Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • In case you’re looking, I’m still selling masks on Etsy! You can use code CHAPTER01 for $1 off!

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

So, somehow it’s been four months since Laura tagged me to do the Quick Fire Fantasy Tag, but I’m finally doing it! I love these quick tags, even if it sometimes takes me forever to actually do them.


Rules:

☆ Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
☆ Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
☆ Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
☆ Tag 5 others to take part
☆ Enjoy!


FIVE STAR BOOK

Definitely The Name of the Wind!

ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

I love Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. It’s somehow whimsical and dark at the same time and that keeps me so interested.

OWN BUT HAVEN’T READ YET

Going along with my first answer is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, The Wise Man’s Fear. I’ve owned it just as long, but I still haven’t read it.

WOULD READ AGAIN

None! I pretty much never do rereads.

IN ANOTHER WORLD

One of my favorite fantasy novels is Nevernight, which is set in a world with three suns. I love this book so, so much.

BACK ON EARTH

A great fantasy series set in our world is The Raven Cycle! I love this series so much.


If you think this tag looks fun, please feel free to do it and link to my post so I can see your answers! What was a five-star fantasy book for you? Which fantasy books are next up on your TBR? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ALC Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Source: ALC via Netgalley

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

I finished Girl, Serpent, Thorn almost a week ago and I’m still not entirely sure what I think. The premise was good. It was interesting, engaging, and just dark enough to keep me reading but not make me overwhelmed. The writing is also good. Bashardoust clearly knows her way around words, and the writing was never clunky and the dialogue was never forced.

The problem I had with this book mainly boils down to one thing. This book did not work for me as a standalone. Let’s get one thing straight: there is a lot going on in this book, and it’s only 336 pages. There was not nearly enough room for Bashardoust to develop both the characters and the plot, so events seem to jump around pretty quickly (and often conveniently), and aside from Soraya, very few of the characters feel like real people.

Another issue I had with this book was the romance. This was hyped up to be a great f/f romance, and while, yes, I suppose there is technically a f/f romance to be found here, it’s so minimal that you could blink and miss it. I loved the chemistry between Soraya and her female love interest and just wish it would have been fleshed out a little more. While it’s nice to finally have a YA fantasy novel that doesn’t prioritize romance over action, this romance was such a tiny part of the book that I almost wondered why it was included at all.

As for the audio, I thought the narrator did a great job. I did, as usual, have to listen on 1.75x speed to not fall asleep, but that probably says more about me than about the book.

In the end, if you’re really into YA fantasy and retellings, you might enjoy this.


Have you read Girl, Serpent, Thorn? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Possibly one of these two.


Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with colors in the title

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books with colors in the title, which is such a fun theme! I went through all the books I’ve read since starting this blog to find ten that would work for this theme. 🙂



Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? What are some different books with colors in the title? Let’s talk in the comments!

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