Friday, August 18, 2017

Spinning Pages (21): The Poet's Dog/Softly and Tenderly


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 




This week on Spinning Pages, we are setting off into a winter storm where two children are taken in by the dog of a poet. As the three grow closer and mend their broken hearts a chance at new happiness is on the horizon. 

when you get down to it, The Poet's Dog needed a song that was


Softly and Tenderly by Rebecca Lynn Howard-
O for the wonderful love he has promised
Promised for you and for me
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon
Pardon for you and for me

Come home, come home
Ye who are weary, come home
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling, O sinner, come home
(lyrics are taken from Lyrics)

I actually have not listened to Rebecca Lynn Howard's Softly and Tenderly in, well, years and years. But it just popped into my head when I was thinking about Patricia MacLachlan's The Poet's Dog as it felt like the two were meant to be paired together. 
This time, it's more the melody of the song and then the lyrics that made want to put them together. When I read the book, it was one of those story's that is told in such a calm, subtle way that pairing it with a fast tempo song would just not work at all. As to the lyrics selected, well, it made me think of something that Sylvan, the Poet, had said to Teddy. A certain something that would slowly play out during the book.  

Curious to learn more of my thoughts on The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, then be sure to check out my review!  

You can listen to Rebecca Lynn Howard's Softly and Tenderly below. I do hope that you'll enjoy the song. It is really funny how a song you haven't heard in ages can just "pop" back into your head at the most random of thoughts!!

             

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I Want to Read It (66): A Most Magical Girl



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee, August 2, 2016. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Want to Read.
Annabel Grey is primed for a proper life as a young lady in Victorian England. But when her mother suddenly disappears, she’s put in the care of two eccentric aunts who thrust her into a decidedly un-ladylike life, full of potions and flying broomsticks and wizards who eat nothing but crackers. Magic, indeed! Who ever heard of such a thing?

Before Annabel can assess the most ladylike way to respond to her current predicament, she is swept up in an urgent quest. Annabel is pitted against another young witch, Kitty, to rescue the sacred Moreover Wand from the dangerous underworld that exists beneath London. The two girls outsmart trolls, find passage through a wall of faerie bones, and narrowly escape a dragon, but it doesn’t take long for Annabel to see that the most dangerous part of her journey is her decision to trust this wild, magical girl.
Why

While I have only read one of Karen Foxlee's books, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, before, I did enjoy it immensley. So, yes, I am curious to see if A Most Magical Girl would be just as good (or even better). Even though the synopsis does not sound perfectly captivating, I am curious enough to give it a chance...as always, I hope a book will be better than my expectations!!

If you've read A Most Magical Girl, what did you think? Help a reader out!! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Poet's Dog


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, August 14, 2017

All About Middle-Grade Review: The Poet's Dog



The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, September 13, 2016. 96 pages. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. Source: Publisher.
Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.

Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy’s words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone.

As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
First Sentence
I found the boy at dusk.



I was sorely tempted to just never read The Poet's Dog as it looked like it was going to be one of those dog books that break your heart. You know that ones I'm talking about, right? Well, it was not like those ones, okay.

  • If you read between the lines in what I previously said about this book, then you can rest assured that reading it won't break your heart (in one fashion). While it might be deemed a spoiler to even hint at that, I always think one should be warned, whether for good or bad, when it comes to books about animals. You know, since they tend to, well, end sadly. Although there is still a sad element to this book, it is one that you would not really expect. 
  • The best way I can think of the describe Patricia MacLachlan's book would be, that it softly tells the story of how a dog and two children, brought together by chance during a winter storm, bring new hope and healing to each others' lives. To be quite frank, this book is not really a page-turner, it's more of a quiet and subtle story. 
  • While I did find myself enjoying it after I figured out that it was not going to rip my heart to shreds. For one thing, it was rather sweet seeing how all three of them bonding during the storm and how their encounter brought about a fresh start for each of them. It was, well, good but not great. Perhaps it was just not the right book for my reading taste. 
  • Overall, The Poet's Dog was a nice story with a warm message. The writing and storytelling were good, but not excellent. I just was underwhelmed when it came to this book. That being said, I really liked the ending of the book because it was just, well, heartwarming and so deserved. I would have been rather disappointed if it had ended any other way because he deserved all the good things!!
Final Verdict: The Poet's Dog- It was good, but not great. That's about all I can say at this point...

The Poet's Dog earns

A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spinning Pages (20): Hunt for the Hydra/Galaxy


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 





On this week's edition of Spinning Pages, we are taking off into the outer reaches of space to pair Jason Fry's Hunt for the Hydra, a fairly enjoyable middle-grade book set in space, with some lyrics from a random song from my playlist. 

Stick around to see why I chose Galaxy by Wa$$up, as well as the selected lyrics, to go with the first volume of The Jupiter Pirates!!

Galaxy by Wa$$up-
Galaxy, out of all the stars
Your love is fantasy,
don’t wake me up if this is a dream

Bring the action
On this dark night,
in this big universe,
it feels like we’re the only two people
something about us
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun,
same smile, different feeling
Making my heart beat,
it makes my heart beat every night

(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)
 When I think of the characters, all of the Hashoone's to be more precise, in my opinion, these lyrics are perfect. To me, the lyrics, in the first paragraph,  make me think of their love for space and adventure as pirates privateers. While the last paragraph, does a fairly good job describing how Tcho feels about it; one of the things I liked best about Hunt for the Hydra, was the way the author described their relationship with space.

Curious to see my further thoughts, both positive and less so, on Jason Fry's Hunt for the Hydra then hop on over to check out my review.

Want to hear the full version of Wa$$up's Galaxy, then you are in luck because you can listen to the audio below!! Hope you'll enjoy the song as it's one of my favorites from them!!


       

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Want to Read It (65): Curse of the Iris



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Curse of the Iris (Jupiter Pirates, 2) by Jason Fry, December 16, 2014. Published by HarperCollins. Source: TBR 
It's been a tough year for Tycho Hashoone and his family. Hostilities between the Jovian Union and Earth have reached a boiling point. The privateering business hasn't exactly been booming. And the ongoing contest for the captain's seat of the Shadow Comet has the three Hashoone siblings perpetually on edge. Then the Hashoones intercept a ship--one with a long-dead crew, its final mission a warning to all who seek their fortunes in space. The Hashoones don't have time for ill omens; they need a payday. Following clues from the mysterious ship, they embark on a hunt for the long-lost treasure of the Iris--a treasure that Tycho's own great-grandfather Johannes had a hand in hiding. But in his quest for the Iris cache, Tycho is going to dig up much more than he bargained for. Because like old pirate treasure, family secrets never stay buried for long.

Why

I was surprised to find a copy of Curse of the Iris hiding in my TBR stack after finishing, so lucky me, and with all the history and secrets mentioned throughout the Hunt for the Hydra, I am in desperate need to see how the answers will impact the characters and their livelihood. 

While I was not completely in bookish "love" with the first volume of Jason Fry's Jupiter Pirates, it was good enough that I am willing to read the second book to get more answers. I'm really looking forward to another round of adventure with the Hashoone clan as piece together the mystery of the Iris and what really happened all those years ago!!

Curious as to what I thought about Hunt for the Hydra, then be sure to check out my review.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Hunt for the Hydra


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, August 7, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: Hunt for the Hydra


Hunt for the Hydra (Jupiter Pirates, 1) by Jason Fry, November 11, 2014 (originally published December 23, 2013). 272 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Publisher for review.
The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, isn't your average sibling rivalry. They might be crew members together aboard the Shadow Comet, but only one of them can be the next ship captain. So when the Hashoones find themselves in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy—one that will pit them against space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family—each sibling is desperate to prove his or her worth. The only trouble is, if they don't work together, none of them may make it out alive.

First Sentence
Tycho Hashoone was doing his math homework when the alarms started shrieking. 


I won't tell you how long Hunt for the Hydra was hiding in my TBR stack. Suffice it to say that it was a while; I didn't even know it was in there until last week when I was searching for a book to binge.

  • While the first volume of the Jupiter Pirates wasn't a five-star read, it was still really enjoyable and felt like a great start to a fascinating series. While it was enjoyable, it was also a fun read which definitely worked in its favor. 
  • There were definitely things I really enjoyed about this book, like the setting, the characters, and the overall plot. Even though I overall really enjoyed Hunt for the Hydra, there were some things I disliked about the book; like the overhanded play of sibling rivalry as the Hashoone kids all vying to be the next captain of the Shadow Comet. As much as I enjoy a good sibling rivalry, it felt like it was taken a little too far in this book; there was little to no unity, albeit of the grudging sort, between them. 
  • One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the whole space pirate, I mean privateer, aspect. It added a really interesting element to the story. Especially when you factor in the some of the things that happened long ago that led to most pirates turning privateer with their marque for the Jovian Union. Exciting times with all the backstory that is building up for the next book. Can you tell, the idea of all that book world history has me excited!!
  • I felt that Jason Fry did a nice job capturing the whole space pirate aspect of the book. He did a great job bringing the setting to life and making it enjoyable to read about. Though his writing could use some work when writing for a middle-grade audience as his characters, particularly Tycho, was written in a way that made him sound a) way younger than his character was and b) like "captain obvious" in certain situations. Still mostly enjoyable, though I do hope for improvement in the next book.
 Final Verdict: Hunt for the Hydra- While far from being a perfect read, it was entertaining enough that I'm willing to give the next installment a chance.

Hunt for the Hydra earns

A copy of this book was received for consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Spinning Pages (19): Waistcoats and Weaponry


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



Picking a song for Gail Carriger's Waistcoats and Weaponry was entirely too easy. I'm just like, "what book should I feature this week?" and then "BAM"  the perfect song for Sophronia, especially in this book, popped into my head. Of course, it was also one that I have had on repeat most recently.


Wannabe by Hyoyeon (feat. San E.)
Do you get it now?
What you did?
Stop right there
When I’m still talking with class

Hold on, tell me honestly
Don’t stick to me like a sticker
Is lying that easy to you?
There is no answer to you
You’re trouble

Whatever, just stop, there’s no use
Because I’m sick of the sweet talk
I’m sharply piercing you
There is no answer to you
You’re trouble

(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)
So, why did I choose Wannabe to be Sophronia's song, especially in Waistcoats and Weaponry, because of how she dealt with the betrayal of a friend and the ever-shifting alliances between the different factions within the book. I can just picture her singing this song at a certain someone.

Want to hear why I enjoyed Gail Carriger's Waistcoats and Weaponry so much, then check out my review!!


Want to hear the entire song, then check out the music video for Hyoyeon's Wannabe below. 

           

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I Want to Read It (64): The Chess Queen Enigma



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker and Holmes, 3) by Colleen Gleason, October 6, 2015. Published by Chronicle Books. Source: Want to Read.
And then she mouthed a word at me—an unmistakable word that told me everything I needed to know. “Checkmate.”
Evaline Stoker & Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a letter that details the secret location of an ancient chess queen that’s been missing for centuries. But when the letter—which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians—is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina’s watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high-stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does…including their foe, the Ankh. For the chess queen is not only a historic symbol of a woman’s political power, but it has literal power as well—the queen will unlock the chessboard, revealing both treasures and ancient secrets the Ankh would kill to possess. It will take Mina’s smarts and Evaline’s strength to beat the thief and untangle this mystery before it is too late. 

Why

How did I not know this was OUT (two years ago)!!! I have been waiting for ages to see the continued adventures of Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes!! I feel so cheated that two years have passed and I'm only just now realizing that it's out. 

Seriously though, Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series, the first two at least, was so so enjoyable!! I just really loved the characters and the story; it was just fun to read.  

If you haven't heard of or read, Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series, you can read my reviews for The Clockwork Scarab and The Spiritglass Charade!!  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Waistcoats and Weaponry


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Vintage Reads Review: Waistcoats and Weaponry



Waistcoats and Weaponry (Finishing School, 3) by Gail Carriger, November 4, 2014. 298 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Source: Borrowed from the Library.
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

First Sentence
"Funambulist," said Sophronia Temminnick, quite suddenly. 


Well at long last, I am continuing my series review of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. If you'd like to catch up on the first two, you can see my thoughts on Etiquette and Espionage and Curtsies and Conspiracies...
  • I so meant to write this review months ago...as you can tell, I never quite got around to it. That aside, there were many things I enjoyed about the third installment of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. Like the fact that some of the best scenes, you know the ones with betrayal and near-death experiences, took place on a train that, as the synopsis points out, was suspiciously lacking in occupants. While I always had an inkling that a certain character would show weakness when pushed, I was still dismayed that I was not proven wrong.
  •  While Sophronia is still rather dimwitted when it comes to matters of the heart, I do find myself enjoying seeing her mature in the art of espionage. She is rather brilliant when it comes to getting herself caught up in intrigue and helping to exasperate/mend the problem; yet ultimately, that is one of the reasons I enjoy reading about her adventures. 
  • I don't want to spoil the book for y'all, but, can I tell you had much fun I had reading it? Okay!! One of the chief things that kept me amused while reading this, other than it just being a good book, was the bantering. Seriously though, Sophronia and Felix continued to crack me up with their flirting. There are not enough words, to sum up why Sidheag was one of my favorite characters. She may have come across as gruff most of the time, but she really has a great heart. 
Final Verdict: Waistcoats and Weaponry- The progression of the character arcs is really coming along. 

Waistcoats and Weaponry earns

A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Spinning Pages (18): The Midnight Queen/No oh oh


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



So, yeah, The Midnight Queen and I did not see eye-to-eye. I was sorely disappointed in this book that could not even make it out of the prologue. It was just boring and the character, whose name I've forgotten, was just annoying as all get out. 

But here's a song's lyrics that perfectly sum up my thoughts on it.


No Oh Oh by CLC-
Don’t keep calling me like that
Eh-oh, eh-oh, no no
No, no, no, it’s no
The future you are thinking, no oh oh

Do not ask me to look back
Eh-oh, eh-oh, no no
No, no, no, it’s no
The future you are thinking, no oh oh

Let go, there’s gonna be trouble
Don’t do this, you’ll get in trouble

(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)

While I don't feel like going into, another, a diatribe on why I disliked Sylvia Izzao Hunter's The Midnight Queen, I thought why not pair it with a song to set my feelings down on it. 

I so so wanted to like this one! First off, it has a map!! And we all know that I love books with maps!! So imagine my disappointment to not be in bookish love with all aspects of The Midnight Queen!! Secondly, the main character just annoyed me to no end! I wanted nothing more than to slap him and to tell him to grow a spine. 

If you want a more clear cut discussion on why I DNF'd The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzao Hunter, then, please, check out my review.  

Don't forget to check out the full song, and video, for CLC's No oh oh!! You definitely want to watch the video as it is so colorful and cute!! Also, the song is really fun to listen to as well. 

         

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Want to Read It (63): The Son of Neptune



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, 2) by Rick Riordan, October 4, 2011. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Own it/Need to Read It.
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth 
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. 
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 
Why

Ever since I read The Lost Hero I have been wanting to know what will happen next. It ended on a pretty big cliffhanger if I recall correctly. I love books with mythology, and so far Rick Riordan's writing has always been amusing. Truthfully, I have owned a copy of this book, thank you used book store, for over a year now. I just have not found the time to read it...also I need to dig through the stacks to locate my copy...

Did you read the Heroes of Olympus series? 





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Midnight Queen


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 24, 2017

DNF Review: The Midnight Queen



The Midnight Queen (Noctis Magicae, 1) by Sylvia Izzao Hunter, September 2, 2016. 417 pages. Published by Ace. Source: Blogging for Books.
In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented—and highest born—sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover…
Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father’s wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings.
First Sentence
It was his own fault entirely, Gray reflected later.



I should not have had such high expectations going into The Midnight Queen. My expectations just left me all the more disappointed when I could not even make it out of the prologue. Ugh!!

  • While I'm sure this must be a perfectly fine book, it just was not for me. Everything about the characters annoyed me, and I only read maybe ten pages, as he came across as a total pushover with absolutely no personality. I just wanted to tell the stupid guy to get some backbone and, you know, make an actual decision for himself. GAH!! I'm still rather steamed up over this!!
  • Sadly, I was not only dismayed by the lackluster characterization but also that of the writing and world building. Which is really disappointing as the synopsis made it sound like such an interesting book. I was really looking forward to seeing the world that the author created; yet when I slipped into it, there was nothing that made me want to stick around. World building is one of my favorite things about fantasy books, so when I come across one that's, to be blunt, is unable to stand out it can be rather disheartening. 
  • I was just unimpressed with this one. About the only thing, I found favorable about The Midnight Queen was the cover and the nice map of the world included in the front of the book. I wish that there were more positive aspects of the book to share with y'all, but this book just left me bored and uninterested in seeing the main character's, whose name I've already forgotten, fate.
Final Verdict: The Midnight Queen- I just do not have time for the levels of boredom that this book elicited.

The Midnight Queen earns


A copy of this book was received for review consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Spinning Pages (17): The Hate U Give/Unbreakable


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



Originally, I was not going to include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Spinning Pages. Simply because there was not a single song that was "speaking" to me in terms of this book. Fast forward, from April to late Thursday night, of this week, when I had the library of music, on my computer, set to shuffle and this one song came on that made me think of Starr (and her family).


Unbreakable by B.A.P
I won’t ever break 
I won’t ever fall down 
Even if the story tries to swallow me
I’m unbreakable
Even if I die, I won’t break 
Even if I die, I won’t give up 
Even if my wings are trampled in the darkness
U know? I’m unbreakable
(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)

B.A.P's Unbreakable is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs; especially on those days where you have to dig out every last piece of fortitude to finish your run.

If you haven't already guessed by the lyrics I chose from the song, then you are probably wondering why this particular song brought to my mind Starr and her family. Well, it is rather simple. Even though there were times when she felt lost and like giving up, during the aftermath of what happened,  to me, she and her family came out stronger for all they went through. I may not have loved Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, but I did quite enjoy how supportive her family was of her.

You can see my full thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas by checking out my review.

Don't forget to give the full song a listen!!

           

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Want to Read It (62): Swing it, Sunny



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Swing it, Sunny (Sunny Side Up, 2) by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, September 12, 2017. Published by Graphix. Source: Want to read it.
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.
Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed.
Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!
Why

I don't know how I missed that Sunny Side Up, which was a perfect balance of humor and the ups-and-downs of real life, was a series... As surprised as I am, I'm actually excited to continue reading Sunny's story and seeing how things are shaping up for her and her family after what happened in the first book.

If you haven't read Sunny Side Up, feel free to check out my review to see why you should give it a chance!!

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