Wednesday, May 29, 2019

{Review} The Candle & the Flame by Nafiza Azad




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Page Count: 416
Published On: May 14, 2019
Published By: Scholastic Press
Genre(s): Fantasy, YA
Source: audio-book through Hoopla
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository 

My Rating: 3.25 stars 














Goodreads synopsis

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population -- except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar. 

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield. 

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences. 


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Hey, guys!

I was asked to write a review for the blog tour for this lovely book. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my review for yesterday because there were tornadoes and storms that knocked out my neighborhood's power. I didn't have WiFi to post this review and I couldn't leave my house...because tornadoes. 

When I first started this book, I was so excited...but then, skeptical because I was having a hard time becoming immersed in the story. The pace was slower and the omniscient third person present tense caused me to struggle to connect with the book. Don't get me wrong, it's so lush and intense, but wow, it took me a minute to get into it. The tense that this book was written in was just a struggle for me because I was listening to the story, rather than physically reading. The narrator's slower reading style, combined with the slower pace, really started to bug me and I ended up turning up the speed on my audio-book to nearly 2x. I think that's a personal preference for me, though. 

Once I fully became immersed in the story, however, I really liked the story. It's just so fascinating. I haven't read anything like it before. Noor City is such an interesting place to be and I became so excited to get to explore the city through Fatima Ghazala, Zulfikar, and the other characters. The characters in this book were so freaking cool, but I felt like I couldn't fully connect with them because I couldn't fully connect with their inner thoughts and feelings. It felt like I was at arm's length from them the entire time. The way that this book was written worked, -- it wasn't as if it was executed badly -- but it took me a hot minute to get used to the style. I think that I struggled with connecting to the characters because I listened to the book, I wasn't familiar with the names that derived from Eastern cultures, and because of the style. It's definitely just a preference. 

The details in this book, though, were so freaking great. The descriptions that Azad created are so stunning and I couldn't help but imagine Agrabah from the Aladdin movies (the new film was STUNNING). Every detail was like an intricately woven tapestry and I couldn't get enough of it. The relationships that developed throughout this book were so interesting, though the romance between Fatima Ghazala and Zulfikar wasn't my cup of tea. I felt like their feelings for each other started too quickly and abruptly. It was very insta-lovey for me and I don't think it was done as well as I would have hoped. Fatima Ghazala's sister, Sunaina, at first, was one of my least favorite characters, but as the novel progressed she really grew on me. I think she has a lot of potential for a great adventure story. I honestly think that she is going to end up with one of the other girls. (I apologize for any spelling errors. I didn't read the book physically, so I have no idea how to spell their names.) Overall, this was a very enjoyable cast of characters. 

Overall, Fatima Ghazala was my favorite character. She was so strong and relatable. I really love that she wasn't villainized for allowing herself the time to be distant and to herself. Usually in YA, women have to allow others to be in their space and they never have the ability to stay to themselves without being villainized by the other characters and the readers. Sometimes Fatima Ghazala was really distant and cold to others and she was never made the villain for it! I love it!

There were also so many discussions about feminism, mental health, forgiveness, and grief throughout this book. I absolutely love how it was handled. It's so beautiful and makes my heart so freaking happy.

This tale was so whimsical and addicting. Nafiza Azad has such a fantastic writing style and the way that she wove this story was so fun to see. I'm excited to see where her writing career goes. 




Happy reading,
Olivia
~Liv the Book Nerd~
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Spring Book Haul

Hey, guys!

      I've managed to neglect to post my full list for the past few months' book hauls. I've decided to just combine these past three months. Once again, I've managed to acquire SO MANY books. 

     March was full of preorders and a lovely weekend with my boyfriend where we went on an adventure to Indianapolis and did some book shopping. 

     April was a really hard month, emotionally. I also had a full schedule with final examinations and projects. I managed to go on another treat-yo-self-trip with Alex and bought some books. I was gifted some books too, by some dear friends. I'm super thankful. 

     May -- what can I say? I got to meet some fellow Hoosier Bookstagrammers where we exchanged books and chatted about our favorite books. It was so much fun. That is where I acquired the majority of my books. I also got some of my preordered books and I purchased a couple new releases. Overall, I'm still excessive and I'm really excited about the books I've acquired. 



MARCH

  1. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
    • Gifted by my baby sister
  2. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend ~ 5 stars
  3. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  4. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ 4.75 stars
  5. In Real Life by Jen Wang + Cory Doctorow ~ 3 stars
  6. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab 
    • Signed Forbidden Planet edition
  7. A Crystal of Time (The School For Good & Evil: The Camelot Years #2) by Soman Chainani 
    • Signed first edition
  8. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
  9. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd 
    • Gifted from Alex
  10. Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi [ARC]  ~ 5 stars
    • Twitter trade
  11. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  ~ 5 stars
  12. Throne of Glass (TOG #1- US Collectors Edition) by Sarah J. Maas  ~ 5 stars


APRIL

  1. The Horse and His Boy (Narnia #3) by C.S. Lewis ~ 4 stars
  2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Narnia #5) by C.S. Lewis ~ 5 stars
  3. The Silver Chair (Narnia #6) by C.S. Lewis ~ 4 stars
  4. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  5. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
  6. The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (The Unicorn Rescue Society #4) by Adam Gidwits and David Bowles ~ 3.5 stars - review coming soon!
  7. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer ~ 4 stars - reread review coming soon!
  8. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer ~ 5 stars
  9. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  10. {BOTM} Normal People by Sally Rooney
  11. {BOTM} Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
  12. {BOTM} The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  13. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas
  14. Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
  15. The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa ~ 5 stars
  16. The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa ~ 5 stars
  17. The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa ~ 5 stars
  18. The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

MAY

  1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ~ 5 stars
    • paperback
    • BOTM hardback
  2. How To Not Die Alone by Richard Roper 
    • BOTM pick
  3. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
    • July BOTM for the book club
    • preorder
  4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  5. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi
    • signed copy from my Defy Me Hangover Crate
  6. With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo ~ 5 stars (review coming soon!)
  7. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
  8. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  9. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  10. Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder
  11. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  12. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Happy reading!
Olivia

~LivTheBookNerd~

Friday, May 24, 2019

{Series Review} Fae's Captive (#1-4) by Lily Archer

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Fae's Captive (#1) by Lily Archer 
2.5 stars

Page Count: 100
Published On: February 19, 2019


Road to Winter (Fae's Captive #2) by Lily Archer
2 stars

Page Count: 94 
Published On: February 19, 2019

Bite of Winter (Fae's Captive #3) by Lily Archer 
2 stars

Page Count: 125 
Published On: March 22, 2019

Beyond the Mountain (Fae's Captive #4) by Lily Archer 

2 stars

Page Count: 164
Published On: April 18, 2019

Series Information:
Published via Amazon Publishing (independently) 
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Erotica

Goodreads synopsis of #1:
My college roommate is the worst. Cecile steals my food, brings guys over at all hours, and parties instead of studying. But those quirks pale in comparison to what she does next. She drugs me, and I wake up imprisoned in an alternate universe full of terrifying creatures.
Now, the biggest and scariest creature of all - a fae king - believes I'm his mate. He's freed me from the dungeon, but, keeps me close. So close, in fact, that I'm beginning to like his wintery gaze and ice-chiseled body. But, secrets and villains lurk throughout this new world. And I don't know if I'll survive long enough to figure out how to get back home.
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I originally picked the first book up for fun. It was recommended to me on Facebook, the cover looked hilariously cheesy, and the premise was just ridiculous enough to pique my interest. I knew this wouldn't be the height of literature, but I didn't expect it to be this discombobulated and disappointing. From the comments that I had read on Facebook and the few reviews on Goodreads, I expected this to be cheesy, but bearable. It was what I wanted. Just for funsies. Buckle up, folks.

This novella and its sequels have a lot of potential to be fantastically cheesy and fun. If you squash all of the little books together and edit it, it would be a decent full-length novel, but it just seemed like the author wanted to churn out chunks of the story (which do not fully connect) and publish them on Amazon without actually editing them. By the end of the fourth installation, I still hardly knew the characters or even cared about their stories. The entire story was just so haphazard that I was purely reading them all to get some sort of closure. I still don't understand the point of the story. 

There's just an immense lack of depth in the characters, the plot, and the world. I wish that there had been more description, less cringe-y dialogue, and more world building. The characters just accept that things are happening, when a realistic and well thought out character would question everything. The explanation that a good fantasy novel would have is not there. It felt like the author was too focused on being mysterious and keeping things for "twists" when there was a perfect place to add some explanation to hint toward the twists that were coming. I constantly found myself annoyed with the lack of explanation.  

As I read these books, I continuously lost hope for any potential that this series would improve. The author continued to make the same mistakes that were found throughout the other books. She constantly over explained her work. I think she did this because of the lack of planning and cohesiveness as she was writing. It's obvious how much she lacked proper planning. Overall, there was just a lack of editing. The switching between modern and older vernacular, inconsistent writing, missing scenes and information, unrealistic sex scenes and emotions surrounding the scenes, and convenient plot additions all revealed her lack of editing and organization.



ALSO the use of "creamy thighs" needs to be ERADICATED from any novel. NO. GROSS! No more of that, please.

I can see the passion behind this story and the characters, but there needs more work, more beta readers with actual experience, and a good editor. I'd love to be this author's editor. It'd be so fun to get this story to where it could be. Right now, it's just a few chunks of a story that aren't written well. It almost felt like reading a strange fanfiction (of something???) that was written on Wattpad in 2014. It just wasn't an enjoyable time. 

I hate to roast these books, but they just need a lot of work before they can be actual books. 

Happy reading!
Olivia

~LivTheBookNerd~

Thursday, May 23, 2019

{Bookish Subscription Box} Book of the Month #6 - #9: February ~ May


Hey, guys!

The past few months, I've been subscribing to the Book of the Month Club. I absolutely adore this box and the company. It's so much fun and I love the books that they've been picking out. They've also started including YA extras and more books from previously featured authors. Here are the books I've picked for the past few months! I'm sure you're not surprised, but I haven't read all of these books yet. I just wanted to be fully transparent.


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What Is The Book Of The Month Club??


Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Each month, 5 curators pick out their favorite new hardcover books, and you can choose which one you want to receive on the first of the month. You can also add up to 2 additional books for only $9.99 each.


How It Works:

1. New selections are chosen each month. On the 1st of the month, the site announces the 5 books that they chose for the month.
2. Choose your book! Choose by the 6th, or skip the month.
3. The boxes are shipped and you get a beautiful BOTM box and book!

Shipping: U.S. only (apologies to my international readers!)

Cost: $14.99/month (includes a book credit - after all credits are used each extra book is $9.99); Shipping is FREE

Overall Product: Subscribers will receive a hardcover book from the books that were selected that month. You can add up to 2 extra books for $9.99 each plus BOTM goodies for an additional fee.


February 


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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I'm really excited to dive into this book. Angie Thomas is such a relevant and iconic writer. Her characters are always so poignant and inspiring. 

Goodreads synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.


Average Goodreads Rating: 4.35 stars (22,936 ratings)
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
Page Count: 447

CW: racism, drug dealing, gun violence

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March

{skipped this month BUT I acquired on of the BOTM picks after regretting my skip}

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This is by far one of my all-time favorite reads of 2019. I'm so freaking excited to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her characters and stories are so unique and so well done. I absolutely adore this book. 

Check out my mini review {here}!
5/5 stars!

Goodreads synopsis:
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
 


Average Goodreads Rating: 4.28 stars (48,026 ratings)
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Genres: Historical, Fiction, Contemporary
Page Count: 368

CW: substance abuse, addiction, and abortion 

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April

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Goodreads synopsis:
At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.


Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06 stars (45,348 ratings)
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
Page Count: 273

CW: sexual assault, domestic violence, depression, suicide

[add on] Wicked Saints (Something Dark & Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan

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Goodreads synopsis: 
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy...


Average Goodreads Rating: 3.83 stars (4,032 ratings)
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 385

CW & TW: for self-harm (both as a magic system, and talk of self-harm in the past), torture, parental abuse, abandonment, abduction, a lot of alcohol consumption (maybe addiction), gore, violence, and war themes. 

[add on] The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I'm so excited to read this in June. I plan on reading this for the Romance-a-Thon and a buddy read with @whatelizabethreads. Stay tuned for my TBR and my future thoughts!

Goodreads synopsis:
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid's signature talent for creating "complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.


Average Goodreads Rating: 4.3 stars (81,600 ratings)
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genres: Historical, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Adult, LGBTQIA+
Page Count: 388


CW & TW: domestic abuse, death/grief, homophobia/biphobia, racism, suicide, abortion

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May

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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I had the privilege to read this story early via NetGalley. It's no surprise that I absolutely adored it. Helen Hoang is a masterful writer and I will read and purchase everything she writes. When I saw that BOTM was featuring it, I had to get this copy. I first fell in love with Helen's work when I read a copy of The Kiss Quotient from the BOTM box. 

Check out my mini-review {here}! 
5/5 stars!

Goodreads synopsis:
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars (81,600 ratings)
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Romance, Adult Fiction, #ownvoices
Page Count: 296
CW & TW: grief, abandonment


How Not To Die Alone by Richard Roper

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Goodreads synopsis:
Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe.

Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down.

Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the fa├žade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.


Average Goodreads Rating: 3.85 stars (614 ratings)
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Page Count: 336


CW & TW: emotional adultery 


Do you guys subscribe to BOTM? What kinds of books do you like to pick? Do you like to get multiples?

I'm really excited to get to my BOTM books. I always purchase them to read ASAP, but then it never happens. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

This box is fantastic and I definitely recommend it. It's improved so much since my first subscription in 2017.

My Other BOTM Club Blog Posts:

☆ June 2018: {click here}
☆ March 2018 : {click here}
☆ April 2018: {click here}
☆ May 2017: {click here}

Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~

Monday, May 20, 2019

eBook-a-Thon 2019 Reading Wrap Up


Hey, guys!

This past week was such a fun week of ebook-reading. I didn't really enjoy the majority of the books that I read, but it was still a pretty nice reading week. I finished 5 books and started two more. 

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Fae's Captive (#1) by Lily Archer 
2.5 stars


    This novella has a lot of potential to be a fantastic (but still cheesy) romance novel. There's an immense lack of depth in the characters, the plot, and the world. I wish that there had been more description, less cringe-y dialogue, and more world building. The characters just accept that things are happening, when a realistic and well thought out character would question everything. The explanation that a good fantasy novel would have is not there. The author is too focused on being mysterious and keeping things for "twists" when it's a perfect place to add some explanation. I constantly found myself annoyed with the lack of explanation. 


    I can see the passion behind this story and the characters, but there needs more work, more beta readers with actual experience, and a good editor. I'd love to be this author's editor. It'd be so fun. 

    ALSO the use of "creamy thighs" needs to be ERADICATED from any novel. NO. GROSS! No more of that, please.

    Though this book was SO flawed and too short, I'm going to read the rest of the series. They're under 150 pages each and really fast. We will see how this goes.



    Road to Winter (Fae's Captive #2) by Lily Archer

    2 stars
    Bite of Winter (Fae's Captive #3) by Lily Archer 
    2 stars
    Beyond the Mountain (Fae's Captive #4) by Lily Archer 
    2 stars

    As I continued to read the rest of these books, I continuously lost hope for any potential that this series would improve. 
    The author over-explains, switches between modern and older vernacular, inconsistent writing, missing scenes and information, unrealistic sex scenes and emotions surrounding the scenes, and convenient plot additions.

    I think I will be posting a full series review in the future. I just have a lot of thoughts and not a lot of them are positive. 


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    Waiting on Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey 
    3 stars 

    This was a fun idea for a contemporary, but I found the constant and repetitive references to the iconic rom-com movies eventually became really annoying. I also really didn’t like the main character. The side characters and love interest were the best parts of the story. The “twist” at the end of the book was really random as well. I think this story has a lot of potential but it wasn’t 5-star material for me. I’m sure that a rom-com fanatic would love this book. Overall, the book was fun and a lovely love letter to the romantic comedy movie genre. It made me laugh many times. 


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    I also read around 47% of On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and about 83 pages (~22%) of Again, But Better by Christine Riccio. 



    Did you participate in the ebook-a-thon? What did you read and what did you think of your books?

    Happy reading, guys!
    Olivia
    ~Liv the Book Nerd~
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