Monthly Favorites: January 2019

Choosing my favorites from January was a little difficult since I didn’t really fall in love with anything that I read, but here are the best two books that I read!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
★★★★☆
my review | Goodreads

Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
★★★★☆
I just finished this, but my review will be up soon! | Goodreads


Have you read any of these books? What was the best book you read in January? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

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

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • I went a little overboard on the book buying, but in my defense, I only ended up spending like maybe $20? That makes it okay, right?

Blog hopping:

  • Ilsa shared so many tips on requesting ARCs!
  • I loved The Orangutan Librarian’s list of happy books!

Song of the week:

I’m going way back to one of my high school obsessions, Something Corporate’s Ready… Break. This is one of my favorite songs from that album.

Book review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Source: Purchased

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

I avoided reading The Cruel Prince for the longest time because of the hype, but I finally did it. The main reason that I finally picked this book up was Daniel‘s idea to do a giveaway of The Wicked King, and how could I do a giveaway of book two in a series without reading book one? Anyway. I read it. And it took me a little while to figure out how to rate and review it because I almost felt like I read two different books.

Let me tell you, I struggled through the first half of this book. The pacing felt off and I felt like we’d be teased with a few really exciting pages only to be bored half to death for the next couple chapters. I also didn’t enjoy the constant bullying of humans by the fae. (Not that you’re really supposed to enjoy it, I guess, but it was a lot to handle and it made me really uncomfortable.) And can we talk about Jude for a second? Because Jude is the worst, at least at the beginning of the book. I’ll elaborate.

So, in general, I have no problem with unlikable characters. I don’t need to be best friends with every character I meet. I don’t need them to make all the right decisions or be happy and cute and nice all the time. Characters can and should be angry, conflicted, and rebellious. But Jude? She’s just dumb. She doesn’t understand basic things. She makes the strangest decisions. She contradicts herself constantly.

“Oh yes, this boy is staring at me all the time and I found out that he likes to obsessively write my name over and over again. I guess he must hate me! Yes, that must be it.” — Jude, probably.

I was so annoyed. SO ANNOYED. But then something happened. Once I hit the halfway point of the book, I was so into it. I could hardly put it down! I had to know what happened next. Honestly, five stars for the second half of the book. Maybe two stars for the first half. I can’t say I was all too shocked about the ending, but maybe I’ve just seen too many people talking about this book. I won’t hold that against it.

I wasn’t going to read The Wicked King right away, but now I think I need to buy it immediately.


Have you read The Cruel Prince? Are you excited for The Wicked King? Let’s talk in the comments!


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Giveaway: Signed copy of The Wicked King!

Today is a very exciting day because it’s the first of (hopefully) many collaborations I’ll be doing with my favorite blogger, Daniel, this year. Today, the two of us are bringing you another giveaway! Because he’s the best and also the coolest, Daniel went to a Holly Black event last night and picked up an extra signed copy of The Wicked King to give away to one of our followers!

I haven’t read The Wicked King yet — I’m still working my way through The Cruel Prince — but I’ve heard such great things about it and I’m so excited to be able to do this giveaway!

The rules for the giveaway are simple:

  1. You have to be following both me and Daniel!
  2. You can enter through the Rafflecopter!
  3. One follower will win a signed copy of The Wicked King by Holly Black!
  4. The giveaway is open internationally! (The winner will need to provide us with their mailing address.)
  5. The winner will be drawn on January 19, 2019!

Good luck!

Weekly Update

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

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing, but I should be getting my Book of the Month soon! 🙂

2 things this week:

  • In an interesting turn of events, the six sentences I wrote about The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky are now my most popular review of all time (by views, at least). I wondered why and then I found out that it’s the first review when you Google the novella!!! My mind is blown.
  • I watched Bird Box and… what was that. I was so disappointed. I was probably even more disappointed than I would have been because I’d heard multiple people raving about how good it was.

Blog hopping:

  • Malanie shared her list of five books being published in 2019 that she wants to read and wow, I need Technically, You Started It in my life.
  • Bree talked about tropes that need to go away and I agree with all of them, but especially all dudes being hot. I mean, come on, why is every love interest a sex god with rippling abs?

Song of the week:

So, first things first, I absolutely love Judah & the Lion. They released a new song this week and I really relate to it and I love it.

I think the first verse is my favorite:

What’s my purpose, huh?
What’s my future? I don’t know
These are the questions I address
Before I go to sleep
I wish my mind would turn off
With the lights on my TV screen
But here in the dark, everything off
I start to think
It gets hard to breathe