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Book Review | FOUR DEAD QUEENS, by Astrid Scholte

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Four Dead Queensby Astrid Scholte

Publish Date: February 26, 2019
Published by: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara’s queens being murdered.

With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation’s four dead queens.


My Review:

This book is one of those kind of books that landed in my top ten most highly-anticipated reads of 2019 as soon as I heard about it. I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as I possibly could. Thieves and a murder mystery in a nation ruled by four queens? It sounded so intricately unique and interesting and just so up my alley that I was on edge about it – what if it turned out to be something that fell flat in the end? I’ve had that happen before – highly anticipated books turning out to be complete duds. But not so with this book. From the moment it began to the moment it ended, I was hooked. Continue reading “Book Review | FOUR DEAD QUEENS, by Astrid Scholte”

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Book Review | OPPOSITION, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Opposition (Lux #5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: August 5, 2014 (audiobook published August 12, 2014)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
Length: 10 hrs 20 min (500 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | OPPOSITION, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update

Well my reading has been…slow lately.  Part of it is being completely burned out by work – both as a bookseller and as a lighting/set designer.  It’s all coming to a head and I just…I’m tired.

Even getting through the last audiobook of the Lux series feels like a struggle.  Which it shouldn’t?  But all I can think is “damn why is this taking so long to end?”  It made me start wondering if I prefer shorter series to longer ones.  I mean, I adored Bloodlines, which has 6 books in them, and sometimes I wish that trilogies were drawn out more, but other times I’m like – duologies are the best!  I guess it depends on the series.  Right now I just think it’s all because I’m just not in the right mindset.  At least, I hope that’s the case. Continue reading “T.T.S.I.F | Weekly+ Update”

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Reading Slumps & Everday Life

So I think I’ve fallen into a reading slump and I only have myself to blame.

With two shows I am designing for coming up (one which I am doing the set and lights for), and doing extra work at my day job, I’ve pushed aside my reading-for-pleasure books and have tried to just focus on my ARCs and egalleys.  Which sucks because I’m a mood reader.  There have been plenty an egalley that I’ve read or DNFed that I just didn’t care for, but I knew that if I picked it up at another time in my life, I probably would enjoy a lot more.

As it is, I’m just meh about everything.  Even the one book I’m reading for myself – Opposition, the fifth book in the Lux series, and is actually an audiobook and takes up a different sort of free time – just isn’t holding my interest like it should.  I’m invested in these characters, shit is happening, I do want to know more.  But I just don’t feel like actively investing myself into it right now.

I ended up spending today mostly watching episodes of Roswell New Mexico, the new CW reboot.  I did do my job and read the script for the show I’m designing the lights for this week (don’t get me started on how that one is making me grind my teeth), but other than that?

I think my brain is just shot.

I’m actually kind of glad I turned down a gig that I was offerred for April.  I mostly turned it down because I wouldn’t have been able to get the design done in time for it, but now that I’ve reached this point, I think I need a month where my free time is just that – free.

 

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Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

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Spectacleby Jodie Lynn Zdrok

Publish Date: February 12, 2019
Published by: Tor Teen
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Mystery/Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (2.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley, and as a physical ARC through my workplace, in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.


My Review:

So much of me want to like this book more than I did. I was intrigued from the summary, and was looking forward to it very much. And the beginning started off well. But slowly, over the course of the novel, I found myself losing interest as the writing took off on tangents that felt unnecessary to the plot, and only mildly interested in the characters themselves. Continue reading “Book Review | SPECTACLE, by Jodie Lynn Zdrok”

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Book Review | ORIGIN, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Origin (Lux #4), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: August 27, 2013 (audiobook published October 28, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
Length: 11 hrs 33 min (364 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


My Review:

Wow this one was definitely a whirlwind of action and emtion. I loved getting Daemon’s perspective, however the audiobook narrator was a little…slow at times. It was a little aggravating at first, but I slowly got used to it by the end. Continue reading “Book Review | ORIGIN, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”