I've been going back to the music I grew up with because I'm getting older and this new music just kinda sucks. I mean there are a few good things coming out but the last few years has just produced some terrible stuff. I'm not into rap, hip-hop, and whatever else popular now. I like pop rock which we had lots of in the 2000's. So let me share two of my favorite 2000 songs. 

Favorite Lyrics
I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun

Favorite Lyrics 

We're the empty set just floating through, wrapped in skin
Ever searching for what we were promised
Reaching for that golden ring, we'd never let go
Who would ever let us put our filthy hands upon it

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Order (Netflix) - TV Talk

I actually had no idea this was coming to Netflix. I was just flipping through one day when my daughter was in school and my partner was at work. It looked cool, it had witches and werewolves and the look of romance and so I clicked on it. Boy, am I so damn glad I did!

This show is freaking amazing! I've not been this into a TV show since The Haunting of Hill House! I don't really get into TV or movies the way I do books so it's rare when I watch something that just sucks me in. The Order is one of those shows!

So The Order starts with Jack Morton getting into Belgrave University with a plan to get into the secret society that his father rules. Why? Well, he wants revenge for the death of his mother. Things don't go as smoothly as one would think, with a hot girl and werewolves entering the picture, everything gets messy fast. Leading to so many wonderful episodes. 

There was one moment that had me blinking twice and just confused as to why that needed to happen the way it did. It really felt drawn out and needless, like filler in an anime. But it was just the one moment with Edward and a guy from the Vade Maecum but besides for that moment, this show is solid and entertaining and just freaking awesome.

The actors are really good, I liked all of them and thought they did a great job. I love the look of the show, the sets were great, the special effects were top notch and the script is good. It's really made for the 'young adult' audience. So, this show is right up our alley!

It's also been compared to Riverdale and Sabrina, so if you like those shows, this one is another that you'll enjoy. I don't like Riverdale anymore but I still love The Order. So if you have access to Netflix, check this out! You'll thank me later.


Friday, March 15, 2019

50/50 Friday - Character Most/Least Likely to Commit Grand Theft Auto

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Character Most/Least Likely to Commit Grand Theft Auto

This was pretty easy for me to come up with but it was lots of fun! I had many choices for both but I narrowed it down to my favorite characters for each choice. Here we go!

Least Likely
Hermione Granger
As much as she loves the rules, I just don't see her being the one to steal a car.

Mostly Likely
Daemon Black
Come on, you know he'd do anything to protect those he loves even stealing a car.

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Sibling Relationship

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Unpopular Opinions

It's been years since I did this. Like way back in August 2015. So I decided to do an updated version just to see how my thoughts have changed. Now, before we get into this, I have to say this, just because I may not like something doesn't make me a bad person, just because you don't like something also doesn't make you a bad person. We are all our own people, with our own thoughts. 

With all that said and done, let's get into the questions!

1) A Popular Book/Series That You Didn't Like

I still feel like I got a different book from everyone else. It really felt like a 'been there done that' kind of book. The characters were really bland and now that more time has past, I don't see why this series got so popular.

Original Review

2) A Popular Book/Series That Every One Else Seems to Hate but You Love

If you were involved in the YA book community around the time the ARC for this one was going around, you know some people were losing their mind over one review that was written. This book is HATED by people who've never even read it.

I read it. Thought it was a little heavy handed with its message but I loved it. A great book, anyone who loves YA fantasy with a strong message should read this book.

Original Review

3) A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up with the Person You Did NOT Want Them to End Up with OR an OTP That You Don't Like

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! Skip to the next question if you don't want to be spoiled for this series.

Okay... so. If you've read this series you'll know what I mean, she got to have her cake and eat it too. She got to spend her mortal like for Jeb and then get to be young forever with Morpheus. It's really not fair to Jeb nor was he even worth it. She should've just chosen Morpheus and all would have been better. Just saying.

4) A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For

Memoirs. I've only ever read a handful of memoirs and I really, really, REALLY, want to change that. So hopefully this year I will read at least a dozen memoirs. That is my goal. If you have any recommendations, leave them below, please!

5) A Popular or Beloved Character That You Do Not Like

I could name quite a few but I will just name three:
A) Hermione Granger
Before you burn me at the stake, let me explain myself. Hermione has a lot of characteristics that I love. She's smart, confident, brave and so on. That being said, she's so freaking annoying in the early books, a know it all brat that I wished she'd fall off the face of the earth.
B) Alina Starkov
This could've easily been Mal but I got more of a bone to pick with Alina because of how she lets everyone treat her, especially in Shadow and Bone. She just pretty much goes along with whatever anyone says and it's sad. Get a backbone chick, stand up for yourself. Use your freaking voice! Say what you want about the Darkling but at least he was a very well developed character that wasn't scared to speak up.
C) Tamin - A Court of Thorns and Roses
I don't want to ruin this series if you've never read it (If you're not read it, what are you doing with your life? No really, what are you doing? Stop reading this, get the book and dive in, you'll thank me later), that being said, once you get to the second book especially, you'll see what I mean.

6) A Popular Author That You Can't Seem to Get Into

Please don't kill me for this, I mean no disrespect but I just can't get into James Patterson. If he's your favorite author, that's great, you do you. I don't like his writing or the way he does his chapters. Honestly, I just think he's kind of overrated.

7) A Popular Book Trope That You're Tired of Seeing

This is one that hasn't changed from the first time I did this. Insta-love. I still can't stand it. This trope can ruin a book for me. There's not a single other trope I can think of that can do this but insta-love just makes me roll my eyes and put the book down. You can't fall in love at first sight, you can feel lust or attraction, for sure, but not love. How can you love someone just based on looks? You know nothing about them. It makes no sense and I want this trope to die.

8) A Popular Series That You Have No Interest in Reading

This series was everywhere a few years back and I've seen it coming back now that another novel has been released but it still just doesn't sound good to me.

9) The Saying Goes 'The Book's Always Better than the Movie', but What Movie or TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer More than the Book?

This one is easy for me and if you've been reading my recent reviews you'll already know what I'm going to chose.

Original Review
The main plot is never settled in this novel, the cliff hanger really made me upset. Subplots are all wrapped up nicely but I just didn't like the ending of this novel. I'm sorry. I liked the writing, the characters and pretty much everything else but that cliff hanger... I will not be picking up the second in this series.

That being said, the Netflix movie is just freaking perfection! I loved the cast, the story, the script. Just everything is perfect and I wish they'd bring it to DVD so I could own it on my shelf. I've watched this movie at least 8-9 times and now I want to watch it again after talking about it. If you've got Netflix, then you need to watch this! It's so good.

Well, this is pretty much it. I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices. As always, have a great day little butterflies and happy reading. I'm off to watch To All the Boys I've Loved Before, again.... 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Music Monday - Avril Lavigne

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

This artist is one that I've loved since the very first album, yes, I'm giving away how old I am but it is what it is, I guess. Anyway, she just let a new album drop and I've not loved one of her albums this much since The Best Damn Thing, so I wanted to share just a few of my favorite songs! I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Lyrics 

I ain't your prisoner
You can't lock me up no more
I'll show you what I'm worth
Take back what I deserve
I ain't your prisoner
You can't chain me down no more
God damn, it’s gonna hurt
So fly away, little bird

Favorite Lyrics 

'Cause I'm a warrior
I fight for my life like a soldier
All through the night
And I won't give up, I will survive
I'm a warrior
And I'm stronger, that's why I'm alive
I will conquer, time after time
I'll never falter, I will survive

I'm a warrior, oh

Friday, March 8, 2019

50/50 Friday - Dystopian World You'd Want to Live In/Not Live In

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Dystopian World You'd Want to Live In/Not Live In

So every dystopian world I can think of is pretty bad but I kept digging and found one that wouldn't be too bad... well compared to the others that pop into my head at least.

Dystopian World I'd Never Want to Live In

I mean that fear! Sure, once you reach a certain age you're free and clear but what about your kids, your nieces and nephews, cousins? I mean, the worry would never end unless you were lucky enough to live in the capital...

Dystopian World I'd Live In

I know this world is bad too, again, every single one I could think of was bad, but this one seemed the least bad? I mean, if you are a higher number than life is better... Yep. I fully choose this world. 

Topic For Next Week
Character Most/Least Likely to Commit Grand Theft Auto

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two Tarot Reviews

Meet the people and personalities of the tarot in a whole new way with Your Tarot Court. This book gives you the confidence you need to tackle the trickiest part of any deck: the court cards. You'll explore the tarot court archetypes and discover new ways to identify and work with these enigmatic cards.

Your Tarot Court is designed with contemporary readers in mind—it discusses gender as a social construct, translates the royal hierarchy for a modern world, and more. Professional reader Ethony Dawn guides you through the court, offering techniques, spreads, and interpretations that make the cards more accessible and understandable.

Book Breakdown 

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This book isn't meant for me, I read the word problematic way too much for me to take it seriously. This book is focused more to another group of people, which is fine. I still did learn quite a few things when I wasn't skipping parts. It's just way too modern for me...? The thinking is very Millennial and while I am one, I'm way more of an old soul, so it just didn't work for me in lots of areas but if you're into social justice and the like and you're looking for a good tarot book, this is probably for you! It does go into gender in the court cards which I liked, so not a bad book by any means, I'm just not the right audience.


Five Astonishing Tarot Readings for Untangling Life's Messiest Problems From Melissa Cynova, author of the bestselling book Kitchen Table Tarot

Author Melissa Cynova noticed that clients often turn up for readings with extremely complicated problems. She developed the five readings in Tarot Elements as a program for hitting the reset button on life. Whether you're reading for yourself or for others, this book can help you work with any tarot deck to clarify complex issues, unstick the stuck parts, and move forward to a better place.

The five elements are powerful factors in assessing which areas of life need the most attention. Tarot Elements shows you how to use the elemental structure that shapes tarot to focus on one aspect of a problem at a time and resolve the tangled issues that are holding you back. The earth reading is about home. Air is about mind, fire is about body, water is about heart, and the spirit reading is about your soul and your spiritual practice. With hands-on exercises, sample readings, and fascinating insights, this book invites you to pick up your cards and begin the process of transformation.

Book Breakdown

So I've read Kitchen Table Tarot and loved it. The information inside to the author's voice. She adds wit to her writing that I just love, she has me laughing while teaching me things and I love the combo. She adds wonderful examples before every spread, making it easy for people to pick up quickly. I love the way she ties the elements into the readings and I can't wait to try them.

Thanks to NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Music Monday - Bring Me the Horizon

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

Today I'm sharing some new songs from a band that I've liked for years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 

Favorite Lyrics
It’s all messed up 
Only one thing I know for sure 
& we all march on like we know the way to heaven 
Who the hell died and made you the king?
We don’t know what we want 
But we know that we want it 
Yeah we want it 
Yeah we want it right now.

Favorite Lyrics 
Why you gotta kick me when I’m down? 
You better pray I don’t get up this time around.
And why you trying to put me in the ground?
Don’t you know I’m a seed 
I won’t stop at the roof 
Go ahead bury me 
This is how I grow 
It’s how I thrive  

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Trends in YA & How Things Have Changed Since I Started Reading

I have been reading YA hardcore since 2007 but I've been into the genre since I found the Daughters of the Moon series in like 2004. That was my first huge book hangover and the wait for The Final Eclipse in the Daughters of the Moon series was real. It took two or three years for the series to be finished. 

Anyway, you're probably wondering why I'm telling you all this, my point is this; I've been reading YA a long time and today I wanted to talk about the changes that I've seen in the fifteen years that I've been reading this genre. So strap in and let's get down to it! 

Daughters of the Moon #1
So the first YA book I ever read (that I can remember), was Goddess of the Night. I loved it. Up till this point the only books I read was the ones from school. Which I mostly didn't like until The Giver. That book got me into reading. I didn't know I could feel that way about books or stories. So I went looking for other stories. 

After I read this series, I slipped into more middle grade until one day I came across The Vampire Diaries. I devoured that bind up of the first two novels and wanted more. So then I moved into Wicked Lovely and read every book that was out in that series. 

Then a friend told me about Twilight and my first thought was 'why on earth would anyone want to read about vampires that have no fangs and sparkle in the freaking sunlight?' But she loved it so much and then people at my school were getting suspended for drinking each other's blood because of this book, so that sold me. I had to read the series that had caused normal people to be so damn weird. BTW, I never drank anyone's blood, I wasn't that crazy as a teenager, I swear. 

But I did give in and read the books, even though the vampires didn't have fangs, I loved this series. I read the other three within just a few days... well almost all of them. I found I couldn't finish the last few chapters because I just couldn't say goodbye to these characters that I had fallen so deeply in love with. 

Moving on, YA in those early days was very different from how it is now. There weren't any swear words, the only drugs mentioned were in books like Crank, that showed how bad drugs were, sex was very fade to black and kissing in YA was so freaking childish that it wasn't funny. Plots were simpler in some cases and pretty much everything coming out was paranormal to jump onto the Twilight craze. 

During this time, me and even my one reader friend wanted more realistic YA books. We wanted the 'dirtier' stuff, like cursing or sex. The teens we were reading about were just too clean, too fake. Humans can't be that perfect. It's just never going to happen. 

Slowly, things began to change, not only in terms of getting more gritty characters and stories but the shift changed from paranormal to dystopian because of huge hits like The Hunger Games or Divergent. Then it seemed that was all we were getting. 

By this time, stories were getting much more real, we now had characters that had flaws and made stupid choices, there were teenagers making bad choices. I was really happy with were the genre was going and then the new trend was fantasy. Every super hyped book/series was fantasy. By this point, YA felt so very real to me, sure there was still some Mary Sues or characters that just felt so fake/bland but for the most part, we got quality characters. 

Contemporary had a tiny window where we were getting a lot of those because of books by John Green or books like Everything, Everything but it's stayed pretty low key. With The Hate U Give, that might change, but we shall see. I hope not, I'm not the biggest contemporary fan. 

YA by this point has really developed into its own, while still very trendy with the things that are released. Hopefully, we get to the point were we stop following trends and just get good quality stories of all genres (because I miss paranormal).

I just can't believe the little genre that I followed from the moment it got huge has grown so much. I feel proud to have been a part of it's growth and hope it gets better in the future.
We are still in a huge fantasy craze but I believe the next trend is already here and slowly coming to take the crown. Can you guess what it is? Let me know below, I'd love to hear your thoughts, what trend would you like to see next? Honestly, I'll forever love the paranormal craze because that's just how I roll. 

This year I'm going to be doing the Discussion Challenge. I said I was going to do it years ago and failed. I hope to do better this year. If you want to join, just click here or here to sign up. I'll be going for the level Discussion Dabbler, so if I fail, it won't be as bad....?

As always, have a great day and happy reading little butterflies! 

Friday, March 1, 2019

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read in February (Wrap Up!)

What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read in February

So for February I read only a few books but I did enjoy every single thing I read. So there really is no worst read this month. Instead, I'm going to share the few books I did read and love. Everything is rated either four or five stars.

Comic Books

Fence Volume 2
The tension is building ever so slowly but just enough to keep me happily sucked into the story.

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place on the Kings Row fencing team, alongside sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama, to win the right to go up against his golden-boy half-brother.

Tryouts are well underway at King’s Row for a spot on the prodigious fencing team, and scrappy fencer Nicholas isn’t sure he’s going to make the grade in the face of surly upperclassmen, nearly impossibly odds, and his seemingly unstoppable roommate, the surly, sullen Seiji Katayama. It’ll take more than sheer determination to overcome a challenge this big!

From the superstar team of C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad comes the second volume of this acclaimed, dynamic series.

Vikings: Godhead
Not as good as the show but I still enjoyed it!

From the chronicles of the History Channel's truly epic series comes a new saga of glory and plunder! A brand new graphic novel featuring Ragnar, Lagertha and their legendary kin!


The Darkest Star
Okay, let's be honest here. Let's just get everything out in the open, shall we? No one and I mean no one is every going to replace Katy and Daemon. Never. That being said, I really like Luc. I've been interested in his character since I read the Lux series. Evie on the other hand... seems a little bland me to me. She's a perfectly fine character and I liked following her around. I loved getting to see her reactions to the big secrets and I loved the little bits of Daemon we got and meeting all these new characters. 

I just loved being back in this world again, even if it feels like everything has changed. Sometimes it felt like this new Lux story world mirrored ours in ways that just left a sour taste in my mouth. I read to escape the horrid world in which I live in, not to see glimpses of it through a different lens. I know not everything everything this way and so I knocked no stars for it. Because this is al personal opinions. 

Now, I really liked the friendship moments we got in here, you could see that Evie had some great friends and I loved how everyone seemed to work so perfectly together. It's nice to see the man that Luc is growing into, poor guy had been through way too much in his short life and I like that he can still laugh and smile through it. 

Evie also went through a lot and really overall, I thought she handled it well. All the characters were great as any JLA book and the dialogue was great, there was even a little banter between our two leads. I also think that if you've never read the Lux series, you could jump into this one with no issues but I FULLY recommend reading the Lux series first as it's breathtakingly amazing! 

My only real compliant with this story is just.... the feel of it. Maybe this is also just me but the world in this book just felt less vivid than the pervious one. None of the places really stood out as much in my mind. The Club, her home and Luc's apartment were all that really stood out. 

Anyway, I'm knit-picking now, overall, I loved reading this, powered through it in only two days. Laughed my butt off at certain parts and gasped in others when something twisty happened. If you're looking for a fun read with some freaking great characters, grab this book! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. 

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

Bonds of Justice 
This one ended differently than what I was expecting and that's not a bad thing! I can't wait to see where this series goes from here.

A Psy-Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian..."the alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist).

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. 

The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor's closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture...

The Darkest Night
I've been getting back into paranormal romance and I've been loving it. This genre is my true home and I'm always happy when reading it. So that meant I had to try this series. I read this book years ago, so long ago that I didn't remember much at all. So I decided to reread before jumping into the whole series. 

Now, this one follows Ashlyn and Maddox. Ashlyn is pretty bland at first but she develops nicely as we got through the book and Maddox pretty much stays the same, just learns to control his demon. Now, the romance in here wasn't as much as I thought it would be. For a romance book, it's pretty plot heavy, which is great if that's what you're looking for. 

Overall, I can't wait to read the rest of this series as I heard it keeps getting better. Plus, there are other characters that I can't wait to follow! 

Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful… Don't miss a single book in this stunning paranormal series from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter!

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

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Dystopian World You'd Want to Live In/Not Live In