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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: the AUDIBLE ROMANCE Package

I've been teasing this vid for a few weeks, but behind the scenes, I've been playing around with the Audible Romance Package for a few months!
Here are the conclusions I've come to, both good and bad.
Sign up or check it out here: https://www.audible.com/ep/Romance-Package-Signup

(I think you can get a free trial? Not sure.)




Some things I forgot to mention:

* Even though the service IS unlimited in the amount of books you can listen to /month, you can only have 10 "checked out" at any given time, so keep that in mind.

* I wish I would have talked about browsability more! That could definitely be improved, the the splash pages and highlights are a nice start.

* There really is a glut of indy/self-pubbed (?) authors to wade through, and I REALLY wish there was a way to mark things as not interested, to tailor recommendations.

* You can add this -- and the regular Audible package -- on to Kindle Unlimited for a further discount, which is a pretty damn good deal, if you ask me.



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though I was gifted a trial to the ARP, as well as a box of goodies of the pampering variety, to get hyped and what not. All opinions are honest and my own!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blind Date with a Book: Dating Game Edition!

This is a very silly video.

Have fun on your date!




MEET YOUR MATCH:
Booklorette #1 here
Booklorette #2 here
Booklorette #3 here


Try out more BLIND DATES:
BDwaB round 1
Cootie Catcher Books



Disclaimer: I'm not liable for any bookish murders or papercuts you may incur while on your blind date.
Read at your own risk!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Recent Listenables: The Last Namsara and Fiendish

I am having a serious love affair with audiobooks lately.
Recommend me your favorites in the comments!!
The bonus review mentioned at the end of the video can be found here.




Reviews start at: 
The Last Namsara: 0:38
Fiendish: 6:58


about THE LAST NAMSARA by Kristen Ciccarelli:
Print  |  Audio 
432 pages, Published October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen
audio narrated by Pearl Mackie

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

about FIENDISH by Brenna Yovanoff:
Print  |  Audio
341 pages, Published August 14th 2014 by Razorbill
audio narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer

Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.


Friday, February 2, 2018

#GOALS: 2018 Book & Life Resolutions and Thoughts.

I have some thoughts, goals and things I want to focus on for 2018, both bookish and life-ish. Some may call them "resolutions"...

If you're resolving to Do A Thing this year, let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THE TRAITOR'S GAME by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Hold on to your butts, I have a lot to say about this one...



The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Fantasy, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.




Although I said (multiple times) as I was reading this that I had a lot to say about it, it's actually hard to recall all of those little, piling-up things that I'd wanted to mention; this book started fading from memory incredibly quickly. . . But I guess we'll start with the quick notes I jotted down in the #30DayBookBinge Reading Log spread in my bullet journal:”Not good, almost unbelievably so, and yet very fast-paced and readable.”

Every now and then a book comes along that gets under your skin with little annoyances, and yet you can't stop reading it. It's bizarre, every page brings you something new to roll your eyes at, but you just keep picking it up. The Traitor's Game was that book for me. It's cheesy, the writing feels shallow and immature, the characterization is bananas, and the plot thin – and yet I couldn't stop reading it. It moves at break-neck speed (almost literally; the characters are so back and forth and every-which-way, I thought they were going to give me whiplash), and it's a very, very easy read, which is I guess what kept me going. But all the while, I was sort of wondering just why I was still going; it almost became a game, to see how far down the rabbit hole of bad writing I could go.

 It moves at break-neck speed (almost literally; the characters are so back and forth and every-which-way, I thought they were going to give me whiplash)

Now, I want to point out: I realize I'm sounding like a dick. There are plenty of people who are going to love this story and writing, I already know it. It's going to be predictably popular, in the way that books that are readable and fast-paced always are; people tear through them, so they think that must mean it was good. I also want to point out: I realize that was pretty condescending. You're allowed to like what you like, and to like it even if you yourself find it “bad” – objectively, Taco Bell is not good Mexican food, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying it on occasion, right? And also, who am I to decide what is “bad” writing? I know some of you are asking yourselves this. That's okay. It's all subjective, yada yada, but for me, the writing was very juvenile. There are certainly YA and MG authors who write down to their audience (which is a whole other issue; some like it, some don't), but it's one thing for writing to seem suitable for an audience of 13 year olds, and it's another for writing to seem written by a 13 year old. I'm not knocking teens at all, I think they're generally not given enough credit, but think back to the type of story you would have composed as a young teen or pre-teen. Little cringey, yeah?

I don't want to come across like I'm trashing the writing, or screaming HOW DID THIS GET PUBLISHED?! and so I'm going to try to be a little circumspect as I try to explain what I mean by this criticism, but the story and the characters were lacking depth in ways that young writing often is. Their motivations, their backgrounds and how it has influenced who they are now, their interactions with each other and the world around them – none of these things felt authentic or entirely believable. They behaved inconsistently and irrationally in ways that required a real stretch to the willing suspension of disbelief. One character in particular, Trina, was basically written off as being a Jekyll and Hyde type because she was so inconsistent, but even that wasn't believable; it wasn't a sturdy enough justification for just how mercurial and borderline multiple-personality she was, and after awhile, her changeable (within the same page, within the same paragraph) nature just became laughable when I think it was supposed to be by turns ominous and sympathetic. The villain was OTT cheesy, maliciously cruel and yet somehow boring, and the inevitable love interest aspect unfolded so quickly and thoroughly that it, too, became cheesy and not at all believable. (Yes, hello, I've just kidnapped you and am threatening your life, are we in love yet? It's been nearly a full 2 days, after all. Oh, we are? Yay!)

The pacing – though fast – was a little all over the place, and so much was crammed into so little time that it started to border on impossible. There's no time for the reader to breathe, let alone the characters. Everything, literally everything, happens within less than four days, and that includes a lot of reversals and secret plots, and reversals of secret plots, and shifting allegiances, and and and. . .
It's a lot. Again, this adds to the impression of young writing, as confident, mature writers don't feel as much of a need to cram everything in, or at least know to stretch the timeline a bit to make it seem more realistic and seamless. I think the short timeframe was meant to heighten the tension, but it also severely hampered the believability.

I try not to knock love stories in YA anymore, because it's just a foregone conclusion at this point, but the instantness of this instalove almost sets a new benchmark for huh?!? I mean, did I mention this all takes place in four days? And did I mention that the male lead literally kidnaps and threatens the life of the female lead, and yet they are twoo wuv? Oh, I did mention those things? WELL IT BEARS REPEATING. But in addition to the romance feeling just, way off, the compressed timeline throws everything askew. As I've mentioned a time or 10, this takes place over four days -- there wasn't even enough time to feel like the characters were physically able to do all of the travelling they did, let alone to adjust (as the reader) to all of the plot elements going on, or to believe that Kestra, the MC, was able to adjust, plan, dupe, come to terms, etc. etc. etc., in the ways she does. It just doesn't jell.

I could go on. And on. There's so much I haven't touched on that deserves to be, like the world/magic system and the creatures (condors? Mothereffing condors?!), and the multitude of villains, each of which made me roll my eyes in their own unique ways. But I realize I've given you a 1k treatise of negativity on this book, so I'm going to stop*. But suffice it to say, I had a lot of issues and pet peeves with this book and style, and it irks my soul more than a little bit to know that the sheer speed of it is going to make it a winner in a lot of readers' eyes. 
=/

End rant.


*For now. I reserve my right to come back and edit this at a later date with future negativity, as my brain "And another thing!"s me with more issues...


Disclosure: I received an advnaced copy of this book from the publisher, in the hopes that I would read and review it, which I am sure they are now regretting. Sorry, Scholastic! 
All thoughts and opinions are honest (clearly) and my own.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FIRST BOOK HAUL OF THE NEW YEAR!

So... much like I thought I would, I was definitely finding books that I forgot to mention, nearly as soon as I was finished with this video. Every. Time.



Anywho, LE BOOKS:
Audible Romance care package (more on AR soon!)
Xmas present from Liz, including The Wizards of Once
My Little Cities series of board books, including New YorkLondonParis and San Francisco
The Traitor's Game
Pretty Dead Girls
R.I.P. Eliza Hart
One Day a Dot
The Prince & the Dressmaker
Tess of the Road
a whole bunch of things on Hoopla, including:
Saga vol 8
Fables vols 6-9
The Last Namsara
Fiendish 
and a mess of gardening books from my local library, because I. AM. READY.


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though many of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes, and the Audible Romance package was a gift to enjoy while I test it out.
All opinions are honest and my own.

RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer | Review

This is a much belated cross-post, as this video originally went up on my youtube channel almost 2 months ago... Sorry, blog readers!
Anywho, please enjoy this, my thoughts on Marissa Meyer's Renegades, better late than never... =D



Just me and my half-decorated Xmas tree, talking about a recent, highly-anticipated release!

Oh, and I'm a ginge now <<<  That's how late this post is. You already know I'm a ginge.

My Renegades VILLAINS post



ABOUT THE BOOK:
RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though this book was sent to me for review consideration purposes. Incidents in the book are subject to change, as this is an advance version, and thus not final, which could in turn affect my thoughts on the book -- so grab a copy and check it out for yourself when it's released!

Monday, January 22, 2018

UNFINISHED SERIES | Book Chat

Hi, my name is Misty, and I have a serious problem when it comes to finishing series' of books that I LOVE AND I DON'T KNOW WHY I DO THIS.

Let's chat.





SERIES MENTIONED:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Chaos Walking
Grisha series
and Crooked Kingdom
Paranormalcy
The Winner's Curse
Lunar Chronicles
White Cat/Curse Workers
I Hunt Killers
Mercy Thompson
Anna & the French Kiss
His Fair Assassin
The Diviners

and SO. MANY. MORE!


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, but some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.

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