Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

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I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

2 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • I am very slowly working through my backlog of tags, so if you like tags and I don’t usually tag you, please let me know!
  • I’m out of town right now, so I tried something new this week and scheduled my Weekly Update way in advance! Hopefully things aren’t going to change too much between Thursday and Saturday. 🙂

BLOG HOPPING:

  • I’m a little late on this, but Siobhan asked what we should do when authors go on the attack.
  • Shruti called for an end to the idea of a “guilty pleasure.”
  • Shruti also made a list of five essential things your book blog should have.
  • Raya talked about ten books she wants to read but probably won’t, and wow, I could relate.
  • Aurora shared ten quick reads to help you beat your reading challenge.
  • Krisha recommended ten books to pull you out of a reading slump. (I needed this post.)
  • Mandy discussed cleaning up her TBR and getting ready for 2019.

SONG OF THE WEEK:

This is the cutest song and I love it so much.

Book review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium #1
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 15, 2018
Source: Purchased

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

I guess the best way to start off this review is by saying that I really, really wanted to love this book. Claire works at my library, I’ve met her, I’ve listened to her speak at a panel, she’s great. But as much as I tried to love this book, I just didn’t. It took me almost three weeks to read it and I ended up feeling really conflicted.

First things first, I don’t think this is a young adult book. Honestly, if I’d read this when I was within the target demographic, I would have been shocked. I’m more than fine with sexy scenes in my books (after all, I review erotica from time to time) but those are books written for adults. What I don’t expect when I’m reading a young adult book are scenes in which the heroine “felt herself stretch around his fingers” and the hero “slid one hand down her body to their joined hips [and] stroked between her legs.” The scenes are well-written and definitely very sexy, but I would feel weird about recommending this book to an actual minor.

Moving on from that, I want to address the fact that it took me three weeks to care about what was going on in this book. It took me three weeks to read the first 250 pages. I finally told myself that I was absolutely going to finish before I could go to bed and ended up powering through the second half of the book. The story did end up picking up a bit, but it’s really a shame that it took so long for me to care.

The last thing I want to talk about is just my personal opinion on the writing style, which is that I don’t really think it was for me. I felt that the pacing was off, with nothing happening followed by a couple of action scenes and then a large chunk of nothing again. I was also confused about what was happening in each timeline, but that’s possibly because it took me so long to read this book that I was just forgetting what had happened.

In the end, I was mostly just bored while I read this book. My mind wandered a lot. I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media or just staring off into space and thinking about my life instead of paying attention to the book in front of me. It ended up being an okay book in the end, but I don’t know that I can really recommend it.


Have you read Furyborn? Have you read any of Claire Legrand’s other books?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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Weekly Update

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  • Nothing! I’m kind of on a book-buying ban right now.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I’ve made a point to be very good about interaction ever since I moved my blog to WordPress, and that’s been fine. But recently I started to feel like I had to constantly be checking in on both my blog and everybody else’s and that was stressing me out, so I turned off notifications to my phone and told myself to calm down. I’m already more relaxed. You might not see me around as much, but I’m still here! (Just not as frequently.)

Weekly Update

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  • I actually didn’t buy anything this week!!

3 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • DANIEL AND I ARE GOING TO BOOKCON AND WE’RE VIPS AND HOW DID THIS HAPPEN AND IS IT ACTUALLY REAL LIFE
  • I got a second copy of An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason in this month’s Uppercase box and I’m a little disappointed since this is the FOURTH TIME that I already had the book… but I’m thinking about maybe doing a giveaway, so keep an eye out for that!
  • I ended up going to my friend’s house for Thanksgiving and it was so much fun! We had some great food and then watched Babes in Toyland and The Princess Bride. Is there any better way to spend a holiday?

SONG OF THE WEEK:

Last week I shared a brand new release from Andrew McMahon, and this week I’m sharing a vintage Andrew McMahon song! Something Corporate is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Leaving Through the Window is one of my all-time favorite albums. Punk Rock Princess is the first Something Corporate song I ever heard and it’s been my jam since I was a freshman in high school.

Weekly Update

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

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1 thing this week:

  • I found out that there’s a used bookstore about twenty minutes from my house and I may have gone a little crazy!

Blog hopping:

  • Lily shared five upcoming releases to add to your TBR!
  • Sam talked about the pros and cons of secondhand books!

Song of the week:

Andrew McMahon has been one of my favorite musicians since I was fourteen years old (half my life!!) and this week, he released a new album. Here’s Teenage Rockstars.