The Lesser Bohemians

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By Emiear McBride

Rating: 1 / 5

Review: I really tried to push through this book because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but I gave up pretty quickly because this book is just plain awkward and weird. The writing style is choppy and there are no full sentences, and it’s really difficult to understand what’s going on in this book. Here’s a quote:

Jesus. Jesus he never. Jesus he really did. No teacher Never, nor anyone else. Bang out blatant about going permissive. Noting, I note another face laughing just like me. Trying not. To be mature. To keep the rict from boiling over. Of an age she also seems so I Hello when I’d not usually. Then she, sloe-eyed with slowest smiles, says Cuppa? In the Canteen? And so wriggle in. Slip in. Remember people are blind to under your skin or. Under my skin now.”

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Anyways, I’ve never encountered a piece of literature where I can literally read an entire page and not have any idea what just happened— I registered nothing on the page, and I hoped that if I kept pushing through, the author’s writing style would become more easier to read; that was not the case. It just got more and more confusing, and I frequently had to flip back and re-read paragraphs. Not that it did me any good, lol.

As Drake once wisely said, YOLO, so I’m not going to be spending time forcing myself to read literature that don’t appeal to me, so I’m going to add this to my DNF pile, and probably never pick it up again. That being said, many people did enjoy this book, and if you could make sense of what the quotation above meant, go ahead and give this book a try. I, on the other hand, will be moving on to authors who write in complete sentences.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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Black Bird of the Gallows

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By Meg Kassel

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Review: Black Bird of the Gallows is perfect for those who are looking for a quick read (the book is only 309 pages long). I was excited to read this, as it seemed promising, and was not disappointed.

I was actually reminded of Twilight a bit in certain parts of the book, but it’s the girl doing all the stalking here, heh 😛 The plot was well-paced, but the romance in this book was a little cringy. I find it hard to believe that children know what love in the romantic sense means, and found myself laughing at all the declarations of love throughout this book.

Other than the cringy romance, this book was very unique, and presents ideas and concepts that I haven’t seen before. I was intrigued by the harbingers, the Beekeepers, and Strawman, and hope that the author considers making this into a series, or at least a duology because there’s still a lot of questions that are left unanswered.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that the end wasn’t predictable; I was definitely surprised because I really thought Angie and Reece were presented with an insurmountable obstacle.

Overall, I recommend this book for those who are looking for something light, quick, and fun.

Favorite Quotes“Nothing my dad could do to him would be worse than going through puberty nine times.”

“Some luck is the type we make ourselves. So don’t write yourself off yet, okay?”

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

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By Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4 / 5

Review: I know that this book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, and that Empire of Storms ruined the Throne of Glass series for a lot of people, but honestly this book was good. It wasn’t as good as Maas’s others ones, where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough, but good nonetheless.

My #1 complain is the fact that there’s virtually no Manon parts until about halfway into the book, which really annoyed me because a) Manon is my favorite book character ever, I seriously adore her to bits and pieces, and b) I was spoiled by the previous books, in which her parts were quite frequent and I expected the same from Empire of Storms. Nevertheless, I’m beyond happy with Manon’s character development, and found myself smiling throughout all her parts because I was just really, really proud of her.

This book was quite steamy, and I think I may be the only one who thinks this, but I feel like a lot of the smut could have been left out. If you’re like me and don’t particularly enjoy reading smut, you can definitely skip those parts as they add little to the plot anyway.

A lot of the questions I had from previous books were answered in this one, but now I have even more, most of them concerning Manon (<3) and I’m sad we might not be getting more information about her since Tower of Dawn is about Chaol and Nesryn, but I look forward to reading ToD nonetheless!

Favorite Quotes: “The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers, Rolfe.”

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.”

Black Bird of the Gallows Release Day Celebration + Giveaway

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Excerpt

His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”

“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”

He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”

But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”

His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”

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Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.

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Cinderella, Necromancer Release Day Celebration + Giveaway

Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
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Darkness can only be controlled by those with the darkest of hearts.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. Now, sixteen, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her vicious daughters.

When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her eventual freedom.

Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother’s and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting with Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival where she might see him once more.

But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince again? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she’s ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother? And what if she actually liked watching her stepmother suffer?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, it becomes harder to tell whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.

CINDERELLA NECROMANCER is CINDER meets ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany

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F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

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September TBR!

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Happy September! I’m beyond excited that the weather is going to start cooling down, and that this week is a long weekend due to Labor Day. I definitely plan on getting some reading done in between all the studying.

Tower of Dawn also releases this month, which I’m really excited about (though I’ve yet to read Empire of Storms…whoops). I don’t plan on getting much reading done, since university demands a lot of attention at the moment (perks of majoring in computer science), but here’s the list of books that I hope to get to during this month!

  • Cinderella, Necromancer – F.M. Boughan
  • Shine – Allison Allen
  • Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  • Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas

I’m particularly excited to be participating in my first every blog tour (for Cinderella, Necromancer), and hope you’ll stay tuned for that post!

August Wrap-Up!

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I was surprisingly able to read quite a bit this month, which always surprises me that I find time between all my university work to read books. Unfortunately, this month was filled with books that I didn’t like, and I think it’s because I was stuck in a YA contemporary phase (which I’m now out of, thanks to An Ember in the Ashes! <3)

I read a lot of disappointing works, and the highlight of this month was definitely reading An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night. Those two books were unbelievably good. I also dabbled in a little bit of poetry as well. So, without further ado, here’s my August wrap-up!

BOOKS

COMICS

  • All My Friends Are Dead – Avery Monsen
  • Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts: An Awkward Yeti Collection – The Awkward Yeti

POEMS

Total: 8