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How I read books for FREE

Let’s be real. Reading can be freaking expensive when you’re a crazed book junkie such as myself. When I first got into my crazed reading habit, my husband and I had just moved to Oklahoma City for my husband’s job promotion. I didn’t have any friends, any furniture (we had the brilliant idea to sell our couch and living room furniture so we didn’t have to move it…but then didn’t have money to replace it *eye roll*) and I was sitting on the ground applying for jobs all day for months.

And I started reading! A lot. Because what else was I gonna do? And spending $12 on a book every few days…it starts to rack up. And we needed money for a couch not Bossypants by Tina Fey! (Even though she’s the funniest of all time and her book is amazing)

That was four years ago. And in those four years I have created a system that I use to get the vast majority of my books for free (I try to read about 100 books a year, so that’s a lot of money I’m saving and a lot of books I’m reading for free!!) I usually only buy books now if its a new release that I’m too impatient to wait for the library to buy!

THE LIBRARY!

This may seem like the most obvious one, but there are a lot of ways that you can get books from your local library that you may not even know about. If you’re serious about getting books from free from your library, you need to exhaust all of your resources to find out what is available for you! This means being willing to read books in hardback, paperback and ebook format (I’ve found the most resources available for free are in electronic format! And now it’s the only way I read books!)

Most libraries will have an electronic database of all of the books that they have in their different locations. When you get a library card, create a login and start searching for the books you’re looking for. You may have to make a drive across town to get the books that you want, but isn’t it worth it for freeee reads? (I mean, it may not be, it depends on how comfortable your couch is right at that moment.) Some libraries will let you put books on hold online too so you don’t even have to go to library.

My library also has three different apps that let me login with my library card number and borrow ebooks for free.

Another thing to consider is where you live. I live in two different counties and so I qualify for a library card with two different libraries that have different books and options for me to get free books. Granted it’s a longer drive for me to go get physical copies of books, but it’s still worth it for the ebook selection.

Overdrive

Overdrive is one of my favorite library reading apps because my library lets me make recommendations for books I want them to buy…and then they buy them…and then they email me and let me know that I’m the first person who gets to borrow it! There have been times when the library will buy books I’ve recommended as a pre-release title and I’ll get to download the book the day that it is published. FOR FREE! Thank you, American government.

Cloud Library

Cloud Library is an app you download and you can login with your library card (as long as your library has a contract with them.) Navigating through Cloud Library is not the easiest and its actually super annoying and frustrating to just browse around this app. I usually just go to this app when I’m looking for new releases or specific titles. Props to this app for having very small hold times and a ton of titles!

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This is the app I use the least because the titles are very limited. And you can only download three titles a month. So if I download a title, start it, and decide to DNF it, I can’t return it. I just have to keep it for a month. And once I’ve borrowed three, the app is basically useless to me until the next month. Wamp.

Kindle Unlimited

So technically this isn’t free, you have to pay the $99 annual subscription fee for Amazon Prime to get this, but I don’t buy Amazon Prime for books, I buy it for the 2 day delivery of diapers Β (duh) so I don’t really think that this counts. But! Kindle Unlimited has a lot of books that you can get for free with your Kindle app. I have only ever used this a few times because the selection is not the best, but if you have Amazon Prime you might as well check it out!

Netgalley

Netgalley is a website that lets you create a profile and request ARCs from publishers. There are alot of titles that you can download that don’t require authorization from a publisher. I’m pretty new to Netgalley and still trying to figure it all out, but I like what I’ve found so far!

So there you go! Are there other ways that you can get free books?!

 

Book Review

The Problem with YA Romance

Oh lord. This is not going to be a popular review. YA Romance is not my jam. I just. I can’t do it. And it’s not even YA. It’s just Romance and chick lit in general that usually leaves me rolling my eyes instead of swooning.

Case and point:


When Dimple Met Rishi is definitely not my type of book. But, when my IG is blown up with all these people drinking ice coffee and saying “OMG RELEASE DAY FOR DIMPLE AND RISHI!” I’m gonna pay attention! I don’t remember who these authors were…I know Sabaa Tahir for sure and maaaaybe Veronica Roth (wait no, she only posts constantly about her dog), maybe Marie Lu or Leigh Bardugo? I don’t know. The point is, there was a lot of buzz about this book and the big seller for me was…it’s about an Indian American! Hey oh! You had me at it’s not about a white girl. I am in desperate need of some diversity in books and I’d never read anything about Indian Americans before! Yes! And I’d read some light hearted YA contemporaries recently, all this buzz has to mean this book is really great right?!

Wrong. It wasn’t terrible. I did finish it in a day but it wasn’t a binge to me. It’s such a quick read anyway it doesn’t really matter.

Ugggghhhh this freaking book. So many people love it but I had so many things that just…aaahhhhrrrggfgahgahhhhh.

My problem with this book is the problem I have with ALL ROMANCE BOOKS.

Romance is LITERALLY THE ENTIRE PLOT.

By definition, it is about romance. It’s primary purpose is to tell the story of how two people fell in love. This was literally the entire story: Dimple and Rishi meeting and making out. There’s always some weak plot in the background and in this case Dimple being part of this coding summer program. I was excited to read about all of the stuff her and Rishi were going to be working because I don’t know anything about coding! I’m imagining late night work sessions like they built this six week program up to be. But no. The actual project is talked about for two paragraphs and then never again. For all I know Dimple never works on her app because she’s too busy hooking up with Rishi. So to me it just seemed like the author was like “yeah I don’t know anything about code either! Ha!” And decided to leave that out of the book. O. M. GGGGGG WHHYYYYY.

And if romance is going to be the main plot, I like a slow burn. Maybe too slow. Falling Kingdoms (one of my secret faves that everyone I recommend it to hates but I love with all my heart) has a slow burn where the two characters don’t admit their feelings until F I V E books in. Don’t even care. The epic build up and chemistry was worth it for the wait! So many of these romance books don’t even do the romance part well.


And I don’t think that you can claim that you love a man you just met either. THREE WEEKS IS NOT A LONG TIME! (Unless you’re alone with this person in a barren wilderness and you’re working together trying to stay alive. In these extreme cases your excessive amount of time together in three weeks makes love plausible to me.)

Second problem.

THEY ARE SO FREAKING PREDITABLE.

You know that someone is going to fall in love and so you just spend the book waiting for it to happen. There’s nothing else going on so you know it’s gonna happen. And you know they’ll be together at the end. And if they don’t, what the eff are we doing reading this horrible book? (*Cough* Fault in Our Stars *cough sob*)

When Dimple Met Rishi was cute because all rom cons are cute. Was it gripping? Was I on the edge of my seat? Did the book take a lot of creativity and awesomeness to create? No. No. No. Just reading the title let’s me know where this book is headed. Such a bummer to start a book and already know the ultimate destination. But some people don’t need books to be thrilling and I get that, it’s not not my kind of book.

Here’s what I love about fantasy and sci fi, authors literally have to build a world from scratch. They have to build a history, maps, creatures, magic, technology, planets, languages, they have to explain how this world works separately from the one we know. And in order for it to be good the readers have to be able to buy in and really SEE the entire world they have created.

And then! They have to write an entire plot about wars, deception, courts, kings, queens, runaway princes, rogue wizards, broken governments, all these issues that none of us are familiar with now. They have to explain all of these complex issues without word dumping all of it right from the beginning. They have to tell us without just telling us. We are so disconnected to this world but we have to be able to relate to the emotions and the problems the mc is going through.

Writing fantasy and sci-fi is a freaking art. VE Schwab wrote The Shades of Magic trilogy with not one, but FOUR different worlds that were all distinctly separate and had different cultures and vibes from each other. Kell would go to White London and I instantly knew what that looked like seperate from Red, Grey and (AHHHH!!!) Black London.

And it’s all so vivid and beautiful and I get so caught up in the creativity and the effort that goes into building these complex stories and detailed worlds. Renee Ahdieh said in an interview once that she studied ancient Egyptian bathroom systems for six hours for a project she was thinking of once because she wanted to know how she should have her characters GO TO THE BATHROOM!!! Which she said she decided later was a little excessive, but OMG what is this world building where she has to figure out how her characters poop?!?!

Contemporary romance is not like that. Where’s the development? The world building? I really want to understand the effort that goes into writing these books and so many times I’m left unwowed because I think the story is unimaginative.

I’m not saying that there’s not a lot of effort that goes into writing these books. I’m not trying to discredit these authors. If you can write a book, I commend you. All I write are Australian study guides for university students and requires zero creativity. Β There are just few contemporary romances that I’ve read that have really wowed me.

These are just not books for me. I like to read books and think, “Holy crap, how did someone even think of this? I could never in a billion years think of something this incredible and original.” How did Tolkien write an entire LANGUAGE for a race of characters for his books? That is some serious dedication and creativity!!

I think it takes a very skilled author to write a romance that has enough of an intriguing story with the romance that keeps me guessing in a genre that is already completely predictable (without a freaking love triangle-barf)

Maaaan I’m negative right now. Haha. I’m just so annoyed that I got sucked into reading this book that’s so entirely unoriginal. Man, I really loved the diversity of the characters. But that was basically it for me.

Yay for stories about Indian Americans. Boo for the actual plot.

Book Review

Fave reads of 2017! (So far)

At the start of the year I was starting to question whether or not there were any good books left for me to read. I would start a book, read a few chapters and DNF. I went through a solid month of reading 2 books and quitting like 10. I think I have become too picky in my assessment of books. If there’s a book that has the same Mary Jane boring lead character, same douchy love interest, and a Hunger Games type training and battling, I do not care. Read it a hundred times already and I just don’t care.

BUT I’m happy to say that 2017 has turned out to be surprisingly one of the best reading years I’ve had! And there are still so many books coming out this year that I’m looking forward to and desperate to get my hands on! (Not talking to you Chaol Throne of Glass novel. I will read you, but I refuse to like you.)

So here are some of my favourite (I write in Australian English for my jobs, so if I sneak some extra “u”s in there, you’re just gonna have to get over it) reads of 2017.

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I liked this one way more than I expected to and was genuinely surprised at who Jack the Ripper ended up being. I was so surprised that it wasn’t until three days later that I realized there were still some unanswered questions left in this book. But the second one, Hunting Prince Dracula, is coming out next month and I can’t wait to get my hands on that crap. FOUR STARS!

 

 

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This is another one of those books where I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoy books where the two main characters absolutely hate each other in the beginning but over time they will probably have some pretty awesome make out scenes. Cause you KNOW they are gonna get together and I love to see the little moments that make it happen.

This is one of those books where I really loved the two characters and their fighting and hate was so awesome for me to read. The companion book to this completely sucked, but as a standalone, I give this book FOUR STARS!

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Geeze this book was a fun binge read. Nemesis is a Diabolic that has had some stuff altered in her brain to make her incapable of feeling and is just driven to protect and murder people. So obviously she’s my hero and I want to be her. There were a few elements to this story that were predictable but it so vastly outweighed the times where I was caught completely off guard. Great great great great read! All the stars!

 

 

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Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. I’ll be honest. I HATED The Archived even though everyone on Goodreads was like, “Omggg the greatest ever, I sold my kidney to read this series and it was worth it!!!” No. That book was terrible. And This Savage Song by VS was better, I wouldn’t say it was amazing, so when this series kept popping up I kept saying, “no” “no” “no,” because none of her work so far had really dazzled me. So FINALLY I opened my heart to Miss Schwab again and I’m so glad I did. This was such a great series that I whole heartedly accept as one of my all time favourite series. Sorry Wrath and the Dawn, you just got booted out of the top 5. All the stars!!

 

Oh. My. Gosh. This. Book. Freaking. Spectacular. I really enjoyed Taylor’s other series The Daughter of Smoke and Bone but Karou has nothing on Strange. He’s sweet, intelligent, caring, he’s just amazing. I want him to come to my house and bake casseroles and watch Thunder games with me. I love the originality of this story and I love the way Taylor writes. Totally binged this one and I freaking loved it. FIVE STARS!

 

 


Amani is my giiiiiiirrrrlll!!! I think I liked this one even more than the first one. And here’s what I freaking love about this book: the two main lovey dovey characters weren’t together the majority of the book but there were so many other developed and amazing characters that the story didn’t suffer because of it. I wasn’t dying because there wasn’t any banter between Amani and Jin, there was enough craziness happening without it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

Annnnd

I already talk about these books way too much. Loves them. Here’s the deets:Β May Wrap Up 2017.

So many great reads this year!!! And so many more to come!

 

Book Review

Grave Mercy Review

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Grave Mercy

Read: June 12-13th

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

I actually started this book in summer 2015. But I was pregnant and had just puked my guts up and read the first chapter and decided I needed something happier than murderous nuns (pregnancy does weird things to me because murdeous nuns sounds freaking fantastic.) But I totally marked this book DNF and completely forgot about it!

But a friend of mine started reading it and I decided to read it with her (because I trust her so very much with my book reading needs,) and it was such a fun read for my family beach vacation. Because what is better than reading about doing the deeds of Death when your toddler is whining and crying all morning at the beach? I didn’t see the ocean till I was 23 you little turkey. You’d better appreciate us bringing you so much life and culture into your young life. (Some seagulls came and ate his Cheez Its and he ran into the ocean screaming so my morning was still freaking awesome.)

So this book is about Ismae who I guess is the daughter of Death(?) which was kind of weird for me, I mean how bad does your marriage have to suck for you to be banging Death? Anyway, so she ends up in this convent where she’s trained with others who have been touched by death to be awesome assassins and to kill traitors and bad guys who have been marked by Death. So Ismae trains and goes on this journey to carry out these assassinations when (dun dun DUUUNNN) she has to start questioning whether or not she should blindly follow the orders of the convent or listen to the orders of her heart.

I give this book 3.5 stars…maybe 3.75…right when it was starting to get slow it skipped ahead three years (I am so over long drawn out training in fantasy…just get to the part where you’re a killing machine, I don’t care about your sore muscles,) and went right into getting some killing assignments.

Duval is alright as a love interest. This is set in a time period where I don’t think people have to be super in love to be together so I didn’t really feel a strong connection between the two in their dialogue, more or less just Ismae telling me she was developing feelings, but I let it slide.

Overall I’d recommend this and I’d recommend that my son get his act together because we are going back to the beach and he’d better have a good time or I will make him have a good time!

 

 

 

Book Review

My fave female mcs are the ones who kill people

So I have a really annoying and stupid sleeping habit. It has to be completely silent for me to go to sleep. Even with no fan, no loud ac, no nothing at home, I have to sleep with ear plugs if I can hear my husband breathing. 

Well. I’m in a hotel right now that is freaking loud as crap! Do I have ear plugs? No. Am I running off of 4 nonconsecutive hours of sleep?! Yes. Does it matter? No. Because I am still awake because the AC in this hotel is loud as balls. Am I watching the NBA finals?!?! NEVER! This ain’t my NBA Finals. 

And you know what I’m thinking about with hotel toilet paper in my ears and two pillows on my head instead of sleeping?!

How the BEST female characters are the ones that murder people! 

Seriously! I may not get into YA romance and other genres because no one gets killed! I want my characters battling to the death and doing things like “grappling” and “slicing the soft under belly of the goblin king.” You know. STUFF I COULD NEVER ACTUALLY DO! (Or would ever need to. The Goblin king has been totes cool with earth for thousands of years)

Why do I wanna read some book about a female character who can do all the things I can do? 


I’d like to think I’ve learned enough from YA fantasy that I could defend myself when the witch queen comes to enslave us all with her dark magic. And I’d be all, “oh I just discovered my hidden magical abilities!” and “oh I’m the lost princess of Aranathopia” and I’d totally slay the evil witch queen with my bare hands but also with secret knives hidden in my bra. 

Or you know. If some dude cut me off at the gas station in his truck I’d be all, “OH NO YOU DDDDINNNTT” and then I’d go to a different pump and totally glare at that dude. Like the badass ya fantastical fae princess I am. 

Cause if you think about it, who are the best female characters in YA right now?!

  • Feyre from ACOTAR- killed people
  • Deuce from Enclave- killed like a million zombies
  • Nemesis from The Diabolic- LITERALLY CREATED TO KILL
  • Delilah Bard from Shades of Magic- UM MAGICAL ANTARI KILLER?! What is cooler than that?!?!
  • Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone- wait did she kill anyone? YES! Now I remember and it was awesome so SHE is AWESOME!
  • Cleo from Falling Kingdoms- killed that dude to save Magnus BOOM she’s awesome
  • Katsa from Graceling- freaking murdered people for the king! BOOM awesome!
  • Kat from Obsidian- didn’t mean to kill that dude and she was totally depressed about it, doesn’t matter BOOM she’s awesome
  • Aria from Under the Never Sky- BOOM awesome
  • Queen Isaboe from Finnikin of the Rock- BOOM awesome
  • Amani from Rebel of the Sands- BOOM awesome
  • Kate Harker from This Savage Song- BOOM awesome (wait did she kill someone…she had to have killed someone)
  • Mustang from Red Rising- didn’t even need to kill anyone cause her name is already the coolest but then she killed people and just became even the coolest of the cool. 

You know who is not awesome? Tris from Divergent. Cause she was awesome and then turned into the weakest, lamest character of all and instead of killing someone like she should’ve, she being the worst character of all in Allegiant!!


Obvs I don’t condone violence and murder in real life, but that’s why it’s called faaaanntaaasyyyyy. I just want to live vicariously through these badasses who kill dudes twice their size with their skill while I do three minutes on the stair master and think, “I wonder if I puked on this machine right now if they’d make me clean it up”

Have I forgotten anyone?! Probably because it’s midnight and I’m half conscious and sleep deprived and I’m thinking about Grave Mercy and how if nuns are trained to be assassins I could be one too! An assassin to the stair master…after vacay I’m gonna do ten minutes! You can suck it stair master. 

Book Review

Alex, Approximately Review

Alex, Approximately

Read: June 9-10

Rating: 3.5 stars 🌟🌟🌟✨

Couple things about this book that I have to say before I say anything else.

1. This scene on the cover of the book never happened. There were never flotation devices or pool parties like the one on the cover of this book. I find that somewhat odd. Like the author was just like, “That’s a cool YA looking cover. Put that on there!”

YA romance…SMH.

2. This is a retelling of You’ve Got Mail and NO ONE can touch the magic that is Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and bouquets of sharpened pencils and dogs named Brinkley and “Don’t cry ShopGirl, don’t cry.”

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However.

I will say that this book was a sweet breezy read that seemed appropriate for my upcoming beach vacation…which I obviously could not wait until the beach to read. One day self control will win.


I don’t usually read YA romance because I like there to be more to the plot than just two people falling in love. That can be the subplot but not the main plot plot.

This book I enjoyed because I really liked Bailey and Porter’s relationship and chemistry. But it only gets 3.5 stars because the subplot was eh. Even in Geekerella there was a whole other plot of making movies and preparing for festivals and evil step sisters and step mothers before the two characters even met each other (ahhhhhh Geekerella. So effing cute. *swoons*)

 

Overall it was a light and cute read. I have to give props to Jenn Bennett for writing two characters that I liked, showed actual development and not insta-love (which I would insta-lly DNF) AND it kept my interest enough that I finished it in two days. I thought only books about fantastical kingdoms with magic and murder would keep me intrigued for a mini binge.

Things I like:

  • Bailey’s voice in this book was awesome. She reasoned out the purpose for her actions and they made sense to me. So even when she did dumb things I couldn’t be frustrated with her about it.
  • While no one can touch You’ve Got Mail…the premise is still awesome…
  • The setting. California and beaches and surfing. 😍 Again, should’ve waited until my beach vacation. Now I’ll be on the beach reading about demon infested kingdoms. Seems appropriate.
  • There are some nice kisses in this book. Yowzah.
  • Did I like Porter……

Things I did not like:

  • Porter. Oh I guess that settles it. I mean, he was alright as a love interest. I definitely liked Alex way more (Alex’s voice and dialogue was waaaay sweeter than Porter.) Porter at times was a huge ass and he was super aggressive but he was also sweet? Maybe I half liked him and half didn’t like him. Usually I am mega swooning over the love interest (still swooning over Darien from Geekerella. He was seriously the cutest of all 😍) but I wasn’t super rooting for him.
  • The subplot. I mean. What was that? Davy’s character made no sense to me and that scene at the end? I was just rolling my eyes and skimming through that shenanigans.

Warning. Mild spoilers ahead. 


I feel like Bailey’s decision to have sex was based on finding condoms in his van and knowing that Porter had sex before. Like she knew that they had to have sex if she wanted to be with him? I don’t know. It just seemed so abrupt. But honestly, in YA I’ve learned to really not care about character’s virginity because most of the time they don’t care either. 

Spoilers over




I would recommend this book to people who enjoy happy light YA romance. Because it deserved the mini binge even though no one was murdered by the hands of the mc (which happens in 95% of the books that I binge)

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Book Review

May 2017 Books

First of all, I’m definitely not writing this while I’m on the stationary bike at the gym. That would be preposterous because I’m so committed to my fitness that I’d never be able to focus on anything but cardio…

I am playing some catch up with the books I’ve read this year and so I’m gonna do some mini reviews of the books I read in May. Mini mini reviews.

I read some reaaaaaally, exceptionally amazing OMGOMGOMG fangirling crazy books, some pretty good, some I didn’t finish and some eh okay ones.

I’ll start with the lowest ranked of May.

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Read: May 4th be with you-NEVER!

Rating: No stars!

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I DNF this book. I feel like this book didn’t really have a chance. There was a certain book that came out that ruined all books for me forever (discussed later in this post) and this book was the sacrificial book that I started after I finished that book. I read a few chapters and just gave up. It wasn’t holding my attention and I had a major book hangover. I couldn’t even tell you what this book is about besides and empress(?) I think?

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Read: May 23-May 24

Rating: 3/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟

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I got an ARC of this book (thank you Netgalley) and I must say for a debut novel this book wasn’t half bad. Or maybe it was exactly half bad.

I mean. It was okay. I would’ve preferred more action, but oh well.

I will say that I LOVED the diversity of this book. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY WHITE PEOPLE IN YA LIT?! Emmett is African American and I absolutely loved him. Probably exclusively for this reason. He was actually pretty weak sauce as a character…but maybe that’s okay…

Would I recommend this? Probably more suitable for 15-17 year olds rather than older 20 and 30 somethings who are still clinging to the YA genre like myself.

Flame in the Mist

Read: May 17-20

Rating: 4 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I just have to start by talking about ReneΓ©’s previous series, Wrath and the Dawn. Maybe I shouldn’t and I should think of this independently but I don’t want to and I do want I want.

Wrath and the Dawn was incredible!! All the stars to that amazingly romantic book. 

Rose and the Dagger was the second book in that duology and it was good buuuut it was a let down and it could’ve been so much more.

Flame in the Mist was like Rose and the Dagger.

Here’s the thing. I love books with big casts if they are done correctly. If I can identify the different voices of each character, there is an emotional connection the mc has to characters and they’re just enjoyable characters. This book had a big cast but I didn’t feel that development. It wasn’t terrible, the potential was there for me to really connect with these characters but it didn’t happen.

I think a few years ago I would’ve given this book 5 stars, but I’ve read too many books recently that have had incredible development of characters.

I recommend this book and I hope the next book picks up on the action. And okay the romance too!

Speaking of incredible casts of characters:

     
Red Rising and Golden Son

Reread: May 12-16

Rating: ALL THE HEARTBREAKING STARS!!

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I reread these books (yes I suck and didn’t reread Morning Star, just the last chapter and epilogue and still bawled my eyes out) and it was so much better the second time!

Oh. My. Gosh. This series. Its written by a man which is completely obvious right from the start of this book. Darrow is so masculine and caring and broken and I was genuinely scared for him…oh…the entire series. There’s never one second of this series where you think, “oh good, a break from the insanity!” NO! IT IS ALWAYS CRAZY AND HORRIBLE AND I LOVE IT!

All the stars. All of them. For making me love a million characters and ripping my heart out and stomping on it and then making it all better again and again.

Throne of Glass

Reread: May 24-26

Rating: 5 Stars

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Reread. Amazing. SJM is just perfection. Not gonna write anything else about this. Just go read this series.

Geekerella

Read: May 28 BINGE READ DAY!

Stars: ALL THE STARS! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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WHAT. A. CUTE. BOOK!!!!!!! Guys. This book. Omg. So cute. I was so giddy reading this book. This was literally me around my house reading this book.


The binge makes me do weird things.

It’s a retelling of Cinderella so you basically know what’s going to happen but OMG. SO. CUTE. Do I need to say it again? And the best part?

DARIEN! You had me African American love interest. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

For real, I need more diversity in books. Like right now.

And last but first in my heart forever and ever and ever amen:

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Read: May 2-4

Rating: #1 IN MY HEART FOREVER! 

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I waited a whole year for this book genuinely scared for what was going to happen. While I loved SJM she hadn’t finished a series yet. Throne of Glass is just going to go on forever and ever (freaking Chaol novel πŸ™„) and I was afraid that while all her books are amazing, she may not know how to finish a series. Was she going to pull an Allegiant and freaking kill the series for me? Was EVERYONE going to die?!

Oh Sarah. You brilliant magical unicorn. There’s so much I want to say but I’ll leave this spoiler free. Maybe I’ll do a whole post just about this series and cry the whole time. This book was nothing short of brilliance. While A Court of Mist and Fury is my absolute favorite from this series, this book was such a spectacular ending to the series.

Minus…all the sex scenes. Gross. I may be a grown married woman, but no. No to that business. Yikes.

I think I will have a book hangover from this series forever and all books pale in comparison to the perfection that is the story, character development, action, romance, everything! I tried to binge but this book is so long hahaha. I did, however, finish at 3am sobbing uncontrollably to myself.

I RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE! READ THIS SERIES RIGHT FLIPPING FRAKKING FUDGING NOW!!

Great month May! I’m proud of you! Also most mediocre workout of my whole life…worth it.

Book Review

Defy the Stars Review * * *

 Date started: June 1st

Date finished: June 6th

My rating: 3/5 stars

I didn’t realize that this book was written by the same author who wrote A Thousand Pieces of You, which I coincidentally stopped reading about 15% in to read A Court of Wings and Ruin (because let’s get serious, ACOWAR comes out and you gotta drop everything in your life to read that.) And A Thousand Pieces of You just wasn’t super interesting to me.

Enter Defy the Stars. This book was moderately entertaining but definitely not at first. The story was slow going and it took awhile for me to really get into it.

The concept of the book is Noemi is a citizen of a terraformed planet called Genesis that is in a war against Earth. She’s now on a suicide mission to try to damage the gate between Genesis and Earth so that Genesis can gather reinforcements to win the war (which is totally unlikely.) On one of her missions, Noemi stumbles upon the Daedalus, an Earthen ship that has been abandoned for the last 30 years with Abel, the most advanced mech of all time stuck on board. Abel is just trying to get back to his creator and is joining forces with Noemi to try to get back home.

And adventure ensues.

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There were a lot of things that I liked about this book once I got through the first 20%. The beginning is sooooo slow. I was just not having it. But ultimately I’m glad to stuck with it because it ended up being better than I expected.

Top things I enjoyed:

  1. I liked the concept of all the different planets and the gates that lead from one planet to another. It makes space travel easy to imagine for me.
  2. Earth is the bad guy. I mean, how cool is that?!
  3. ABEL! He’s an advanced mech who was given the capability to feel emotion and his though processes and reasoning to understand emotions and why he’s responding the way that he does was incredibly endearing.
  4. Abel being snarky and arrogant (which he determined that he was the most advanced mech of all time and it wasn’t being arrogant if he was right)
  5. Did I already say Abel? Better put it on here again just in case.
  6. It’s a space book that isn’t so completely overwhelming with technology. I cannot stand books that are overrun with new cool gadets that I really could care less about.
  7. Abel. Mhmm.

Things I did not like:

  1. WTF IS THE NAME NOEMI!? I could not pronounce that right the entire book and was getting so frustrated every time seeing her name being like, “NO-EH-MEEE” I had to sound it out every time and it was so annoying! I just ended up calling her Naomi for my own reading sanity.
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  2. Is this a romance…that was really weird for me the entire time…because he’s a robot…and she’s a human…..are they….is this gonna happen…oh lord have mercy……                                                                                                 giphy (1).gif
  3. Noemi just wasn’t doing it for me. I didn’t really understand her story that much or even really get into it. Her backstory was explained but not in a way that I really felt a connection to her. Maybe if there had been some flashbacks with her and her adoptive family. There were plenty of Abel flashbacks.

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SPOILERS AAAHEAAAAADDD

 

I spent the whole book trying to figure the eff out why Mansfield created Abel. I even thought that maybe he created Abel to be the ultimate leader of planet Earth that Mansfield would work through, which would create such a weird rift between Noemi and Abel. Did he create him as a weapon?? Was he the smartest bomb ever?? What. Was. It?!

So then when I found out that he was going to BECOME Abel, I was shocked but also kind of disappointed. I thought it could’ve  been way more dramatic. Because now he’s just on the run from Mansfield because he’s about to die…not like all of planet Earth is relying on his return which I was thinking it might be.

The romance in this book was so…odd. The whole time I was wondering if we were gonna go full blown human / robot love connection or if they were just gonna be friends. I guess I dont’ mind the way that it ended with Noemi kissing Abel to say goodbye to him and Abel accepting that she didn’t feel the same way as him…but still… It was just odd to me and I wasn’t completely comfortable with it. I would’ve preferred it to be like This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab so you would at least know that they’re just going to be friends and you don’t have to worry about anything weird happening.

Wow. This review seems pretty negative. Hahaha. But! Really it wasn’t bad. Three out of five! I’ll probably read the next one in the series and will have forgotten everything by the time it comes out.

What did you think?! Am I being too harsh on this book? What did you think of Abel and Noemi?

Book Review

“Enter brilliant quote about reading here”

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My name is Angela Egeler (Egg-ler. Can you imagine if my name was Angela Edge-el-er? I’d get the crap beat out of me at the playground and swirlies for days!) and I love reading! Mainly young adult fantasy, but sometimes I like to switch it up. But only sometimes…cause adult thrillers and mysteries can be freaking scary and plain romance can be so boring. (Must. Try. More. Genres.)

There is something pretty spectacular about being able to sit and read a book in one day. When the story is so gripping, the characters are relatable, they’re in a conflict that I can’t do anything else without wondering what is going to happen, the cast is dynamic and diverse, the world building is unique, when it hurts my heart to have to set it down! When the romance (if there is any) burns at a slow pace where I’m yelling, “SOME BODY BETTER START MAKING OUT OR I’M GONNA LOSE MY MIND!!!” then a book is deemed worthy of the binge read.

Binge reading isn’t always easy and it’s definitely not what it used to be. I used to be able to come home from work and read from 5pm to 1am no problemo. Oh it’s a Saturday? More like 6am to 6am. I read all three Hunger Games books from 7am Saturday to 3am Monday morning. I don’t recommend that, (I actually no call no showed to work, got dehydrated, didn’t eat food, and got sick. But overall the binge was worth the price.)

Now that I’m a wife (cause yeah that’s work too) and a mom to a 17 month boy (please help) I have a lot of things that have to fall into place to be able to binge.

If my son is being cool, meaning he’s not terrorizing my dog and climbing on tables or trying to eat the magnets off the fridge and he’s not taking off his diaper and pooping in his crib and all over my dignity, laundry is done, the refrigerator is full, my house is a hot mess but it’s Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars hot mess and not Britney Spears 2007 hot mess.


Annnd if I don’t have plans, which lets be real, most of the plans can and will be cancelled in the more dire of book circumstances. How can I go hang out with Becky if Andramadon is trapped in a cryogenic pod for eternity by the evil emperor?! (Not a real book but I’m gonna submit the idea to Pierce Brown. I’m sure he’d love to hear my ideas blasted to him on Twitter in all caps.)

Only then in these circumstances can the binge read happen. But. I’m pretty resourceful. If I need to binge, I will make it happen.

When I find a book that is so amazing

I. Just. Can’t. Stop. The. Binge.

So I started a blog in hopes that I can share my love for books and make some connections with other people who like books and maybe some people like me who realized that they are 20 books ahead of schedule on their 2017 reading goal but haven’t cleaned their toilet in a month. Priorities.

And I love the Lord and I love writing about the things that He’s showing me and I can share all of that too. Because right now I’m writing about these things and sharing the Evernote link to my husband while he watches 30 for 30 in the living room and I fall asleep.


And I’m a mom. And if being a mom has taught me anything it’s that I didn’t know who I was until I had to navigate the insanity that is being a mom. Because it’s actually insanity. You spend a lot of time leaning not on your own understanding, forgiving yourself, trusting in the Holy Spirit, cussing at cars that cut you off even though you CLEARLY have a baby on board sticker, have had no sleep, you’re mourning your old life while loving your new life, wondering where your nipple guard is then later wondering where that bottle of whole milk from 4 days ago is hiding in your house, and being completely in love and wanting nothing more than to be the person God wants you to be and your husband and child need you to be when you become a mom. Only through all these things, through all this pressure, have I really come into who I’m supposed to be.

(That’s just me personally. I’m not in any way/shape/form saying you have to be a mom to find out who you are because that’s stupid. We are all different and some people are way more confident and awesome than me and are able to figure it out in other ways.)

So anyway. My name is Angela  Here’s my blog. Hope you’ll stick around.

EGG READER OUT!

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