Saturday, March 18, 2017

"In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II" by Rhys Bowen Mini Review

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Book: In Farleigh Field

Author: Rhys Bowen

My Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis: World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

      So usually I don't read historical fiction because me and it just don't click which is strange considering I absolutely love history. Like I love reading history books, watching documentaries and stuff like the History Channel, but when it comes to historical fiction, whether in book, movie, or any other format it usually doesn't click with me. This time however, something about the synopsis clicked with me and I decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did because I actually quite enjoyed it. The writing, plot, and pacing were all nice and kept me wanting to read more. The entire time I kept trying to guess what was going to happen and who did what, but I was wrong until almost the very end which pleasantly surprised me because I am almost always a great guesser when it comes to these things. That just made me appreciate the book even more. I loved the writing because it made me feel like I was in Englad during World War II, and for once I actually enjoyed that kind of atmosphere. What also surprised me was that the book was in multiple POVs, and usually I hate that but this time I felt that it truly did add to the book.



      Overall, this was a pleasant surprise and a well-needed laid back read. If you enjoy World War II books, mystery/suspense, spy shit, or historical fiction, I would recommend giving this a go.


*Thank you Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Monday, March 6, 2017

#BOOKMADNESS Round 2 Voting

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#BOOKMADNESS ROUND 2 VOTING

      My character, Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy has made it to round 2 of Book Madness 2017! To read all about it and why I think Rose Hathaway is a badass character, click here



      Once again, there are giveaways you can enter for voting in this round. Voting for this round ends March 10th at 11:59pm Central Time. You can vote in the link down below.

LINK FOR VOTING HERE




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Real Quick "King's Cage" by Victoria Aveyard Review

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Book: King's Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: ★★1/2 (... if that)

Synopsis: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down. 

      Annoyed. That's the word I would use to describe how I feel about "King's Cage".  Also the phrase "I don't care" comes to mind. I didn't care about any of the characters, what was happening in the book, basically everything about it. The writing was meehhhh, the plot was mehhhhh, and the character growth was a joke. There was nothing that really spoke out to me, and that sucks because I really enjoyed the first book, but everything since there has been downhill. The only reason why I haven't DNFed this series is because I do want to know how it ends because the original concept is cool it's just that the execution has been subpar since then.



      I know this was a really short review, but that basically sums up all of my feelings on this book, which in itself should tell you the quality of the book in my mind. I didn't love it, like it, or hate it. It was just meh.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

#BOOKMADNESS: 5 Reasons Why I love Rose Hathaway (+ A CONTEST!!!)

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#BOOKMADNESS: 5 REASONS WHY I LOVE ROSE HATHAWAY

      Hi you guys! Today is March 1st, and for those of us in the book community, that means the start of Book Madness hosted by Maggie Ann Martin!!!



      For those of you who don't know what Book Madness is, here is the low-down:

Last year Maggie Ann Martin hosted a super fun series called Book Madness, where BookTubers picked their favorite fictional character, made a video explaining why the character was awesome, and encouraged their viewers to vote to keep them moving through the competition. It’s set up in a bracket system like March Madness basketball in the U.S. 
This year Maggie is making it bigger and better with book lovers from the BookTube, Book Blogger, and Bookstagram community. Not only will our audience have the chance to win awesome prizes along the way (ARCs from 2017 debut authors, bookish trinkets, Amazon cards), but the winning blogger will win a $30 Amazon card! 
It works like this: each person participating would post a video, blog post, or photo on March 1st representing their favorite fictional character that they choose. In that post, we describe what makes them so great and encourage your audience to go and vote for them. At the end of each round, the characters with the highest half of the votes will keep going until we narrow it down to one champion character! 
      Cool right! So voting for Round 1 closes on March 5th at 11:59pm Central Standard Time. You are allowed to vote for up to 5 characters per round. And don't forget, you get entered for cool prizes after you vote! I am going to put a link to voting throughout this post so you don't miss the change to vote!



LINK TO VOTING HERE


      So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why I love Rose Hathaway from "Vampire Academy".

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5 REASONS WHY I LOVE ROSE HATHAWAY FROM VAMPIRE ACADEMY ((the book) I mean don't get me wrong I liked the movie too but for our purposes I'm talking about the book but using GIFS from the movie)

1. She is the definition of badass.



For those of you who don't know who Rose Hathaway is, basically she is a half-vampire who protects her best friend who is a full vampire and like queen of the good vampires. She also gets to kill the bad kind of vampires. Isn't that cool! She is such a badass fighter and doesn't stray from the fight. It doens't matter if they are bigger than her or more skilled, she is gonna give it her all which I totally admire her for. I love how she possesses the skills to fight and would love to gain those skills through like osmosis.

2. She is snarky and witty and overall has the personality of a smartass.



I like to think me and Rose are pretty idenitical when it comes to our personalities. She is snarky, witty, sarcastic, and what some might consider a pain in the ass. She is me basically which is why I love her. I love a good character who can stand up for themselves not only physically but verbally. A snarky personality just makes someone more enjoyable and I would love to have her as my best friend because I know we would have some good conversations and just slay people when they come after us.

3. She goes to a supercool boarding school.



She goes to a boarding school for vampire and vavmpire protectors and gets to learn how to fight. Cool right? I would have taken learning how to fight over my American public school any day. And I don't know what it is about boarding school settings, but they are one of my favorite settings in books. 

4. Her boyfriend is Dimitri.




Who wouldn't want to have Dimitri as a boyfriend? He's gorgeous, a fighter, puts up with her attitude (and believe me when I say it is hard to find a guy who isn't intimidated by girls like us), caring, and overall just #baegoals. Seriously, whenever he calls her "Roza" my heart swells a little. She is such a lucky girl to have him.

5. She lives in a paranormal world.



I would sell my left kidney to live in a paranormal world, no joke. She lives in a world where vampires and things that go bump in the night are real, and I envy her for that. Paranormal is without a doubt one of my favorite genres because it is a combination of the world we live in with something a little extra that makes it cool. She is fortunate enough to not be a normal human and be exposed to everything her world has to offer. I would love to be in her shoes. Even though I would have to somehow learn how to fight and stock up on weapons, I think it would be worth it.

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LINK FOR VOTING HERE



      So those are just a few of the reasons why I love Rose Hathaway. If you love her too, I hope you guys will support me and her and go vote for us in #BookMadness. As a reminder, you can vote for up to 5 characters, so not just mine, and you have the chance to win some cool prizes!

LINK FOR VOTING HERE

      Voting closes March 5th, 11:59pm Central Standard Time, so go out and vote! And if this makes it to the next round, I might make a booktube video to accompany this post... 

My Rating System

★★★★★ This book is a gift from the literary gods
★★★★ This book was pretty damn good
★★★ This book had potential but missed the bar
★★ I probably didn't finish this book or it was god awful
★ Why does this book exist?

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